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NS5922 - Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners 2

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Building on from NS5921, this subject will continue to explore major drug classifications which Nurse Practitioners are likely to utilise within their own specialty or patient population group in treating specific pathophysiological conditions associated with the Australian National Health Priorities. Using a systems approach, it will investigate commonly prescribed medications used across a range of practice specialties. This subject will develop clinical expertise in the use of pharmacotherapeutic interventions and enable students to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills regarding medication management.

Learning Outcomes

  • further develop and apply knowledge major drugs classes associated with several bodily systems;
  • develop an understanding of drug-to-drug interactions;
  • understand the importance of renal and hepatic impairment with drug administration and supply;
  • develop and apply problem solving and critical thinking in the prescribing of medications in practice;
  • apply knowledge of drug therapy monitoring and critically review therapeutic guidelines.
Prerequisites: NS5901 AND NS5902 AND NS5921


External, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr John Smithson
Lecturers: Dr John Smithson, Dr Susan Edwards.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (40%); online discussions (10%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.