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Pharmotherapeutics II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: NUR 260

       Course Name: Pharmotherapeutics II

       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 covers advanced pharmacology. Content focuses on nursing implications in assessing patient's responses to pharmacotherapeutics, and the nursing process used in the administration of drug therapies within the disciplines of pediatrics and medical-surgical 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 meds used in pain management, medical-surgical nursing and pediatric nursing.
3.    Discuss the sources 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

Week
        UNIT 1 - PEDIATRIC PHARMACOLOGY
    1        Calculating safe dosages for children
    2        Administration of medications to children
    3        Medications for specific pediatric conditions

        UNIT 2 - MEDICATIONS FOR THE CLIENT WITH CANCER
    4        Chemotherapy
    5        Adjuncts to chemotherapy - meds for side effects and to stimulate blood cells
    6        Pain Management

        UNIT 3 - MEDICATIONS FOR CLIENTS WITH NON-DIABETIC ENDOCRINE DISORDERS
    7        Thyroid Medications
        Steroids

        UNIT 4 - MEDICATIONS FOR CLIENTS WITH ORGAN
        TRANSPLANTATION
    8        Immunosuppressants

        UNIT 5 - MEDICATIONS TO MANAGE SEIZURE DISORDERS
    9        Anticonvulsants

        UNIT 6 - ANTICOAGULANTS AND THROMBOLYTICS
10 & 11    Heparin
        Coumadin
        Lovenex
        Thrombolytics

        UNIT 7 - MEDICATIONS FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASE
12 & 13    Antibiotics
        Drugs for TB
        Antivirals
        Antifungals
        Topical Agents for Burns
   
        UNIT 8 - MEDICATIONS FOR ACUTE CARDIAC CONDITIONS
14 & 15    Antianginals
        Antiarrythmics
        Diuretics
        Antilipemics

        UNIT 9 - MEDICATIONS USED IN CRITICAL CARE
   16        First line emergency drugs
        Dopamine and Doputamine

REVIEW AND FINAL EXAM

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

Theory: Weekly open book tests: 28%
Critical thinking questions: 28%
Two section finals (1 each discipline): 44%
Standardized Test (as assigned)

XI.   Other Course Information

A.    Students are expected to stay current with weekly work online.

B.    Class policy on:

Make-up of Tests:
Anyone who misses an exam may be allowed to, at the discretion of the instructor, take the test at a later date. In order to make up an exam, the student must notify the faculty member to report the absence prior to the pre-scheduled exam time online. (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: Publication and marketing

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.