House Bill 2504 Spring 2011 Course Syllabus VNSG-1227-01 (Essential Medication Admn)
Spring 2011 Course Syllabus
VNSG-1227-01 (Essential Medication Admn)
|Instructor||Mulliner, Mary A.|
|Course ID #||10359|
|Course Title||Essential Medication Admn|
|Course Description||General principles of medication administration including determination of dosage, preparation, safe administration, and documentation of multiple forms of drugs. Instruction includes various systems of measurement.|
BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology
NURA 1301 Nurse Aide for Health Care Organizations I
NURA 1160 Clinical
|Required Textbooks||1 Pickar, Gloria D. (2008). Dosage Calculations (8th edition). New York: Thompson-Delmar Learning|
1. Chapter 3 Systems of Measurement
a. Interpret and properly express metric, and household notation.
b. Recall metric, and household equivalents.
2. Chapter 4 Conversions: Metric, and Household Systems
a. Convert between units of measurement within the same system.
b. Convert units of measurement from one system to another.
3. Chapter 6 Equipment Used In Dosage Measurement
a. Recognize and select the appropriate equipment for the medication, dosage, and method of administration ordered.
b. Read and interpret the calibrations of each utensil presented.
4. Chapter 7 Interpreting Drug Orders
a. Read and write proper medical notation.
b. Write the standard medical abbreviation from a list of common terminology.
c. Classify the notation that specifies the dosage, route, and frequency of the medication to be administered.
d. Interpret physician orders and medication administration records.
5. Chapter 8 Understanding Drug Labels
a. Find and differentiate the brand and generic names of drugs.
b. Determine the dosage strength.
c. Determine the form in which the drug is supplied.
d. Determine the supply dosage or concentration.
e. Identify the total volume of the drug container.
f. Differentiate the total volume of the container from the supply dosage.
g. Find the directions for mixing or preparing the supply dosage of drugs as needed.
h. Recognize and follow drug alerts.
i. Identify the administration route.
j. Check the expiration date.
k. Identify the lot number, National Drug Code, and bar code symbols.
l. Recognize the manufacturer’s name.
m. Differentiate labels for multi-dose containers from unit dose packets.
n. Identify combination drugs.
6. Chapter 9 Preventing Medication Errors
a. Describe the cost and consequences of medication errors.
b. Name the steps involved in medication administration.
c. Identify causes of medication errors.
d. Identify the role of the nurse in preventing medication errors.
e. Provide rationale for medication administration and the importance of accurate and safe dosage calculations and medication administration.
7. Chapter 10 Oral Dosage of Drugs
a. Convert all units of measurement to the same system and same size units.
b. Estimate the reasonable amount of the drug to be administered.
c. Use the formula
--- X Q = X (amount to administer) to calculate drug H
d. Calculate the number of tablets or capsules that are contained in prescribe dosages.
e. Calculate the volume of liquid per dose when the prescribed dosage is in solution form.
8. Chapter 11 Parenteral Dosage of Drugs
a. Apply the three steps for dosage calculations: convert, think, and calculate.
b. Use the formula
--- X Q = X (amount to administer) to calculate drug H
c. Reconstitute and label medications supplied in powder or dry form.
d. Differentiate between varying directions for reconstitution and select the correct set to prepare the dosage ordered.
e. Measure insulin in a matching insulin syringe.
9. Chapter 12 Reconstitution of Solutions
a. Define and apply the terms solvent, solute, and solution.
b. Reconstitute and label medications supplied in powder or dry form.
c. Differentiate between varying directions for reconstitution and select the correct set to prepare the dosage ordered.
d. Calculate the amount of solute and solvent needed to prepare a desired strength and quantity of an irrigating solution or enteral feeding.
10. Chapter 15 Intravenous Solutions, Equipment, and Calculations
a. Identify common IV solutions and equipment.
b. Calculate the amount of specific components in common IV fluids.
c. Define the following terms: IV, peripheral line, central line, primary IV, secondary IV, saline locks, IVPB, and IV push.
d. Calculate milliliters per hour: mL/h.
e. Recognize the calibration or drop factor in gtt/mL as stated on the IV tubing package.
f. Apply the formula method to calculate IV flow rate in gtt.min.:
V (volume) mL/h
---------------------- = mL/hr ________ = gtt/min
Total hours 60
g. Calculate small volume piggyback IV’s (IVPB).
11. Chapter 14 Pediatric Dosages
a. Convert pounds to kilograms.
b. Consult a reputable drug resource to calculate the recommended safe pediatric dosage per kilogram of body weight.
c. Compare the ordered dosage with the recommended safe dosage.
d. Determine whether the ordered dosage is safe to administer.
e. Apply body weight dosage calculations to patients across the life span.
Date Topic Reading Assignment
Systems of Measurement
Conversions: Metric System, Household System
Chapter 3 (pgs 59 – 72)
Chapter 4 (pgs 73 – 90)
01/26/2011 Conversions Continued
02/02/2011 Exam 1 Chapters 3 & 4
02/09/2011 Equipment Used in Dosage
Interpreting Drug Orders
Understanding Drug Labels
Chapter 6 (pgs 101 – 116)
Chapter 7 (pgs 117 – 132)
Chapter 8 (pgs 133 – 148)
02/16/2011 Exam 2 Chapters 6,7,8
02/23/2011 Preventing Medication Errors
Oral Dosage of Drugs Chapter 9 (pgs 149 – 164)
Chapter 10 (pgs 171 – 203)
03/02/2011 Oral Dosage Continued
03/16/2011 Exam 3 Chapters 9 & 10
03/23/2011 Parenteral Dosage of Drugs
Reconstitution of Solutions
Chapter 11 (pgs 205 – 239)
Chapter 12 ( pgs 241 – 284)
03/30/2011 Parenteral Dosage Continued
04/06/2011 Exam 4 Chapters 11 & 12
04/13/2011 Intravenous Calculations
Chapter 15 (pgs 355 – 402)
04/20/2011 Pediatric Dosages
Chapter 14 (pgs 309 – 339)
04/27/2011 Intravenous and Pediatric Dosages review
05/11/2010 Exam 5 Chapters 14 & 15
05/11/2011 Review all aspectsd of dosage
05/17/2011 Comprehensive Final Exam
|Discussion Topics||The current topics that are scheduled for that particular day.|
1. Attendance at all scheduled classes is expected.
2. A student who is absent from class for 3 days, may be withdrawn from the program by the program director.
3. Students on campus but not in class are considered absent.
4. Late arrival to class is disruptive. Students who consistently arrive after the beginning of class (2 or more times) will be counseled and a plan of corrective action determined. Class will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Students who arrive fifteen (15) minutes after the beginning of class will not be allowed to enter the classroom and must wait until break to enter.
5. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor of any absence. If the student is unable to contact the instructor the student should call 409-984-6356 or 1-800-477-5872 ext. 6356. The student should also e-mail the instructor or call the instructors office and leave a voice mail.
6. Students who arrive after an exam starts but before it ends may take the test without penalty. They are given no additional time.
|Determination of Final Grade||
11. The following method will be used to determine each student’s grade in the course:
Exam I Grade
Exam II Grade
Exam III Grade
Exam IV Grade
Exam V Grade
Total divided by 7
|Final Exam Date||May 17, 2011 - 8:00 AM|
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