Imagine your supervisor has asked you to conduct a lunch and learn session to educate your fellow nursing staff on pharmacological interventions.

Preparation

Select a disease or health condition that requires pharmacological intervention. You may choose any disease or health condition you wish, but the disease or health condition must be relevant to nurses from a variety of settings (for example: ER, pediatrics, public health, et cetera).

Requirements

Once you have selected a disease or health condition, create a PowerPoint presentation you could use in your lunch and learn session, including the following:

  • Identify the disease or health condition you have chosen, along with the areas where nurses are likely to see it. (Do this in the agenda slide or next slide after the agenda.)
  • Identify the three drugs used most often in the treatment of the disease or health condition.
  • Explain the types of actions, side effects, indications, and contraindications that could be expected from the pharmacological treatment.
  • Describe the treatment regime most often prescribed for the disease or health condition. This should include pharmacology but not be limited to pharmacology.
  • Explain how the treatment regime (including pharmacology) may impact a client’s lifestyle. Consider things such as finances, ease or complexity of administration, instructions (frequency, duration), et cetera.
  • Describe how a nurse should monitor a client being treated for the disease or health condition in order to obtain a quality patient outcome.
  • Explain any controversies associated with the drugs used in the treatment. For example, is there a black box warning with any of the drugs?

Use the notes section of each slide to expand your points or draft your mock oral presentation (or both) and reference your resources. Use at least 3 peer-reviewed or professional resources to support your work in this assessment. Be sure your PowerPoint includes a title slide, a slide with your agenda or list of topics to be covered, and a reference slide. Follow current APA style and formatting guidelines for your citations and references.

Additional Requirements

  • Number of slides: 10–12, not including the title and reference slides.
  • Be creative. Consider your intended audience.
  • Questions to Consider

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of your professional community.

    • What constitutes a medication error? How can medication errors be prevented?
    • How do you use evidence-based practice in your workplace?
  • Context

By having a thorough understanding of pharmacology, nurses can eliminate possible medication errors in their nursing practices. The basic principles of pharmacology include pharmacokinetics (what the body does to a drug) and pharmacodynamics (what a drug does to the body). Pharmacology plays a significant role in the nursing profession, so it is extremely important for nurses to understand the actions of the pharmacological agents they will administer to patients in order to intervene appropriately if necessary.

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Another critical skill for a nurse is the ability to apply and evaluate evidence-based practices, principles, models, and pharmacological guidelines and protocols commonly used in nursing practice. Understanding how specific protocols and guidelines are developed will aid nurses in treating patients with a multitude of physiological and psychological conditions.

Nurses must be able to measure outcomes of pharmacological interventions when caring for patients. The effective use of evidence-based practice guidelines, models, and principles is one way that nurses can analyze quality outcomes for the pharmacological treatments used for patients.

Pharmacology includes different categories of major drugs used in the treatment of primary diseases. The same drug may be used to treat more than one disease or condition, while two patients with the same disease may require different drug treatments. In addition, the professional nurse must be aware of what types of things can influence a patient’s response to a drug. Some things are obvious—other medications, for example—while some are less so. Things like age, weight, herbs—even foods people eat every day—can influence how a person responds to a particular drug. At times, even a strong cultural belief can influence how a drug will react. Nurses who administer drugs have a responsibility to assess patients for both the desired response, as well as for any unwanted and potentially harmful reactions that may occur.

  • Overview

Create a 10–12-slide PowerPoint presentation to identify medications associated with a chosen disease or health condition, explain the actions and side effects of the medications, and discuss any controversies related to the medications. Explain a treatment regime, including pharmacology, for the disease or health condition you selected, along with how the treatment regime may affect a client’s lifestyle.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

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  • Competency 1: Apply practice guidelines and standards of evidence-based practice related to pharmacology for safe and effective nursing practice.
    • Identify the pharmacological agents most often used in the treatment of a disease or health condition.
    • Describe the treatment regime, including pharmacology, most often prescribed for a disease or health condition.
    • Explain the controversies related to a pharmacological agent.
  • Competency 2: Explain the relationship between quality patient outcomes, patient safety, and the appropriate use of pharmacology and psychopharmacology.
    • Explain the types of actions, side effects, indications, and contraindications that may be expected from a pharmacological treatment.
    • Describe how a treatment regime, including pharmacology, may impact a client’s lifestyle.
    • Describe how to monitor a client following a prescribed treatment regime, including pharmacology, in order to obtain a quality patient outcome.
  • Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations of a nursing professional.
    • Write content clearly and logically with correct use of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
    • Correctly format citations and references using current APA style.

Pharmacological Treatments Scoring Guide

Pharmacological Treatments Scoring Guide Grading Rubric
Criteria Non-performance Basic Proficient Distinguished
Identify the pharmacological agents most often used in the treatment of a disease or health condition. Does not identify the pharmacological agents most often used in the treatment of a disease or health condition. Identifies pharmacological agents used in the treatment of a disease or health condition, but the agents are not those used most often for the disease or health condition. Identifies the pharmacological agents most often used in the treatment of a disease or health condition. Identifies the pharmacological agents most often used in the treatment of a disease or health condition and explains how the agents are typically used.
Explain the types of actions, side effects, indications, and contraindications that may be expected from a pharmacological treatment. Does not explain the types of actions, side effects, indications, and contraindications that may be expected from a pharmacological treatment. Lists the types of actions, side effects, indications, and contraindications that may be expected from a pharmacological treatment. Explains the types of actions, side effects, indications, and contraindications that may be expected from a pharmacological treatment. Explains the types of actions, side effects, indications, and contraindications that may be expected from a pharmacological treatment and discusses which may be serious or life threatening (or both).
Describe the treatment regime, including pharmacology, most often prescribed for a disease or health condition. Does not describe the treatment regime, including pharmacology, most often prescribed for a disease or health condition. Describes the treatment regime most often prescribed for a disease or health condition but does not include pharmacology or only describes the pharmacological treatment. Describes the treatment regime, including pharmacology, most often prescribed for a disease or health condition. Describes the treatment regime, including pharmacology, most often prescribed for a disease or health condition and explains how non-pharmacological treatments work in tandem with pharmacological treatments.
Describe how a treatment regime, including pharmacology, may impact a client’s lifestyle. Does not describe how a treatment regime, including pharmacology, may impact a client’s lifestyle. Describes how a treatment regime may impact a client’s lifestyle but does not include pharmacology in the treatment regime or only describes how the pharmacology treatment impacts a client’s lifestyle. Describes how a treatment regime, including pharmacology, may impact a client’s lifestyle. Describes how a treatment regime, including pharmacology, may impact all aspects of a client’s lifestyle, including diet, physical activity, sleep patterns, moods, pain, memory, et cetera.
Describe how to monitor a client following a prescribed treatment regime, including pharmacology, in order to obtain a quality patient outcome. Does not describe how to monitor a client following a prescribed treatment regime, including pharmacology, in order to obtain a quality patient outcome. Describes how to monitor a client in order to obtain a quality patient outcome but does not associate the description to a prescribed treatment regime or does not include pharmacology. Describes how to monitor a client following a prescribed treatment regime, including pharmacology, in order to obtain a quality patient outcome. Describes how to monitor a client following a prescribed treatment regime, including pharmacology, in order to obtain a quality patient outcome and identifies specific warning signs that may require intervention.
Explain the controversies related to a pharmacological agent. Does not explain the controversies related to a pharmacological agent. Lists the controversies related to a pharmacological agent. Explains the controversies related to a pharmacological agent. Explains the controversies related to a pharmacological agent and compares the benefits to the risks.
Write content clearly and logically with correct use of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Does not write content clearly, logically, or with correct use of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Writes with errors in clarity, logic, grammar, punctuation, or mechanics. Writes content clearly and logically with correct use of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Writes clearly and logically with correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics; uses relevant evidence to support a central idea.
Correctly format citations and references using current APA style. Does not correctly format citations and references using current APA style. Uses current APA style to format citations and references but with numerous errors. Correctly formats citations and references using current APA style with few errors. Correctly formats citations and references with no errors.

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