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Overview

Just the prescription for mastering pharmacology!

Looking forward to locking in a great, secure job in the booming healthcare field? Well, before you can graduate and get your license, you have to pass that challenging compulsory course in pharmacology. Luckily, there's no need to be intimidated or confused. In Pharmacology Demystified, Dr. Mary Kamienski — a top nurse practitioner trainer — joins forces with Jim Keogh, author of over 60 best-selling self-help books, to give non-pharmacology majors a fast, easy, and practical way to get on top of this tough subject.

Pharmacology Demystified starts you off by fully explaining concepts and practices in easily understood everyday language. Then, this unique guide leads you forward—at your own pace — to the mastery of formal medical terms and skills required on exams and on the job. Summations of key points, background information, quizzes at the end of each chapter, and a "final exam" reinforce learning every step of the way and guarantee your success.

If you want to achieve a high comfort level with pharmacology's concepts, terminology, and skills, here's the self-teaching course that will get you there. Get ready to:

  • Learn the essential fundamentals of pharmacology, including definitions, standards, drug actions/interactions, the nursing process and pharmacology, prescription and medical abbreviations, and more
  • Discover how drugs are selected to treat diseases that affect different organ systems
  • See exactly how to prepare and administer all types of drugs
  • Identify the signs of patients’ reactions to drugs
  • Explore ways to properly store drugs
  • Teach patients to use their medications safely and effectively
  • Take a "final exam" and grade it yourself!

Simple enough for beginners but challenging enough for advanced students, Pharmacology Demystified is a lively and effective brush-up, introductory text, or classroom supplement that puts all the practical aspects of pharmacology at your fingertips.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071462082
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Series: Demystified Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 214,973
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Kamienski, PhD, RN, FAEN, FNP, CEN, is the Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing, and teaches advanced practice and undergraduate registered nursing students.

Jim Keogh is on the faculty of St. Peter's College and Columbia University. He is the author of more than 60 books, including McGraw-Hill's Microbiology Demystified and Java Demystified.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 An inside look at pharmacology 1
Ch. 2 Drug action and drug interactions 23
Ch. 3 Pharmacology and the nursing process 41
Ch. 4 Substance abuse 61
Ch. 5 Principles of medication administration 81
Ch. 6 Route of administration 97
Ch. 7 Dose calculations 113
Ch. 8 Herbal therapy 125
Ch. 9 Vitamins and minerals 137
Ch. 10 Fluid and electrolyte therapy 157
Ch. 11 Nutritional support therapies 183
Ch. 12 Inflammation 197
Ch. 13 Antimicrobials - fighting infection 203
Ch. 14 Respiratory diseases 253
Ch. 15 Nervous system drugs 269
Ch. 16 Narcotic agonists 305
Ch. 17 Immunologic agents 315
Ch. 18 Gastrointestinal system 329
Ch. 19 Cardiac circulatory medications 347
Ch. 20 Skin disorders 373
Ch. 21 Endocrine medications 385
Ch. 22 Disorders of the eye and ear 399
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