Teaching RANs about drugs

Tuesday, 18 November, 2014

Teaching remote area nurses (RANs) in outback Australia to be effectve prescribers is the topic of an article just published in the Australian Pharmacist. The author of Teaching remote area nurses is Toby Speare, the pharmacy academic at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. The article describes Toby’s experience providing education on Quality Use of Medicines to RANs through a course run in remote Australia.

The course (Pharmacotherapeutics for Remote Area Nurses) is taught as a face to face 2 day intensive workshop with additional written assessments. The intensives are offered in Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory, and in truely remote locations such as Bamaga, Longreach and Mt Isa (Qld), Broome, Kalgoorlie, Fitzroy Crossing and Warakuna (WA), Alice Springs (NT) and Umuwa in the APY Lands in South Australia.

RANs found that training in pharmacotherapeutics increased their awareness of drug interactions and side effects, gave them strategies to enhance adherence, and increased their understanding of legislative requirements and a range of other topics.

RANs can use the course to achieve competency in dealing with medications (supply, administration, and possession of medicines) and also to meet mandatory requirements to work as a RAN in the Northern Territory.

If you are a RAN and interested in the course, please contact Toby Speare at the Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs - Email- crh.shortcourse@flinders.edu.au or phone- 08 89574716.

The Centre for Remote Health is a joint centre of Charles Darwin University and Flinders University and is based in Alice Springs.

Speare T. Teaching remote area nurses. Australian Pharmacist 2014;33(11):20.

Toby Speare, pharmacist and academic, at Ormiston Gorge, Northern Territory.

Posted by Rick Speare