NURS 6302 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurses
This course provides advanced practice nursing students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in the therapeutic use of pharmacologic agents. The pharmacologic treatment of major health problems that affect South Texas will be explored. Principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenomics will be examined. The effects of culture, ethnicity, age, pregnancy, gender and funding on pharmacologic therapy will be emphasized. Legal aspects of prescribing, including the roles of the physician and the APN, will be fully addressed.
CREDIT AND TIME ALLOCATION
3 semester hours class, 3 clock hours class
OR CONCURRENT: NURS 5338 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses
- Apply the principles of pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenomics in the selection and prescription of medications for a variety of clients.
- Design appropriate pharmacologic interventions for treatment of the major health problems that affect the citizens of South Texas.
- Identify potential adverse reactions of pharmacologic agents, including those caused by drug-drug, drug-diet, and drug-disease interactions.
- Select appropriate methods of monitoring effectiveness of pharmacologic therapy.
- Critically evaluate the appropriateness of pharmacologic therapy in a given client case.
- Discuss state and federal laws that regulate APN prescriptive practices.
- Write appropriate, legally sound medication orders and prescriptions.
CELL PHONE POLICY
- Respect for classroom and clinical communication processes are necessary for teaching and learning.
- Silence mobile devices / cell phones in classrooms and clinical settings.
- Remove Bluetooth devices prior to entering the classroom and when in ANY clinical setting.
- Failure to do so can / will / may (depending on the faculty) either affect your class participation, clinical or final course grade.
GRADING POLICY GUIDELINES:
- Examination items are the proprietary intellectual property of the university and are not to be shared by students. Sharing of exam items by students is considered cheating and is subject to disciplinary action. There are no legal test item banks available to students in the SON other than those provided with the ATI NCLEX –RN exam preparation materials.
- Exams are required.
- Students are expected to take examinations at the scheduled time.
- The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled exam time if they are unable to take the exam as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that examination.
- If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for a make-up examination.
- Exam content is based on course, class, and clinical objectives. Included are all required readings, lecture and discussion, related material in the course packet, media presented in or required for class, material handed out, and material on Canvas.
- Students should follow the School of Nursing dress code during exams.
- Students must leave all food and drink, books, purses, and backpacks in an area designated by exam proctors. If available, students are encouraged to leave personal items in lockers. No hats, caps or head coverings may be worn during exams, with the exception of those required for religious purposes.
- When entering the classroom for an exam, students will show their School of Nursing badge to the proctor. Proctors will ensure only the students eligible to take the exam receive access to the test and take the exam in an approved testing location. During the exam, students will wear their badge on the upper chest area.
- Calculators, scratch paper and pencils are provided by the School of Nursing for exams. Proctors will distribute the scratch paper after students have initiated the exam.
- If students arrive late, no extra time to complete the exam will be given.
- Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the exam before the exam is turned in to a proctor. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to retrieve his or her exam materials after turning them in to the test proctor.
- Students will be given the opportunity to review exams.
- To pass the course, a student must have a weighted average of 75% on all graded activities.
- Students must make a "C" (75) or higher in all nursing courses to progress in the program.
The final grade will be calculated to two decimal places and rounded mathematically as follows:
Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.
- If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
- Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
- The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
- If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
- Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
- Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.
The APA Publication Manual 6th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs.
Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.
Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.