This course teaches the classifications of drugs according to body systems and the use of these drugs for the purpose of restoring or maintaining health. It begins with basic terminology and progresses to medication administration and standards and legislation as they relate to drugs. Topics include the role of the nurse, the nursing process, nutrition, and principles of ethics. A basic study of pharmacokinetics explores how drugs are absorbed, transported, metabolized, and excreted. A review of pharmacotherapeutics focuses on how drugs are used by the human body and how the client’s age and unique characteristics affect this process. Orem’s theory is integrated into practical application based on a client’s needs.
3 hours of lecture per week