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Pharmacotherapeutics I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 160

       Course Name: Pharmacotherapeutics I

       Credits: 1(1lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

BIO 111 or equivalent; concurrent enrollment in the clinical nursing course or nursing chairperson's consent.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course in advanced pharmacology concentrates on nursing implications in assessing patient's responses to pharmacotherapeutics. Content focus is on the nursing process in the administration of drug therapies within the disciplines of gerontology, maternity, and psychiatric nursing.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students would be able to do the following by the course completion:
1.Apply the nursing process in solving problems in assessing patient's responses to pharmacotherapeutics.
2.Determine the rationale for common medications used in pain management, end of life and in the nursing disciplines of gerontology, maternity and psychiatric nursing.
3.Discuss the resources from which data are accumulated for administration and evaluation of pharmacological treatments.
4.Describe the educational needs of patients receiving selected pharmacological agents.
5.Determine the relationship between pharmacologic agents, and physiologic and pathophysiologic responses, in order to administer selected medications safely and effectively.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Unit I Introduction
Medications for Pain Management
Medication Considerations in End of Life

Unit II Alternative medications - vitamins and herbal treatments

Unit III Medication Considerations for the Geriatric Clients
Clients with glaucoma; cataract
Clients with cardiovascular dysfunction
Clients with neurological dysfunction
Clients with orthopedic dysfunction
Clients with GI disorders
Clients with diabetes

Unit IV Medication Considerations for the Obstetrical Clients
Prenatal medications
Postnatal medications
Newborn medications
Gynecological medications

Unit V Medications for Client with Pscyho-social dysfunction
Antianxiety medication
Anti-manic medication
Anti-depressant medication
Anti-psychotic medication
Medications used in managing side effects of psychiatric drugs

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Theory:                     Lecture, discussion, audiovisuals, computer-assisted instruction, critical thinking questions, case studies

Interactive Video:      CAI and Videos in Nursing Computer Lab

VIII. Course Practices Required

A.        Reading: as assigned by course faculty
B.         Writing: as appropriate
C.        Study Guides: facilitating concepts
D.        Mathematics: as required for medication and IV calculations in clinical
E.         Computer Use: as required by course faculty

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Selected by course faculty.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grading Scale:(no rounding of grades)
                 92-100 = A
                 82-91   = B
                 75-81   = C
                 Below 74  = D

Theory: Weekly Quiz (9 total)                           45%
            3 Unit Exams (1 each discipline)            55%
            Standardized Achievement Tests (HESI)

XI.   Other Course Information

A. Students are expected to attend all scheduled campus nursing classes.

B. Class policy on:

Make-up of Tests:
Periodic pre-scheduled examinations shall be given during the semester. Anyone who misses an exam may be allowed, at the discretion of the instructor,  to take the test at a later date. In order to make up an exam, the student must call the faculty member to report the absence prior to the pre-scheduled exam time.  (See ADN Guidelines.)

Incomplete Grades:
See College catalog.

Late Assignments:
Failure to submit completed written assignments constitutes an unsatisfactory grade in the course unless arrangements have been made with the instructor.

C.        Support Services:
                        Learning Center
                        Computer-assisted Instruction
                        Instructional Media Services
                        Enrollment Management: Enrollment, registration, evaluation and record keeping
                        Office of Research: Surveys and reports
                        Health Services: Health forms, physicals, and medical tests
                        Bookstore: Textbooks
                        Advising
                        College Advancement

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The College has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodations for students, which may include providing a make up test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again. Instructors should inform students of this practice at the beginning of the semester so that arrangements can be made accordingly. Similar consideration is accorded to faculty, staff and administrators and is provided for in their respective contracts.