Online | 8 weeks | 3 Credit Hours
Prescribed drugs are designed to act a specific way once taken. However, many things can affect how a patient will react to medication, including allergic reactions, adverse drug reactions, and more. In this course, you'll examine what factors can influence the actual effectiveness of drugs in the body and gain an understanding of each step of the nursing process as it relates to drug therapy.
Consider the effects of drug-drug, drug-alternative therapy, drug-food, and drug-laboratory test interactions and review the important points that must be assessed and considered before administering a drug in order to prevent medication errors.
You'll explore the effect that several classes of drugs and therapeutic agents have on the body. You will consider the therapeutic actions, indications, and pharmacokinetics interactions associated with drugs used for each of the body's systems—including understanding the nursing considerations and teaching needs for patients receiving each class of medication.
Compare and contrast the prototype drug for each class of pharmaceutical with other drugs in its class. As you gain insight into the changes that occur in the different systems of the body when influenced by pharmacological agents, you'll also realize the effect of drugs on these systems across the lifespan.