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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Krysia Warren Hudson, MS, RNC (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a good synoptic book for nurses with a solid foundation of pathophysiology. It provides nice clinical challenges in the beginning of each chapter that allow nurses to apply the pharmacological content.
Purpose: This book attempts to combine the pathophysiological issues with the pathophysiological reasons for drug therapy. The book falls short when it tries to meet the pharmacological needs of nurses of all levels of education. It is aimed at nurses with a solid foundation of pathophysiology. The content is lacking for advanced practice nurses or expert nurses.
Audience: The target audience of this text should be for nurses returning to school for their BSN or as a general unit reference guide.
Features: The content is well organized and begins with a discussion of the nursing environment and continues with pharmacological principles. It ends with groups of drug therapies. The case studies at the beginning of each chapter are basic but well done. A good feature is the incorporation of the nursing process within the text. A shortcoming is that the tables are scarce and not particularly colorful. Under "Implementation," I found the four rights to be insulting to an experienced nurse. Pathophysiology is well done in some chapters (Chapters 21 and 39) and poorly in others (Chapters 33 and 37).
Assessment: I feel that this book is poorly suited to help new nurses apply unfamiliar drug knowledge and assess for adverse affects or contraindications for giving drugs (which is key to good nursing practice). It needs greater emphasis on nursing management.