PHARMACOLOGY IN CLINICAL NURSING
Purpose: Assesses students' understanding of pharmacological properties of medications, and ability to practice safely in medication administration. Specific topics include dosage calculation, principles of medication administration, pharmacological actions, and therapeutic and adverse effects of medications. Includes questions on the medications commonly prescribed in adult, children's, women's, and mental health practice areas.
Format: 125 multiple-choice, four-option items. Twenty-five items are for experimental purposes and not included in the scoring.
Administration: Schedule at the completion of the educational program, after students have administered medication to clients in various clinical settings. This test may be administered as a computer-based test (CBT) or paper-based test (PBT). All achievement CBT and PBTs must be administered in a secure, proctored environment unless otherwise directed.
Scoring: A total score and three subscores are provided. Normative data are based on the performance of students in associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs. Data are also provided for combined RN programs.
Calculations: 28 items
Principles: 34 items
Effects: 38 items