I am in an ADN program in Alabama and they don't have a pharmacology class in the curriculum. At first I thought I would be ok with it because I heard how hard it was in the BSN programs at other school. However, I just don't think it's a good thing! But I know my most commonly given drugs such as Lasix, Cardizem, Insulin, etc. The instructors get so upset in clinical when you don't certain things but it seems to be never enough, even if you have learned the drug card and/or drug book by heart! They make me feel so dumb! I guess I'm just asking what do I need to do to learn about the classes such as Hypertension drugs, Endocrine drugs, GI drugs, Respiratory drugs. I've already appoarched the instructors about this and they say make drug cards but ON WHAT? I've made cards and I'm obviously not doing something right!
If you can get a pharma book, go for it. Here are some more things we cover:
When does drug therapy become most effective ? With a lot of the anti- depressant and anti-anxiety drugs, the patient may not get the desired results for weeks and even more than a month.
What foods commonly cause bad interactions? Grapefruit juice, smoked/aged foods containing tyramines can make drugs toxic or cause severe side effects.
Know about all the different types of insulin and how fast/slow they work as well as how long they are effective. Get as much info as you can on drugs with a narrow therapeutic range, stuff that can be really toxic if a patient gets just a little too much. Lithium is one of those. Make a list of the most common drugs you see being prescribed and learn all you can about adverse reactions, what can be used to counteract, symptoms a patient is having that indicates an anaphylactic response or a loss of CNS functioning.
Last edit by JROregon on Jan 7, '11
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