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Drug and Alcohol Nursing

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The specialist drug and alcohol nurse is required to provide specialised leadership, expert knowledge and nursing skills to assess, identify and respond to complex problems of individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol related health conditions, including dependence and mental and/or physical health comorbidities...’(Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia 2012, p.4)

The need for more Post Graduate Education has been on the agenda of the NSW Ministry of Health's Drug and Alcohol Nursing Advisory Committee's Workforce development plan since at least 2010.

Studying drug and alcohol nursing with ACN will provide you with the knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of patient centred care in this growing specialty. The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of clinical practice development for the improvement of patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality.

Intakes:

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

DURATION

1 YR PT

STUDY MODE

Online

Graduate Certificate intakes are January and July, however you can complete selected single units of study in either the April or October terms and articulate into the next Graduate Certificate enrolment. Call us on 1800 265 534 to discuss your study options.

DESCRIPTION

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.

Students complete 4 units of study – 3 cores and 1 elective

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

UNITS OF STUDY

Code 

Unit of study  

Type

10 015 1705

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

259

Drug and alcohol nursing practice

C

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

287

Public and primary health – drug and alcohol

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

276

Addiction nursing

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

289

Complex care – drug and alcohol

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

C=Core

Code 

Unit of study  

Type

10 015 1706

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

259

Drug and alcohol nursing practice

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

287

Public and primary health – drug and alcohol

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

276

Addiction nursing

C

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

289

Complex care – drug and alcohol

C

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

29 June 2018

Tier 1

C=Core

276

Pre-requisite 259

289

Pre-requisite 259 & Co-requisite 276

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in drug and alcohol nursing is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles. Nurses completing this course will be prepared to work in pharmacotherapy treatment clinics, consultation and liaison service, general drug and alcohol treatment services, drug and alcohol detoxification units and rehabilitation centres.

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.

Enrolment Form

Graduate certificate enrolment form fee-paying

Enrolments may be available each term dependent upon course requirements and student numbers. Call customer services on 1800 265 534 for more information.

MEET YOUR NURSE EDUCATOR

Ashley Page MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, MHLM, DipProfPract, CertIVTAE

Ashley coordinates and tutors for our Graduate Certificates in Leadership and Management, and Drug and Alcohol. With 5 years of experience in nurse education and previous roles in emergency nursing (15 years +) and management. Ashley is passionate about her role which provides the opportunity to interact with nurses at different stages of their career and help them put theory into practice.