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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joyce B. Vazzano, BS, MS (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This book presents a totally nursing-focused framework to support the learning and teaching of pharmacology. It integrates core drug knowledge with core patient information, appropriately stressing the relationship between the two bodies of information. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The purpose is to offer a systematic approach for students to group drug data, while at the same time begin to recognize individual drug names. It is intended to give students an easy-to-understand method of learning and organizing large amounts of information. It also provides faculty who teach pharmacology using the prototype approach a book that matches the way they teach. These are worthy objectives that are accomplished with this book.
Audience: It is intended for use by both nursing faculty who teach pharmacology and nursing students enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program. The book is written at an appropriate level for both educators and students. The authors are all faculty who teach pharmacology using the prototype approach.
Features: The authors present a systematic framework for drug therapy with every prototype drug. Both core drug knowledge and core patient variables are highlighted. There are 13 units and 10 appendixes. Units 1-3 address the principles and process of nursing management in drug therapy along with the basics of core drug knowledge and patient-related variables. Units 4-13 present the nursing management of drugs affecting various disease states and body systems. Each chapter offers clearly defined learning objectives, key terms, chapter summaries, and questions for study and review. There are also research boxes that highlight current research in pharmacology. Throughout the book, figures illustrate physiologic processes relevant to drug class and link drug actions to physiology. Memory chips highlight key points for each prototype drug, drug summary tables relate pharmacotherapeutics and general dosage data to pharmacokinetic parameters and drug interaction tables highlight drug-drug and drug-food interactions. Both student and faculty resource packages provide a CD-ROM and web connection companion. For students, this eases the learning process and for faculty, it assists in developing lectures and exams, as well as interacting with students online.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. It is clearly written and comprehensive and intended for both student nurses and faculty. Critical thinking scenarios and questions for study and review are included in each chapter, along with a chapter summary highlighting key points. Tables and figures are also valuable inclusions. Ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and reactions justifies this new edition.