Week 11 Discussion
Discussion Part I: â€œAhaâ€ Moments
Clinical experiences are essential to your development as an
advanced practice nurse, because new learning and discoveries may offer â€œahaâ€
moments. These moments of insight, inspiration, or realization contribute to
your professional growth and strengthen your value in an acute care setting.
For this Discussion, consider an â€œahaâ€ moment that you had during your clinical
experience and how this moment might impact your future practice.
Reflect on your clinical experiences.
Consider â€œahaâ€ moments (e.g., moments of insight,
inspiration, or realization) that might impact your future clinical practice.
Post on or before Day 3 a description of three â€œahaâ€ moments
you experienced over the course of your clinical experiences. Explain how these
moments might impact your future clinical practice.
Read a selection of your colleaguesâ€™ responses.
Respond on or before Day 6 to two colleagues by sharing
additional insights or alternative perspectives.
Discussion Part II: Pharmacology
Read the following articles to enhance your knowledge of
commonly prescribed medications:
SiÃƒÂ¢n Williams, A. (2014). Pharmacology of steroids in the
musculoskeletal system. Nurse Prescribing, 12(5), 237-242.
Trinka, E., HÃ¶fler, J., Zerbs, A., & Brigo, F. (2014). Efficacy
and safety of intravenous valproate for status epilepticus: a systematic
review. CNS Drugs, 28(7), 623-639. doi:10.1007/s40263-014-0167-1
All of the following groups of medications are commonly
prescribed in the acute care setting. Choose one of the topics below to
discuss. If it is a medication group, select a specific drug within that group.
(This is a good way for you to prepare for clinical practice, because you will
get to know the drugs you will prescribe for patients.). Focus your discussion on
the hospital or ICU setting and IV usage.
Teriparatide vs biophosphonates
Non-depolarizing blockers vs Depolarizing blockers for
Pancuronium, vecuronium, rocuronium
Anticonvulsant Barbiturates and benzodiazepines
Valproates and Fosphenytoin and topiramate
GABA analogs and Triazines
Note: When sharing your initial post, select a topic that
has not yet been discussed. If all topics have been discussed, then you may
select that topic again, but select a different drug within the medication
For this Discussion, address 1 of the following options.
Post by day 3:
Option 1: Post a description of a patient you have taken
care of (inpatient as an RN, or as an NP student) who has been prescribed the
medication you selected. Include the scenario, indication, dosing,
complications, and outcome. Then explain whether or not you would have ordered
the same drug and same dose.
Option 2: Conduct an evidence-based drug search on the drug
you selected and post an explanation of any possible issues. Are there any drug
interactions? Any black box warnings? To what type of patient would you
prescribe this medication?
Option 3: Post an explanation of the properties of the drug
you selected, including usages and dosing in the hospital or ICU. Discuss a
patient to whom you would prescribe this medication.
Note: To be considered as one of your required responses,
your pharmacology rationale must include a supporting reference.
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