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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
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NURS 2820 - Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course introduces theoretical concepts that enable students to provide safe and effective care related to pharmaceuticals and natural products to diverse clients across the lifespan. A framework is presented for approaching the study of pharmacotherapeutics including pharmaceutical research and regulation, quality and safety, major drug classifications, and clinical management. This course requires completion of NURS 2800  and NURS 2850  with grades of C or higher or concurrently enrolled.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): NURS 2700  or NURS 2720  and NURS 2750  and BIOL 2032  with grades of C or higher
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Computer skills are essential

Major Content
  1. Professional Development & Identity in relation to nursing management of pharmacological considerations
    1. Attributes and Roles of a Nurse
      1. Clinical Decision-Making & Judgement
      2. Ethics
      3. Social Justice
    2. Care Competencies
      1. Collaboration
      2. Quality & Safety
      3. Teaching & Learning
    3. Health Care Delivery
      1. Evidence-based Practice
      2. Health Care Infrastructure
  2. Physiological Integrity in relation to nursing management of pharmacological considerations
    1. Physiological Homeostasis & Regulation
      1. Fluid &Electrolyte Balance
      2. Acid-Base Balance
      3. Thermoregulation
      4. Cellular Regulation
      5. Intracranial Regulation
      6. Metabolism
      7. Elimination
      8. Sexuality & Reproduction
      9. Oxygenation
      10. Perfusion
    2. Protection and Movement
      1. Immunity
      2. Inflammation
      3. Infection
      4. Tissue Integrity
      5. Sensory Perception
      6. Comfort
      7. Mobility
      8. Rest
  3. Psychosocial Integrity in relation to nursing management of pharmacological considerations
    1. Psychosocial Homeostasis & Regulation
      1. Adherence
      2. Cognitive Function
    2. Behavioral Resilience
      1. Coping/Stress/Adaptation
      2. Anxiety
  4. Lifespan Growth and Development in relation to nursing management of pharmacological considerations
    1. Determinants of Health
      1. Genetics
      2. Culture
      3. Individual Behaviors
      4. Social & Economic Factors

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics related to complex medication administration, safety and efficacy.
  2. describe the process of pharmaceutical approval and regulation.
  3. develop a framework of clinical decision making based on the nursing process to guide safe medication administration.
  4. discuss the cultural and ethical aspects in pharmacology.
  5. identify the roles of the professional nurse as part of the interdisciplinary team in relation to medication administration.
  6. utilize evidence-based resources to access pertinent information about pharmaceuticals and natural products.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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