COVID-19 information and resources
Douglas College wordmark
Facebook logo Twitter logo Instagram logo Snapchat logo YouTube logo Wordpress logo
back to search

Psychiatric Nursing Pharmacology I

Course Code: PNUR 1250
Faculty: Health Sciences
Department: Nursing - Psychiatric
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

Students are introduced to the theory and principles of pharmacology as they relate to psychiatric nursing practice. Students will develop a beginning knowledge base of medications and develop critical thinking in their holistic application of knowledge and pharmacological principles when caring for clients with acute and chronic health variances across the lifespan. Students will examine health promotion issues related to pharmacology in the context of primary prevention as intervention. Students will develop an understanding of the legal implications related to pharmacological management as they pertain to psychiatric nursing practice. Students will focus on understanding the classification of medications used in the management of acute and chronic health variances and will incorporate the nursing process to examine the relationship between medications and the variables of the person.

Course Content

An introduction to specific drugs that are used to manage chronic health variances.

  • Drug Classifications that will be covered are:
    • Diabetic agents
    • Psychotropics – (Depot meds)
    • Antipsychotics
    • Antidepressants
    • Antiparkinsonian
    • OTCs
    • Bronchodilators and Anti-inflammatory anti asthmatics
    • Cardiovascular-antihypertensives, diuretics and anticoagulants
    • Opiods and nonopiods analgesics
    • Skill of filtering salient points “need to knows”
    • Pharmacodynamics at beginning level

An introduction to the legalities of drug administration as it applies to the standards of practice for the psychiatric nurseProfessional Standards for Psychiatric Nursing. Content to include:

  • Narcotic and pharmacy Acts
    • Accountability & clinical judgement
    • Consent Re: Medications
  • Legalities ie. specific related acts
    • Narcotic Act
    • Pharmacy Act
  • Accountability
    • Clinical judgment responsibility
  • Link
    • Standards of Practice
  • Consent re Meds i.e., refusal
  • Voluntary/Involuntary Adm.  

Methods of Instruction

It is the intent of faculty to foster learning and promote critical thinking and integration through a variety of means, including lecture, demonstration, group discussion, case study analysis, audio-visual aids and group or individual presentations.  

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy.  An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.
This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

In this course students will be introduced to Pharmacology and will use the Psychiatric Nursing Curricular Threads (wellness-illness continuum, professional values, professional caring and health care delivery system) to begin to understand the integration of care to the person.

course prerequisites

PNUR 1101, PNUR 1121, PNUR 1130


PNUR 1201, PNUR 1221, PNUR 1230, PNUR 1261  

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.