This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to administer and monitor medications and intravenous (IV) therapy including calculating dosage requirements, interpreting written instructions from an authorised prescriber, assessing the person for medication effectiveness and side effects, and responding to an allergic pharmacological reaction.  This unit applies to enrolled nursing work carried out in consultation and collaboration with registered nurses and under supervisory arrangements aligned to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia regulatory authority legislative requirements.


The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:
HLTENN007

Assessment

Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - undertaken nursing work in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia professional practice standards, codes and guidelines; - calculated medications with 100% accuracy and used the 'Rights of Medication' to administer medication to at least 2 people in simulation and at least 3 people in the workplace, and which must include the following routes: oral and sub-cutaneous injection; - calculated medications with 100% accuracy and used the 'Rights of Medication' to administer medication in the workplace or in a simulation environment to at least 2 people, and which must include the following routes: intramuscular injections and peripheral IV injection, and; - safely prepared equipment for IV therapy and blood and blood products administration, and monitored IV therapy and blood and blood products administration in the workplace or in simulated environment to at least 2 people including assessing cannula site.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legal requirements for practice parameters of enrolled nurse in relation to the administration and documentation of medications, including legal requirements for each route of administration; - forms of medication and how they are handled, calculated, administered and stored; - pharmacology of medications; - potential complications of blood transfusion; - how to transport, store, handle, check and dispose blood and blood products safely; - 'Rights of medication' - the right medication (drug, medication, medicines), right dose, right prescription (documentation), right route, right time, right person, right expiration date, right to refuse; - how medication is administered via the following routes or methods; - IV medication administration methods; - pathophysiology related to medicine groups; - factors to consider when calculating medication dosages; - organisation policy and procedure for addressing medication errors, and; - drugs commonly used for fluid and electrolyte imbalance.

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