Nursing Pharmacology

Module 09 Group Assignment – Develop a Presentation about a Clopidogrel

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Assignment ScenarioAfter graduating from nursing school and passing your boards, you accepted a position as an RN in the Progressive Cardiac Care Unit (PCCU) at Rasmussen General Hospital (RGH). In the weeks ahead, the PCCU plans to implement a new initiative where clients who received a cardiac stent during their angioplasty will be sent home on 6 months of oral antiplatelet therapy with clopidogrel.Historically, clients diagnosed with coronary artery disease post-op stent placement were admitted to the hospital’s observation unit for 24 hours and then sent home. However, when surveyed about their experiences, many clients reported they did not like moving to a new unit for 24 hours, it was considered time-consuming, and inconvenient. Under RGH’s new program, PCCU nurses will be responsible for educating clients about their new medication and administering the first dose to the client before discharge instead of transferring clients to the observation unit for 24 hours.As part of this new initiative, all PCCU nurses at RGH must be trained to properly educate these clients on all aspects of their new medication regimen. Because you have demonstrated a keen interest in pharmacology, your manager has asked you to develop the educational tools that will be used to train the nurses at RGH.Assignment InstructionsYour manager explained that all of the PCCU nurses at RGH will be educated in small groups through a short, in-service training session. You have been asked to develop a professional-looking PowerPoint presentation that the trainers will use to guide the in-service sessions. Your PowerPoint will need to:

  1. Be professional-looking, have a title slide, and 10-15 content slides.
  2. Use the Speaker Notes feature in PowerPoint to reduce the amount of text that appears on the content slides.
    • The Speaker Notes for each slide will contain the text that will guide what the trainer will say while presenting the slides during the in-service.
      • The speak notes should show comprehension of the material. The speaker notes should be easy to understand and follow. The speaker notes should add to the presentation and not be directly copied from the content slides.
    • The Speak Notes need to be copied onto a word document and submitted through grammeraly.
    • The content slides themselves should be clear and easy to understand; they serve as an outline so the audience can follow along with what is being presented
  3. Be written using proper spelling/grammar and at a level that would be appropriate for the audience.
    • Remember the purpose of the training is to help nurses learn about this medication so they can educate their clients about the use of a medication. With that in mind, it may be helpful to provide examples of how to explain the information to a client in an easy-to-understand way without complicated, technical terms.
  4. Include APA formatted in-text citations for at least 3 scholarly references and present the sources in APA format on a References slide.
  5. Contain content addressing the items below.
    • Pharmacotheraputics
      • State the drug name and its therapeutic category
      • Pharmacodynamics (how does this drug work effect the body)
      • Pharmacokinetics (how is this drug absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and excreted).
      • Discuss dosage, scheduling, route, and length of therapy.
      • Describe what clients can expect regarding their therapeutic response and when it should develop
      • Introduce nondrug measures that clients can do to enhance their therapeutic response (e.g., specific diet to follow, exercise requirements, substances to avoid, special precautions to take, etc.)
      • Address how to prevent coronary artery disease
    • Side Effects, Adverse Effects, and Interactions
      • Explain the symptoms of common side effects, and what clients can do to minimize any discomfort
      • Explain the symptoms of any major adverse effects, and what clients should do if they experience them
      • List the major adverse drug-drug interactions and drug-food interactions that clients need to be made aware of
    • Follow-up Care
      • Provide information regarding when clients should call their doctor for advice (e.g., questions, non-urgent symptoms, unpleasant side effects, etc.)
      • Emphasize any symptoms for which clients should seek immediate care (e.g., when to go to the emergency center or call 911)

The following items need to be turned in to complete this assignment:

  1. The power-point presentation with speaker notes
  2. The word document with the speaker notes
  3. The Grammeraly Report with both plagiarism and grammar report
  4. Each student needs to complete their peer evaluation

importantWhen developing a professional-looking presentation, it’s important to be mindful of how you layout your content. The slides should present key points, arranged in a logical manner, without extraneous information contributing to a cluttered look. Using the Speaker Notes feature in PowerPoint is a great way to include relevant details without overloading the slides.For information about creating PowerPoint presentations or adding Speaker Notes, consult the resources below.

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