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Pharmacology - Introduction

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Overview

In today's medical environment, the nurse is a pivotal member of the healthcare team with increasing responsibility, this includes exercising judgement in the management of the patient's drug therapy.

To do this effectively requires an understanding of drug action and the ability to detect and evaluate both beneficial and adverse responses to drugs. The greater your knowledge of how drugs act, and how they are used in clinical practice, the more you will be able to anticipate drug responses in your patients.

This will make you more effective in counselling your patients on their drug therapy, and in optimising their drug administration for maximum benefit. In this course you will explore the importance of pharmacology to nursing practice. The basic language of pharmacology is introduced and the terms "pharmacodynamics" and "pharmacokinetics" will be explored.

Modules

1: The Application of Pharmacology to Nursing

  • The importance of pharmacology
  • Legislation and professional guidelines
  • The language of pharmacology
  • Desirable properties of drugs used to treat human illness
  • The formulation of drugs as medicines
  • Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics

2: The Administration, Absorption, Distribution and Elimination of Drugs

  • Routes for administering drugs
  • Key physiological factors that influence drug response
  • The effect of drug interactions on patient response

3: Pharmacokinetics and Drug Action

  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Factors influencing drug bioavailability
  • Drug distribution
  • The principles of drug metabolism
  • The elimination of drugs and their metabolites
  • Measuring the distribution of drugs in the body

4: How Drugs Act

  • Mechanisms for drug action
  • Chemical messengers as a method of cell communication
  • Revision of chemical transmission in the autonomic nervous system
  • Classifying receptors

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Assessment

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

What is NCFE

NCFE is the UK's longest established awarding body, recognised as a highly professional and responsive organisation, committed to maintaining excellent customer service and a friendly approach.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. The centre delivering the programmes has been licensed by NCFE on the basis of its own quality systems. At the end of an accredited course, successful learners will also receive an NCFE Award certificate of achievement.

For more information on this award, click here

In today's medical environment, the nurse is a pivotal member of the healthcare team with increasing responsibility, this includes exercising judgement in the management of the patient's drug therapy.

To do this effectively requires an understanding of drug action and the ability to detect and evaluate both beneficial and adverse responses to drugs. The greater your knowledge of how drugs act, and how they are used in clinical practice, the more you will be able to anticipate drug responses in your patients.

This will make you more effective in counselling your patients on their drug therapy, and in optimising their drug administration for maximum benefit. In this course you will explore the importance of pharmacology to nursing practice. The basic language of pharmacology is introduced and the terms "pharmacodynamics" and "pharmacokinetics" will be explored.

Modules

1: The Application of Pharmacology to Nursing

  • The importance of pharmacology
  • Legislation and professional guidelines
  • The language of pharmacology
  • Desirable properties of drugs used to treat human illness
  • The formulation of drugs as medicines
  • Pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics

2: The Administration, Absorption, Distribution and Elimination of Drugs

  • Routes for administering drugs
  • Key physiological factors that influence drug response
  • The effect of drug interactions on patient response

3: Pharmacokinetics and Drug Action

  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Factors influencing drug bioavailability
  • Drug distribution
  • The principles of drug metabolism
  • The elimination of drugs and their metabolites
  • Measuring the distribution of drugs in the body

4: How Drugs Act

  • Mechanisms for drug action
  • Chemical messengers as a method of cell communication
  • Revision of chemical transmission in the autonomic nervous system
  • Classifying receptors

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Assessment

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

What is NCFE

NCFE is the UK's longest established awarding body, recognised as a highly professional and responsive organisation, committed to maintaining excellent customer service and a friendly approach.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that the college has been inspected and approved by an independent and experienced education professional and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. The centre delivering the programmes has been licensed by NCFE on the basis of its own quality systems. At the end of an accredited course, successful learners will also receive an NCFE Award certificate of achievement.

For more information on this award, click here

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