BMidwif Midwifery

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Medicines Management for Midwives

Unit code NURS21240
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


Therapeutic agents are utilised as part of contemporary midwifery care; particularly where complications arise during the childbearing continuum. Thus, this unit will extend student midwives knowledge of fundamental principles of medication management. Pregnancy and the childbearing continuum is a unique event where special precautions are advised with respect to drug therapeutics. Hence, this unit will develop knowledge and skills with respect to drug therapeutics in the childbearing continuum. Students will use the foundational knowledge of pharmokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and therapeutics, in order to analyze how medications affect physiological and patho - physiological processes in childbearing. In addition, the unit will provide a sound knowledge base of medicines management encompassing the practical aspects of the handling, calculation, safe administration and storage of drugs as part of the overall plan of care for women across the childbearing continuum. The emphasis is on the discrete role of the midwife especially with respect to the NMC Midwives Rules and Standards in the safe administration of drugs in clinical, midwifery practice.


  • Extend knowledge in drug interactions and drug therapeutics as applied to the medical disorders of pregnancy.
  • Explore the statutory framework for midwifery practice and the professional accountability of the midwife when administering drugs to women across the childbearing continuum

Teaching and learning methods

The unit will be delivered over a single semester with some input from the Faculty of Life Sciences utilising a range of teaching/learning approaches, these will include: key note lectures, seminars, simulation, case scenarios, directed study with online activities and self-directed learning. These methods will facilitate an equitable approach to learning which will enable the students to examine a range of evidence, explore the resources available for drug therapeutics in pregnancy and have a sound knowledge of basic drug therapeutics and safe drug administration. Thus, students will identify, review and disseminate information relevant to the main drug groups used in women with the most common medical conditions arising in the childbearing continuum. The students will utilise the knowledge gained from the teaching/learning to inform their supervised practice in the clinical area and aid in the achievement of the NMC pre-registration midwifery, clinical domains for safe drug administration.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Identify the key pharmacological concepts relevant to drug therapeutics in pregnancy and midwifery practice.
  • Critically analyse the midwife’s professional accountability requirements associated with the use of medications across the childbearing continuum with an emphasis upon safe drug administration, storage and handling.
  • Identify the principles of drug treatment in common medical conditions/complications arising during the childbearing continuum.
  • Critically analyse drugs (expressed as common drug groups e.g. anticoagulants) and their effects.
  • Demonstrate sound reasoning for legal and ethical decision making within the context of safe drug administration.

Intellectual skills

  • Identify the relevant knowledge of biological sciences underpinning the use of medication across the childbearing continuum.
  • Identify the processes involved in drug actions, drug interactions and drug effects.
  • Select from a range of drug information resources those that best promote safe administration of drugs to the pregnant woman and critically analyse the evidence base which the strategies are based upon.
  • Critically analyse clinical scenarios related to complications during the childbearing continuum where drugs are utilised as part of the care pathway.
  • Critically analyse the role of the midwife in the storage, handling and administration of drugs in pregnancy.

Practical skills

  • Utilise mathematical principles in the accurate calculation of drug dosages for the preparation and administration of medications.
  • Demonstrate safe clinical practice in relation to drug administration based on sound pharmaceutical knowledge, including the storage, handling and administration of medicines to women and neonates in accordance with relevant midwifery legislation.
  • Demonstrate the principles of risk assessment applied to drug therapeutics in women and neonates.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate numeracy skills for drug calculations.
  • Demonstrate literacy skills for record keeping.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills with respect to drug administration.
  • Demonstrate the principles of professional accountability with respect to the delivery of midwifery care; promoting, consent, advocacy and confidentiality as and when appropriate.
  • Effectively utilise a range of learning resources including information technology.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Practical skills assessment 50%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all undergraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

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Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 15
Practical classes & workshops 1
Seminars 2
Placement hours
Placement 67.5
Independent study hours
Independent study 64.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Catherine Anders Unit coordinator

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