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Overview

Basic Pharmacology for Nurses, 15th edition, is a contemporary classic nursing pharmacology textbook known for its impeccably accurate drug content and its practical applications of the nursing process. A consistent emphasis on health promotion through medication monitoring and patient education is a hallmark of the book. Introductory units ground the reader in basic principles of pharmacology and medication administration, and subsequent body-system units apply the nursing process to every major disorder and drug class to promote safe medication administration.
  • Provides an overview of relevant pathophysiology with an application of the nursing process in each drug chapter, followed by an application of the nursing process to each applicable drug class.
  • Covers the pharmacology of all major classes of drugs, emphasizing side effects to expect, side effects to report, drug interactions, and more.
  • Emphasizes patient education and health promotion with easy-to-recognize Patient Education and Health Promotion headings and reproducible Patient Self-Assessment forms.
  • UNIQUE! Each chapter concludes with a 3-part Medication Safety Review that highlights the importance of safe drug administration and provides review and application of key chapter content related to medication safety.
  • Provides need-to-know coverage of herbal therapies and dietary supplements with an Herbal and Dietary Supplement Therapy chapter, plus Herbal Interactions boxes throughout the chapters.
  • UNIQUE! New coverage of drugs for weight management are included in the expanded Nutrition and Weight Management chapter (Chapter 49).
  • Increased emphasis on medication safety prepares nurses to practice more safely in a clinical environment that is both more pressured and more focused than ever on reducing drug errors. The increased emphasis includes Chapter 7: Principles of Medication Administration, do-not-confuse icons, and an icon to signal ISMP's "high alert" drugs.
  • As the focus on pharmacology on the NCLEX continues to increase, chapter-ending Medication Safety Review sections have been refocused into three types of application-level questions, including Dosage Calculation Review Questions, Review Questions for the NCLEX Examination, and Critical Thinking Activities.
  • Evidence-based practice content is now highlighted with a distinctive icon in the margins.
  • The antimicrobial chapter has been broken into three smaller chapters (Antimicrobiotics, Antifungals, Antivirals) resulting in a less overwhelming reading on this topic.
  • Updated coverage of the most recent FDA approvals, withdrawals, and therapeutic uses provide impeccably accurate and current content to ensure safe drug therapy.
  • Updated and streamlined coverage of nursing care with a stronger focus on the need-to-know material helps students focus on the most current, need-to-know content.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Laurel A. Eisenhauer
This is a basic introductory pharmacology textcurrently in its 11th edition. It was originally published in1957. The original aim of the first edition related to concern forthe ""administration of medication with concern for safety andprecision and attention to physiologic factors"" has been expanded tohave increased emphasis on the need for monitoring and for patientteaching to ensure safe self-care. Although there is material on theseaspects, especially as applied to the acute care or institutionalsetting, there is little on aspects of home care and psychosocialissues such as noncompliance. Although the audience is not specifiedby the authors, it would appear to appropriate for students preparingfor a technical level of practice. The author team is well qualified,with one a pharmacist and the other a nursing faculty member in anassociate degree program. Consultants from LPN and baccalaureateprograms are also used. This text is well illustrated with colorphotos and figures. Color is used liberally in the illustrations andalso within the text to highlight organization and pedagogicalfeatures. Content related to drugs is arranged according to patientcondition. The nursing process is used as a framework; a sixth right-- the need to document -- is a useful point of emphasis. Noreferences are provided. The text comes in softcover and is easy tohandle and carry. This basic text in pharmacology provides anintroduction to safe drug administration and an introductoryunderstanding of pharmacology. The most appropriate audience would beLPN or ADN students. The discussion of drug therapy is arranged bypatient conditions; the nursing process is used to discuss the nursingaspects. Thereis excellent use of color and illustrations to enhancethe pedagogical features.
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Reviewer: Laurel A. Eisenhauer, RN, PhD, FAAN (Boston College School of Nursing)
Description: This is a basic introductory pharmacology text currently in its 11th edition. It was originally published in 1957.
Purpose: The original aim of the first edition related to concern for the "administration of medication with concern for safety and precision and attention to physiologic factors" has been expanded to have increased emphasis on the need for monitoring and for patient teaching to ensure safe self-care. Although there is material on these aspects, especially as applied to the acute care or institutional setting, there is little on aspects of home care and psychosocial issues such as noncompliance.
Audience: Although the audience is not specified by the authors, it would appear to appropriate for students preparing for a technical level of practice. The author team is well qualified, with one a pharmacist and the other a nursing faculty member in an associate degree program. Consultants from LPN and baccalaureate programs are also used.
Features: This text is well illustrated with color photos and figures. Color is used liberally in the illustrations and also within the text to highlight organization and pedagogical features. Content related to drugs is arranged according to patient condition. The nursing process is used as a framework; a sixth right — the need to document — is a useful point of emphasis. No references are provided. The text comes in softcover and is easy to handle and carry.
Assessment: This basic text in pharmacology provides an introduction to safe drug administration and an introductory understanding of pharmacology. The most appropriate audience would be LPN or ADN students. The discussion of drug therapy is arranged by patient conditions; the nursing process is used to discuss the nursing aspects. There is excellent use of color and illustrations to enhance the pedagogical features.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323057806
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/20/2009
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 888
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Foundations of Pharmacology

1. Definitions, Names, Standards, and Information Sources

2. Principles of Drug Action and Drug Interactions

3. Drug Action Across the Life Span

4. The Nursing Process and Pharmacology

5. Patient Education and Health Promotion

Unit 2: Illustrated Atlas of Medication Administration and Math Review

6. A Review of Arithmetic

7. Principles of Medication Administration and Medication Safety

8. Percutaneous Administration

9. Enteral Administration

10. Parenteral Administration: Safe Preparation of Parenteral Medications

11. Parenteral Administration: Intradermal, Subcutaneous, and Intramuscular Routes

12. Parenteral Administration: Intravenous Route

Unit 3: Drugs Affecting the Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems

13. Drugs Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System

14. Sedative-Hypnotics

15. Drugs Used for Parkinson’s Disease

16. Drugs Used for Anxiety Disorders

17. Drugs Used for Mood Disorders

18. Drugs Used for Psychoses

19. Drugs Used for Seizure Disorders

20. Drugs Used for Pain Management

Unit 4: Drugs Affecting the Cardiovascular System

21. Introduction to Cardiovascular Disease and Metabolic Syndrome

22. Drugs Used to Treat Dyslipidemias

23. Drugs Used to Treat Hypertension

24. Drugs Used to Treat Dysrhythmias

25. Drugs Used to Treat Angina Pectoris

26. Drugs Used to Treat Peripheral Vascular Disease

27. Drugs Used to Treat Thromboembolic Disorders

28. Drugs Used to Treat Heart Failure

29. Drugs Used for Diuresis

Unit 5: Drugs Used to Treat Disorders of the Respiratory System

30. Drugs Used to Treat Upper Respiratory Disease

31. Drugs Used to Treat Lower Respiratory Disease

Unit 6: Drugs Affecting the Digestive System

32. Drugs Used to Treat Oral Disorders

33. Drugs Used to Treat Gastroesophageal Reflux and Peptic Ulcer Diseases

34. Drugs Used to Treat Nausea and Vomiting

35. Drugs Used to Treat Constipation and Diarrhea

Unit 7: Drugs Affecting the Endocrine System

36. Drugs Used to Treat Diabetes Mellitus

37. Drugs Used to Treat Thyroid Disease

38. Corticosteroids

39. Gonadal Hormones

Unit 8: Drugs Affecting the Reproductive System

40. Drugs Used in Obstetrics

41. Drugs Used in Men’s and Women’s Health

Unit 9: Drugs Affecting Other Body Systems

42. Drugs Used to Treat Disorders of the Urinary System

43. Drugs Used to Treat Glaucoma and Other Eye Disorders

44. Drugs Used for Cancer Treatment

45. Drugs Used to Treat the Muscular System

46. Antimicrobial Agents

47. Nutrition

48. Herbal and Dietary Supplement Therapy

49. Substance Abuse

50. Miscellaneous Agents

Bibliography Illustration Credits Index Answers to Medication Safety Review

Appendices [on Evolve at http://evolve.elsevier.com/Clayton/]

  1. Common Prescription Abbreviations
  2. Medical Abbreviations
  3. Nomogram for Calculating the Body Surface Area of Adults and Children
  4. Commonly Used Laboratory Test and Drug Values
  5. Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule -- United States, 2008 UPDATED!
  6. MedWatch Drug Reporting Form
  7. Dyskinesia Identification System: Condensed User Scale (DISCUS)
  8. A Simple Method to Determine Tardive Dyskinesia Symptoms: AIMS Examination Procedure
  9. Templates for Developing a Written Record for Patients to Monitor Their Own Therapy

Glossary [on Evolve at http://evolve.elsevier.com/Clayton/]

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