Knowledge of pharmacology is essential to safe nursing practice. An accurate client assessment depends on the nurse’s ability to obtain a comprehensive drug history. Nurses who know pharmacology are better prepared to manage clients’ drug therapies and medication education.
The purpose/goal of this course is to provide an overview of pharmacological principles as well as aspects of selected medications and the nursing management of clients taking specific classes of medications.
This course is not a substitution for a drug reference book. Information on prescribed drugs changes frequently and each practicing nurse must stay current on these new developments.
Learning Objectives At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will do the following: • Describe the pharmacological principles of drug action. • Identify safe medication practices, including the five rights and three checks of medication administration. • Explain the concerns about medications given to the geriatric population. • Describe medication administration issues and nursing management of anti-infective agents. • Describe medication administration issues and nursing management of cardiovascular agents. • Describe medication administration issues and nursing management of anti-hypertensive agents. • Describe medication administration issues and nursing management of medications used to treat circulatory disorders.
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
A maximum of 2.0 contact hours may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 13664, for 2.0 contact hours.
This activity is an online enduring material. Successful completion is achieved by reading and/or viewing the material(s), reflecting on its implications in your practice, and completing the assessment component.
The ideas and opinions presented in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Annenberg Center and/or its agents. As in all educational activities, we encourage practitioners to use their own judgement in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account that patient’s unique clinical situation. The Annenberg Center disclaims all liability and cannot be held responsible for any problems that may arise from participating in this activity or following treatment recommendations presented.
The estimated time to complete the activity is 2.0 hour(s).
This course released on June 1, 2017 and expires on May 31, 2019.