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HNN215 - Quality Use of Medicines in Nursing

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

(Normally students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing or an associated combined degree or Bachelor of Biomedical Science to enrol in this unit)

Unit chair:

Trimester 1: M Owen

Trimester 2: C Cleary

Campus contact:

D Copley: Burwood (Melbourne), M Owen: Waterfront (Geelong), G Rea: IKE


HBS109, HNN114 and HNN122 or for students enrolled in S323 Bachelor of Biomedical Science HBS109, SLE115 and SLE211

Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class or equivalent cloud presentation/s, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


In all contexts of care, nurses require sophisticated knowledge about medicines and their administration. In this unit, which forms part of the Parallel Nursing Studies cluster, students’ knowledge of safe administration of medicines for all patient groups and range of contexts will be extended. Students will further their knowledge of broad drug classes, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and the quality use of medications in health care. In particular, salient points for each broad drug class with reference to the use of these medications will be explored. The main focus in this unit will be to prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skill to manage medications including administration, adverse events, drug interactions, and education for patients.


Online test - drug calculation (equivalent 500 words) hurdle requirement, case study (1500 words) 50%, examination (2 hours closed book) 50%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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