Advanced Pharmacology and Nursing
Each response should have at least one scholarly source other than the textbook.
- You are the primary care provider for a 24-year-old male who has recently been in a car accident. Your patient has been addicted to prescription drugs since a college football injury at the age of 20, when he was prescribed narcotics. He has suffered a neck injury in the car accident and was given narcotic pain medication upon discharge from the hospital. What are your short term and long term goals for the treatment of this patient? How will you safely meet these treatment goals?
- You are the primary care provider for Mrs. Z, a 70-year-old female patient who has suffered from chronic back pain for a number of years. You are well acquainted with this patient, and due to recent changes in prescription regulations you now see her once a month to renew her narcotic prescription. Three months ago Mrs. Z’s 17-year-old granddaughter moved in with her, after a fight with her mother. Z’s granddaughter was a straight-A student prior to a car accident at the age of 15. She dropped out of high school last year and spent two weeks in rehab for substance abuse. Mrs. Z states her back pain has been worse recently, and she seems to be running out of pills before the end of the month. She is requesting a greater number of pills be prescribed. What concerns do you have? What questions would you ask Mrs. Z? What approach would you take with her? How would you help this family?
- You are a primary care nurse in a heart failure clinic. Mr. G presents in the clinic with a three-pound weight gain in the past two days. Upon assessment, he has +2 pitting edema in bilateral lower extremities. When you ask him about his regular Lasix regimen, he shows you a plastic bag full of pills and states that he has so many pills prescribed, he just takes what he thinks he needs when he feels like he needs it. Included in the bag are Cardizem, Toprol XL, glipizide, gabapentin, Lasix, multiple vitamins, ginseng supplements, fish oil supplements, and cinnamon supplements. Where do you start? How can you coordinate a multidisciplinary approach in caring for this patient? What patient education is necessary? How can you assist Mr. G in keeping his medications straight?
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours. Advanced Pharmacology and Nursing
Advanced Pharmacology and Nursing