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Amy Karch has found that students learn best when concepts are built upon each other, growing from simple to complex, building on a foundation of understanding.
Organized by body systems, this heavily illustrated book organizes essential nursing pharmacology information into focused, easy-to-learn steps. Building key concepts upon each other, the text gives students a solid foundation of understanding. Easy to understand drug prototype boxes are integrated as well as integrated content summaries. The fifth edition includes a completely revamped art program with more images depicting drug actions than any of the book's competitors. The fifth edition also underwent major reorganization to streamline the very functional "Focus on" theme for drug use across the lifespan, cultural and gender considerations, evidence-based practice, patient teaching, herbal and alternative therapies and dosage calculations; a new box, "Focus on Safe Medication Administration;" and totally revamped "Drugs in Focus" table for each classification of drugs. Focused content and focused features equal a focused student.
In addition, we've expanded and updated content on psychiatric agents (includes new indications, cautions and precautions), and significantly expanded information on AIDS and therapeutic management. Drug discussions include therapeutic actions and indications, pharmacokinetics, contraindications and cautions and adverse effects. Detailed rationales are presented throughout. Each chapter opens with Learning Objectives and a Glossary of Key Terms, and ends with NCLEX-style questions, and contains a case study-based critical thinking exercise that sets up a situation, shows critical thinking, and then presents a discussion and case-based nursing care guide. Features like this make the book an essential teaching tool.

Lippincott’s Photo Atlas of Medication Administration comes with this text.  Photo Atlas uses the nursing process format to provide step-by-step nursing skills (with rationales). In addition to being completely illustrated, the Photo Atlas also contains documentation guidelines and samples, and Unexpected Situations, which explain how to respond to unanticipated outcomes. Topics include removing medication from an ampule, removing medication from a vial, mixing medications from two vials in one syringe, administering an intradermal injection, and more.

In its updated Fourth Edition, this text presents essential pharmacology concepts in a streamlined, user-friendly fashion. Organized by body system, the book explains the rationale for each drug class's therapeutic actions, contraindications, and adverse effects. Each chapter opens with learning objectives and ends with NCLEX(R)-style and other questions. Illustrations, tables, side bars, and boxes summarize concepts and focus attention on critical thinking, patient safety, evidence-based practice, lifespan issues, patient teaching, and case study-based critical thinking exercises. A bound-in CD-ROM contains over 700 patient teaching printouts, Canadian drug regulations, a video on medication administration, NCLEX(R)-style questions, and additional learning tools.

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Reviewer:Shari J. Lynn, RN, MSN(Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description:This well written pharmacology textbook uses different modalities as well as pathophysiology to assist the reader in understanding pharmacology. It also makes use of NCLEX review questions as well as a CD-ROM.
Purpose:The purpose is to introduce and teach pharmacology in an understandable way that gives students the basic concepts of drug therapy so they can better understand individual drugs. The objectives of this book are worthy and meet the goals of the author.
Audience:According to the author, the book is written for nursing students and is written in a format that best addresses this audience.
Features:The book covers the physiology that the author feels will help the student understand how drugs affect the body. Case studies help the student understand the dynamics of drug therapy. The CD-ROM is helpful as a learning tool.
Assessment:This book helps the student realize how physiology works with drug administration to create the desired affect. The NCLEX questions are not only helpful in bolstering students' critical thinking, but also in giving the student some insight into what may be expected from them when taking the NCLEX.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781789820
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 12/16/2009
  • Edition description: Fifth
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1040
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

PART I Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology

  • 1 Introduction to Drugs
  • 2 Drugs and the Body
  • 3 Toxic Effects of Drugs
  • 4 The Nursing Process in Drug Therapy and Patient Safety
  • 5 Dosage Calculations
  • 6 Challenges to Effective Drug Therapy
  • PART II Chemotherapeutic Agents

  • 7 Introduction to Cell Physiology
  • 8 Anti-Infective Agents
  • Antibiotics
  • 10 Antiviral Agents
  • 11 Antifungal Agents
  • 12 Antiprotozoal Agents
  • 13 Anthelmintic Agents
  • 14 Antineoplastic Agents
  • PART III Drugs Acting on the Immune System

  • 15 Introduction to the Immune Response and Inflammation
  • 16 Anti-Inflammatory, Antiarthritis, and Related Agents
  • 17 Immune Modulators
  • 18 Vaccines and Sera
  • PART IV Drugs Acting on the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems

  • 19 Introduction to Nerves and the Nervous System
  • 20 Anxiolytic and Hypnotic Agents
  • 21 Antidepressant Agents
  • 22 Psychotherapeutic Agents
  • 23 Anti-seizure Agents
  • 24 Antiparkinsonism Agents
  • 25 Muscle Relaxants
  • 26 Narcotics, Narcotic Antagonists and Antimigraine Agents
  • 27 General and Local Anesthetic Agents
  • 28 Neuromuscular Junction Blocking Agents
  • PART V Drugs Acting on the Autonomic Nervous System

  • 29 Introduction to the Autonomic Nervous System
  • 30 Adrenergic Agonists
  • 31 Adrenergic Blocking Antagonists
  • 32 Cholinergic Agonists
  • 33 Anticholinergic Agents
  • PART VI Drugs Acting on the Endocrine System

  • 34 Introduction to the Endocrine System
  • 35 Hypothalamic and Pituitary Agents
  • 36 Adrenocortical Agents
  • 37 Thyroid and Parathyroid Agents
  • 38 Agents to Control Blood Glucose Levels
  • PART VII Drugs Acting on the Reproductive System

  • 39 Introduction to the Reproductive System
  • 40 Drugs Affecting the Female Reproductive System
  • 41 Drugs Affecting the Male Reproductive System
  • PART VIII Drugs Acting on the Cardiovascular System

  • 42 Introduction to the Cardiovascular System
  • 43 Drugs Affecting Blood Pressure
  • 44 Cardiotonic Agents
  • 45 Antiarrhythmic Agents
  • 46 Antianginal Agents
  • 47 Lipid-Lowering Agents
  • 48 Drugs Affecting Blood Coagulation
  • 49 Drugs Used to Treat Anemias
  • PART IX Drugs Acting on the Renal System

  • 50 Introduction to the Renal System
  • 51 Diuretic Agents
  • 52 Drugs Affecting the Urinary Tract and the Bladder
  • PART X Drugs Acting on the Respiratory System

  • 53 Introduction to the Respiratory System
  • 54 Drugs Acting on the Upper Respiratory Tract
  • 55 Drugs Acting on the Lower Respiratory Tract
  • PART XI Drugs Acting on the Gastrointestinal System

  • 56 Introduction to the Gastrointestinal System
  • 57 Drugs Affecting Gastrointestinal Secretions
  • 58 Drugs Affecting Gastrointestinal Motility
  • 59 Antiemetic Agents
  • Glossary

    Answer Key


    A. Parenteral Agents

    B. Topical Agents

    C. Ophthalmic Agents

    D. Vitamins

    E. Alternative and Complementary Therapies

    F. Diagnostic Agents

    G. Canadian Drug Names

    H. Canadian Controlled Drug Information

    I. Canadian Recommended Immunization Schedules


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