The course focus is a comprehensive study of pharmacologic principles of non-anesthesia prescription and non-prescription medications encountered by the nurse anesthetist during provision of care. Emphasis is placed on physiologic actions, therapeutic decision making, and medication management for application in clinical practice. Biotransformation, elimination and molecular mechanisms knowledge will be used to build a scientific foundation for clinical decision-making across the lifespan. Competence Statement: Knows the pharmacologic principles of non-anesthesia medications well enough to apply to nurse anesthesia practice.
- Employ principles of pharmacogenomics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and economics in therapeutic clinical decision-making when formulating an anesthesia plan;
- Predict physiologic effects at the cellular level based upon mechanism of action, presence of prescribed and nonprescription drugs, and abnormal physiologic states;
- Predict and plan for non-anesthesia drug effects on the anesthetic plan; and
- Recommend methods to assess medication efficacy and safety.