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To enable students to explore the issues and concepts surrounding the use and administration of drugs and relate this knowledge to nursing practice care.

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critically analyse the legal, sociocultural and ethical issues surrounding drug administration and use.

outline the key components of a comprehensive drug history within a patient assessment.

analyse fundamental concepts of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination.

explore the mechanism of action of selected drugs and critically discuss nursing activities which maximize therapeutic effectiveness and minimize adverse reactions.

demonstrate understanding of drug interactions, adverse drugs reactions and potential side effects of selected drugs including complementary medicines.

describe response variations to medications that can occur across the lifespan and with selected groups (including Maori).