This is a multidisciplinary unit taught jointly by the Sydney Nursing School and the Discipline of Pharmacology, School of Medical Science, Sydney Medical School. This unit builds on the foundations of pharmacology that were taught in Introduction to Pharmacology. The unit extends the fundamental pharmacological knowledge and concepts taught in Introduction to Pharmacology to explore the use of pharmacotherapy and how drugs affect the body in health and disease. This unit will examine the use of therapeutic agents acting upon the central nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems as well as exploring use of complementary therapies and recreational drugs. Throughout the unit students will consider the role of pharmacotherapy, the use of individual agents including mechanism of action, interactions, adverse reactions and practice principles associated with each agent in the nursing context. Students will be provided with an opportunity to apply the underlying principles of pharmacology to nursing practice. By integrating evidence-based pharmacological knowledge to case studies they will learn to optimise safe medication management.
13x2-hr lectures, and 6x2-hr tutorials
online quiz x 2 (40%) and written examination (60%)
36 Year 1 credit points including NURS2001