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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.

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

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

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

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

Apply knowledge of drug-drug interactions and adverse drug reactions of selected drug categories, including complementary and traditional medicines.

Describe response variations to medications, including pharmacogenetics and lifespan change to individuals.