Pharmacology for Nursing Care / Edition 8

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This study tool features a variety of engaging questions and exercises to enhance the students' knowledge of vital pharmacology concepts and skills. It includes learning objectives to provide an at-a-glance overview of important information, study questions that allow students to check their comprehension and pinpoint areas that require further study, and critical thinking exercises and case studies that test the students ability to apply what they have learned to realistic clinical situations.

The book contains two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Van de Castle
This is a very detailed pharmacology textbook. It covers many areas in great detail with appropriately applied physiology. The nursing components are integrated throughout the text as well as summarized into nursing implications at the end of most chapters. Each chapter has a list of key points for review. The purpose is to establish a knowledge base in the basic science of drugs and to demonstrate application in the clinical area. The purpose is met, but more case studies for easier clinical application could have been incorporated. This book also strives to focus on the essentials needed in nursing care and downplays secondary details by utilizing different sizes of print. This makes it easier to scan a page for important information. The target audience is nursing students in a pharmacology course. The level of physiology and detail may or may not be appropriate for integrated curricula. It is an excellent clinical review and resource for practitioners and educators. The references were few and located in the text instead of at the end of each chapter, which makes them difficult to locate. The content appears complete; new sections include Pediatric Immunization, Drug Therapy Across the Life Span, and an appendix for Drug-Related Information on the Internet. This list of Internet sites is appropriate and a great resource for the learner. The disk provided has a drug database of 200 drugs and NCLEX review questions. The review is easy to use and provides feedback on correct and incorrect answers. The database is very small and requires the students to actually cut and paste a card together. This textbook is an excellent resource and is suitable for a pharmacologycourse.
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Reviewer: Theresa P. Yeo, MSN, MPH, CRNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This informative, well-written nursing textbook provides clear and understandable descriptions of complex physiologic processes, integrating aspects of clinical relevance for nursing into the discussion.
Purpose: Dr. Lehne states that the purpose is to be a "true textbook," providing the essentials and minimizing secondary details. Two objectives are expressly stated: to establish a knowledge base in the basic science of drugs, and to demonstrate how that knowledge can be directly applied in providing patient care and patient education. Dr.Lehne accomplishes these worthy objectives in a very thorough book.
Audience: The target audience is nursing students, practicing nurses, and educators. The book would also be quite useful for graduate nursing students and advanced practice nurses such as nurse practitioners. Dr.Lehne has a well-earned reputation as an outstanding pharmacologist and nursing educator. Publication of this fourth edition of is a tribute to Dr. Lehne's expertise and success as an author.
Features: The book is comprehensive, encompassing discussions of the major categories of pharmacologic agents. In addition, three new chapters (pain management in cancer patients, obesity therapeutics, herbal supplements) and 140 new drugs are included in this edition. The Key Points feature at the end of each chapter is most useful for planning client and family education. In particular, the Summary of Major Nursing Implications provides the essential nursing decision making information. Chapter 53 on hematopoietic and thrombopoietic growth factors is especially relevant to current oncologic nursing practice. It provides a demystified discussion of colony stimulating growth factors and recombinant DNA products that are now in widepread clinical use. The only shortcoming is the absence of reference material. This is unfortunate, as an opportunity to expose the reader to state-of-the-art scientific and clinical research is missed.
Assessment: I found this book to be extremely readable. It provides the basics and more. Dr. Lehne describes it as the book that students like to read and I couldn't agree more! It is written at a level that will make it very marketable. On a personal note, I was privileged to take Dr. Lehne's pharamcology course while a graduate student at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. I have long enjoyed his textbooks and style of teaching.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437735826
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 1480
  • Sales rank: 20,810
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly Lecturer, University of Arizona College of Nursing, Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Virginia School of Medicine

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Table of Contents


1. Orientation to Pharmacology

2. Application of Pharmacology in Nursing Practice

3. Drug Regulation, Development, Names, and Information


4. Pharmacokinetics

5. Pharmacodynamics

6. Drug Interactions

7. Adverse Drug Reactions and Medication Errors

8. Individual Variation in Drug Responses


9. Drug Therapy During Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding

10. Drug Therapy in Pediatric Patients

11. Drug Therapy in Geriatric Patients


12. Basic Principles of Neuropharmacology

13. Physiology of the Peripheral Nervous System

14. Muscarinic Agonists and Antagonists

15. Cholinesterase Inhibitors and Their Use in Myasthenia Gravis

16. Drugs That Block Nicotinic Cholinergic Transmission: Neuromuscular Blocking Agents and Ganglionic Blocking Agents

17. Adrenergic Agonists

18. Adrenergic Antagonists

19. Indirect-Acting Antiadrenergic Agents


20. Introduction to Central Nervous System Pharmacology

21. Drugs for Parkinson's Disease

22. Alzheimer's Disease

23. Drugs for Multiple Sclerosis

24. Drugs for Epilepsy

25. Drugs for Muscle Spasm and Spasticity

26. Local Anesthetics

27. General Anesthetics

28. Opioid (Narcotic) Analgesics, Opioid Antagonists, and Nonopioid Centrally Acting Analgesics

29. Pain Management in Patients with Cancer

30. Drugs for Headache

31. Antipsychotic Agents and Their Use in Schizophrenia

32. Antidepressants

33. Drugs for Bipolar Disorder

34. Sedative-Hypnotic Drugs

35. Management of Anxiety Disorders

36. Central Nervous System Stimulants and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

37. Drug Abuse I: Basic Considerations

38. Drug Abuse II: Alcohol

39. Drug Abuse III: Nicotine and Smoking NEW!

40. Drug Abuse IV: Major Drugs of Abuse Other Than Alcohol and Nicotine


41. Diuretics

42. Agents Affecting the Volume and Ion Content of Body Fluids


43. Review of Hemodynamics

44. Drugs Acting on the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System

45. Calcium Channel Blockers

46. Vasodilators

47. Drugs for Hypertension

48. Drugs for Heart Failure

49. Antidysrhythmic Drugs

50. Prophylaxis of Coronary Heart Disease: Drugs That Help Normalize Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

51. Drugs for Angina Pectoris

52. Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet, and Thrombolytic Drugs

53. Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction

54. Drugs for Hemophilia

55. Drugs for Deficiency Anemias

56. HematopoieticAgents


57. Drugs for Diabetes Mellitus

58. Drugs for Thyroid Disorders

59. Drugs Related to Hypothalamic and Pituitary Function

60. Drugs for Disorders of the Adrenal Cortex


61. Estrogens and Progestins: Basic Pharmacology and Noncontraceptive Applications

62. Birth Control

63. Drug Therapy of Infertility

64. Drugs That Affect Uterine Function


65. Androgens

66. Drugs for Erectile Dysfunction and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia


67. Review of the Immune System

68. Childhood Immunization

69. Immunosuppressants

70. Antihistamines

71. Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors: Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs and Acetaminophen

72. Glucocorticoids in Nonendocrine Disorders


73. Drug Therapy of Rheumatoid Arthritis

74. Drug Therapy of Gout

75. Drugs Affecting Calcium Levels and Bone Mineralization


76. Drugs for Asthma

77. Drugs for Allergic Rhinitis, Cough, and Colds


78. Drugs for Peptic Ulcer Disease

79. Laxatives

80. Other Gastrointestinal Drugs


81. Vitamins

82. Drugs for Weight Loss


83. Basic Principles of Antimicrobial Therapy

84. Drugs That Weaken the Bacterial Cell Wall I: Penicillins

85. Drugs That Weaken the Bacterial Cell Wall II: Cephalosporins, Carbapenems, Vancomycin, Telavancin, Aztreonam, Teicoplanin, and Fosfomycin

86. Bacteriostatic Inhibitors of Protein Synthesis: Tetracyclines, Macrolides, and Others

87. Aminoglycosides: Bactericidal Inhibitors of Protein Synthesis

88. Sulfonamides and Trimethoprim

89. Drugs Therapy of Urinary Tract Infections

90. Antimycobacterial Agents: Drugs for Tuberculosis, Leprosy, and Mycobacterium avium Complex Infection

91. Miscellaneous Antibacterial Drugs: Fluoroquinolones, Metronidazole, Daptomycin, Rifampin, Rifaximin, Bacitracin, and Polymyxins

92. Antifungal Agents

93. Antiviral Agents I: Drugs for Non-HIV Viral Infections

94. Antiviral Agents II: Drugs for HIV Infection and Related Opportunistic Infections

95. Drug Therapy of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

96. Antiseptics and Disinfectants


97. Anthelmintics

98. Antiprotozoal Drugs I: Antimalarial Agents

99. Antiprotozoal Drugs II: Miscellaneous Agents

100. Ectoparasiticides


101. Basic Principles of Cancer Chemotherapy

102. Anticancer Drugs I: Cytotoxic Agents

103. Anticancer Drugs II: Hormonal Agents, Targeted Drugs, and Other Noncytotoxic Anticancer Drugs


104. Drugs for the Eye

105. Drugs for the Skin

106. Drugs for the Ear

107. Miscellaneous Noteworthy Drugs


108.Dietary Supplements


109. Management of Poisoning

110. Potential Weapons of Biologic, Radiologic, and Chemical Terrorism

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    I teach out of this text and it is a wonderful and complete reso

    I teach out of this text and it is a wonderful and complete resource for nursing students. Lehne writes in a style that is easy to read and comprehend. I truly recommend this text to any nursing professors and to all nurses who need a reference text for Pharmacology.

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