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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Helen M. Rogers, RN, DNSc (Worcester State College)
Description: This nursing pharmacology textbook discusses the major drug categories grouped according to body system. A nursing process overview provides a framework for applying pharmacological knowledge to nursing practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist nursing students in safe drug administration. Concepts of pharmacology are thoroughly presented, major drug categories are discussed, and the nursing process is applied to drug administration.
Audience: The target audience, as stated by the authors, is nursing students and instructors. The authors and contributors, who are pharmacists and nursing professionals, are credible authorities.
Features: The book has 115 clear and informative illustrations. The table of contents and index are comprehensive and the overall appearance is appealing. The green and white print and consistent outline format for each drug category make the book student-friendly, easy to read, and pleasing to the eye.
Assessment: This book is highly recommended. The thorough descriptions of the scientific basis for drug actions help students see how drugs modify physiological processes and apply this knowledge to the nursing process. Helpful features are drug prototypes, patient outcomes, research highlights, and critical thinking questions. The current edition contains four new chapters and 60 new drugs.