Course Title: Administer and monitor intravenous medication in the nursing environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: NURS5328C

Course Title: Administer and monitor intravenous medication in the nursing environment

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program: C5313 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)

Course Contact : Carylin Lenehan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Erica O’Donoghue

Ph: 9925 7573

Nominal Hours: 100

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

• HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes in the health industry
• HLTIN301A Comply with infection control policies and procedures in health work
• HLTAP501A Analyse health information
• HLTEN505A Contribute to the complex nursing care of clients
• HLTEN507A Administer and monitor medication in the work environment

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required of Enrolled/Division 2 nurses to administer and monitor intravenous medications and their effectiveness for clients within the nursing context.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN519C Administer and monitor intravenous medication in the nursing environment


1. Minimise risk to the safe administration of intravenous medication

Performance Criteria:

1.1Check for pharmacology and substance incompatibilities
1.2Review issues related to drug administration with registered nurse
1.3Identify common contraindications and adverse reactions of prescribed intravenous medications
1.4Confirm client identity and check for any known allergies
1.5Maintain knowledge of drug schedules and classifications as determined by legislation
1.6Work with a knowledge of various forms of intravenous medication administration
1.7Assess the intravenous cannula site for any problems


2. Prepare intravenous medications for administration to client

Performance Criteria:

2.1Work with a knowledge of all intravenous administration routes and associated terminology
2.2Identify the purpose and function of prescribed intravenous medications for administration
2.3Identify common contraindications and adverse reactions of prescribed intravenous medications
2.4Accurately calculate dosages for administration of intravenous drugs
2.5Work with a knowledge of how intravenous medications are prepared in line with legislative requirements and environmental guidelines
2.6Use correct intravenous medication administration techniques and precautions specif


3. Administer intravenous medications within legal parameters

Performance Criteria:

3.1Work with a knowledge of legal parameters for the administration of intravenous medications
3.2Administer intravenous medications within role responsibility accordance with the legislative requirements and organisation policy
3.3Store intravenous medications in a safe manner according to legislative requirements and health care organisation policy
3.4Work with a knowledge of organisation processes for quality management and risk ass


4. Monitor client response to administered intravenous medication

Performance Criteria:

4.1Record administration of intravenous mediations in accordance with organisation policy
4.2Contribute to information provided to clients and carers on intravenous medication administration (including possible side effects)
4.3Recognise acute and delayed adverse reactions to intravenous medications and respond within role responsibility
4.4Implement emergency actions for identified acute and delayed adverse reactions within role responsibility
4.5Record and report response to emergency strategies
4.6Implement organisation procedures in the event of an intravenous medication incident

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course students should be able to:

• Minimise risk to the safe administration of intravenous medication
• Prepare intravenous medications for administration to client
• Administer intravenous medications within legal parameters
• Monitor client response to administered intravenous medication

Details of Learning Activities

Classroom activities

Power Points



Teaching Schedule

Lesson 1  Legal & organisational

Lesson 2  Calculations

Lesson 3  Pharmacology

Lesson 4  Principles

Lesson 5  Systems for administration

Leeons 6  Preparation for IV Meds

Lesson 7  Methods of Administration

Lesson 8 Major IV groups

Lesson 9 Fluid 7 electrolytes

Lesson 10  Calculations exam

Lesson 11  Medical orders

Lesson 12  IV additives

Lesson 13  Blood transfusions

Lesson 14  Adverse reactions

Lesson 15  Complications

Lesson 16  Revision

Lab 1 Establish an IV line

Lab 2 Establish Line with Burette

Lab 3 Scenario based assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

atford, J.D. and Phillips (2014) Nursing Calculations.8th ed. Sydney:elsevier.
Tiziani, A. (2013) Harvard Nursing guide to drugs (9th ed.) Marrickville, NSW:Mosby Elsevier
McKenna, L. and Lim, A. G. (2011) Karch's Pharmacology for Nursing and Midwifery. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Sydney NSW-Australian Edition (1st)


Other Resources




Lab practice

Overview of Assessment

Underpinning knowledge will be assessed utilising the following assessment methods

  • Written Assessment
  • Practical Assessment
  • Clinical placement
  • Calculations hurdles

Assessment Tasks

Lab practice
Calculations Exam
Written Examination
Lab Prac Assessment
Clinical Placement

Assessment Matrix

See assessment matrix on Blackboard

Other Information

Assessment Information

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Re-submission of assessment

One further opportunity to demonstrate Clinical Lab competence, will be provided to students if not deemed Satisfactory at the time of clinical assessment.

Re-submission of Written work, or other assessments , (once only. Excluding Exams) can be granted on recommendation from the teacher and approval by Program Coordinator.


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