Nursing 369

NURS 369: Pharmacology II

Prerequisites: NURS 340, NURS 345, NURS 352 and NURS 368

Credit Hours: (2)

This course is a continuation of NURS 368. Emphasis is placed on continuing to advance knowledge and understanding of the relationship of drugs and their effects on humans with complex problems.


Detailed Description of Content of the Course

The objectives and content of this Level 2 Course are derived from the School of Nursing’s philosophy and conceptual framework, and facilitate achievement of the School’s program objectives, as well as the essentials of Baccalaureate Education (AACN). Additionally, the essentials for Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice are conceptualized to include pharmacology nursing in this course. Additionally, the major topics and skills covered in this course represent areas covered on standardized achievement examinations and the NCLEX-RN Test Plan. Current research and advancement in theory and clinical practice also determine content.

Emphasis is placed on the following concepts/theories:

1. Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics for complex disorders

2. Drug reactions

3. Pharmacotherapeutics across the lifespan

4. Clinical aspects of pharmacology for complex disorders

        a. Nervous system (Autonomic system; Prostate; Bladder; Seizures; Anesthetics, Degenerative diseases; neuromuscular disorders)

        b. Cardiovascular system (Angina, Dysrhythmias, MI; Coagulation disorders; Hematopoietic disorders; shock)

        c. Respiratory (Pneumonia, TB, COPD, Cancer, Environmental Causes)

        d. Anti-infective medications (Antivirals; Drugs for Fungal, Protozoan, Helminthic infection)

        e. Chemotherapy and immunotherapy for neoplasms

        f. Endocrine system (Thyroid; Adrenal; Growth Hormones; Corticosteroids; Female Reproductive; Male Reproductive)

        g. Anti-inflammatory/fever medications

        h. Gastrointestinal system

        i. Musculoskeletal system

        j. Skin disorders

        k. Eye and Ear disorders

        l. Herbal remedies


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The following teaching strategies will be employed but not limited to:

Lectures, discussion, multimedia, web-based activities, and case studies.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply skills basic to the nursing process in discussing mechanisms of action, therapeutic effects, side effects, and adverse reactions of selected drugs.
  • Discuss the importance of adhering to established standards of professional nursing practice, and accepting individual responsibility for nursing interventions, when providing pharmacological agents for individuals and families.
  • Demonstrate increasing understanding of the necessity to acquire skill in the use of health care and information technology to provide current, accurate information about drug therapies to patients and families.
  • Utilize critical thinking in discussing nursing implications of administering selected drugs across the lifespan.
  • Demonstrate competency in calculating precise medication dosages.
  • Demonstrate competency in defining selected terms used in pharmacology, and discussing principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.
  • Refine skills for effective written, oral, and nonverbal communications with individuals and families related to pharmacotherapeutic regimens.
  • Demonstrate legal and ethical decision-making in relation to pharmacological responsibilities of the nurse.
  • Discuss the influence of health beliefs, cultural background, and psychological aspects of drug therapy in order to provide culturally sensitive nursing care.
  • Identify the importance of ongoing learning in order to apply pharmacological principles to patient care in concurrent and subsequent clinical courses.


Assessment Measures

May include:

  • Exams; Quizzes
  • Paper
  • Project, Individual or Group
  • Care Plan
  • Oral Presentations
  • Class Participation

The course grade is determined by an evaluation of the extent to which the student meets the stated course objectives. Students must have a minimum of 80% (“C”) in theory, measured through testing. Other work will be included in the final grade after the minimum 80% (“C”) has been attained through testing.


Other Course Information

Honor Code: The Radford University Honor Pledge provides the foundation for a university community in which freedom, trust and respect can prevail.  In accepting admission to Radford University, each student makes a commitment to support and uphold the Honor Code without compromise or exception.

The Honor Pledge: I shall uphold the values and ideals of Radford University by engaging in responsible behavior and striving always to be accountable for my actions while holding myself and others to the highest moral and ethical standards of academic integrity and good citizenship as defined in the Standards of Student Conduct.

Students with Disabilities: If you are seeking classroom accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act, you are required to register with the Disability Resource Office (DRO). The DRO is located in Room 32, Tyler Hall, telephone 540-831-6350. To receive academic accommodations for this class, please obtain the proper DRO forms and meet with me no later than the second week of the semester.

Attendance: For Attendance policies and other course-related requirements, see School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Handbook and Course Description.


Review and Approval
March 2011 Undergraduate Curriculum; Kimberly Carter, Director