for NURSING 2222-Online
Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Online
Pam Buhl, RN and
Teri Wisdorf, RN
Course Web site: D2L hosted by the Century Server
This course is designed for students pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing.
This course analyzes the progressive changes that take place in the human
organism when normal adaptive processes are influenced by chemical, microbial,
genetic and/or psychological stress. The course focuses on the pathophysiology
and pharmacology of major health problems that lead to mortality and morbidity. This
knowledge is applied to the planning of holistic nursing care and pharmacologic
interventions of patients with these health problems.
This is a 3 credit course. Students
who elect to take an online course should be self motivated,
independent learners. This class is intended to be creative, stimulating and
relevant to your nursing practice. You will need to become engaged in the
learning process. Besides completing the modules, you will be required to
complete written case studies, quizzes, and participate in
discussions online with other students. You will be
encouraged to utilize the internet to enhance learning.
Students will be required to come to class for the 4 main written exams.
It is strongly recommended that any student who is not familiar with D2L, attend the
optional on campus orientation
during the first week of class.
Specific topics :
Topics in this course include holistic nursing care for patients
1) Alterations in the: Stress Response, Inflammatory Response,
Immune Response .
2) Neurological, Respiratory, Cardiac, Shock, Renal, and Hepatic Disease
3) Alterations in Cellular proliferation
4) Pharmacology content relates to the following categories: autonomic nervous
system (ANS), gastrointestinal (GI),
anti-infective, analgesics, cardiac, renal, respiratory, anticoagulants, and
the completion of the course the student will be able to:
- Examine levels of
prevention as they relate to the leading causes of morbidity
- Discuss the registered
nurse's role as critical thinker when applying
pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in clinical practice.
- Explain the registered
nursing roles of teacher, advocate, and critical thinker
when analyzing the concepts of disease and the effects of
pharmacology upon disease processes.
- Explain the role of the
professional nurse as critical thinker and teacher while
administering drugs for various categories of disease.
- Explain the importance of
life long learning in understanding the interrelationships of
pathophysiology & pharmacology..
- Discuss ethical issues
involved in selected disease states and potential pharmacologic
- Discuss the use of
therapeutic communication while caring for persons
experiencing selected disease and drug therapy.
- Promote healthy lifestyles
based on the knowledge of how a personís environment
impacts health and wellness.
- Examine the use of
holistic nursing assessments, therapeutic nursing interventions,
and pharmacologic therapies for patients across the
lifespan that are experiencing acute illness or disease.
- Demonstrate collaboration
with other healthcare disciplines when providing holistic
nursing care and pharmacologic therapy for patients experiencing
acute illness or disease.
- Examine current trends in
healthcare and healthcare delivery as they
relate to patients experiencing major health problems and
concurrent drug therapy..
- Demonstrate cultural
sensitivity related to the needs of patients experiencing
acute illness and disease.
- Examine the nursing practice
roles for the registered nurse when promoting the health of the
- Analyze the role of the
registered nurse when involving the patient and family in
clinical decision making.
|All students must have completed anatomy and physiology.|
|LPN and Paramedic mobility -> RN students
must have current acceptance into the IHCC/Century
|Traditional track students must have completed Semester
One. (Nursing 1020/1025) |
|Non nursing students must have special admission
per instructor/dean discretion|
|Access to a computer with computer specifications
listed below. College computer labs are
available for your use.
|Computer skills :Word processing, E Mail, and use
of the Internet |
This course is taught via D2L ( stands for Desire To Learn course management
Course content and activities (other than the proctored exams and the
orientation session) will be
accessed at this D2L site.
Students must have access to a computer with Internet access.
It is suggested a minimum computer requirement of:
PC = (Pentium or better). Internet
connection with minimum of 56 K modem. Windows 98 or better (preferably 2000
or better). Word processing software.
Macintosh = Power PC or better. Internet
connection with minimum of 56 K model. Word processing software.
All students have access to computers on campus in the
computer labs as desired.
Be sure to take advantage of the campus computers whenever the need exists.
Access to this course site is through the Century college Nursing Homepage.
Adams,P.A., Holland,L, & Bostwick,P. ( 2008). Pharmacology for Nurses:
A pathophysiologic approach (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, N.J. Pearson Prentice Hall. (Required for the entire nursing program)
Heuther, S, & McCance, K. (2008).Understanding
Pathophysiology (4th ed). St Louis. Mosby
Lewis. S., Heitkemper, M., Dirksen, S, O'Brien, P. & Bucher,
L. (2007). Medical Surgical
Nursing (7th ed). St. Louis. Mosby. (Use the edition that
you purchased for the
entire nursing program)
Grading will be based upon multiple choice exams, case studies,
quizzes, and participation in discussions online. (See below for point
A student must achieve a cumulative score of 78 % in order
to pass the course.
A = 92- 100%
85- 91 % = B
78 - 84 %= C Less than 78% is
You must pass this course with a minimum of a 78% to
continue on in the nursing program.
Teri Wisdorf, RN, MSN
E Mail : email@example.com
Office Phone: 651-450-8605
Pam Buhl, RN
E Mail : PBuhl1@inverhillls.edu
Office Phone: 651-450-8610
Campus Office Hours:
As an online course, help is available via the internet resources, E Mail or Phone.
An instructor is available on exam days at the Inver Hills campus.
We are available on-campus via an appointment, if needed.
|Review of anatomy and physiology as needed before you begin
each of the modules.|
|Responsibility: Although this course does offer some
flexibility in scheduling, you must pay attention to due dates. Major tests, case studies,
quizzes, and participation in discussions have specific time
periods that must be adhered to. You may work ahead, but you will not be successful if you fall behind the class schedule. You may access this course
from anywhere in the world, so even if you win a trip to Hawaii, you can
still be active in the class! It is expected that you will come to class several
times each week to access content and to read announcements in the news section.
|D2L: D2L is the major method of communication in
There is a private email system that is built
into the discussion section of D2L. You can use this
when you are in the course and want to ask us a question. It is
restricted to you and us as
your instructors. No one else can see the conversation.
We expect to answer within 48 hours, Mon - Fri . We may not respond on weekends.
|Persistence: This class offers content that is very complex.
You need to work hard in this very relevant course. Please ask for help if you
need it. Your efforts will reap great
rewards as I guarantee that you will use this new knowledge as you pursue your
Point distribution for
Pathophysiology/Pharmacology N2222 - Online Section
| 235 pts
|2 Case Studies
| 10 pts
|| 10 pts
|| 20 pts
|| 5 pts
|| 5 pts
|| 10 pts
| 2 Discussions
||265 possible pts
Multiple Choice Exams
There will be four multiple choice exams.
They will be taken via computer at the Inver Campus in the Business Building
in room 114, in a proctored setting.
The testing technology allows for feedback, on the testing site, after the exam is
submitted for grading.
Exams may be taken early through appointments and discussion with the
Each question earns one point.
The 2 Discussion questions will be graded on a
pass/fail basis meaning:
that you made two substantial contributions to your
discussion group. One is in response to the discussion question and
the second response is to one of your peers. Use correct grammar and
spelling. Your response should reflect on the objectives for that
content. Also, the information within the posting should be referenced to
your readings. You will have from Tuesday through Monday at noon of the
discussion topic week to make your responses.
Fail: means that you made little or no effort and contributed little to the
discussion. A response of 'I agree' is a fail.
Discussion Rules of the Road for
Discussions and E Mail- Web
Always be polite and respectful in your discussions.
Discussions are constructed so that they will allow you to think critically and
offer theory plus opinion.
There will be differences in opinions. The questions I have posed invite
different points of view.
We are gathered in this course from around the world, and there are
many correct answers.
Always respond as you would to a patient. Do not attack. Listen gently to
Never use foul language.
Be sure to spell check your postings. "what u rite is what we will c".
For full points, we will all expect correct English usage that sounds professional. You will soon
be an RN. Your patients and peers will judge you by how you speak and write. Correct grammar and spelling
is expected. D2L
has a great spell check system to help you.
5) Do not respond with sentences like "I agree" or "Me too".
The formal discussion forums are not for personal or general
communication. There is a general student chat discussion/ forum called
the "What's new " for this purpose. Remember, everything that you type into a computer is
potentially open to the world!
8) There is an additional discussion forum available to ask for help from fellow
students. I'll name this one "Let's tackle this question". Simply post your questions
/ideas in these forums and students are
able to help you out. You will be pleased to see how competently your
classmates can answer your questions! We will also be checking this forum routinely. If
you ask for help in this course, you will receive it. We all learn by teaching, so I encourage the entire class
to go here periodically to ask and answer questions. We will enter this
discussion periodically to answer questions that might
need my help.
Case Study Points
There will be two
case studies worth 10 points each.
Some exam questions will be taken from these case studies.
Correct grammar and spelling is expected for all aspects of this course. See
calendar for due dates.
Lack of submission of the case study by the due date and time earns zero points.
There is no penalty for turning in your case study early.
Scores will be given for
1) accuracy, spelling, and grammar
2) creativity in problem solving the situation
3) in depth explanations and insight
Please send your case study to the D2L course drop box by the due date
Plan ahead for unexpected events.
We anticipate being able to provide feedback on your case study, via the drop
box feedback area, within 10 days of the due date. If you are not submitting
via Microsoft Word (MW), please see the FAQ for important information on how to
submit via rich text format (rtf) format. If not sent via MW or rtf, we can
NOT grade your paper.
There will be two quizzes this semester.
These will be taken from
home. The quiz must be taken independently. You may not ask others for
assistance. It is an open book quiz. However, you will have only 5
minutes for 5 multiple choice questions. If you do not study ahead, you will
not be able to complete the quiz in the assigned time. D2L will show a
clock. Watch your time and finish on time. We will deduct one point for every
extra minute taken to complete the quiz.
All work done in this class must be done by you. Case study
responses, contributions to the discussion board, quizzes taken at home, and
exam responses must be your own work. It is unacceptable to submit the work
of another person as your own. If you quote, summarize, paraphrase, or
use the ideas of another, you must accurately cite that information.
If you do not acknowledge the source, you are plagiarizing. In this
course, plagiarism/cheating will result in a grade of F. Plagiarism
and cheating will
result in the initiation of the Student Code of Conduct Disciplinary
Process. Please see the Student Handbook and/or college policies
website for further details.
would like to accommodate any reasonable accommodations that you might need
for this course. I have tried to make all materials,
discussions, and activities that are part of this web course are accessible
for nursing students. Students with disabilities should contact the Disability Services
Office (L224) or contact by phone (651-450-8628 or TTY 651-450-8369) for information on accommodations. Please contact me
to discuss your needs.
Inver Hills/Century nursing program strongly supports the principles of free expression and
respect for the diversity of beliefs, including religious observances, among
our academic community. It is the policy of the college to provide
reasonable accommodations for students when religious observances conflict
with classroom activities or course requirements. It is the responsibility
of students to inform instructors in a timely fashion of such conflicts. If
a mutually agreed accommodation is not possible, students may initiate an
appeal. The procedure for this appeal is the same as the Grade Appeal
Policy described in the college policies.