NU-133 Pharmacology

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Course title: NU 133: Pharmacology

Campus: National Campus

Initiator: Rudelyn Dacanay

Date: October 22, 2021

Course description:
This course introduces the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of selected pharmacological agents across the lifespan. Emphasis is put on application of clinical reasoning to pharmaco-therapeutics through client assessment, intervention, and evaluation using evidence-based practice specific to Pacific Island communities. Explores selected natural therapeutic substances in caring for client.

COURSE HOURS/CREDITS:

   

Hours per Week

 

No. of Weeks

 

Total Hours

 

Semester Credits

Lecture

 

3

x

16

x

48

=

3

Laboratory

   

x

 

x

 

=

 

Workshop

   

x

 

x

 

=

 
       

Total Semester Credits

3

PURPOSE OF COURSE:

[X] Degree requirement

[ ] Degree elective

[ ] Certificate

[ ] Other

PREREQUISITES: NU 125; Co-requisites: NU134,135

CC Chair signature:____________Date recommended:__________
VPIA signature:____________Date approved:___________

1) INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

[x]

1. Effective oral communication: capacity to deliver prepared, purposeful presentations designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors.

[ ]

2. Effective written communication: development and expression of ideas in writing through work in many genres and styles, utilizing different writing technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images through iterative experiences across the curriculum.

[X]

3. Critical thinking: a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.

[ ]

4. Problem solving: capacity to design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.

[ ]

5. Intercultural knowledge and competence: a set of cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.

[ ]

6. Information literacy: the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand.

[x]

7. Foundations and skills for life-long learning : purposeful learning activity, undertaken on an ongoing basis with the aim of improving knowledge, skills, and competence.

[ ]

8. Quantitative Reasoning: ability to reason and solve quantitative problems from a wide array of authentic contexts and everyday life situations; comprehends and can create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative evidence and can clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats.

2) PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (PSLOs): The student will be able to:

  1. Model personal and professional actions based on self-reflection, core nursing values, and lifelong growth integrating new knowledge, ethical principles, and legal standards for safe, quality nursing practice.
  2. Incorporate nursing knowledge to assess, plan, deliver, and evaluate care within the context of the inter-professional health team.
  3. Make evidence-based nursing judgments in the delivery of safe, holistic nursing care.
  4. Demonstrate a spirit of inquiry to manage and improve the quality of care and outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.
  5. Practice relationship-centered communication and incorporate health technology as a member of the inter-professional team.
  6. Advocate for a caring, culturally safe, and flourishing environment that reflects the values and needs of Micronesian families and communities.
  7. Practice and contribute to the primary care and public health care systems in Micronesia to promote family and community wellness.

3) COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (CSLOs) (General): The student will be to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of/proficiency in professional standards of nursing care relating to pharmacology and medication administration.
  2. Apply critical thinking, clinical judgment, and the nursing process to drug therapy and medication administration.
  3. Utilize a variety of evidenced-based resources to guide nursing practice for drug therapy.
  4. Discuss trends and issues in pharmacology that affect medication administration, quality management, and positive patient/client outcomes.
  5. Practice relationship-centered communication and incorporate health technology applied to drug therapy.
  6. Recognize the cultural beliefs and behavior of Micronesian clients regarding traditional therapies to develop a relevant plan of nursing care.
  7. Discuss the role of nurse regarding drug therapy and medications in primary care and public health services.

4. COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (CSLOs) (Specific): The student will be to:

CSLO (General) 1:Demonstrate mastery of professional standards of nursing care relating to pharmacology and medication administration.

Student Learning Outcome (specific)

ISLO

PSLO

Assessment Strategies

1.1 Identify the significance of nursing codes, standards, and ethics as guidelines for medication administration.

7

1

Direct and multiple-choice questions as part of quizzes and exams given during the semester
Clinical evaluation tool

1.2 Incorporate standards of practice for drug therapy and medication administration into own nursing practice

7

1

Case studies graded by rubrics Clinical evaluation tool checklist

CSLO (General) 2: Apply critical thinking, clinical judgment, and the nursing process to drug therapy and medication administration.

Student Learning Outcomes (specific)

ISLO

PSLO

Assessment Strategies

2.1 Identify the principles of medication administration, dosage calculation, and pharmacology across the lifespan.

3, 7*, 8

2

Quizzes and exams aimed at identifying the principles of medical administration, dosage, and calculation given during the semester.

2.2 Apply the principles of medication administration, dosage calculation, and pharmacology accurately and safely across the lifespan.

3, 7*, 8

2

Skills competency exams Clinical evaluation tool
Case studies graded by rubrics Problem based learning graded by rubrics

2.3 Develop a nursing care plan for client/patient teaching that reflects critical thinking, clinical judgment.

3, 7*, 8

2

Actual Case studies graded by rubrics
Nursing care plan graded by rubrics

CSLO (General) 3: : Utilize a variety of evidenced-based resources to guide nursing practice for drug therapy.

Student Learning Outcomes (specific)

ISLO

PSLO

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Identify search engines, websites, and library references that access current, evidence-based drugs, over the counter medications, and herbs.

 

3

3

The student searches and makes a list of references found online and in the library on over-the-counter drugs and herbs; reported in a written assignment.

3.2 Apply evidenced-based resources to guide nursing practice for drug therapy.

3

3

Actual Case studies graded by rubrics.
Nursing care plan graded by rubrics.

CSLO (General) 4: Discuss issues and trends in pharmacology that affect medication administration, quality management, and positive patient/client outcomes.

Student Learning Outcomes (specific)

ISLO

PSLO

Assessment Strategies

4.1 Identify issues and trends in pharmacology that affect medication administration, quality management, and positive patient/client outcomes.

3/7

4

Tests and quizzes that identifies the trends of pharmacology affecting dedication administration, quality management, and positive client outcome.
Problem-based scenario, graded by rubric
Clinical evaluation tool

4.2 Determine medication administration policies and procedures that could diminish errors, improve patient/client outcomes, and enhance quality management of drug therapy.

3/7

4

Skills competency exams
Clinical evaluation tool
Actual Case studies graded by rubrics

CSLO (General) 5: Practice relationship-centered communication and incorporate health technology applied to drug therapy.

5.1 Identify principles of client-centered health education and advocacy for medication and drug therapy.

1*

5

Simulation scenarios for identifying health centered education and advocacy for medication and drug therapy. graded by rubric

5.2 Document and report medication administration and therapeutic effects in timely and accurate communication with the appropriate inter-professional team member.

1

5

Simulation scenario, graded by rubric.

CSLO (General) 6: Recognize the cultural beliefs and behavior of Micronesian and other patients/clients regarding traditional therapies to develop a relevant plan of nursing care.

6.1 Identify the cultural beliefs and practices of patients/clients regarding medications, drugs, and herbs.

5

6

Direct and multiple-choice questions as part of the quizzes and exams given during the semester
Reflective journal, graded by rubric

6.2 Identify culturally based interventions to minimize barriers to effective use of pharmacological therapies by patients/clients.

5

6

Case studies addressing culturally based interventions to minimize barriers to effective use of pharmacological therapies by patients/clients graded by rubric

CSLO (General) 7: Discuss the role of the nurse in implementing drug therapy and medication administration in primary care and public health services.

7.1 Identify the role of the nurse in implementing drug therapy and medication administration in primary care and public health services.

7

7

Simulation scenario graded by rubrics

7.2 Discuss standards of practice, legal, and ethical issues encountered by the nurse during drug therapy and medication administration in primary care and public health practice.

7

7

Case studies graded by rubrics Clinical Evaluation tool
Direct and multiple-choice questions as part of the quizzes and exams given during the semester

5) COURSE CONTENT:

  1. Principles of medication administration
  2. Systems of measurement with conversion
  3. Dosages and calculations across the lifespan
  4. Standards of practice, legal, and ethical codes
  5. Pharmacology across the lifespan
  6. Finding medication sources: library, databases, and the Internet
  7. Contemporary issues in pharmacology
  8. Drug categories

6) METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION:

[X] Lecture [X] Cooperative learning groups

[X] Laboratory [X] In-class exercises

[ ] Audio visual [ ] Demonstrations

[ ] Other

7) REQUIRED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS:

Bucholz, S. (2012). Henke’s med-math dosage calculation, preparation and Administration (7th ed). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, or the most recent edition.

Karch, A. (2011). Focus on nursing pharmacology (5th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, or the most recent edition.

8) REFERENCE MATERIALS:

Karch, A. (2012). 2012 Lippincott’s nursing drug guide. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, or the most recent edition.

Physician’s Desk References, Hospital Forumularies, current editions.

9) INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS:

None.

10) EVALUATION:

This course must be passed with a “C” (70%) or better to progress to the next semester.

11) CREDIT BY EXAMINATION:

None.

NU 133 Endorsed by CC: 02/25/22
 

Approved by VPIA: 02/28/22

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