Nursing Therapeutics & Medications

Course code NURS1292Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

Develops the concepts of therapeutic care and prudence in the quality use of medications. Central to this is the development of ways of learning about pharmacology that inform nursing practice.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nursing program

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesCompleting the learning activities for this course should enable the student to:
1. Discuss the national, state and local contexts for the quality use of medications;
2. Describe the roles and role relationships for the people involved in using medications;
3. Apply legal and policy requirements for the safe use of medications;
4. Develop an understanding of medications that includes non prescribed, recreational, prescribed, alternative and complementary options;
5. Demonstrate behaviours that acknowledge the client as the central focus;
6. Assess, administer and evaluate the use of medications;
7. Demonstrate mastery in oral medication administration;
8. Apply a continuous quality improvement framework to the management of medication incidents;
9. Reflect on practice to identify learning goals for subsequent clinical experiences;
10. Apply an evidenced-based approach to the nursing care for clients using medications; and
11. Develop and demonstrate group work skills.
ContentIntroduction to course
Module 1 - Quality use of medicines (QUM) by nurses (includes drug calculations)
Module 2 - A consumer perspective
Module 3 - Key QUM structures
Module 4 - Achieving quality outcomes
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNURS1181
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsClinical
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalFormal Examination
Other: (please specify)Satisfactory clinical performance and mastery of specified core skills is essential to achieve a pass or higher grade in this course.
Other: (please specify)Clinical portfolio
Other: (please specify)Drug calculations mastery
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 14 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Practicum: for 32 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentBachelor of Nursing
Prior successful completion of NURS1171
National Police Check,
Working with Children and Young People Declaration,
Current NSW Health Immunization record,
Patient Confidentiality Form,
Clinical Laboratories for NURS1291 & NURS1292 must be successfully completed prior to taking a clinical placement for NURS1292
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Criminal Record Check
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Prohibited Employment Declaration
Compulsory Program ComponentNURS1171 Introduction to Health Clinical Practice
Clinical laboratories for NURS1291 and NURS1292 must be successfully completed prior to undertaking a clinical placment for NURS1292.