NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Pharmacology

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Pharmacology
    B. Course Number: NU 123B - 10249
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: F 8:30:00 AM - 11:30:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Allen, Shannon
    G. Office: McLean Hall (MC) 124
    H. Email Address: SAllen@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2520
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-5:00:00 PM (MST);
    Messages left on canvas will be responded to daily during the week. Messages over the weekend will be responded to on Monday morning.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): NU 113A Introduction to Nursing Concepts, NU 114 Principles of Nursing Practice
    M. Corequisite(s): NU 123 Health and Illness Concepts, NU 123A Health Care Participant
    N. Class Location: MC136
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course introduces the nursing student to pharmacological nursing practice across the lifespan utilizing a conceptual approach. The student identifies the nurse's professional role related to pharmacotherapeutics in diverse populations. Safety issues and minimization of risk potential associated with pharmacotherapeutics, complementary, and alternative medicines are discussed. Evidence-based pharmacological and pathophysiological concepts are integrated to guide medication therapeutics. Health care system protocols, communication methods, and informatics related to pharmacotherapeutics are included in the course content. Common drug classes and the pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics associated with each class are included in this course. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: NU 113A Introduction to Nursing Concepts, NU 114 Principles of Nursing Practice Corequisites: NU 123 Health and Illness Concepts, NU 123A Health Care Parti

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is transferrable to other New Mexico nursing programs utilizing the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium (NMNEC) statewide common curriculum. This course has no guarantee of transferability to another college or university that is not participating in NMNEC statewide common curriculum.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Adams, Michael, Norman Holland, and Carol Urban. Pharmacology For Nurses, A Pathophysiologic Approach. Fifth ed. N.p.: Pearson, 2017. Print. ISBN: 978-0-13-425516-3

    Gray, Morris. Calculate with Confidence, 6th edition. (2014). Elsevier/ Mosby. ISBN: 978-0-323-08931-9

    Pagana & Pagana, Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 5th edition. (2013) Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323089494.

    Skidmore-Roth, Mosby’s Drug Guide for Nursing Students, 12th edition. (2016) Mosby/Elsevier. ISBN: 9780323448079

    A simple calculator

    Map coloring pencils

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Grades will be calculated as follows:

    Math Assessment 3%
    Drug Evaluation Assignment 5%
    Unit Exams (4) 18% each
    Final Exam 18%
    ATI Proctored Exam 2%

    NMNEC Course Grading Scale:

    Grading Scale Letter Grade
    90 – 100 A
    80 – 89 B
    77 – 79 C
    67 – 76 D
    0 – 66 F


    IX. Course Grading Policy:

    A grade of 77 or higher is the minimum passing grade for nursing.
    A grade of C or higher is required for all nursing courses.
    The student must pass all nursing classes in sequence prior to taking courses in the following semester(s).

    Unit Exams:
    The student will be given proctored computer exams to assess mastery of content for multiple units. Unit exams will be based on theoretical material and application of practical skills. See course calendar for dates and times. Per NMJC policy, faculty has 10 days to post grades. Scores are usually posted on Canvas within 24 hours.

    The student will be given proctored 50 question computer exams to assess mastery of content for multiple units. Unit exams will be based on theoretical material and application of practical skills. See course calendar for dates and times.

    If it is absolutely necessary to miss an exam, the student must notify faculty at least 2 hours prior to the exam. A makeup exam will be arranged and must be taken as soon as the student returns to class. The exam may be a different version or format.

    Unit Exam Review Process:

    •Unit exams may be reviewed by the student in the classroom during the next class date immediately following the exam. Exam review is mandatory for those that make below 77% on the unit exam. The exam review will begin promplty at 8:30. There will be no admittance for exam review after the specific start time. The exam review is allotted 15 minutes. You must remain in the classroom until the specified finish time or until everyone is done with their exam review. Talking or asking questions will not be allowed during the review.
    • During the review if a student disagrees with a unit exam item, the student must submit an appeal form that will be provided in class immediately after the unit exam review. The student may only write the number of the question(s) on the appeal form. The question(s) on the appeal form will be the only question(s) that may be disputed. The appeal form will be given to the curriculum coordinator and a copy given to the student. Faculty will be informed of the question(s) on the appeal form. The student will have until 1100 the next day to submit appropriate supporting documentation and page numbers from assigned readings to prove that the answer you chose is the correct answer. The student will submit the documentation in a Word document via Canvas to the curriculum coordinator and faculty. The curriculum coordinator and the faculty will then review the student’s document and make a final decision regarding the exam item. If the student disagrees with the decision, then the student may take the appeal process to the director of the nursing program.



    Final Exam:
    There will be a proctored computer comprehensive final exam. It will not include questions from unit exams. See course calendar for date and time.

    •Final exam may be reviewed by the student with in the classroom. Classroom will be open at 0900 for exam review. The student must have the NMJC computer on and ready in Lockdown Browser by 0900. There will be no admittance for exam review after 0900. The exam review will be finished at 1000, no exceptions. Please see the dates for exam review on the calendar.

    • During the review if a student disagrees with a final exam item, the student must submit an appeal form that will be provided in class immediately after the final exam review. The student may only write the number of the question(s) on the appeal form. The question(s) on the appeal form will be the only question(s) that may be disputed. The appeal form will be given to the curriculum coordinator and a copy given to the student. Faculty will be informed of the question(s) on the appeal form. The student will have until 1500, the day of the review, to submit appropriate supporting documentation and page numbers from assigned readings to prove that the answer you chose is the correct answer. The student will submit the documentation in a Word document via Canvas to the curriculum coordinator and faculty. The curriculum coordinator and the faculty will then review the student’s document and make a final decision regarding the exam item. If the student disagrees with the decision, then the student may take the appeal process to the director of the nursing program.

    c. Unit Exams and Final Exam Average

    The first calculation is an average of the unit exam scores and the final exam score. Each unit exam score and the final exam score are weighted equally. An average score of 77% or higher is required.

    When a score of 77% or higher is NOT earned for the unit exam scores and the final exam score average, other course grades are not eligible for computation into a final grade and the student will earn a letter grade of D or F.

    When a score of 77% or higher is earned for the unit exam scores and final exam score average, other course grades are eligible for computation into the final course average.

    Course assignment grades are calculated with other course grades to determine a final grade.

    A course-specific, grade-weighting percentage chart is included in the syllabus of each course.

    When a weighted grade of 77% or higher is NOT earned, the student earns a letter grade of D or F.


    STUDENT RECEIVES EXACTLY GRADE EARNED. GRADES ARE NOT ROUNDED.
    Student must receive a grade of 77% (C) or better in order to pass the course. The student must achieve a final course grade of 'C' (77%) or higher in all Level II courses to progress to Level III. For an Incomplete Grade, see the Nursing Program Handbook.

    Each unit exam will contain 5 math questions from the NMNEC level 1 and level 2 curriculum. The final exam will contain 10 math questions.

    NMNEC Calculations to be tested at level 1&2 include:

    • Interpret medication orders and standard abbreviations needed for dosage calculations.
    • Convert mcg, mg, g, kg
    • Convert mL, L
    • Convert lbs, Kg
    • Convert ounce, mL
    • Convert teaspoons, mL
    • Convert Metric and Household Systems
    • Calculate dosages of oral medications.
    • Calculate parenteral medication volumes and dosages
    • Determine if an ordered amount is within a safe/recommended range.

    Drug Evaluation Assignment
    This evaluation will be conducted on a family member or friend. Do not include the name, relationship or any identifying factors of the candidate. Maintain confidentiality. Focus on 2 drugs that the adult is taking. Ask what health problems the person has and why the drug is taken in the patient’s own words. A literature review is then performed on the pathophysiology of the disease process for which the medications are being taken, and the drugs. Specific information about the drug such as names (trade and generic), class, therapeutic actions, indications, absorption and first pass effect, pharmacokinetics, implementation, dose, route, dilution, side effects and other factors that apply to the drug will be listed. A patient medication assessment is then performed to determine what side effects the candidate may have, compliance of medication therapy, results of lab work that applies to the drug, desired effects and adverse effects present. The assessment is then followed by teaching and noncompliance issues that you would address if he or she were your patient. Provide written detail of patient teaching that would benefit your patient. This assignment is due Friday, 02/17/17 at 8:30 am. You may turn it in sooner but not later. Drug Evaluations turned in late will be given a zero score.


    Pass/Fail Assignments:
    ATI (Practice/Tutorials)
    ATI Practice exams will allow students another method of study over specific concepts and exemplars. The ATI Practice exams will be assigned throughout the semester for the student to complete. These exams will aid in preparing the student for unit examinations, the final examination, and any ATI Proctored exams. No requirement of specific scores will be required but the student will be required to complete the assigned ATI Practice Exams.

    The student must satisfactorily complete all pass/fail assignments and achieve at least the designated minimum passing score for the assignment (if specified) in order to pass the course. Failure to complete all assignments in the course may result in course failure.

    A pass/fail assignment is one in which the student is required to complete by the designated due date. Additionally, Module Zero must be completed by the due date, for every course, every semester, no exceptions.

    For most pass/fail assignments, the assignment is considered “passed” when it is completed by the due date regardless of the achieved score. Some pass/fail assignments may have a designated score that must be achieved by the due date in order to pass; however, this score does not count in the overall grade for the course (these pass/fail assignments will be specified in the syllabus).
    If the assignment is not completed by the due date, it is considered “failed” and the following consequences will be assigned to the student:

    • 1st missed assignment:

    o The student will be placed on an action plan by his/her advisor and will be required to complete an alternate assignment by the specified time. This assignment will be related to the content of the assignment missed and may be in another format. If the alternate assignment is not completed by the specified time, it will count as the 2nd missed assignment (see below).

    • 2nd missed assignment:

    o Student will be placed on a learning contract by his/her advisor and will be required to write a paper on professionalism. A rubric and guidelines for the paper will be provided and must be followed. The learning contract will continue with the student throughout enrollment in the nursing program.

    • 3rd missed assignment:

    o Student will be required to meet with the Administrative Nursing Review Committee to discuss repetition of the unprofessional behavior. The student may earn a failing grade for the course and be unable to progress to the next level in the nursing program.

    ATI Proctored Exam (2%)

    The student will take proctored exams and remediate. The student will earn a grade per the ATI grading policy. See grading policy below.

    ATI Testing Policy - Content Mastery Series Proctored Examinations
    (Levels 2, 3, 4, and 5 only)

    Step 1: Complete Practice Assessment and Remediation
    ● Minimum of one (1) hour Focused Review
    ● Complete an Active Learning Template for each topic missed
    40 Points



    Step 2: First Proctored Assessment and Remediation
    Achieve Level 3 Achieve Level 2 Achieve Level 1 Achieve Below Level 1
    ● Minimum 1 hour Focused Review
    ● Complete an Active Learning Template for each topic missed ● Minimum 2 hours Focused Review
    ● Complete an Active Learning Template for each topic missed ● Minimum 3 hours Focused Review
    ● Complete an Active Learning Template for each topic missed
    ● Write 3 critical points for each topic missed ● Minimum 4 hours Focused Review
    ● Complete an Active Learning Template for each topic missed
    ● Write 3 critical points for each topic missed
    40 Points 30 Points 10 Points 0 Points



    Step 3: Second Proctored Assessment - Retake
    Achieve Level 3 Achieve Level 2 Achieve Level 1 Achieve Below Level 1
    Retake (Optional) Retake (Optional) Retake (Required) Retake (Required)
    20 Points 20 Points 20 Points 20 Points


    Total points earned when the
    Practice, First Proctored, and Second Proctored
    assessments and remediation activities are completed
    100 Points 90 Points 70 Points 60 Points


    Pass/Fail Assignments (Family Health History, Community Assessment, Community Intervention Plan, Disaster Preparedness Activity, ATI Activities, and Elsevier)

    The student must complete all assigned activities in Elsevier Nursing Concepts Online (NCO) 2.0, and ATI as assigned in the syllabus/course schedule. Specific guidelines will be discussed during class. Rubrics will be posted in Canvas modules. Instructors may use these assignments in class, as homework, or as a ticket to class. These assignments are pass/fail.

    STUDENT RECEIVE EXACTLY EARNED GRADE. GRADES ARE NOT ROUNDED.

    Incomplete Grade
    - See Student Nurse Handbook

    Progression to Level III, Semester III of the Nursing Program

    The student must achieve a final course grade of 'C' (77%) or higher for NU124A, and
    NU123, NU123A and NU123B to be eligible to progress to Level III, Semester III of the
    Nursing Program.



    Students are expected to follow the dress code as outlined in the NMJC Nursing Program Handbook.

    All missed assignments, absences, and tardies will follow the NMJC nursing program policies as listed in the NMJC Nursing Program Handbook.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    L2.1: Recognize and assess diverse patient's values, beliefs, and attitudes related to health.
    L2.2: Apply safety measures to well patient populations.
    L2.3: Implement evidence-based practices in care of well populations across the lifespan.
    L2.4: Adhere to policies and procedures in health care delivery settings.
    L2.5: Communicate with other health care providers to meet the needs of well patients.
    L2.6: Utilize informatics for well patient care.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

    1. Identify the nurse’s professional role related to pharmacotherapeutics in diverse populations across the lifespan.
    2. Identify safety issues and minimize risk potential associated with pharmacotherapeutics and complementary and alternative medicine.
    3. Utilize evidence-based information integrating pharmacologic and pathophysiologic concepts to guide medication therapeutics.
    4. Describe health-care system protocols related to pharmacotherapeutics.
    5. Identify methods for communication with the health care team related to pharmacotherapeutics.
    6. Utilize informatics systems related to pharmacotherapeutics.
    7. Describe common classes of drugs that are used in health care, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics.

  10. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  11. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  12. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  13. FINALS SCHEDULE