Post-Grant Reports


Sabbatical Leave Report / Faculty Development Grant Report

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Higher Education | Nursing | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences | Science and Mathematics Education


The purpose of my sabbatical was to mentor a member of the University of La Católica Santa María (UCSM) nursing faculty to teach the pharmacology course to the nursing students, with a focus toward the application of pharmacological concepts specifically directed to nursing practice. Historically at UCSM, pharmacists have taught nursing students about pharmacology. After consulting with nursing faculty, it was determined that the course needed to be redirected to pharmacology focused on the implications for nursing practice.

After reviewing the syllabus, it was noted there were gaps in pharmacology content students needed to learn. For example, the course did not have any pharmacology content related to hypertension, heart failure, diabetes, thyroid disorders, hyperlipidemia, asthma, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. Additionally, I taught content related to the bioavailable half-life of medications, indications for commonly prescribed medications, mechanism of actions for common medications, adverse drug reactions, medication prescribing precautions, contraindications, and interactions. I also included content focused on discussing pregnancy categories of medications and the implications for prescribing with regard to pregnant and lactating women. In many ways we redeveloped the curriculum to be more aligned with the clinical applications needs and critical thinking mandates of modern nursing in the hospital and out-patient care settings.


This research was conducted both as part of a sabbatical leave in 2018 and as part of a Linfield College Faculty Development Grant in 2018, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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