NUR304 - Pharmacology/Math

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Subject Title

Subject Description
Examines pharmacological concepts and nursing practices required to safely care for clients in need of pharmacological treatments. General principles of pharmacology, drugs actions at the physiological level, common drug classifications, pharmacotherapeutics, principles of medication preparation and administration including drug calculations, and related College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) standards of practice are studied. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop calculation skills necessary for the safe administration of medications. Emphasis is on caring for clients on drug therapy, interactions of drugs, psycho/social aspects of drug use, legal control over drugs and health teaching. This course builds on knowledge from previous courses, such as anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology to develop understanding of the therapeutic and adverse effects of drugs on the body. Knowledge from clinical practice and medication administration practice in the nursing resource centre will be concurrent with this course. This course prepares the student for self-directed learning in relation to the individual medications prescribed for their clients and the implications for nursing practice.

Credit Status
3.00 units

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

The student will demonstrate an ability to apply critical thinking processes with pharmacology related content in client situations that require nursing knowledge and intervention.  Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  1. Describe terms, concepts and basic processes associated with drug therapy.
  2. Describe characteristics of major drug groups and selected individual drugs in terms of mechanism of action, indications for use, contraindications to use, expected therapeutic effects, common and serious adverse effects, accurate administration and essential client teaching.
  3. Identify cultural, legal and ethical aspects of drug therapy.
  4. Accurately perform mathematical calculations such as fractions, proportions, ratios, decimal and metric conversions in preparation for medication administration.
  5. Demonstrate skillful application of nursing therapeutics that meet the current College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) Entry to Practice Competencies.

Program Level Goals (Year 2)
  1. Be accountable to the public and practice within the professional standards of nursing.
    1. Demonstrate accountability to the client and responsibility for personal and professional development.
  2. Enhance health and healing through synthesizing knowledge from nursing and other disciplines in understanding the lived experience of clients.
    1. Enhance health and healing in providing safe and effective complex care for two or more individuals and or families with multiple health/self-care needs through applying knowledge from nursing and other disciplines while acknowledging the lived experiences of self and others to guide assessments, care, and health promotion.
  3. Participate in the ongoing transformation and humanization of health care by incorporating multiple ways of knowing, evidence-informed care and critical-reflective practice.
    1. Demonstrate critical-reflective, client-centred care in complex health situations and life transitions, using multiple ways of knowing and an evidence-informed approach in making practice decisions.
  4. Commit to excellence in professional practice through lifelong learning.
    1. Initiate personal and professional growth and development through critical and reflective thinking.
  5. Establish and maintain collaborative relationships within nursing, the interprofessional team and the community.
    1. Participate in the interprofessional team to provide care for individuals, groups, and families.
  6. Demonstrate leadership for the advancement of the nursing profession in all domains of practice.
    1. Appreciate leadership in self and others when providing care to individuals and families.
  7. Advocate for and support healthy organizational and public policy to promote health of individuals, families, groups, communities and global populations.
    1. Advocate for individuals, families, and groups, recognizing contextual influences on persons’ lived experiences within the health care system.
  8. Provide culturally sensitive nursing care that honours human dignity, respects diversity, and embraces different ways of being.
    1. Demonstrate an appreciation for diversity while using a client-centered approach in complex care situations.

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