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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen M Woodruff, DNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: The eighth edition of this comprehensive resource containing more than 1,200 pharmacological agents ensures that all of the information is current and up to date.
Purpose: A well grounded understanding of pharmacological therapies is necessary for nurses to function appropriately in their roles of assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patients. This book provides an understanding of frequently used drugs to assist nurses in providing clear patient education that, in turn, improves patient safety and compliance.
Audience: It is intended for student, novice, and experienced nurses. The authors are clearly experts in nursing and nursing education, and the book has been extensively reviewed by experienced nursing colleagues.
Features: This well-organized book begins with a clear description of medications and their administration. Subsequent sections are organized according to major drug classifications and/or body systems. The book provides directions for maximizing the additional resources the book offers, including the online study guide and test-taking strategies. Each chapter is structured to assist readers with retrieval of information. The use of color enhances the value of the book, as do the glossary, multiple appendixes, and index.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource for nurses across the practice spectrum. Pharmacological therapies are constantly being added and improved, and this update provides the best available information to its readers.