The University of Texas of the Permian Basin bsn nursing Program nurs 2300 001 152s pharmacology and Pathophysiology

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

BSN Nursing Program

NURS 2300 001 152S Pharmacology and Pathophysiology

Basic Information

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

Clinical: 0

Class Schedule and Room: Tuesdays 3 :15pm-6 :15pm, Room TBA

Course Description

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:

  1. Define key terms related to pathology, pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics.

  2. Identify common drug categories and describe their effects on specific body systems and pathologies (pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics).

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Describe federal and state drug regulations and control.

  6. Identify medication protocols and processes in general and specialty practices to reduce errors and promote patient safety.

Teaching Strategies:

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.

Course grading:










59 & below

Course Grading:

In class quizzes 10 %

Standardized computer quizzes

Must obtain grade of 100% 20%

Unit Exams 30%

Paper 15%

Final Exam 25%

Total 100%

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:

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.

Final Exam:

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.

Critical Dates:

Event Date

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

Lehne 4-8

Dr Ward


Basic principles of Neuropharmacology & adrenergic Agonist/antagonist; structure & function of Neurologic system

Huether 12

Lehne 17-19

Dr Ward

Muscarinic Agonist/Antagonist

Lehne 14-16

Immune System & Anti-inflammatory, Anti-allergic, and Immunologic Drugs I

Nursing Actions and decision-making

Huether 5-6

Lehne 67-72

Dr Ward

Immune System & Anti-inflammatory, Anti-allergic, and Immunologic Drugs II

Lehne 67-72

Dr Ward

Antibiotics I; infection and defects in mechanisms of defense

Lehne 83-88

Huether 7

Dr Ward

Antibiotics II and Antifungals

Lehne 83-92

Dr Ward


Lehne 93-94

Nursing Implications

Review for exam

Dr Ward


Pathophysicology & Medications for Cardiovascular Diseases I; cardiovascular and lymphatic systems

Lehne 43-52

Huether 22-24

Dr Ward

Pathophysicology & Medications for Cardiovascular Diseases II

Lehne 43-52

Dr Ward

Renal function and Diuretics; fluids and electrolytes

Patho 4,

Lehne 41-42

Dr Ward


Drugs for Endocrine Disorders I (Diabetes)

Lehne 57

Dr Ward

Drugs for Endocrine Disorders II

Lehne 58-60

Dr Ward

Gastrointestinal Drugs

Dosing Calculations

Lehne 78-80

Dr Ward

Antipsychotics and Insomnia

Lehne 78-80

Dr. Ward

Antidepressants /anxiety/ADHD

Lehne 31-36

Dr Ward

Nursing Actions and decision making

Lehne 31-36

Dr Ward

Drugs for Pain

Respiratory Drugs

Lehne 26-30

Lehne 76-77

Dr Ward

Project Days

Project Days

Review for EXAM

Lehne 97-100

Dr Ward


Lehne 61-64, 82

Dr Ward


Nursing Actions and Decision Making

Review of ATI materials

Review for Final Exam

Dr Ward

Final Exam TBA

Scholastic Dishonesty

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.

ADA Policy:

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 Students are required to provide documentation of disability to the PASS Office prior to receiving accommodations.
Grading Criteria for Pharmacology Paper


Grading/Discussion Points

Possible points


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)


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