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Learning Objectives Standard: Application and Integration of Theory Based Knowledge Be able to identify the common side effects

of many of the common pharmaceutical medications I will be asked to administer.

Resources and Strategies Resources: Read Pharmacology for Canadian Health Care Practice (2nd ed.). by Lilley, Harrington & Snyder. Use medical reference sites to help determine the side effects and therapeutic effects of common psychiatric medications. Use medical reference sites and material to develop medical cards which can be used as teaching tools to learn about medications. Strategies: Practice my knowledge of drug classifications, interactions, therapeutic and common side effects through regular reading of medical cards. Test my medication knowledge

Types of Evidence of achievement During each of my clinical rotations, I was required to know basic medication requirements prior to administering any medication. This involved regular question being asked of me by my clinical instructor and often times by the client. I can recall one example during my medical surgical clinical, when I was responsible for the discharge of one of my clients. One of my functions as her discharge nurse was to issue my client with her discharge medication and answer all questions she had relation to it as per my journal entry below; (4.01), (4.04), (5.01). I also had to ensure Ms B. understood her discharge prescriptions which meant answering any questions she had about her prescribed

Criteria to validate objectives achieved Scale: 5/5 Feelings: I feel I now have a strong knowledge base on the common side effects of the most common pharmaceutical medications. Plan of Action: I will continue to refresh my medication memory during my final practicum and ensure I continue to read my medication cards.

by requesting fellow students medications. (Connolly, D and nursing to ask me questions 2013). pertaining to medications. My fellow students and I would regularly test our medication knowledge by asking each other pertinent knowledge as it related to our medical cards. (4.01), (5.01). In addition to student testing, I have being asked on the spot questions about medication from psychiatric nurses prior to administration. (4.01), (5.01). I have developed a habit of regularly reading my medical cards to ensure my memory is refreshed as to their therapeutic and side effects. (4.01), (5.01). During our older adult clinical we had a study group that met after each clinical to review our weekly medications. (4.01), (5.01).

References: Connolly, D (2013). Reflective Journal Med Surg Clinical April 8th. Lilley, L. L., Harrington, S., & Snyder, J. S. (2011). Pharmacology for Canadian Health Care Practice (2nd ed.). Toronto, ON: Mosby Elsevier.