Course Title: Administer and monitor medications in the work environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: NURS5147C

Course Title: Administer and monitor medications in the work environment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4203 - Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact: City: Carylin Lenehan/ Bundoora: Erica Keen

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4837 / 9925 6649

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bruce Killey - Coodinator, Certificate IV in Nursing
Phone - 9925 4809
Email -

Nominal Hours: 180

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

HLTAP501A Analyse health information
HLTEN509A Apply legal and ethical parameters to nursing practice
HLTEN502A Apply effective communication skills in nursing practice

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required of Enrolled/Division 2 nurses to
administer and monitor medications and evaluate their effectiveness for clients within a health environment

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN507A Administer and monitor medications in the work environment


 Prepare for medication administration within scope of Enrolled/Division 2 nurse


HLTEN507A/01 Minimise potential risk to safe administration of medications


HLTEN507A/03 Administer medications within legal parameters


HLTEN507A/04 Monitor and evaluate client response to administered medication


HLTEN507A/06 Develop strategies for pain management

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Participation in formal lectures
Participation in classroom activities & discussion
Participation in Lab sessions
Perform elements of competence to the required standard during clinical placement

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1 & 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Greenstein B. (2009). Trounce’s Clinical Pharmacology for Nurses 18th ed. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

J.D Gatford, N Phillips (2006), Nursing Calculations, 7th Edition Elsevier:Sydney

Tiziani, A. (2006). Havard’s nursing guide to drugs (7th ed.). Marrickville, NSW: Mosby Elsevier.


Bryant, B., Knights, K., & Salerno, E. (2007). Pharmacology for health professionals. (2nd ed.). Marrickville, NSW: Mosby Elsevier

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include:
Observation in the workplace.
Written Assignments/projects, case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.
Questioning: written or verbal

Assessment Tasks

Observation in the work place and clinical competency assessment
Written examination
Drug calculation examination

Assessment Matrix

Short case study scenarios will be distributed for discussion throughout the course duration.
A summative examination assessing knowledge will be required. This examination will constitute 90% of the total marks required
A drug calculation assessment task will be required to be completed & this assessment task will constitute 10% of the total marks required. A 100% pass is required for this assessment.
Observation and assessment of clinical competencies will be ongoing during clinical placements.
To achieve competency all assessment tasks must be completed by the due date and related clinical competencies achieved.

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