This unit of study aims to empower the advanced practice nurse through an in depth knowledge and understanding of medications in relation to their origin, chemical structure, preparation, administration, their actions on physiological and pathophysiological processes and their metabolism and excretion. Students will apply this knowledge and understanding to complex case studies and will investigate strategies to optimise medication management and minimise drug related problems. The unit consists of five modules in which students will explore the general principles of drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and research the therapeutic use of commonly prescribed medications in reputable online drug information data bases. They will then review complex case studies and investigate strategies to optimise medication management and minimise drug related problems.
four intensive, on-campus study days
presentation and question time (20%), 2 x drug monographs and 2 x patient information leaflets (30%) and final exam (50%)