District Syllabus
Pharmacology In Nursing Practice

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: NUR3119 Professional Roles And Dimensions Of Nursing
Corequisites: NUR3119 Professional Roles And Dimensions Of Nursing
Catalog Description: Builds on essential concepts and principles of pharmacology as applied in the nursing management of client care. Major concerns in health care include medication errors and medication reconciliation. Improvement in delivery processes to improve safety and quality of care thereby improving client outcomes is the focus of many regulatory agencies. This course will highlight issues in pharmacology and provide the student with basic knowledge for client care and education. This course will specifically address aspects of pharmacology related to the assessment and management of symptoms across the lifespan by providing the student with the in depth knowledge regarding the administration of pharmacologic therapies, the management of physical and psychological symptoms related to disease and treatment, and education related to safe and effective use of pharmacologic agents.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Lehne, R. A. Pharmacology for Nursing Care (With user's guide and access code), 8th ed., Saunders-Elsevier, 2013. ISBN: 9781455725489
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: Computer access.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Major Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5:

1.  Integrate professional behavior. 
2.  Apply methods of research and scholarship.
3.  Apply legal, ethical and cultural sensitivity practices.
4.  Demonstrate methods of health maintenance and enhancement.
5.  Apply organizational strategies.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, the student will:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of pharmacology and 
medication administration.

2. Plan appropriate care based on a comprehensive understanding of 
the concepts of physical and psychological symptoms related to 
disease and treatment, including pain and suffering.

3. Develop culturally appropriate therapeutic teaching strategies 
related to the effective use of pharmacologic agents.

4. Describe the benefits and limitations of selected safety-
enhancing technologies used for medication administration.

5. Examine human factors and other basic safety design principles as 
well as other commonly used barriers to safe practices.
6. Discuss potential and actual impact of national patient 
safety resources, initiatives and regulations related to 
pharmacological treatment.

7. Examine nursing implications of global concerns in pharmacology.
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus developed by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.