PNUR 124 - Pharmacology 2

This course builds on PNUR 114 Pharmacology 1 to increase the learner's understanding of pharmacotherapeutics prescribed for illnesses that clients experience across the lifespan. Topics include drug classifications and links with common diseases/illnesses based on a body system approach, and drug resistance.


Hours: 30 (Lecture Hours: 30)


Total Weeks: 10


Successful completion of Level 1 courses and Consolidated Practice Experience 1


Non-Course Prerequisites:


PNUR 120: Professional Communication 2
PNUR 121: Professional Practice 2
PNUR 122: Health Promotion 2
PNUR 123: Variations in Health 2
PNUR 125: Integrated Nursing Practice 2     


Detailed Course Content, Topics and Sequence Covered:
Course outcomes will be met through examination and exploration of the following:
    - Drug Classifications according to body systems:
          - Endocrine System
          - Nervous System (includes effect on cognition and mental health)
          - Cardiovascular System
          - Respiratory System
          - Gastrointestinal System (not including medications used to treat constipation)
          - Genitourinary System
          - Musculoskeletal System
          - Sensory System
    - Miscellaneous Drug Classifications (antineoplastics)
    - Antimicrobial Agents
    - Drug Resistance
    - Interactions of complementary and alternative healing remedies with prescription medication


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
1.   Describe medication classifications, actions, interactions and nursing implications relative to body systems including: endocrine, neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal systems, and miscellaneous drug classification
2.   Relate drug interactions, polypharmacy, and food/drug effects to medication used by clients across the lifespan, particularly the older adult
3.   Describe the effects, uses, and indications for antimicrobials, as well as the relationship with drug resistance
4.   Relate theoretical understanding of narcotic side effects, indications for use, and legal responsibilities
5.   Describe the potential interaction of complementary, Indigenous and herbal preparations with prescription medications
6.   Demonstrate competency with mathematical drug calculations
7.   Consider the roles of other health care providers in determining one's own professional and interprofessional roles related to complementary and prescription medication ordering, processing, dispensing, administration and monitoring.


Grading System: Pass/Fail


Passing Grade: In order to pass this course, students must achieve 80% on both the final pharmacology theory exam and the overall pharmacology theory grade.  They also must achieve 100% on the pharmocology math exam in order to pass this course.  A maximum of one rewrite is available for the final theory exam and two rewrites are available for the math exam to obtain a passing grade.  See Northern Lights College's Practical Nursing Program Handbook for more information.


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Percentage of Group Work: 0


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.