NURS 6302-001 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
This course is Web Enhanced with
Please be sure to check the Current Computer Requirements
Course materials are available in Blackboard Learn (BBLearn). The Course Calendar will be available on the first class day and is located on the home page of the NURS 6302 Blackboard. Please familiarize yourself with Blackboard and the available resources before the first day of class.
FACULTY CONTACT INFORMATION
Margit B. Gerardi, PhD, RN, WHNP
Phone: (210) 567-5914
Office Hours: Wednesday-9:00am-12noon
Department of Family and Community Systems
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN-C, CCRN, CNS-BC
Phone: (210) 567-5870
Office Hours: TBA
Department of HRCSM-Hlth Rest & Care Sys Mgt
This course provides the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the therapeutic use of pharmacologic agents. The pharmacologic treatment of major health problems 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 will be fully addressed.
CREDIT AND TIME ALLOCATION
Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 Clock Hours Class (45 hours class)
NURS 5338 Advanced Pathophysiology
- Apply the principles of pharmacology, including pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics in the selection and prescription of medication for a variety of patients.
- Design appropriate pharmacologic interventions for treatment of the major health problems.
- 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 prescriptive practices.
- Write appropriate, legally sound medication orders and prescriptions.
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION / GRADES
20 % - Homework Assignments
45 % - Quizzes
10 % - Case Studies
25% - Final Exam
100% - TotalCourse Policies:
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = Below 60%
- It is required that all students come prepared for class, having read assigned readings. Attendance is expected.
- Written assignments must be submitted by the designated time on the date due in the Assignment Drop Box in Blackboard, unless other instructions are given.
- Late assignments will not be accepted. Students may request an extension of due dates from course faculty. Extensions of due dates will be granted at the discretion of the faculty, which may incur a 5% deduction of the project points per 24-hr period that it has been late.
- Routine homework assignments are to be neatly typed.
- Written assignments are to be in APA format as directed.
- The quizzes are online.
- A large portion of the class is housed in Blackboard. This includes learning modules consisting of weekly objectives, assigned readings and weblinks, and written assignments. Students are expected to monitor the site closely for updates. Class communications on e-mail will be within Blackboard. Slides and handouts for each class will be filed in the appropriate learning modules in Blackboard.
- If a student's absence is foreseeable, notify the instructor prior to class date. If the absence occurs on an examination day, an alternate exam may be provided at the instructor's discretion. The student is responsible for any content presented in class.
Examinations: The final exam will be completed in the computer lab during an announced scheduled time, and will cover materials from the entire course. The final exam includes content from textbook, lecture and assigned readings.
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.
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.
Effective Fall 2010, 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 ADA Accommodations under the American with Disabilities Act should contact the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A Request for Accommodations (Form 100) must be completed. These forms are available in the Office for Students Room: NS 1.106.
REQUIRED TEXT / REFERENCE
Dipiro, J.T., Talbert, R.L., Yee, G.C., Matzke, G.R., Wells, B.G., & Posey, L.M. (2011). Pharmacotherapy: A pathophysiologic approach (8th ed). New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9780071643252
Schwinghammer, T., & Koehler, J. (2011). Pharmacotherapy casebook: A patient-focused approach (8th ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 13 9780071746267
Turkoski, B.B., Lance, B.R., & Bonfiglio, M.F. (current edition-2012). Drug information handbook for advanced practice nursing (13th ed.) Hudson, Ohio: LexiComp. ISBN: 978-1-59195-311-1 (or similar APN/NP drug handbook of choice)
RECOMMENDED (OPTIONAL) TEXT / REFERENCE
Buppert, Carolyn (2010). Prescribing: Preventing legal pitfalls for nurse practitioners. Annapolis: Buppert. ISBN: 0972247661 / 9780972247665
Tarrascon (2012). Tarrascon Pocket pharmacopoeia. Loma Linda, CA: Tarrascon Publishing. ISBN-13: 9781449624248 (or e-book, smartphone, or iPad editions)
- Legal and ethical aspects of prescribing
- Medication resources/references
- Pharmacokinetic principles
- Pharmacodynamic principles
- Adverse reactions, adverse events
- Effects of culture, ethnicity, age, pregnancy, breast-feeding, and gender on pharmacologic therapy
- Funding sources for medications
- Fostering adherence
- Rational drug selection
- Pharmacotherapy topics:
- Anti-infective medications
- Cardiovascular medications
- Management of angina
- Management of heart failure
- Treatment of hyperlipidemia
- Management of hypertension
- Management of dysrhythmias
- Complementary and alternative medications
- Endocrine medications
- Diabetes management
- Thyroid medications
- GI system medications
- Acid management
- H. pylori
- Hematologic medications
- Hematopoetic growth factors
- Immune system medications
- Immune globulin
- Nervous system medications
- Autonomic nervous system medications
- Central nervous system medications
- Ophthalmologic medications
- Otic medications
- Over-the-counter medications
- Pain management
- Palliative care, end of life
- Pulmonary medications
- Reproductive medications
- Erectile dysfunction
- Urologic medications
CALENDAR - 1st Day Only
Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.
Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.
Date: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 1-4 pm
Room: 1.222 NS
Topic / Assignment Due: Class introduction, sources of drug information, decision-making, funding, adherence, pharmaceutical companies, special populations
1. Dipiro et al. (2011) and on-line. Chapters (ch 1-6, 8-11, 13). Check Blackboard resources, especially the Introduction Module.
An orientation to the Blackboard resources will be provided. Please bring your laptop, if you have one.
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