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NSU - Norfolk State University
NUR 153 : Syllabus


Nursing 153 is designed to assist students in developing skills necessary for the safe preparation and administration of medications.  This course will introduce the student to pharmacology and specific drug classifications. The course will begin with the metric, apothecary and household systems of measurement.  The student will practice six methods for calculating drug dosages- basic formula, ratio and proportion, fractional equation, dimensional analysis, body weight and body surface area.  One of the focuses of the course will be the safe administration and calculation of parenteral, non-parenteral, pediatric, and intravenous medication administration.  The course will give the student practice in determining proper dosages for both adults and children. 
Additionally, the student will learn how pharmacology pervades all phases of nursing practice and relates directly to the patient.  The student will be introduced to the role of the nurse in administering medications, giving emphasis to the legal and ethical problems associated with medication administration and nursing accountability.

 This course will focus on (10) specific drug classification and their clinical application:

  • Analgesics
    • Non -Narcotic (NSAIDs)
    • Narcotic
  • Antibiotics  (Anti-Infective)
  • Anticoagulants
  • Antacids
  • Antiemetics
  • Antihypertensives
  • Cardiac Glycosides
  • Diuretics
  • Insulins
  • Laxatives  (Cathartics)

  • Clinical Calculations: With application to general and specialty areas, 5th edition Kee, J.L. & Marshall, S.M. (2004) Saunders Publishing, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 5th edition, Lehne, R. A., Saunders Publishing, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Pharmacology for Nursing Care: Study Guide to Accompany, 5th edition, Lehne, R. A., Saunders Publishing, St. Louis, Missouri


  • Nurse's Med. Deck, 9th edition, delgin, J.H. & Vallerand, A.H., F.A. Davis Company, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Fundamentals of Nursing, 5th edition, Potter, P. A. & Perry, A. G., Saunders Publishing, St. Louis, Mosby

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association,  4th edition, American Psychological Association.  (1995) Author, Washington, DC
  •, Online Resource

Each student is responsible for bringing their own BASIC calculator to class


A 100-98 A- 97-95 B+ 94-92 B 91-89
B- 88-86 C+ 85-82 C 81-78 C- 77-74
D+ 73-71 D 70-68 D- 67-64 F 63 & Below

An overall grade of 78% or above is required to successfully complete NUR 153.

Unit Tests(6)60%
Announced and Unannounced quizzes15%
Medication Sheets and Drug Classification Sheet1%
Comprehensive Final Exam24%

Quizzes will be given at the beginning of each class (One minute for each question and 3 minutes for each calculation problem).

Unit tests will be allowed atleast 1 and 1/2 hour.

Comprehensive Final exam will be allowed atleast 2 hours.


As stated in the NSU Catalogue, academic misconduct includes "unauthorized collaboration or use of external information during examinations" and" engaging in any conduct which is intended or reasonably likely to confer upon one's self or another an unfair benefit respecting an academic matter."

As stated in the NSU Handbook, "Cases of dishonesty in academic work are considered to be serious violations; therefore, the student risks incurring the penalty of failure of the course."


When computing dosages and solving problems, the student is required to show all work using the when indicated. The student should follow instructions about written work. Please circle the answer. failure to follow thgese directions will result in the question being marked incorrect, even if the appropriate answer is shown. Calculators will be issued when taking quizzes or exams. you will use the calculators that will be issued. Place the number of the calculator on your quiz/test answer sheet.


Although use of a computer is not required for this course, basic computer literacy is necessary to log on to "Blackboard".


Attendance will be taken daily. Students are expected to attend class unless they have an official excuse. Students that have not attended class by the 3rd week of the semester will be dropped form the class roster.

HONOR CODE: All students are expected to maintain high ethical and moral standards. A very important component of this is the honor code. All students are expected to:

"On my honor, I do pledge to do work to the best of my ability with NO assistance on graded assignments or tests. i also pledge to report any breach of the honor code to the appropiate faculty member." University and departmental procedures are outlined in the University and Nursing Department Student Student handbook.

APPEALS: Refer to your Nursing Student Handbook to review this process.

DISCLAIMER: This syllabus is not an unchangeable contract but, instead, an annoucement of present course requirements and policies only. Implicit in each student's enrollment is an agreement to comply with the course requirements and policies which the professor may modifyto exercise properly their educational responsiblity.

REHABILITATION ACT: In accordance with Section 504 of the 1973 rehabilitaion Act and the Americians with Disabilities act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability please make contact with the Supporting students through Disability Servies (SSDS) office.

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