This course builds on the concepts learned in Basics of Pharmacology. Drug classifications and their effect on the various body systems are presented in this course. Specific drugs in each classification are emphasized according to expected effects, side effects, allergic, and adverse effects. Routes of drug administration and variables that influence drug action are covered throughout the class. Medication calculations will be required to demonstrate knowledge of safe dosing parameters. Safety precautions, which will assist with decreasing the incidence of errors in medication administration are stressed.

Following satisfactory completion of this course, the student will:

  • Discuss the relationship of pharmacological interventions to selected disease states.
  • Describe major drug classifications and categories.
  • Describe adverse effects, contraindications, dosing and drug interactions in pharmacology across the lifespan.
  • Describe the role and responsibility of the nurse for ethical, legal, safe and therapeutic drug therapy.
  • Apply the steps of the nursing process as they relate to medication administration.
  • Identify appropriate patient teaching for drug therapy across the lifespan.
  • Cite Ohio law and rules as they apply to the accountability of LPN’s and IV therapy.
  • Demonstrate appropriate procedures and documentation that apply to IV therapy.
  • Apply scientific principles such as A&P, microbiology, physics, mathematics, standard precautions as they apply to the administration of IV therapy.
  • Perform venipuncture correctly.
  • Safely perform the following: add solutions to existing IV’s, maintain IV lines, hang and regulate flow of IV’s, change IV tubing, perform IV dressing changes, discontinue IV’s, flush and convert peripheral intermittent infusions and heparin locks