Module details for Pharmacology and Prescribing


Pharmacology and Prescribing


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : a) Understand and apply the principles of safe and effective administration and optimisation of medicines management and b) Understand and respond to common mental, physical, behavioural and cognitive health conditions applying evidence from research that informs and develops best nursing practice.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Apply an understanding and knowledge of the principles of safe and effective administration and optimisation of medicines in accordance with relevant local and national policies, and demonstrate proficiency and accuracy when calculating dosages of prescribed medication (4.14).

2.  Apply an understanding and knowledge of relevant legal, regulatory and governance requirements, policies, and ethical frameworks, including any mandatory reporting duties to all areas of practice differentiating where appropriate between the devolved legislatures of the UK.

3.  Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacology and the ability to recognise the effects of medicines, allergies, drug sensitivities, side effects, contraindications, incompatibilities, adverse reactions, prescribing errors and the impact of poly-pharmacology and over the counter medicine usage (4.15).

4.  Articulate high quality nursing interventions when meeting people's needs that informs and promotes best nursing practice (4.16) and demonstrates comprehension of how to support people with commonly encountered physical, mental, cognitive and behavioural health conditions, their medication usage and treatments.

5.  Demonstrate knowledge that aligns with the capacity to progress to a prescribing qualification following registration (4.17).

Indicative Content

1 Nurse prescribing

Nurse prescribing and the V100/150 competencies

2 Policies and legalities of prescribing

Local and national policies in relation to safe and effective medication admin. Drug calculations. Licensing and monitoring. Common mental, physical, cognitive and behavioural health conditions.

3 Pharmacological interventions

Pharmaceutical interventions, side effects, contra indications, prescribing errors, poly-pharmacology, over the counter medications.

4 Role function and philosophy of mental health nursing:

Self-help, self-management and specialist approaches. Collaboration , partnership , involvement and person centred care , power, custodialism, restrictive practice and detention

5 Deployment of interventions:

Understand the application of common intervention methods, including alternatives and adjuncts to pharmacology, e.g. psychological therapies , effective communication to service users, collaboration, and choice within person-centred nursing

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 21
Practical Activity 6
Assessment 40
Independent 133
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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