Course Title: Assist clients with medication

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: NURS5349C

Course Title: Assist clients with medication

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3304 - Certificate III in Aged Care

Course Contact : Susan Russell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254637

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 40

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

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course, however you will need to obtain a police check in order to participate in the practical placement and gain work in the sector as per legislative requirements.
You need knowledge of spoken English, as well as English literacy to a standard that is likely to meet workplace needs to enter the course. If you would like advice on the standard of English that is recommended for the course please contact the Course Co-ordinator via the details above.

Course Description

In this course you will gain the skills and knowledge to prepare you as a care or support worker to assist clients with medication.
You will learn how to physically assist clients with medication or support clients with self medication of both prescribed and over the counter medications within a residential care facility, or in a home or community setting. You will learn how to assist and support this according to prescriptions or instructions. You will learn about how to comply with an organisation’s procedures for handling the range of issues/ contingencies which may arise.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCS305C Assist clients with medication


1.Prepare to assist with medication

Performance Criteria:

1.1Establish authority to provide assistance with administration of medication in line with organisation guidelines and protocols and jurisdictional legislative and regulatory requirements
1.2Demonstrate an understanding of organisation policy and guidelines relating to assisting with medication within work role responsibilities
1.3Identify lines of authority, accountability and actions to be taken to handle contingencies
1.4Identify level and type of physical assistance required by the client to address their personal needs in taking medications
1.5Identify level and type of supervision required by the client to self administer medications
1.6Identify and report to a supervisor and/or health professional if there are any circumstances or changes in the client's condition or personal needs that may impact on assisting the client with their medication
1.7Confirm that all forms of medication to be administered, including dose administration aids are complete, ready for distribution and up to date, confirm with supervisor and obtain authority to proceed
1.8Confirm the procedure to be used for medication to be administered
1.9Implement personal hygiene procedures according to organisation policy and procedure to minimise cross infection
1.10Identify and implement duty of care procedures in relation to addressing individual client needs


2.Prepare the client for assistance with administration of medication

Performance Criteria:

2.1Implement all necessary checks to ensure the client and their medications are correctly identified according to organisation procedures and care plan
2.2Clarify specific assistance required to address personal needs of each client in line with organisation procedures listed in the Range Statement and within work role responsibilities
2.3Correctly identify and greet each client and prepare them for medication
2.4Check client medications according to the procedures identified in the organisation guidelines defined in the Range Statement
2.5Explain the administration procedure to the client in line with requirements and organisation procedures and ensure their needs are met
2.6Prior to giving medication, observe the client to check for any physical or behavioural changes that may indicate a need to report to supervisor or health professional in accordance with organisation policies and procedures
2.7Recognise circumstances when appropriate action is to report observed client health status rather than proceeding with administration of medication and seek advice of supervisor or health professional


3.Assist/support client with administration of medication

Performance Criteria:

3.1Remind and prompt client to take medication at correct time
3.2Assist clients with administration of medications as required in accordance with legislation, organisation policies and the level of support needed as identified in their care / support plan
3.3Supervise and observe clients when taking medication and confirm with them their ingestion or completion
3.4Complete documentation/record of medication administration according to organisation procedures
3.5Observe client for any changes in their condition listed in the Range Statement and seek assistance from a health professional, supervisor, medical officer or emergency services as indicated in the organisation's policies
3.6Discard waste products according to organisation procedures and/or manufacturer's instructions


4.Assist/support medication administration according to prescription/instructions

Performance Criteria:

4.1Prepare medications and administer to the client or support their self administration according to the specific requirements of the form of medication, in strict accordance with defined legislation and organisation procedures and written prescription instructions
4.2Implement all necessary checks to ensure the right medication is given at the right time, to the right person, in the right amount, via the right route
4.3Assist the client to take the medications as required, in accordance with their needs and documented procedures
4.4Supervise and observe the client when taking the medication and confirm with the client their ingestion or completion
4.5Implement documented procedures for medication not being administered or absorbed, such as through expelling/vomiting, refusal or damage to medication and report to supervisor and/or health professional
4.6Record all required details of medication administration and other details in the appropriate documents according to the legislation and organisation's procedures
4.7Observe the client for any possible medication effects listed in the Range Statement and report to a supervisor or health professional
4.8Collect used equipment, discarded medications / applicators and rubbish and place in appropriate/ designated receptacle according to instructions


5.Comply with organisation's procedures for handling the range of issues/ contingencies which may arise

Performance Criteria:

5.1Report to supervisor and/or health professional all concerns with the administration of medication (such as: client refusal to take some or all medications, incomplete ingestion, missed or missing doses) according to organisation procedures and protocols
5.2Identify, report, record and address individual's reactions to medication according to organisation guidelines and health professional's instructions
5.3Clearly identify contaminated or out of date medication and implement organisation's procedures for ensuring safe and appropriate disposal
5.4Identify, report and record changes in individual's condition, including within essential timeframes where relevant, according to organisation guidelines
5.5Identify procedures to address / respond to changes in the client's condition or needs according to the organisation's guidelines
5.6Promptly report to the supervisor or health professional any inconsistencies observed with the medication or client and take action in accordance with the organisation's procedures or health professional's instructions
5.7Document all inconsistencies and address according to organisation guidelines and procedures


6.Complete the distribution and administration of medication

Performance Criteria:

6.1Clean and store unused and/or used medications, containers and administration aids in accordance with industry and the organisation's infection control guidelines
6.2Follow the organisation's arrangements and procedures to replenish dose administration aids and supplies of medications
6.3Securely store medication charts/care plans/ treatment sheets according to organisation procedures to ensure safety, security and confidentiality
6.4Follow the organisation's procedures to ensure medication storage complies with legislation and manufacturers instructions, maximises security and prevents medication deterioration

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take place in campus classrooms as well as in simulated workplace rooms that are equipped with equipment and facilities that are used in the Aged Care sector workplaces. You will receive training using current industry practices from trainers who are working in the industry. A range of educational resources are used including case studies, scenarios and practical information materials, audio visual materials, class discussions and practical demonstrations. Practical placement is an important learning activity and you will receive support, guidance and de-briefing from the trainers to maximise your learning in the work environment

Teaching Schedule

This unit will be taught alongside other relevant units. You will be required to attend the session on the dates listed below:

Wednesday        12/06/2013 - 09:30 to 16:30
Thursday            13/06/2013 - 09:30 to 16:30
Wednesday        19/06/2013 - 09:30 to 16:30
Thursday             20/06/2013 - 09:30 to 16:30

The final assessment will be conducted on Thursday 20 June.
You will be expected to engage in some homework/research activities throughout the period from 12/06/2013 to 20/06/2013

Note: If dates and times may need to changed due to unforeseen circumstances every effort is made to notify in advance.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

To support delivery of this Unit you will have access to the RMIT simulated home room which provides industry standard equipment and resources. In addition you will be provided with the latest information on current memos and updates from within the industry.

Overview of Assessment

In this course you will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that you have developed to meet the competency requirements of this unit. You will complete small knowledge tests throughout the course that ensure you are equipped to perform your job role in the Aged Care sector, and the second method of assessment is where you give practical demonstrations of the tasks required in the job role for this unit. These assessment tasks are conducted after you have had adequate preparation for the assessment and you will be supported through out the assessment process. Some of the practical tasks will be done in the purpose-built facilities at RMIT, others will be done in your placement in a workplace setting. The written knowledge tests are done at RMIT campus.

Assessment Tasks

For this Unit you will be assessed on your skills and knowledge in a number of ways. Most of the skills you need can be developed and then demonstrated within the classroom as you communicate with your fellow students, and in addition, particular scenarios will be provided by the teacher where you can show further competence to meet the requirements of the unit.
A further check of your skills will be included as you undergo your work placement, and finally there will be a knowledge questionnaire, Final Assessment Thirteen at the conclusion of the teaching period (20/06/13) to to finalise your demonstration of competence.

The teacher and coordinator will prepare you throughout the program for the assessment tasks and assistance is available.

Assessment Matrix

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