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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: 9780323009751
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/15/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 11.05 (h) x 1.51 (d)

Table of Contents

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
6 A review of arithmetic
7 Principles of medication administration
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
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
21 Introduction to cardiovascular diseases 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
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
30 Drugs used to treat upper respiratory disease
31 Drugs used to treat lower respiratory disease
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
36 Drugs used to treat diabetes mellitus
37 Drugs used to treat thyroid disease
38 Corticosteroids
39 Gonadal hormones
40 Drugs used in obstetrics
41 Drugs used in men's and women's health
42 Drugs used to treat disorders of the urinary system
43 Drugs used to treat glaucoma and other eye disorders
44 Drugs affecting neoplasms
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
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