547 Advanced Neonatal Pharmacotherapeutics

This course focuses on providing students with an in-depth understanding of pharmacotherapeutics and clinical uses of specific drug groups related to the care and management of neonates in the intensive care nursery. Emphasis is placed on indications for correct drug choice, usual dose, routes of administration pharmacological mechanisms in association with drug interactions, adverse effects, and contraindications for use are included as a basis for clinical judgments in managing the sick neonate. Specific problems inherent in drug therapy in the neonate and implication for nutritional support and pain management will be discussed. The course also provides essential information needed to obtain prescriptive authority for neonatal nurse practitioner. Prerequisites: 500, 504, 508, 512, 516 or consent of instructor. 3 S.H.