BMS536 Applied Pharmacology for Nursing Practice (8)

This subject will provide students with the pharmacological knowledge to manage patients with complex health problems, including co-morbidities. It will prepare students to understand the cellular mechanisms and physiological outcomes of drug actions. Changes in patient pharmacokinetic parameters will also be explored with a focus on their influence in dosing and drug administration. Students will utilise this foundational knowledge including legal and ethical principles to critically analyse the clinical use of drugs in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of common diseases. Students will have the option to choose to study in more depth drugs used in one of the following areas: emergency nursing, mental health nursing, chronic care nursing or primary health care. In particular students will critically analyse how medications affect body processes. Patient education strategies will also be explored.

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
Online
Orange Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Biomedical Sciences
Enrolment restrictions

Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Nursing

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have a knowledge of general systems pharmacology

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to administer, monitor and evaluate medications for patients with complex health problems by applying critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • be able to critically appraise a pharmacological regime for a patient whose pharmacokinetic clinical state is altered?
  • be able to critically appraise and apply pharmacology knowledge in the prevention and treatment of common diseases, conditions and comorbidities
  • be able to critically appraise and apply pharmacology knowledge in the prevention and treatment of drugs used in one of the following areas; emergency nursing, mental health nursing, chronic care nursing, palliative care nursing or primary health care
  • be able to critically analyse how medications affect the physiological, biochemical and pathophysiological processes
  • be able to critically analyse the effects of using more than one medication on patient care
  • be able to explain and apply the legal and ethical principles of medication management
Syllabus
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Fundamental pharmacological principles and quality use of medications.
  • Applied Pharmacokinetics
  • Application of pharmacology knowledge to common diseases and conditions
  • Pharmacovigilance and combining medications
  • Medications in emergency nursing, mental health nursing, chronic care nursing or primary health care as appropriate to the student's practice
  • Legal and ethical issues, including scope of practice, access, cost and clinical efficacy.
  • Patient teaching and education
  • Pharmacology as a vehicle for evidence based nursing practice
Contact
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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