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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Maria K. Grotz, MSN, BSN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This basic and complete overview of medications takes a traditional approach and is appropriate for undergraduate nursing programs.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach nurses the basics of understanding drug effects, safely administering medications, and learning what to monitor. This book meets its objectives, but not in a particularly innovative way.
Audience: It is appropriate for students, but the book needs more divisions so that they can clearly see what is important.
Features: More needed to be said about the elderly and the risks of falls associated with benzodiazepines and much more on their potential for addiction, which was downplayed. More could have been said regarding how to assess for OD with all classes of medications. I have never heard of a rectal hemorrhage from SSRIs, so I was surprised to see this as a 1/100 side effect. Although I am not convinced that antidepressants have a direct link to suicide, this issue should have been addressed because of the attention it has received in the press, especially in regards young people. Finally, I am very opposed to the use of the word client, and was disappointed to see this book giving in to this language distortion. The sick people that medical and nursing professionals take care of every day are patients.
Assessment: This book successfully provides up-to-date background on any drug a new nurse would encounter. Because of the nature of the field, new books are needed constantly. The delivery of the information is not innovative, and the large amount of information in the paragraphs needs to be broken down, with far more headings and changes in presentation to help information stand out.