|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Nursing and Midwifery|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||22 May 2022|
Pre-requisite: BIO1203 and NUR1299
Significant patient harm and sub-optimal use of medicines frequently result from a lack of continuity in the medication management cycle. Continuity in medication management occurs when all components of the medication management cycle, relevant to the episode of care, are completed and information is transferred to the next care setting. Registered Nurses (RN’s) play a pivotal role with the quality use of medicines, in ensuring optimal use of the medicine, compliance with legislation, clinical appropriateness, and verification of prescribing intent and expected outcomes. RN’s need to prepare and administer medications safely and accurately. As per the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s Registered nurse standards for practice, RN’s are responsible and accountable for ensuring they are safe, appropriate and responsive with patient care. RN’s must build a capability for practice ensuring they provide effective timely direction and supervision to ensure that delegated practice is safe and correct. This course builds on the foundations outlined in NUR1100 and NUR1299, and is foundational for acute and chronic care courses within the BNSG program.
The importance of the nurse's role in the safe and proficient administration of medications will form the basis of the student learning journey. Nursing students will develop an understanding of the medication management cycle encompassing all the activities required to manage the quality use of medicines for patients in variety of episodes of care. Students will develop an understanding of how medications are prescribed, dispensed, and administered, and the nurse's role in the reduction of actual or potential harm. The student will develop fundamental knowledge and experience in medication administration in the simulated clinical environment within the context of a 2nd year nursing student. This course contains an ANMAC mandated medication calculations quiz that revises and assesses student's ability to problem solve and calculate required medication dosages with accuracy.
This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.