NUR 243 Safety and Security Needs III: Pharmacology (1 credit)
In this course, students use the nursing process to safely administer medications. Students are introduced to the study of drugs, how the drugs act, and how the drugs move through the body, along with a format to organize drug information for both general classifications of medications and specific medications. Major drug classifications are covered. Drug actions, common side effects, contraindications, drug-drug interactions, and nursing implications are presented for each classification. The generic name, trade name, usual route(s), and safe dosage parameters for prototype drugs and/or commonly prescribed specific medications are highlighted. Medication errors are studied, and safe medication administration is the focus. Time required for completion of this course is dependent on the individual learner; however, it is expected that students will spend at least 45 hours in study and classroom activity. Prerequisite: NUR 180 or Permission of Instructor; co-requisite: NUR 220 or Permission of Instructor.