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NUR 145 Pathopharmacology
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2017
SUN#: None
AGEC: None  
Credit Breakdown: 4 Lectures
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A, B, C, D, F
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Description: The fundamentals of pathophysiology as it relates to pharmacology for nursing care is discussed. A focus on pathological conditions that cause disease, the incidence, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and special considerations of major diseases of the body systems are studied. Students will demonstrate application of pathophysiological principles to pharmacologic therapy as it relates to major drug classifications, prototypes, therapeutic actions, side effects, interactions, ethical-legal implications, age-related, and cultural considerations of patients. The nursing process will be used as the method by which students apply pathopharmacologic principles to patient care. Prerequisites: NUR121 AND NUR126; NUR122 must be a corequisite or a prerequisite.

Prerequisites: NUR121 AND NUR126; NUR122 must be a corequisite or a prerequisite.

Corequisites: NUR 122 must be a corequisite or a prerequisite.

Recommendations: None

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Explain the relationship between pathophysiology and pharmacology as a holistic approach to patient care and wellness.

2. (Analysis Level) Describe the major organs, their locations, and functions for the eight major body systems (immune, neurological, endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, and gastrointestinal) and compare normal function to abnormal function.

3. (Comprehension Level) Identify and explain the causes, incidence, prevention methods, signs, symptoms, and treatments of the most prevalent diseased states within each major body system (immune, neurological, endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, and gastrointestinal).

4. (Evaluation Level) Compare and contrast the pathogenesis of principle acute, chronic disease, and recurrent disease states.

5. (Application Level) Apply the nursing process (assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, and evaluation) in administering safe, effective medication therapy (including but not limited to medication rights, components of medication orders, communication strategies, and dosage calculations).

6. (Application Level) Apply physiological, psychosocial, developmental, spiritual, and cultural considerations to preventative measures, treatments, and pharmacological considerations for patients with major disease states.

7. (Application Level) Formulate and implement decision-making strategies related to safe medication administration by exhibiting an understanding of major drug classifications and prototypes to treat specific diseases and conditions.

8. (Evaluation Level) Examine and evaluate the legal, ethical, and interdisciplinary implications for nurses and other health professionals as it relates to the drug therapy process.

9. (Analysis Level) Prioritize essential teaching strategies regarding drug therapy for safe medication administration to the specific needs of individuals, families, and groups within a healthcare facility or home environment.

10. (Synthesis Level) Improve communication with other healthcare providers using communication tools and resources such as SBAR, VORB, and medication reconciliation processes to ensure safe medication administration on a continuum of care.




Internal/External Standards Accreditation

75% of the course grade is the result of didactic examination and students must achieve a score of 76% or higher.

The above requirements meet the standards set forth by the Arizona Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) URL: www.acenursing.org and www.azbn.gov.