Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This is an advanced subject that will help you identify the clinical perspectives of therapeutic medication management. Over twelve weeks you will work in small class sizes both online and in practice. You will incorporate the Quality Use of Medications and the Nurse Practitioner Standards for Practice, looking at the ethics, principles and sociopolitical implications of medication use for patients, ranging from neonatal through to aged care, and from a range of cultural perspectives. You will explore the pharmacological characteristics and specific nuances of drugs to optimise therapeutic effects & minimise adverse events with an emphasis on individualised medication management plans. Your learning will be assessed through a presentation, in class exams and performance in practice.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKathy Tori

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPharmacologyPrescribedRang, H P, Dale, M M, Ritter, J M & Moore, P 20127TH EDN, CHURCHILL LIVINGSTON
ReadingsAustralian Medicines HandbookRecommended2014RACGP, PSA,& ASCEPT.
ReadingsClinical PharmacologyRecommendedFord, S M, & Roach, S S 2010LIPPINCOTT
ReadingsEthics and Law for Australian nursesRecommendedAtkins, K, Brittion, B & deLacy 2011CAMBRIDGE
ReadingsPharmacology for the health professionalRecommendedBryant, B, Knights, K & Salerno, E 20103RD EDN, MOSBY: AUSTRALIA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply advanced practice nursing knowledge, skills &/or equipment/technology to conduct a comprehensive and systematic medication assessment for a patient specific to your clinical practice in regards to pharmacological intervention.

Online activity; Clinical practicum in patient setting assessment one and two.

02. Judge and develop plans in response to scenarios, based on assessment, review and analysis of relevant and substantial information within your speciality practice area.

Online activity; Clinical practicum in patient care setting assessment one and two.

03. Critically analyse current knowledge, and apply clinical reasoning skills to plan and deliver medication education to patient / significant others in their clinical practice using a systematic approach and incorporate a working knowledge of the individual influences of medication adherence.

Online activity; written exercise, Clinical practicum in patient care setting assessment one and two.

04. Define risk communication (Risk Vs Benefit) in regards to medication prescription and use and have a working knowledge of role of the health professional within the Quality Use of Medications (QUM) guidelines.

Online activity; Clinical practicum in patient care setting assessment one and two.

05. Demonstrate clinical leadership in practice development, work as an effective team member in a variety of situations within your speciality nursing environment, and as part of the multidisciplinary health care team.

Online activity; Clinical practicum in patient care setting assessment one and two.

06. Apply ethical standards to new contexts within advanced nursing practice and the roles and responsbilities for safe prescribing of medicatons.

Online activity; Clinical practicum in patient care setting assessment one and two.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2016, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKathy Tori

Class requirements

Directed Reading
One 140.0 hours directed reading per study period and delivered via online.
"Fully online equivalent to 140 directed and self-directed learning hours. Delivered over 12 weeks."

Problem Based Learning
One 10.0 hours problem based learning per study period on weekends during the day and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Case study presentation with an expert panel (40-minutes equivalent to 2,000-words)40 05, 04, 03, 02, 01, 06
Confirmation of advanced practice at an approved organisationHurdle Requirement 05
Three Problem Based Learning written case studies each worth 20% (equivalent to 3,000-words)60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06