NURS 2300 001 152S Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
Instructor: Joshua Ward, PharmD
Office Location: MB 2270
Office Hours: Tuesdays& Thursdays 3:30P –4:45 P
Phone office: 432-552 2573
NURS 2300 Pharmacology and Pathophysiology
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Course Placement: Spring Semester 2015
Course Co-requisites: Admission to the nursing program or prior approval of the Director.
Class: Three (3) hours class per week
Class Schedule and Room: Tuesdays 3 :15pm-6 :15pm, Room TBA
Introduction to the mechanism of drug actions and the interrelationship among pharmacological actions and pathophysiologic responses that occur in the body related to health and illness; emphasis on principles of patient safety in the administration of medications. Drug laws and regulation to promote patient and nurse safety.
Objectives/Outcomes:Upon completion of course, the student will be able to:
Define key terms related to pathology, pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics.
Identify common drug categories and describe their effects on specific body systems and pathologies (pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics).
Compare various medication profiles to determine which have the potential for patient harm including drug-to-drug interactions, drug-food interactions, age considerations, and co-morbid conditions.
Explain the nursing implications for specific medications including the nurse’s role and responsibilities in administering and monitoring drug therapies to promote patient safety and therapeutic effectiveness.
Describe federal and state drug regulations and control.
Identify medication protocols and processes in general and specialty practices to reduce errors and promote patient safety.
This course is primarily a lecture course with student participation in questions and discussion and builds on anatomy and physiology and other sciences. Course may include breakout groups and seminar activity. Grading is by in class quizzes, standardized computer quizzes, three exams and a final comprehensive examination, and a five-paged paper.
59 & below
In class quizzes 10 %
Standardized computer quizzes
Must obtain grade of 100% 20%
Unit Exams 30%
Final Exam 25%
There will be No make-up for class quizzes. All other assignments must be completed or an Incomplete course grade will be received.
Textbook & Materials Required
Huether, S, and K. McCance. (2012). Understanding pathophysiology. (Fifth Edition). Mosby Elsevier.
Huether, S, and K. McCance. (2012). Understanding pathophysiology: Study guide and workbook. (Fifth Edition). Mosby Elsevier.
Lehne, R. (2012). Pharmacology for nursing care. (Eighth Edition). Saunders Elsevier.
You should read the textbook assignments prior to class. Most of the lectures provide expansion of specific textbook topics and guidance on important areas. Face to face lectures will be summaries, elaborations on specific topics, and discussion. Content in this course is the foundation for the nursing courses; therefore, it is extremely important that you understand the content.
Your attendance is expected at every class meeting; attendance will be recorded. Intelligent participation requires that you read your assigned chapters and readings prior to joining the class discussion. By enrolling in this course, you are indicating that you have arranged your work schedule and family arrangements so that you can attend. Your attendance is expected at every class meeting. Attendance is required for any quizzes presented in class. There will be no make-up for in-class quizzes.
In-class quizzes will be presented randomly. In-class quizzes must be taken in class on the day the quizzes are presented. Attendance is required to take the quizzes and to receive credit.
Standardized Computerized Quizzes:
A series of standardized tests (ATI [Assessment Technologies Institute] tests) will be listed for the course. These tests will be made available by computer. The designated tests must be attempted until a grade of 100% is achieved.
There will be three unit exams. The exams may include essay, multiple choice, fill-in the blank type questions.
There will be a five-paged paper required. The topic of the paper will be on the research of preventing medication errors. The paper will be a professional, formal paper written in APA forma with a reference page. No abstract is required. Students may work in groups of three to write the paper. Criteria for writing the paper are included in the syllabus. The grading criteria form must be turned in with the paper.
There will be a comprehensive final exam. The exam will be multiple-choice.
Computer Skills and Other Requirements:
Basic computer skills, ability to use internet, and ability to type. All assignments must be formatted in Microsoft Word APA format or will be rejected. All assignments must be turned in for a satisfactory grade for the course.
Classes begin January 12, 2015
Martin Luther King Day January 19
Last day to add a course January 21
Last day to drop a course without creating an academic record January 28
Spring Break March 9-13
Last day to drop* a course or withdraw** March 25
Last regular Class Day April 30
Final Examinations May 4-7
Semester Ends May 8
Commencement May 9
Class Schedule and Assignments
Orientation to Course
Introduction to Pathophysiology & Basic Principles of Pharmacology I; cellular biology; altered cellular/Tissue biology
Introduction to Pathophysiology & Basic Principles of Pharmacology II
Orientation with Foundations Class
Huether 1, 3
Basic principles of Neuropharmacology & adrenergic Agonist/antagonist; structure & function of Neurologic system
Immune System & Anti-inflammatory, Anti-allergic, and Immunologic Drugs I
Nursing Actions and decision-making
Immune System & Anti-inflammatory, Anti-allergic, and Immunologic Drugs II
Antibiotics I; infection and defects in mechanisms of defense
Antibiotics II and Antifungals
Review for exam
Pathophysicology & Medications for Cardiovascular Diseases I; cardiovascular and lymphatic systems
Pathophysicology & Medications for Cardiovascular Diseases II
The integrity of a university degree depends on the integrity of the work done for that degree by each student. The University expects a student to maintain a high standard of individual honor in all scholastic work (Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents).
Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student, or the attempt to commit such acts. Detailed information on scholastic dishonesty along with disciplinary procedures is outlined in the Handbook of Operating Procedures, Part 5, Section 1, and the Student Guide.
Any student who feels that he or she may require assistance for any type of physical or learning disability should consult with me as soon as possible. To request academic accommodations for a disability contact Leticia Madrid, Director of the PASS Office in the Mesa Building Room 1160, 432-552-2631 or email Madrid_l@utpb.edu. Students are required to provide documentation of disability to the PASS Office prior to receiving accommodations.
Grading Criteria for Pharmacology Paper
Describe importance of the nurse’s role in medication administration safety. (10 pts)
Discuss background on medication errors according to most recent Institute of Medicine Report. (10 pts)
Describe purpose of the paper as it relates to the above. (5 pts)
Overview of Research
Based on at least three research articles describe the summary of findings of the why of medication errors. (5 pts)
Describe the setting of most medication errors. (5 pts)
Describe the characteristics of the nurses that make the most medication errors. (5 pts)
Discuss interventions for safe medication administration based on information in the research articles you read. (5 pts)
Analyze information from the most recent IOM report on medication errors and the research articles you read for this paper. Discuss three (3) recommendations you believe would help reduce medication errors.
Expression of Ideas and Content/ Organization; APA format
This grading criteria sheet is attached to this paper (5 pts)
Professional writing style (correct grammar, correct sentence structure, correct margins and spacing, syntax, etc. (5 pts)
Content is relevant, organized logically and presented in logical sequence (5 pts)
Paper is no more than 5 typewritten pages; and double-spaced with no extra spaces between paragraphs. (5 pts)
Follows APA style 6th edition for headings, spacing, reference list, citations, title page. Attaches grading criteria sheet to the written paper. (5 pts)