57000 - Pharmacology and Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives

Full Title:Pharmacology and Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:57000
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2019/20 ( February 2020 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module offers an introduction to the core discipline of Pharmacology. The initial block of lectures covers the concepts of mechanisms of drug action, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacovigilance. The module then proceeds to cover the principal classes of drugs employed clinically to treat diseases in the major body systems. Throughout the module students will gain exposure to the clinical aspects of nurse/ midwife prescribing from various practice contexts and special population groups.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. State the general principles of drug action, pharmacodynamics pharmacotherapeutics pharmacokinetics and pharmacovigilance.
  2. Describe the pathogenic mechanism that underlies the specific diseases covered.
  3. Discuss the pharmacology of the principal classes of drugs acting on major body systems including adverse reactions and interactions.
  4. Evaluate through reflection the core principles of the prescribing process as applied to nurse prescribing.
  5. Discuss the principles of prescribing for special populations, notably older people, children and young people, pregnant or lactating women, clients with an intellectual disability and those experiencing mental illness.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the core discipline of Pharmacology
• Pharmacokinetics • Pharmacodynamics • Drugs and the autonomic nervous systems • Drugs acting on the heart • Drugs used in hypertension • Lipid lowering drugs; anti-coagulants, drugs and anaemia • Drugs acting on the respiratory system • Drugs acting on the gastrointestinal system • Analgesics • Drugs acting on the endocrine system • Drugs acting on the central nervous system including antidepressants, anti psychotics, drugs used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s etc • Antibacterial drugs • Drugs used in the treatment of malignant diseases • Individual differences, drugs used in extremes of life and pregnancy • Drug interactions ,adverse reactions , pharmacovigilance • Poisons , antidotes and drugs of abuse • HSE prescribing expert • State claims agency • IMB adverse events and reporting • Special populations from a nursing and midwifery perspective
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Open-book Examination This module will be assessed though an open book exam of short answer questions and a section on nursing and midwifery specific MCQs 1,2,3,4,5 100.00 100 50 End of Year 120
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Second Week 1.50
Online Learning (non contact) No Description 3.00 Every Second Week 1.50
Independent Study No Description 74.00 Once per semester 4.93
Directed Reading No Description 50.00 Once per semester 3.33
Total Weekly Learner Workload 11.27
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50
Recommended Book Resources
  • Dilyse Nuttall (Editor), Jane Rutt-Howard (Editor) 2015, The Textbook of Non-Medical Prescribing, 2nd Ed., Wiley UK
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
1365 Certificate in Nursing/Midwifery Medicinal Product Prescribing 1 Mandatory