A pharmacology course should prepare the advanced practice nursing student to understand the cellular mechanisms of drug action and physiologic outcomes (pharmacodynamics); mechanisms of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs (pharmacokinetics); and the clinical use of drugs In the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease (pharmacotherapeutics). The goal of a pharmacology course for advance nursing practice is to provide practitioners with knowledge that provides a rational basis for pharmacologic manage merit of patients with complex health problems. A pharmacology course should teach the student the principles of pharmacology along with the process of pharmacologic reasoning
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Advanced Practice| February 01 1997
Teaching Pharmacology to Advanced Practice Nursing Students: Issues and Strategies
Dorie W. Schwertz, RN, PhD;
From the University of Illinois at Chicago M/C, Chicago, Illinois.
Reprint requests to Done W. Schwertz, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, Medical Surgical Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago M/C 802, 845 South Damen Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60612.
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Mariann R. Piano, RN, PhD;
Ruth Kleinpell, RN, PhD;
AACN Adv Crit Care (1997) 8 (1): 132–146.
Dorie W. Schwertz, Mariann R. Piano, Ruth Kleinpell, Julie Johnson; Teaching Pharmacology to Advanced Practice Nursing Students: Issues and Strategies. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 1997; 8 (1): 132–146. doi:
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