NURSING 2010 - Pharmacology in Nursing II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

Pharmacology for Nursing II extends the core pharmacological principles presented in Pharmacology for Nursing 1. This course examines the nurses' role in the administration of more complex drugs and more sophisticated routes of administration. The application of drug therapy to a broad range of clinical presentations with emphasis on respiratory and cardiovascular disease complements other courses within the Bachelor of Nursing program. An emphasis on safe administration of IV and IM medications is made. Students will have an opportunity to consider the role of complementary therapy and learn of the nature of drug addiction.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code NURSING 2010
    Course Pharmacology in Nursing II
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Nursing School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites NURS 1009
    Assumed Knowledge NURS 1009
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Janet Coller

    Course Coordinator: TBA

    School Office
    Phone: +61 8 8313 3595
    Location: Level 3, Eleanor Harrald Building, Royal Adelaide Hospital
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Examine the action of commonly prescribed antibiotics
    2 Relate the action of inflammatory medications to patient presentation
    3 Identify the difference between antiviral, antibiotic and antifungal therapies
    4 Consider the role of drug therapy across respiratory and cardiac disorders
    5 Identify the role of complementary therapy in society
    6 Identify the medical treatment of a range of mental health disorders
    7 Examine the role of anaesthesia in clinical and theatre environments
    8 Interpret the role of nursing assessment in ATOD
    9 Recognize the contribution of pharmacology to treatment of oncological disorders and that affect reproduction
    10 Demonstrate skills necessary to safely administer IV, IM and other routes for medication administration between infants, children and adults.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-10
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3-4, 9
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 5, 8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 8, 10
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 10
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 5, 10
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5, 7, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Bryant, B. and K. Knights 2011 Pharmacology for health professionals. Chatswood, Elsevier Australia
    Recommended Resources
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face to face lectures –. Face to face lectures offer synchronous learning opportunities and enable students to quickly clarify complex descriptions and terminology. Content for this course is supported by textbooks with web page and e-learning supports (e.g. flash cards for revision). The School of Nursing supports the audio and video capture of lecture content as an aid to revision.
    Tutorial sessions – tutorial sessions enable small group discussion and peer interaction around the content. Each tutorial session will focus on the lecture content for the week. Lecturer A (Clinical Tutors) who provide the in hospital assessment and bedside teaching role identify and relate the weekly lecture content in various clinical placement settings to integrate concepts of pharmacology in patient management and assessment. In this way tutorial sessions integrate with clinical placement goals.
    Articulate presentations – the School of Nursing has a licence for the Articulate e-learning authoring software program and has a number of staff that are expert in its use. The advantage to the student is the freedom to progress through content at their own pace while receiving in time support for their learning. This is particularly helpful for the nature of the content which will be available for revision across the semester. The School of Nursing has a purpose built e-learning room with dedicated PC access to training support software.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    • 1-2 x 1 hour lecture / week
    • 1 x 2 hour tutorial / week

    Non-contact hours for assessment and tutorial preparation will be approximately 6 hours per week
    Learning Activities Summary




    Antibiotics 1

    Safe practice in medication administration (IV, IM)


    Antibiotics 2

    Complimentary therapies



    Antibiotics / Antiviral / Antifungal



    Pharmacology for pain


    Pharmacology and inflammation

    Respiratory pharmacology


    Pharmacology for pain

    Cardiovascular pharmacology


    Respiratory pharmacology 1

    CNS and pharmacology


    Respiratory pharmacology 2

    Pharmacology – antidepressants


    Cardiovascular pharmacology 1

    Pharmacology – antianxiety / antipsychotics


    Cardiovascular pharmacology 2



    CNS and pharmacology

    Understanding alcohol and tobacco addiction


    Pharmacology – antidepressants



    Pharmacology – antianxiety / antipsychotics



    Endocrine pharmacology



    Reproductive pharmacology



    Introduction to medical oncology






  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Online Quiz Formative N/A 1-4
    Worksheets x 3 Summative 10% each (30% total) 1-8
    End of Semester Exam Summative 70% 1-10
    Assessment Detail
    ASSESSMENT 1: Online Quiz - assessment 1

    Online assessment 1: introduces students to the online format for future assessments. A combination of short answer, MCQ and SCT (script concordance tests) challenges the student to extend their understanding of pharmacology and consider possible nursing interventions.

    ASSESSMENT 2: Online assessment 2-4

    Online assessment 2-4: worksheets, MCQ and SCT allow for discrete testing of particular themes and will provide further development of core knowledge.

    ASSESSMENT 3: End of semester exam

    End of semester exam – 3 hr: test core of pharmacological principles to support medical and nursing related interventions and care
    Unless otherwise indicated all submission of assignments is to be through the assignments portal of MyUni. TurnItin will be used to check student assignments. Students MUST keep an electronic copy of all assignments submitted. Cover sheets are required for all assignments and can be accessed from the School of Nursing website. Extension of 1 week for submission of assignments can automatically be granted when an online request is submitted. (Please see Study Guide for details) Requests must be made before the due date of the assignment. In principle, all assignments should be submitted by the due date. Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 10% of available marks for each working day after the due date. Work submitted more than ten days after the due date may be returned unmarked. This action will be taken to prevent students who do get their work in on time being disadvantaged.

    The policy for applying for extensions is outlined in the School Manual and the Study Guides.
    Whenever possible staff will turn around marked assignments within 4 weeks or earlier.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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