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The Basics Of Pharmacology For Nurses

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 6 hours Pharmacology: 6 hours
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Course Summary

There are two distinct sets of responsibilities a registered nurse must fulfill; a social responsibility and a scientific responsibility. Drug administration falls squarely at the intersection of these two responsibilities. Not only do nurses need to understand the scientific elements of pharmacology — the science of how drugs are administered and processed by the body — but also the social component, which includes building relationships with patients in order to glean important information from patients and to serve as educators for both the patient and the patient’s family. Nurses must relate patient information to safety measures of avoiding drug-drug and drug-food interactions, allergic reactions, and other adverse effects. Without a strong background in the scientific elements of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, this information is meaningless. This course will help nurses navigate the relationship between these social and scientific roles.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Overview Of Pharmacology History And Advancement
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Drug Information
  • Drug Administration
  • Drugs Affecting The Nervous System
  • Drugs Affecting The Cardiovascular System
  • Drugs Affecting The Respiratory System
  • Drugs Affecting The Immune System
  • Drugs Affecting The Gastrointestinal System
  • Drugs Affecting The Endocrine System
  • Drugs Affecting The Musculoskeletal System
  • Drugs Affecting The Reproductive And Genitourinary System
  • Drugs Affecting The Eyes And Ears
  • Drug Interactions
  • Summary


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