New to teaching pharmacology

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    Hello! I am new to teaching pharmacology as well as new to teaching a lecture & lab course. My previous teaching experience has been in clinical only. Any advice/resources/links you all could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Hi! I too am teaching Pharm for the first time this year. What type of school do you teach at? I was fortunate to be given the materials of the last instructor, but would also like any input anyone has.

    Thanks!
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    This is a very good website for information, videos, you name it....
    http://www.ismp.org
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    Thank you. That's a great site!
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    I have been teaching pharmacology since 1994, every fall and spring semester. The best advice I can give is to be enthusiastic when teaching. Pharmacology can be a very dry subject! I teach according to body systems, which gives the students a reference to the drug, disease processes, adverse reactions, and teaching the patient. If you cannot pronounce the name of the drug, or the generic form, use the audio pronounciation guide that comes with the textbook. I always try to include NCLEX questions with every exam, and not just test bank ones. Prior to each exam I do a "Druggo" game, similar to bingo, except I use M & M's for the markers, students usually like it just because they can eat the chocolate, or if allergic I use Necco wafers. One final suggestion, the NCLEX is now asking pharmacology questions using generic names and not brand or trade names. I make sure the students know both, and they are using both in clinical. Its a course that can be fun and educational for the student and for you. Good luck!
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    BigBadInstructor's comment about M&Ms reminded me of a activity that I had to do in my pharmacology class:

    Every student was given a set of medications that they were supposedly prescribed. The first thing they had to do was come up with a schedule for self administration, being careful about things like drug interactions, diet issues, take w or w/o food, etc. The first assignment was to turn in this schedule.

    Then we had to "take" our medicine (in the forms of M&Ms or other small edibles) for a week and then write up a reflection on our compliance and the experience.

    It's a great way to generate awareness in students of some of the burden of polypharmacy on patients!
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    Re: New to teaching pharmacologyI have been teaching pharmacology since 1994, every fall and spring semester. The best advice I can give is to be enthusiastic when teaching. Pharmacology can be a very dry subject! I teach according to body systems, which gives the students a reference to the drug, disease processes, adverse reactions, and teaching the patient. If you cannot pronounce the name of the drug, or the generic form, use the audio pronounciation guide that comes with the textbook. I always try to include NCLEX questions with every exam, and not just test bank ones. Prior to each exam I do a "Druggo" game, similar to bingo, except I use M & M's for the markers, students usually like it just because they can eat the chocolate, or if allergic I use Necco wafers. One final suggestion, the NCLEX is now asking pharmacology questions using generic names and not brand or trade names. I make sure the students know both, and they are using both in clinical. Its a course that can be fun and educational for the student and for you. Good luck!
    I am interested in learning more about the Druggo Game and where do you get the NCLEX Pharm questions? I am jsut starting Pharm II prep. Thank you in advance for any info/help.
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    I found Druggo in the book: Instant Teaching tools for health care educators by Michele L. Deck. The book is from Mosby and my book is from 1995, hopefully there is a more update copy. I got a lot of different games and such from that book. The pharmacology NCLEX questions, I get from the NCLEX books, and other pharmacology textbooks. Hope this helps
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    I have taught graduate level pharmacology to nurse anesthesia students and was appalled at the lack of basic knowledge of the students. Because they knew very little about pharmacokinetics, basic metabolism of medications and even math, I found it necessary to have the students take a remedial course before starting anesthesia school.

    My point here, if you are teaching at the undergraduate nursing level, please try to develop a course that is really pharmacology and not just what classes of drugs are given for various diseases. I personally think basic pharmacology should not be "dumbed down" in any program. The genetics and mechanisms of action are changing every day and our graduating RNs MUST understand more than the basics.
    CuriousMe, RNEducator4u, and iteachob like this.
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    I teach an online pharmacology course. Most of my students at the moment are pre-nursing and some do very well. The students have questions to answer in each module that they must find in the book. The exams are online and of course they can use their book and notes to take the exam, but many do not do very well on the exams. I have built the course myself, and will pull some of it into class during the lecture! With NCLEX-RN being 13% pharmacology, it is so important!


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