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Drug and Alcohol Nursing

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Be inspired and inspire others with the knowledge and confidence this online course provides. ACN’s graduate certificate is your chance to increase your knowledge and build a pathway to a higher grade position.

 

This course will provide students with an understanding of substance use issues from both an individual and public health perspective. Students will explore a range of opinions around the policy of harm minimisation and the socio-political aspects of substance use. Biological and psychological models of both causes and treatments are reviewed. Assessment and nursing care of intoxication, overdose and withdrawal are examined. Specialised skills in motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, pharmacotherapy services, case management, co-morbidities and complex care will be studied. The importance of primary health care interventions is emphasised.

Learning outcomes

At successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Examine the causes, incidence and prevalence of substance use and critically analyse government policy and strategy
  • Discuss the importance of the health professional’s attitude and cultural sensitivity in working with clients, families and significant others in the drug and alcohol context
  • Perform a holistic drug and alcohol assessment and determine an appropriate therapeutic response rationalising the use of pharmacotherapies and psychosocial interventions
  • Evaluate evidence based, best practice nursing care of people with substance intoxication, overdose and withdrawal
  • Discuss case management care with the multidisciplinary team
  • Analyse and appraise public health approaches and primary health care models in the drug and alcohol context

Graduate outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing is designed to promote lifelong learning, reflective practice, critical thinking and analysis, clinical decision making and the advancement of knowledge and skills in drug and alcohol nursing. Graduates of this course will be prepared to work in:

  • Pharmacotherapy and outpatient clinics
  • Consultation and liaison services
  • Detoxification units
  • Rehabilitation, drug and alcohol primary health care services

Units of study

2016

Code 

Unit of study  

Type

10 015 1604

TERMS FOR COMPLETION IN 12 MONTH

(July 2016)

Individual fee*

259

Drug and alcohol nursing practice

C

July (2016)

Tier 1

287

Public and primary health – drug and alcohol

C

October (2016)

Tier 1

276

Addiction nursing

C

January (2017)

Tier 1

289

Complex care – drug and alcohol

C

April (2017)

Tier 1

2017

Code 

Unit of study  

Type

10 015 1604

TERMS FOR COMPLETION IN 12 MONTH

(January 2017)

Individual fee*

259

Drug and alcohol nursing practice

C

January (2017)

Tier 1

287

Public and primary health – drug and alcohol

C

April (2017)

Tier 1

276

Addiction nursing

C

July (2017)

Tier 1

289

Complex care – drug and alcohol

C

October (2017)

Tier 1

C=Core

*Fees

Tier 1 = $1,995

276

Pre-requisite 259

289

Pre-requisite 259 & Co-requisite 276