NUR 108A - Integrated Pathophysiology with Pharmacologic Principles ISemester Hours: 3
This is part one of a two-part integration of pathophysiology with the principles of pharmacology. The purpose of this course is to examine altered cell functioning resulting in deviations from homeostasis while appreciating key aspects of pharmacology. The course examines pharmacotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of illness and the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of wellness in diverse individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenetics in the treatment of selected illnesses as well as safe administration and monitoring of the effects of pharmacotherapeutic agents. Simulation will be utilized to explore concepts of safety, harm reduction, and patient education. Topics of study include principles of homeostasis and the immune, cardiopulmonary, renal, and nervous systems. The student’s ability to relate the role of professional nursing to utilize this knowledge to create an individualized patient-centered plan of care is emphasized. Pathological alterations in health at the systems level and implications for nursing care are emphasized. Simulation will be utilized to explore concepts of communication and patient education. At the completion of this course, the student will understand the major drug classifications, through the use of prototypes and understand key concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenetics while emphasizing key concepts of immunology and pathophysiology.
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