Why Is Pharmacology Important to Students at Practical Nursing School?

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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) work with other healthcare professionals such as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers, and others to provide care. Because LPNs must work in a team, and because they must also be able to rely on their individual knowledge to ensure a high standard of care, a lot of in-depth training goes into preparing students for this rewarding career path.

This profession is one that requires dedication to client care, strong coordination skills, good communication skills, and knowledge of many subjects. These subjects include human anatomy and physiology, as well as pharmacology—to name just a few. Here are some of the ways in which an understanding of pharmacology will play a role in your career as a practical nurse.

What Is Pharmacology and Why Is it Taught at Nursing School?

Pharmacology is a biomedical science that links chemistry, physiology, and pathology. It is the study of how drugs affect biological systems and it is essential to medicine. It is also an essential component to your nursing school curriculum. Knowledge of pharmacology is foundational for health related professions because medications will be part of many clients’ care plans.

Knowledge of pharmacology is important for your career as a practical nurse
Knowledge of pharmacology is important for your career as a practical nurse

The study of pharmacology provides an opportunity for a better understanding of how drugs interact with the body. In some cases, a drug may become more effective, while in others its effectiveness will be diminished. The study of pharmacology also helps with understanding what may cause or reduce the side effects of a drug, and how individuals may respond differently to different drugs.

The Role of Pharmacology in Client Care and Collaboration in a Healthcare Setting

After you study pharmacology in practical nursing school, you will have a greater understanding of the ways drugs affect the human body. This information is integral to assessing clients’ health status properly. If a client is prescribed medication, it’s important to understand what it is expected to do and be aware of any side effects that a client might experience.

In general, pharmacology is important to client care because as a LPN you will be collaborating and working with other health care professionals. To support your participation in such activities, you will be required to have an understanding of pharmacology along with other subjects covered in your practical nursing education.

How a Thorough Understanding of Concepts Helps Promote Trust

In order to develop relationships with clients, building and fostering a sense of trust will be important. Throughout your practical nursing career  you will grow confident in supporting clients who need medication and this will help to build trust.

Building trust and connection with clients is important
Building trust and connection with clients is important

At the same time, you will have to keep your pharmacological knowledge up to date to make sure that trust is justified throughout your career. In order to do this, a solid foundation is necessary, in addition to continued professional development.

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