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NURS12154 - Pharmacology for Nursing Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with information based on evidence and best practice principles in the safe use of medications across the lifespan. Knowledge of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics as well as biochemical and microbial considerations are included to ensure safe nursing practice and quality use of medicines. You will also become familiar with the Australian legal requirements and ethical issues as they relate to the administration of medications. The content of this unit will be applied in the clinical nursing practice units.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites

NURS11161 Clinical Nursing Practice 1 or NURS11154 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2

BIOH11005 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

Co-requisite

BIOH11006 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Case Study 40%
2. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 53.08% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Assessment Explanations
Recommendation
Incorporating Assessment Q & As via Zoom and recording these for students who cannot attend for all assessments to address this issue. Currently there is an Overview of Assessments power-point and recording however, if other units have similar topics but different requirements, this can be confusing for the student and therefore will help prevent confusion for the student and make the assessment requirements clearer.
Action Taken
Assessment Q&A and Zoom sessions were conducted in T1. These were also recorded for students to review at their own convenience and has become part of the learning opportunity for students. This strategy is a positive one, evident by student feedback stating the best aspects of the unit: 'Love the Zoom sessions'; 'Many sessions on Zoom for questions to be answered as well as forum responses.'
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Evening Zoom sessions
Recommendation
Some students have requested evening Zoom sessions. This has been utilised in the past with minimal uptake from students. Therefore all instead of evening Zoom session, all Zoom sessions are recorded and placed on the Moodle site and students are encouraged to ask questions on the discussion forums. Students can email questions prior to these Zoom sessions to address any confusion/questions/clarification.
Action Taken
There are no plans to include evening Zoom sessions. All Zoom sessions - lectures and Study Guide Zoom sessions etc are recorded and placed on the Moodle site for students to access at their own discretion. Discussion sessions are offered for further questions and study guide activity answers are also provided at the end of each week. This enables the students more flexibility in learning the content and has been a positive aspect of this unit. This strategy has not disadvantaged any student in accessing the unit content required to pass the assessments.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Replace written assessment 3 with an examination.
Recommendation
A unit proposal will be submitted to change the last assessment to an exam. There are 3 compelling reasons to change the last assessment which is currently a written piece, to an examination: a) Students have asked to be assessed on multiple medications which they believe would enhance their confidence in the clinical environment. As a written piece of assessment, students can only be assessed on a small number of medications. The exam provides a greater opportunity for extending knowledge regarding multiple medications that students will encounter in clinical environments. b) Students feel that the current written assessment overlaps with similar content from another Unit's assessment pieces. The examination would effectively address any perception of overlap in coverage of unit content. c) Students have also stated that they find it difficult to complete written assignments during Work Integrated Learning practicum in T1 that runs alongside this unit and in concert with other Units which also have written assessments.
Action Taken
A unit proposal was submitted last year and the assessment format was changed from 2 written assessments to 1 written assessment and an exam.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
The feedback provided by markers needs to be helpful in providing guidance on future improvement. Feedback was lacking explanation.
Recommendation
Ongoing commitment in this area will continue and feedback from markers will be reviewed to improve in this area to be more beneficial for student's learning. For example, providing more detailed information to markers on how to provide more constructive feedback to students may assist in improving feedback to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: School and student evaluations
Feedback
This unit has obtained positive feedback from students despite being a cohort of over 400 students, which is evidence of commitment by the unit coordinators to quality learning and teaching. Comments from students included: "The support I received has been great and I felt confident throughout the whole term." "Large subject and sometimes difficult to prioritise which areas to focus on, but the support provided by lecturers greatly assisted in directing to the general area." "I felt the resources provided did support my learning well. " " I thoroughly enjoyed the powerpoint presentations and they were set out well and easy to follow."
Recommendation
Continue to provide support to students to ensure the commitment to their learning and teaching continues.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Even though most students strongly agreed that the Moodle site was easy to navigate, feedback provided by some students strongly disagreed and therefore requires review. Examples of student feedback regarding this issue: "Moodle sites are hard to navigate with so much content."
Recommendation
Review set-up of the Moodle site. Suggest moving all content into each week ie study guide and Zoom sessions etc so there is only one area students would need to access for all the information each week. Currently the study guide and the weekly Zooms sessions are in separate tabs from the weekly lecture and readings. Review the study guide to be more specific to reflect the weekly content.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Examine the principles of quality use of medicines (QUM), as related to nursing practice
  2. Determine the implications of the pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamics, biochemical and microbial influences medications can have on individuals across the lifespan
  3. Analyse the professional and ethical implications of medication administration and the associated legislative requirements to nursing practice.

The learning outcomes are linked to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation (ANMAC) Standards for registered nurses and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) registered nurse standards for practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Case Study
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Case Study
2 - Examination