Course Number:
NRS 230
Transcript Title:
Clinical Pharmacology I
Aug 15, 2022
Aug 15, 2022
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Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
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Prerequisite / Concurrent

NRS 110

Course Description

Introduces the theoretical background that enables students to provide safe and effective care related to drugs and natural products to persons throughout the lifespan. Includes the foundational concepts of principles of pharmacology, nonopioid analgesics, and antibiotics, as well as additional classes of drugs. Promotes clinical decision-making in the context of nursing regarding using current, reliable sources of information, understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, developmental physiologic considerations, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of drug therapy, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding safe and effective use of drugs and natural products, intervening to increase therapeutic benefits and reduce potential negative effects, and communicating appropriately with other health professionals regarding drug therapy. Studies drugs by therapeutic or pharmacological class using an organized framework. Prerequisite/concurrent: NRS 110.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use current, reliable sources of information to access pertinent information about drugs and natural products.
  2. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of drug therapy.
  3. Teach patients, family members, and others from diverse populations across the lifespan regarding safe and effective use of drugs and natural products.
  4. Identify appropriate nursing interventions to increase therapeutic benefits and reduce potential negative effects of drug therapy.
  5. Communicate appropriately with other health professionals regarding drug therapy.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Clinical performance
  • Class presentation/projects
  • In-class quizzes
  • Quizzes/Final exam

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

  • Introduces & applies the principles of pharmacology in making clinical nursing decisions with persons receiving drug therapy
  • Introduces pharmacological concepts related to opioid and nonopiod analgesics, antibiotics, cardiovascular, respiratory, diabetes, renal, chronic neurological and psychotropic drugs
  • Utilizes current sources of drug information to make decisions about appropriateness and effectiveness of drug therapy and teach people safe and appropriate use of these drugs
  • Identifies appropriate interventions that increase the therapeutic benefit of these drug groups and communicate appropriately with other healthcare professionals regarding drug therapy with these agents
  • Identifies and applies correct administration techniques when administering drugs by the oral, otic, optic, rectal, transdermal and inhaled routes to clinical patients 
  • Identifies principles of parenteral drug administration and correctly administers pharmacological agents to patients by the intradermal, subcutaneous and intramuscular routes

Department Notes

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