As an advanced practice nurse, you will likely be responsible for selecting and prescribing pharmaceuticals to address your patients health needs and concerns. To what extent is understanding the pharmacokinetics of a certain medication important in your decision-making process when prescribing a medication for your patient?

Knowing the pharmacokinetic effects of medicationssuch as how long will the medication be absorbed and exert an effect on the body before it is eliminatedcan have important implications for addressing your patients health needs.

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For this Discussion, think about the types of decisions you might make, with an understanding of pharmacokinetics, when prescribing medications for your patients. Reflect on how having a working knowledge of pharmacokinetics of medications is important in your role as an advanced practice nurse.

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