Pharmacology for Nurses : A Pathophysiologic Approach / Edition 2

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Effectively learning pharmacology requires students to clearly see the connection between pharmacology, disease and patient care. Pharmacology for Nurses, 3e is structured to present pharmacology and pathology together, so students can more easily grasp the interrelationship between these subjects and provide a holistic perspective to patient care. A prototype approach, easy to follow presentation and extensive pedagogical aids enable students to understand key concepts and apply essential components of nursing care to drug therapy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136005827
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Patrick Adams, PhD, is an accomplished educator, author, and national speaker. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas, named Dr. Adams a Master Teacher. He has published two other textbooks with Pearson Publishing: Core Concepts in Pharmacology and Pharmacology: Connections to Nursing Practice. Dr. Adams obtained his Master’s degree in Pharmacology from Michigan State University and his Doctorate in Education at the University of South Florida. Dr. Adams was on the faculty of Lansing Community College and St. Petersburg College, and was Dean of Health Programs at Pasco-Hernando Community College for 15 years. He is currently Professor of Biological Sciences at Pasco-Hernando Community College.


Leland Norman Holland, Jr., PhD (Norm) over twenty years ago started out like many scientists, planning for a career in basic science research. Quickly he was drawn to the field of teaching in higher medical education, where he has spent most of his career since that time. Among the areas where he has been particularly effective are preparatory programs in nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and allied health. Dr. Holland is both an affiliate and supporter of nursing education nationwide. He brings to the profession a depth of knowledge in biology, chemistry and medically-related subjects such as microbiology, biological chemistry, and pharmacology. Dr. Holland's doctoral degree is in medical pharmacology. He is very much dedicated to the success of students and their preparation for work-life readiness. He continues to motivate students in the life-long pursuit of learning.

Carol Quam Urban, PhD, RNis the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Nursing and an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services where she teaches undergraduate courses in pharmacology and pathophysiology.  Her current research interests focus on improving learning for students at-risk for academic difficulties, outcomes-based education, effective educational models using computer-based learning, and service-base learning. She has also published on the ethical needs of at-risk students. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau - Epsilon Zeta chapter, Alpha Chi, the National Association for Developmental Education, National College Learning Center Association, and the College Reading and Learning Association.   At Mason, she serves on the General Education Committee and the Distance Education Council.

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Table of Contents

UNIT 1 Core Concepts in Pharmacology

Chapter 1 Introduction to Pharmacology: Drug Regulation and Approval

Chapter 2 Drug Classes and Schedules

Chapter 3 Principles of Drug Administration

Chapter 4 Pharmacokinetics

Chapter 5 Pharmacodynamics

UNIT 2 Pharmacology and the Nurse-Patient Relationship

Chapter 6 The Nursing Process in Pharmacology

Chapter 7 Drug Administration Throughout the Lifespan  

Chapter 8 Psychosocial, Gender, and Cultural Influences on Pharmacotherapy

Chapter 9 Medication Errors and Risk Reduction

Chapter 10   Herbal and Alternative Therapies

Chapter 11   Substance Abuse

Chapter 12   Emergency Preparedness and Poisonings

UNIT 3 The Nervous System

Chapter 13   Drugs Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System

Chapter 14   Drugs for Anxiety and Insomnia

Chapter 15   Drugs for Seizures

Chapter 16   Drugs for Emotional and Mood Disorders

Chapter 17   Drugs for Psychoses

Chapter 18   Drugs for the Control of Pain

Chapter 19   Drugs for Local and General Anesthesia

Chapter 20   Drugs for Degenerative Diseases of the Nervous System

Chapter 21   Drugs for Neuromuscular Disorders

UNIT 4 The Cardiovascular and Urinary Systems  

Chapter 22   Drugs for Lipid Disorders

Chapter 23   Drugs for Hypertension

Chapter 24   Drugs for Heart Failure

Chapter 25   Drugs for Angina Pectoris and Myocardial Infarction

Chapter 26   Drugs for Dysrhythmias

Chapter 27   Drugs for Coagulation Disorders

Chapter 28   Drugs for Hematopoietic Disorders

Chapter 29   Drugs for Shock

Chapter 30   Diuretic Therapy and Drugs for Renal Failure

Chapter 31   Drugs for Fluid Balance, Electrolyte, and Acid—Base Disorders

UNIT 5  The Immune System

Chapter 32   Drugs for Immune System Modulation

Chapter 33   Drugs for Inflammation and Fever

Chapter 34   Drugs for Bacterial Infections

Chapter 35  Drugs for Fungal, Protozoan, and Helminthic Infections

Chapter 36   Drugs for Viral Infections

Chapter 37   Drugs for Neoplasia

UNIT 6 The Respiratory System

Chapter 38   Drugs for Allergic Rhinitis and the Common Cold

Chapter 39   Drugs for Asthma and Other Pulmonary Disorders

UNIT 7 The Gastrointestinal System

Chapter 40   Drugs for Peptic Ulcer Disease

Chapter 41   Drugs for Bowel Disorders and Other Gastrointestinal Conditions

Chapter 42   Drugs for Nutritional Disorders

UNIT 8 The Endocrine System 

Chapter 43   Drugs for Pituitary, Thyroid, and Adrenal Disorders

Chapter 44   Drugs for Diabetes Mellitus

Chapter 45   Drugs for Disorders and Conditions of the Female Reproductive System

Chapter 46   Drugs for Disorders and Conditions of the Male Reproductive System

UNIT 9 The Integumentary System and Eyes/Ears

Chapter 47  Drugs for Bone and Joint Disorders  

Chapter 48   Drugs for Skin Disorders

Chapter 49    Drugs for Eye and Ear Disorders

Appendix A — ISMP’s List of High-Alert Medications 

Appendix B — Top 100 Drugs Ranked by Number of Prescriptions 

Appendix C — Bibliography and References

Appendix D - Answers

Appendix E — Calculating Doses



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