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Credit points: 20

Subject outline

In this subject students develop a knowledge of safe, ethical practice in medication administration and are introduced to the general principles of Quality Use of Medications and pharmacology. This will include how drugs are prescribed and administered, how they act in the body and how the body affects drugs. Commonly used drugs will be linked with appropriate pathophysiology. Students will learn pharmacologic, pharacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles for clinical practice. Emphasis will be placed on the role responsibilities of registered nurses for medication administration such as risk management and quality assurance, delegation and supervision, assessment, legislation specific to drug administration and patient education.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points20

Subject Co-ordinatorSonia Reisenhofer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Special conditions This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing in Hong Kong.


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Readings(Karch's) Pharmacology for Nursing and Midwifery (1st ed.)PrescribedMcKenna,L. & Lim, A.G. (2011)SYDNEY: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS.
ReadingsFundamentals of pharmacology (6th ed)PrescribedBullock, S. & Manias, E.(2010)SYDNEY:PEARSON
ReadingsPharmacology for health professionals (3rd ed.)PrescribedBryant, B, Knights, K & Salerno, E. (2010)SYDNEY: ELSEVIER
ReadingsAustralia and New Zealand Nursing and Midwifery Drug Handbook (5th ed.)RecommendedMckenna,M. & Mirkov,S.(2010)BROADWAY:LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS
ReadingsClinical Dosage Calculations: for Australia and New Zealand (1st ed.)RecommendedBrotto, V. & Rafferty, k. (2012)SOUTH MELBOURNE: CENGAGE LEARNING AUSTRALIA
ReadingsEducational Innovations. (2009) Nursing Calculations [CD]RecommendedN/ASOUTH AUSTRALIA
ReadingsHarvard's nursing guide to drugs (8th ed.)RecommendedTiziani,A.(2010)SYDNEY:CHURCHILL LIVINGSTON
ReadingsHenke's Med-Math:Dosage Caculation, Preparation & Administration (7th ed.)RecommendedBuchholz,s.(2011)PHILADELPHIA:LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS (OR PREVIOUS EDITION)
ReadingsHow to Master Nursing Calculations (Australia and New Zealand ed.)RecommendedFarrar, P. & Tyreman,C.(2009)MONAVALE: WOODSLANE
ReadingsLewis's Medical Surgical Nursing (2nd ed.)RecommendedBrown,D & Edwards, H. (2009)SYDNEY: ELSEVIER
ReadingsPearson Intravenous Drug Guide 2011-2012 (2nd ed.)RecommendedWilson,B., Shannon,M. & Stang,C.(2010)UPPER SADDLE RIVER: PEARSON

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