University of Technology Sydney

92481 Introduction to Speciality Practice: Drug and Alcohol Nursing

6cp; Standard; 7 X 3 hour workshops
Requisite(s): (90 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10122 Bachelor of Nursing OR 90 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10123 Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Arts International Studies OR 90 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10355 Bachelor of Management Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation OR 90 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10417 Bachelor of Nursing Bachelor of Languages and Cultures) AND (92438 Medical Surgical Nursing OR 92454 Medical Surgical Nursing) AND (92436 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing OR 93211 Clinical Practice 2B OR 92457 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing)



This subject is co-designed and co-delivered with people with a lived experience of alcohol and other drug (AOD) dependence. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the multiple explanatory frameworks for understanding and responding to AOD dependence, including from lived experienced, nursing, medical and public health epistemologies. Students are introduced to the causes and effects of AOD dependence through biological theories, trauma informed frameworks, social, cultural and environmental determinants of health, and health politics (e.g. ‘war on drugs’), including critical examination of Australia's policies related to drug treatment and harm reduction and community stigma and discrimination. Students also explore the stories, knowledge and wisdom of people with lived experience of AOD dependence. Students come to understand how drug and alcohol nursing is underpinned by concepts of consumer participation and self-determination, and that nursing care is delivered within a harm reduction framework. The role of differing treatments and harm minimisation are examined, including pharmacotherapies and treatments such as counselling, case management, relapse prevention and 12 step treatment programs. Students also learn key skills in collaborative, consumer focused nursing assessment of intoxication, overdose and withdrawal.

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