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									                                          PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
                                                  School of Nursing

Course Number:                                     Nursing 330

Course Title:                                      Pharmacology for Nursing

Course Credit:                                     4 semester hours

Placement in Curriculum:                           Junior Semester I

Faculty:                                           Janet Dubois: email:
                                                   Office Ramstad 334 phone 253-535-7649

                                                   Steve Roberts: email:
                                                   Office Ramstad 332 phone 253-535-7690

Catalog Description:

Focuses on the pharmacological principles of major drug classifications, therapeutic modalities, and
alternatives to pharmacological interventions. Prerequisite: Nursing 280

Note: Non-majors accepted into the Health Services Minor may elect to take this course.

Course Objectives:

1.       Describe the major drug classes and their specific physiologic actions.

2.       Identify therapeutic, adverse, and interactive effects of selected drug groups and prototype drugs.

3.       Identify the essential content of client teaching related to selected drugs.

4.       State the nursing responsibilities associated with safe, legal and ethical administration of

5.       Identify individual, physiologic and socio-cultural factors that influence medication use and

6.       Describe nonpharmacologic and complementary theories in nursing practice.

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Topical Outline:
      Application of Nursing Process to Drug Administration
      Regulatory Controls of Drug Administration
      Principles of Drug Scheduling
      Teaching - Learning Principles in Drug Administration
      Principles of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
      Human response to:
            Autonomic & Somatic Nervous System Drugs
            Central Nervous System Drugs
               Narcotic Analgesic Drugs
               Sedative/hypnotic Drugs
               Anticonvulsant Drugs
               Antipsychotic Drugs
               Antidepressive Drugs
            Anti-inflammatory Drugs
            Non-Narcotic Analgesic/Antipyretic Drugs
            Antibiotic, Antiviral, Antifungal and Antitubercular
            Antihypertensive Drugs
            Diuretic Drugs
            Cardiac Glycoside Drugs
            Antianginal Drugs
            Antidysrhythmic Drugs
            Anticoagulant Drugs
            Antiplatelet Drugs
            Thrombolytic Drugs
            Antilipemic Drugs
            Gastrointestinal Drugs
            Endocrine Drugs
               Antidiabetic Drugs
               Glucocorticoid Drugs
               Contraceptive Drugs
               Hormone Replacement Drugs
            Respiratory Drugs
            Immunosuppressive Drugs

     Personal and Familial Drug Use Patterns
     Compliance in Drug Therapy
     Socio-cultural and Age Related Factors Affecting Drug Response
     Role of the Nurse in Drug Administration
     Emotional Component of Chronic Illness and Drug Use

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Teaching Strategies:
Lectures, assignments, readings from text

Required Texts:
Lilly, L., Harrington, S., and Snyder, J. (2007) Pharmacology and the nursing process, (5th Ed.). St
Louis: Mosby.

Deglin, J. & Vallerand, A. (2009) Davis’ drug guide for nurses. (Prefer most recent edition)
Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company. Also comes in PDA format.
Expected level of achievement
Evaluation is based upon demonstration of learning outcomes specified in N363 syllabus. Evaluation
methods include:

          1. Quizzes/Assignments                                                    40%
          2. Four examinations @ 15% each                                           60%

To pass this course a 71% cumulative average on all tests and assignments must be achieved. Failure to
achieve a 71% average will require that the course be repeated to continue in the School of Nursing. The
Student Recruitment, Admissions and Progression Committee review all failures for recommendations
relative to continued progression in the program.

Calculation of grades will be based on the PLU School of Nursing grading scale as specified below. A
grade of 71% or above (C or above) is required for successful completion of all nursing courses.

4.00 94-100 = A          3.00 84-86 = B               2.00 71-75 = C             1.00 62 - 64 =D
3.67 90- 93 = A-         2.67 80-83 = B-              1.67 68-70 = C-            0.67 59 - 61 =D-
3.33 87-89 = B+          2.33 76-79 = C+              1.33 65-67 =D+             0.00 58 & below =E

Midterm Warnings
Students who have less than a 71% exam grade at midterm will receive a warning notice from the
instructor and/or the Registrar. Note: faculty advisors are informed of all less than passing performance
levels throughout the semester.

Course Policies

All students are expected to attend all classes thoroughly prepared to discuss the topics. Students are
expected to come with an understanding of foundational anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology
for the system being reviewed. Students finding their pre-course preparation to be lacking and not easily
corrected with self-study are encouraged to visit the Academic Tutoring services. It is the experience of
previous students that early recognition of need for assistance facilitates passing this course.

Communication between student and teacher should occur via the university e-mail system and
addresses. E-mail sent by a non-PLU address might be discarded as SPAM. If a reply from the instructor
is not forthcoming within a week, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor using another
form of communication. Please do not email through Sakai as return emails will not reach you.

Some lecture outlines may be on Sakai before the class date as a courtesy. Faculty are not expected nor
required to provide these notes. Not every slide is on the handout. Come prepared to take notes.

Testable course content is not restricted to that covered during class time, but includes all course
objectives and reading including self-study topics.

To show respect to student peers and the instructor, it is requested that all cell phones and audible
beepers be turned off during the class period. Students are requested to be in class on time. If you are
late, wait for the break to enter the class. The student has the responsibility to obtain class notes and
announcements made during the missed class from classmates. Students are responsible for all
content including schedule changes that occur in class.

English as Second Language students requesting extended time per SON ESL policies must notify the
instructor in the first week of class. You bring a standard (not medical) English dictionary or English to
first language dictionary to tests. You need to show the word you wish to be look up to the instructor
before looking it up. Course specific words (such as pharmacokinetics, plateau effect, etc) cannot be
referenced during a test. The faculty is the final judge of what is a course specific word.

Academic Integrity
Please read your University Student Handbook (online) and your School of Nursing Handbook (online)
regarding issues of academic integrity. Violations of academic integrity include but are not limited to
cheating, lying, plagiarism and misrepresentation of information in oral or written form. Both the
receiving of information from others and the giving of information to others inappropriately is dishonest.
Students who are aware of academic dishonesty either in this course or any other course are obligated to
inform the faculty. Students who allow others to cheat or are aware of others doing so, and do not report
it in a timely manner, are also subject to discipline under the university academic dishonesty policy.

Breaches in academic integrity can significantly alter your course grade; result in a failure for the course
and/or dismissal from the School of Nursing. Faculty members determine grades within a course, but
issues of integrity are frequently referred to the SON Recruitment, Admissions and Progression
Committee for additional review and action. Additionally the University’s Academic Dishonesty
Hearing Panel may be utilized.

Unprofessional behavior will adversely affect course grade without regard to objective test scoring.
Serious breeches of professional behavior may result in dismissal from the course and/or the School of
Nursing or the University. Conduct by non-nursing majors can be reported to the appropriate Chair/Dean
of the major or the Provost.

Professional Behavior
Criteria used to evaluate professional behavior include but are not limited to:
                Completion and documentation of all agency/School of Nursing clinical requirements (PPD,
                 etc) by announced dates for each semester. Not having done so can be cause to drop a grade
                 in the class and result in failure.
                Preparation for lecture
                Punctuality
                Respect and civility in all relationships including appropriate classroom behavior
                Academic integrity, honesty, reliability and confidentiality
                Responsibility and accountability for commitments
                Professional demeanor and appearance
Assignments, Quizzes, Papers or Presentations
     Quizzes may be unannounced

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       Students who missed class on the date of a quiz may not be able to make-up that quiz.
       Missed quizzes will be scored as 0% toward the quiz grades unless excused absence. Then total
        number of quiz points will be adjusted.
       Written assignments are done individually without assistance from other students unless stated
        by the instructor.

Exam Policy
Students must notify the instructor before an exam if he/she is unable to take the exam at the scheduled
time. It is expected behavior that students take exams on time. Rare exceptions must be discussed with
the instructor. Failure to do so may result in a reduced grade or a zero for that exam. Students must
speak with the instructor within 24 hours. Final exams must be taken as scheduled. Do not plan to leave
early or return late for any break (including problems with plane reservations or special occasions) or to
leave before the end of finals week. Exams will not be given early to accommodate personal or family
travel plans. In the unusual event of a need for a make-up exam, it will not be the same exam nor does it
have to cover the content in the same way.

University Policies Related to Disabilities
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency
medical information to share, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated,
please discuss this with the professor as soon as possible. In any event, this discussion should take place
within the first week of the semester. This includes special testing accommodations.

School of Nursing Addendum related to Accommodations
Disabilities must be documented prior to entrance into the course through Counseling and Testing,
Ramstad 106, to receive accommodations. Accommodations must be requested in the first week of
class. An English as a second language student requesting extended time per our ESL policies (see
Student Handbook, online) must notify the faculty member in the first week of class. These
accommodations should have been listed on your admission packet or been formally amended
through the main office.

No part of this document may be reproduced without written permission from the Pacific Lutheran
University School of Nursing (August 2008).

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