Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice

10 Units

This course is designed to allow the students to continue the accumulation of additional knowledge necessary to function safely and effectively as an advanced nurse practitioner. The course will introduce to the advanced practice nursing students the principles of pharmacotherapeutics and prescribing, including clinical pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, the Poisons and Therapeutics Good Act and Regulations (NSW), Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme,principles of prescribing for nurse practitioners, principles of quality use of medicines in a nursing context and a revision of basic pharmacological principles. The course will provide an overview of the role of non-prescription medications, including agents used for pain and inflammation and complementary and alternate medicines. Other courses in the program will allow students to use this background knowledge in their specialist practice.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component in the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) and Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) Programs.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Availability Trimester 2 - 2017 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the legal and policy framework underpinning nurse prescribing in Australia
  2. Describe and implement the principles of quality use of medicines issues in advanced practice nursing
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the Poisons and Therapeutics Goods Act and Regulations (NSW)
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and its application in advanced practice nursing
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of therapeutic agents in the context of advanced nursing practice
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of the pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system
  7. Identify the importance of obtaining a comprehensive patient medication history including assessing use of non-prescription medications such as analgesics, anti-inflammatory agents and complementary/alternate medicines.

The course will cover:

  1. Nurse prescribing in Australia -legal and policy framework
  2. The Poisons and Therapeutics Goods Act and Regulations
  3. The Pharmaceutics Benefits Scheme
  4. Quality use of medications for advanced practice nursing
  5. Principles of prescribing including rural and remote prescribing
  6. Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics and their application to advanced practice nursing
  7. A revision of basic principles of pharmacology including the pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system
  8. Non-prescription medications, including analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicine and complementary and alternate medicines
  • Course only available to students in Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Master of Mental Health Nursing, Master of Mental Health (Nursing Practitioner), Master of Midwifery Studies, or Master of Nursing Advanced Practice.
Assumed Knowledge Completed Bachelor of Nursing degree. One year of advanced clinical practice in a specialty area of practice. Advanced level of knowledge of patho-physiology within specialty area of practice. Some skills in health assessment /clinical decision making in the student's specialty area of practice. Ability to justify his/her Clinical Decision.
Assessment Items
  • In Term Test: Online tests (x2)
  • Online Learning Activity: Blackboard Discussion Forum
  • Formal Examination: Final exam

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Students will be provided with support from an on-line tutor. Students are required to spend on average 120-140 Hours effort (including assessment) for this 10 units course for the semester.

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for PHAR6701
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