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This subject supports the development of advanced practice knowledge in the quality use of medicines. It builds on knowledge developed in the subject Pharmacology for Health Professionals, which predominantly focuses on the mechanisms of action of medications, by exploring the clinical and social contexts for the safe use of medicines in speciality and advanced practice.
Intended learning outcomes
Following completion of this subject it is expected that the student will be able to:
- Extend knowledge of ethical and social principles of medication management and explore how these principles are applied in the advanced practice setting.
- Individualise the use of the clinical decision making process as the framework for gathering and organising medication information, planning, administering, documenting and evaluation to suit their own practice needs.
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic science, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics through application to clinical practice and medication management decisions across the lifespan.
- Extend knowledge of the learning and teaching strategies for patient education and the government policies that are relevant in supporting prescribing. Commonwealth and State laws affecting the control of medication will also be applied to the advanced practice setting.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of quality use of medicines, relevant legislation and the process involved in drug development, drug trials and medication registration in Australia.
- Critically review the application of clinical pharmacology to the specific area of advanced practice including the socio-cultural and ethical issues that affect the relationship between the nurse and the patient
On completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Demonstrate comprehensive written and oral skills necessary to critically analyse the conceptual underpinnings of medication management in the advanced practice setting.
- Critically appraise and challenge medication management according to principles of clinical decision making;
- Demonstrate applied knowledge of Commonwealth and State laws as a means for evidence based practice and health policy;
- Use well developed problem solving and critical thinking skills in medication management for paediatric and geriatric populations;
- Critically evaluate medication orders for patients in the advanced practice setting;
- Demonstrate knowledge of applied pharmacology as a vehicle for research, evidence based practice and policy development in the advanced practice setting.
Last updated: 11 February 2021