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NURS 282 Pharmacology and the Role of the Professional Nurse

This course introduces theoretical concepts that enable students to provide safe and effective care related to pharmaceuticals and natural products to diverse clients across the lifespan. A framework is presented for approaching the study of pharmacotherapeutics including pharmaceutical research and regulation, quality and safety, major drug classifications, and clinical management.


Special information

Corequisite: NURS 280 AND NURS 285.
3 Undergraduate credits

Effective December 18, 2018 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacotherapeutics related to complex medication administration, safety and efficacy.
  • Identify the roles of the professional nurse as part of the interdisciplinary team in relation to medication administration.
  • Develop a framework of clinical decision making based on the nursing process to guide safe medication administration.
  • Utilize evidence-based resources to access pertinent information about pharmaceuticals and natural products.
  • Discuss the cultural and ethical aspects in pharmacology.
  • Describe the process of pharmaceutical approval and regulation.