This course is designed to allow the students to continue the accumulation of additional knowledge necessary to function safely and effectively as an advanced nurse practitioner. The course will introduce to the advanced practice nursing students the principles of pharmacotherapeutics and prescribing, including clinical pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, the Poisons and Therapeutics Good Act and Regulations (NSW), Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, principles of prescribing for nurse practitioners, principles of quality use of medicines in a nursing context and a revision of basic pharmacological principles. The course will provide an overview of the role of non-prescription medications, including agents used for pain and inflammation and complementary and alternate medicines. Other courses in the program will allow students to use this background knowledge in their specialist practice.
This course is a Compulsory Program Component in the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) Programs.
- Trimester 2 - 2018
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the legal and policy framework underpinning nurse prescribing in Australia
2. Describe and implement the principles of quality use of medicines issues in advanced practice nursing
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the Poisons and Therapeutics Goods Act and Regulations (NSW)
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and its application in advanced practice nursing
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of therapeutic agents in the context of advanced nursing practice
6. Demonstrate knowledge of the pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system
7. Identify the importance of obtaining a comprehensive patient medication history including assessing use of non-prescription medications such as analgesics, anti-inflammatory agents and complementary/alternate medicines.
The course will cover:
- Nurse prescribing in Australia -legal and policy framework
- The Poisons and Therapeutics Goods Act and Regulations
- The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
- Quality use of medications for advanced practice nursing
- Principles of prescribing including rural and remote prescribing
- Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics and their application to advanced practice nursing
- A revision of basic principles of pharmacology including the pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system
- Non-prescription medications, including analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicine and complementary and alternate medicines
Course only available to students in Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Master of Mental Health Nursing, Master of Mental Health (Nursing Practitioner), Master of Midwifery Studies, or Master of Nursing Advanced Practice.
Completed Bachelor of Nursing degree. One year of advanced clinical practice in a specialty area of practice. Advanced level of knowledge of patho-physiology within specialty area of practice. Some skills in health assessment /clinical decision making in the student's specialty area of practice. Ability to justify his/her Clinical Decision.
In Term Test: Online tests (x2) *
Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Online Case Study *
Formal Examination: Final Online Examination *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- In Term Test: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
Online 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Collaborate Students will be provided with support from an on-line tutor.
Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term