Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice

Course code HUBS6202Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

To provide students with knowledge of the basic mechanisms underlying drug action and of the mechanisms of action of prescribed drugs that act on the various body systems. It will deal also with the effects of social and abused drugs. The course is designed to allow registered nurses to acquire the additional pharmacology and quality use of medicine knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to function as nurse practitioners. Other courses in the program will allow students to use this background knowledge in their specialist practice.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn completion of this course,the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge of:
- the basic concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
- the pharmacology of drugs that act on the body systems
- the pharmacology of chemotherapeutic and antimicrobial agents
- the pharmacology of social drugs
- the pharmacology of drugs of abuse
- the quality use of medicines
ContentThe course will cover:-
- Introduction to the basic concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
- The pharmacology of drugs that act on the body systems (eg cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal, autonomic and central nervous systems)
- The pharmacology of chemotherapeutic and antimicrobial agents
- The pharmacology of social drugs
- The pharmacology of drugs of abuse
- The Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act and Regulations of NSW
- Quality use of medicines policy and implementation in the Australian healthcare system
- Complementary and Alternative Medicines
Replacing Course(s)HUBS6201
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCompleted Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsExperience Based Learning
Practical
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Open BookEnd of trimester
Other: (please specify)Case presentation
Demonstrated competence in applied pharmacology in a specialist area assessed by a clinical mentor.
Drug calculation test.
Formative assessment for students own learning:
Self assessment questions
Other: (please specify)In order to pass the course students must reach a satisfactory standard in every assessment component, including meeting the requirements for the drug calculation test.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)program.