Shepherd college bsn nursing department

Department of Nursing Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
DAY/TIME: Friday 10:10 – 12:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Erma Ora Byrd Hall Room 103
FACULTY: K. Gaberson
E-mail assignment due

Jan. 25 Pathophysiology and pharmacology of the Feb. 15 Pathophysiology and pharmacology of the IV therapy assignment due
H & M, Chaps. 12 (review), 13, 14, 15 K, H, & M, Chaps. 17-18 (review), 20, 25, 26 Feb. 29 Pathophysiology and pharmacology of cancer H & M, Chaps. 9 & 10 K, H, & M, Chaps. 36 & 37 Mar. 7 Mid-term exam
Nicotine paper due

Pathophysiology and pharmacology of immunity H & M, Chap. 5, 6, 7 Apr. 18 Pathophysiology and pharmacology of the
1-3 p.m. ATI proctored exam
Apr. 25 SPRING RECESS WEEKEND (if no snow days
May 2 Gastrointestinal system (cont’d) Th. May 8-10 a.m. ATI proctored exam re-take (if
May 9 FINAL EXAM (9-11 a.m.)
Department of Nursing Education

Credit Hours



Office Hours:
Monday, 1 to 3 p.m. (exc 1/14, 1/21, 3/17, 3/31) Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (exc 3/18, 4/1) Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m. (exc 1/17, 2/7, 3/20, 4/3, 4/24
Office Location

Contact Information

Course Description
This is the second course in a two-course sequence that presents clinical pharmacology and pathophysiology emphasizing: Rationales and safe drug administration, relationships of drug mechanisms to disease processes, effects of lifespan on drug therapy, and application of nursing research to pharmacological principles. Alterations in biologic processes that affect the body’s homeostasis and various dysfunctions of biologic systems are examined. The rationale for diagnosis and therapeutic interventions is introduced.
Course Objectives
By the end of this course, the student will be able to: 1. Analyze the nursing process for patients taking drugs in selected pharmacologic classifications. Utilize the nursing process to evaluate the therapeutic outcomes obtained from prescribed Identify specific precautions needed to ensure the safe preparation and administration of drug Cite major factors associated with drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion for Describe essential elements of patient education for prescribed drug therapy, including multicultural, health beliefs, age, and lifestyle considerations. Discuss the effects of age on drug action. Discuss the pathophysiology and common clinical manifestations of disease processes and identify commonly prescribed medications related to digestion, endocrine function, neurology,
Course Competencies
Discuss elements of client teaching for pharmacological agents. Use drug reference/handbook and textbooks as a reference for client-care decision making. Determine interrelationships between disease processes, pathophysiology, and
Methods of Instruction

Methods of Evaluation
Total 200 points

Grading Scale (Policy 104)

At the end of the semester, fractional points will not be rounded to the nearest full point. Policies
You are encouraged to attend all classes, and active participation in class discussions will be evaluated as part of your grade. If you must miss a class because of illness or other emergency, please notify me in advance if possible, either by e-mail or telephone. Sometimes it is possible for you to earn partial credit for participation on a day when you are absent, if you can provide a contribution in advance for me to If you would like to tape record a class, please ask me for permission in advance. Asking a classmate to tape record a class for you is not an appropriate remedy for an absence. The only items you are permitted to have at your desk during an examination are pencils, pens, the exam booklet, and answer sheet. Please leave books, backpacks, cell phones, and other personal items in your locker, or do not bring them with you that day. If a calculator is permitted for that examination, it will be provided. The only acceptable excuse for missing an exam is your illness or injury or a death in your immediate family. If you must be absent on the day that an exam is scheduled, please notify me by telephone no
later than 1 hour prior to the scheduled exam. If you do not reach me by telephone, notify the
Shepherd University Department of Nursing Education (304) 876-5341. Failure to notify me in advance of an absence on the day of an exam may result in a score of zero on that exam. Please make arrangements with me to take a missed exam as soon as possible. I do not return exam papers to students for post-test discussion until everyone has taken the exam, even if the make-up exam Assignments All papers are to be prepared according to the Department of Nursing Education Manual of Style.
Progression (Policy 106)

A letter grade of “C” in this course is the lowest passing grade, and is required to progress in the BSN
Evaluation by Student

Evaluation of Teaching/Theory Course

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating, falsifying records, etc.) will result in academic action
as outlined in the Shepherd University Student Handbook.
Cancellation of Class

In the event of a weather emergency or other disaster, please check the Shepherd University web site to
determine if the University is open or if classes have been cancelled. I live in town and usually I am able
to get to campus and will hold class as long as the University is open.
If you live at a great distance from the campus and the weather conditions are unfavorable in your area,
please make your own decision about whether it is safe to travel to campus. If you decide not to attend
class because of weather conditions, please notify me by e-mail.
Textbooks (all required)

Kee, J. L., Hayes, E. R., & McCuistion, L. E. (2006). Pharmacology: A nursing process approach (5th

Huether, S. E., & McCance, K. L. (2004). Understanding pathophysiology (3rd ed.). St. Louis:Mosby.
A drug reference handbook of your choice

Assessment of Student Learning
The Department of Nursing Education participates in the Shepherd University Program of Assessment
of Student Learning in order to monitor how students are meeting educational goals in the interest of
promoting an atmosphere of learning and ongoing enhancement of academic programs. Shepherd
University requires student participation in assessment tests and surveys, both departmentally and when
selected to participate in campus-wide assessment. Failure to participate can result in administrative
action including withholding of grades, restriction from registration until the requirements are met, or
In this course, the ATI proctored exam RN Pharmacology is required.
Gastrointestinal system
Please look up all of these drugs in your drug handbook. Be prepared to discuss, indications for use, usual adult dosage and route, nursing considerations. Pharmacologic classification
Drug names
aluminum hydroxide + simethicone / Mylanta Neurology
clozapine / Clozaril haloperidol / Haldol Assignments
1. E-mail assignment: Contact information and course goals

Send an e-mail to Dr. Gaberson ( from the e-mail account that you will use for this course. Include in the body of the e-mail the following information: • Your name, mailing address, and phone numbers • What you expect to gain from this course E-mail this assignment as the body of an e-mail message (not as an attachment). In the Subject line of the e-mail message, type your first initial and last name, followed by “NURS 326 Assignment #1” Example: Subject: K. Gaberson NURS 326 Assignment #1
Due date: January 18, 2008

Total=5 points
Due date: February 15, 2008
3. Nicotine paper: Effects of nicotine on the body This is a small-group assignment. Everyone in your group will receive the same grade for this paper. Submit the assignment in hard copy, one copy per group. Also submit the completed Group Role Evaluation sheet, verifying that each member has met his or her assigned responsibilities (with the signature of every other group member). You should follow the Department of Nursing Education Manual of Style. Include a title page with all group member names. Include an abstract, table of contents, and reference list. Use reference citations appropriately. This paper will have two parts. In Part I, describe the effects of nicotine on each body system. Part II will be based on a case study. Each group will receive a different case study. With your small group, analyze the case study to determine the best approach to this patient to encourage smoking cessation. Base your approach to the patient on the general information you obtained in Part I about the effects of nicotine on each body system as well as on the patient’s specific pathophysiology, developmental stage, and psychosocial aspects described in the case study. The conclusion should be a brief recommendation about the rationale that you would recommend using to convince this patient to stop smoking. You are not expected to construct a teaching plan per se, but to provide a motivational basis on which to approach this patient. Due date: March 28, 2008

Total=20 points
Criteria for scoring
Synthesis of pathophysiology, developmental aspects, psychosocial factors Relevant rationale for approach to patient Style, form, spelling, grammar, punctuation Department of Nursing Education Manual of Style SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY
NURS 326 Essentials of Clinical Pharmacology and Pathophysiology in Nursing
The following criteria will be used to evaluate your class participation. You may use this tool to evaluate your own performance. _____ 3 points I completed the assigned readings prior to the class. I was prepared with specific questions and comments. I made significant contributions to the class discussion and facilitated others’ learning. I arrived on time and stayed for the entire class. I read, or at least flipped through the pages, of the assigned readings. I participated in the discussion as much as possible but my comments were more anecdotal than scholarly. I was late for class or left early. I never got around to reading the assignment. I was attentive to the
discussion but avoided making comments or answering questions unless I
was specifically asked. I was late for the class and left class early.
I did not attend class and did not make any prior arrangements to contribute in alternative ways.


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