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Psychiatric Nursing Pharmacology II

Course Code: PNUR 2351
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 will continue to develop their understanding of the theory and principles of pharmacology as they relate to psychiatric nursing practice. Students will apply their knowledge of the pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of medications within the nursing process. Students will focus on understanding the classification of medications used in the management of acute health variances and will develop a holistic perspective in examining the relationship among medications, the variables of the person, and the environment. Students will examine health promotion issues related to pharmacology in context of secondary, tertiary prevention as intervention. Students will develop a comprehensive knowledge base of medications and use critical thinking in their application of knowledge and pharmacological principles when caring for clients with acute health variances across the lifespan.

Course Content

Build on knowledge and application of Pharmacology I and to further study drugs that are used to manage acute health variances in the more complex client.

Drug Classifications that will be covered are:

  • Anti-infectives
  • Psychotropics
    • Mood Stabilizers
    • Anxiolytics
  • Anesthetics and Adjunctives
  • Antiepileptics
  • Blood Forming Agents
  • Antilipemics
  • Sexual Health Agents
  • Reproductive Health Agents
  • Antidysrhythmics and antianginals
  • Focus on integration and critical thinking in application of pharmacological knowledge/principles.

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 build on their previous knowledge and experience with pharmacology and will use the Psychiatric Nursing Curricular Threads (wellness-illness continuum, professional values, professional caring and health care delivery system) to further integrate care for the person.

course prerequisites

PNUR 1201, PNUR 1221, PNUR 1230, PNUR 1250, PNUR 1261, BIOL 1103, BIOL 1203


PNUR 2301, PNUR 2321, PNUR 2330, PNUR 2361

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.