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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 drug and alcohol nursing. Students will be encouraged to develop a deep understanding of the range of comorbidities associated with drug, alcohol and mental health disorders by examining current literature and practice guidelines. This subject explores treatment and management strategies, including care planning, for patients presenting for care from drug and alcohol use. The concepts of trauma informed care and risks of harm from substance use in vulnerable populations will be explored, along with current needs of the drug and alcohol nursing workforce.

Clinical Approaches in Drug and Alcohol Nursing
Unit of study code 326
Availability Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing
Pre-requisite 324 – Foundational Concepts in Drug and Alcohol Nursing
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Ruth Green MACN

Please note: The themes, learning outcomes and assessments of this unit are currently undergoing approval and are not yet confirmed.


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)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Withdrawal management a) critically evaluate treatment options and intervention strategies for patients with substance use disorders Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 10
Theme 2: Understanding comorbid conditions in relation to substance use disorders b) explore the relationship between substance use disorders and the comorbidity of mental health Assessment 2: Case analysis (2,000 words) 40% 6
Theme 3: Care planning c) examine the key principles of care planning when addressing the complex needs of drug and alcohol patients Assessment 3: Literature critique (2,500 words) 50% 9
Theme 4: Treatment options and interventions d) analyse treatment and management options when working with marginalised and vulnerable populations
Theme 5: The drug and alcohol nursing work force e) reflect on the current needs of the drug and alcohol workforce in order to provide holistic and contemporary patient centred care.

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

Tiers2020 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,007.00$2,230.00$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,295.00$2,550.00$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,695.50$2,995.00$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,222.00$3,580.00$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

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