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Foundational Concepts in Drug and Alcohol Nursing
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This unit of study is designed to provide students with an understanding of the foundational concepts of drug and alcohol nursing. The concepts of harm minimisation and the legal and ethical dimensions of caring for clients with substance use disorders are explored. This unit of study also examines the main drugs that may lead to dependence, along with assessment and screening for alcohol and other drugs related harms. You will have the opportunity to build on existing knowledge by problem solving through reflection and critical evaluation of your current practice. Other concepts explored in this subject include stigma, and the importance of language and communication when caring for patients seeking care for drug and alcohol use.

Foundational Concepts in Drug and Alcohol Nursing
Unit of study code 324
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Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing

GC single unit of study

Term JANUARY, APRIL, JULY, OCTOBER
Pre-requisite This subject is the first subject in the Graduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Nursing, and will be a pre-requisite for other units of study in the Graduate Certificate 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 Ruth Green MACN
Email: ruth.green@acn.edu.au
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Theme 1: Australian drug policy/philosophy a) appraise Australia’s harm minimisation strategy and drug and alcohol policy development and its place in drug and alcohol nursing practice Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 4, 5
Theme 2: Legal, ethical and professional issues b) discuss the legal and ethical dimensions relevant to caring for clients who use substances Assessment 2: Reflective essay (2,000 words) 40% 6
Theme 3: Understanding substance use c) examine the main drugs leading to substance use disorders and their impact on users and families Assessment 3: Concept map 10% 7
Theme 4: Effective communication and language in drug and alcohol nursing d) analyse theoretical models, including cultural, psycho social and biological models, to understand substance use patterns and outcomes Assessment 4: Essay (2,000 words) 40% 10
Theme 5: Drug and alcohol screening and assessment e) compare different approaches to screening and assessment for alcohol and other drugs related harms in the delivery of culturally safe nursing practice
f) critically reflect on the stigma associated with substance use, and how your own beliefs, attitudes and communication processes support person-centred care.

Foundational Concepts in Drug and Alcohol Nursing (324) 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.