Course Title: Therapeutics for Nursing Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Therapeutics for Nursing Practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS2152

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009

NURS2153

Hamilton Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009

NURS2154

Sale Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2009

ONPS2414

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

ONPS2414

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

ONPS2415

Hamilton Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

ONPS2416

Sale Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Dr Sonja Cleary

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7446

Course Coordinator Email: sonja.cleary@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 215.03.12

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for an appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the role and function of therapeutic agents as a component of the patient treatment regime. You will construct your learning within an ethical framework and the legislative constraints of medication administration for controlled therapeutic substances in the Australian context. The role of the interdisciplinary team in the care of the patient, and collaboration between the nurse and pharmacist in the management of medication regimes for patients is also examined. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to Program Learning Outcomes for BP032 (Bachelor of Nursing) in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice (2016):

Standard 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

Standard 3: Maintains the capability for practice

Standard 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments

Standard 5: Develops a plan for nursing practice

Standard 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice

Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice

(Reference: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia)


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify the Australian legislative framework for controlled substances from which the prescribing, dispensing and administration constraints are identified.
  2. Review the role of the nurse in the safe administration of medications as a part of the multidisciplinary health care team.
  3. Explain the concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in the prescription of medications for specific disease processes.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and skills associated with the administration of therapeutic substances in the patient care context.
  5. Outline risk minimisation strategies associated with the handling and management of specific therapeutic substances.
  6. Discuss the concept of inter disciplinary care and the collaborative role of the pharmacist and the nurse clinician in the patient care episode.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including both lectures and self-directed learning.

Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, podcasts, Lectopia, Wikis and discussion board forums. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes. 

You will undertake the equivalent of 48 hours of lectures (face-to-face and/or flexible delivery) over the semester. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week in independent study.

 


Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the prescribed text. They do not substitute for wider reading.  They provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.

Prescribed text: This text will form the major suggested reading resource for this course. Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources.

A library subject guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/nursing


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks:

Early Assessment Task: First online quiz

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Online quizzes

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Successful completion of online QUM module (NPS MedicineWise)

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 6

Assessment 4: Mid-semester test

Weighting 25% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment 5: End of semester exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5