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Clinical Approaches in Drug and Alcohol Nursing
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This unit of study aims to build on the student’s knowledge in alcohol and other drugs nursing. Students will be encouraged to develop a deep understanding of the range of comorbidities associated with use of substances and mental health disorders by examining current literature and practice guidelines. This unit explores the specific requirements when planning care in the alcohol and other drugs sector, in particular trauma informed care grounded in evidence-based practice. Treatment and management strategies, including, pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for substance use problems are also studied. The unit concludes with an analysis of the current needs of the alcohol and other drugs nursing workforce in Australia. ACN acknowledges that alcohol is also a drug, however, in current practice settings, nurses are still referred to as drug and alcohol nurses rather than alcohol and other drugs nurses.

Clinical Approaches in Drug and Alcohol Nursing
Unit of study code 326
Availability Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing
Term JANUARY, JULY
Pre-requisite 324 – Foundational Concepts in Drug and Alcohol Nursing
EFTSL 0.125 FTE
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Mevin Paulose
Email: mevin.paulose@acn.edu.au
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)

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(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Understanding comorbid conditions in relation to substance use disorders a) critically evaluate treatment options and management strategies for people in withdrawal from problematic alcohol and other drug use Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 10
Theme 2: Care planning and treatment matching b) identify the range of comorbidities and complex conditions associated with mental health disorders and alcohol and other drug use Assessment 2: Literature critique (2,000 words) 40% 6
Theme 3: Alcohol and other drugs management strategies and treatment modalities c) examine the key principles of care planning and treatment matching when addressing the complex care needs of people experiencing harm from alcohol and other drug use Assessment 3: Analysis of care (2,500 words) 50% 9
Theme 4: The specialist role of the alcohol and other drugs nurse d) analyse treatment and management options when working with marginalised and vulnerable populations
Theme 5: The drug and alcohol nursing work force e) examine treatment modalities, including pharmacology and psychosocial approaches, within a collaborative interdisciplinary team using current literature and evidence-based practice
f) critically analyse the specialist role of the alcohol and other drugs nurse and the implications for future practice in order to provide holistic and contemporary person centred care

Clinical Approaches in Drug and Alcohol Nursing (326) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing.