Pharmacology in Nursing Practice / Edition 4

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This book presents the essentials of pharmacology in a readable and informative manner. A humorous writing style makes it popular among both students and faculty.

The book contains predominantly two-color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: 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.
Krysia Warren Hudson
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. 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. The target audience of this text should be for nurses returning to school for their BSN or as a general unit reference guide. 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). 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780920513231
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 880

Table of Contents

Preface
A Statement on Drug Doses
Abbreviations Used in This Book
Commonly Used Equivalencies
Unit 1 Pharmacotherapeutics and Nursing 1
Unit 2 General Principles of Pharmacology 28
Unit 3 Chemotherapy of Infectious Diseases 61
Unit 4 Drugs Used in the Treatment of Cancer 243
Unit 5 Autonomic Nervous System Pharmacology and Neuromuscular Blocking Drugs 255
Unit 6 Cardiovascular Pharmacology 320
Unit 7 Drugs and Water Balance 421
Unit 8 Drugs and the Blood 456
Unit 9 Psychopharmacology 502
Unit 10 Drugs for the Treatment of Neurologic and Neuromuscular Disorders 570
Unit 11 Drugs to Alleviate Pain 610
Unit 12 Drugs and the Gastrointestinal Tract 691
Unit 13 Endocrine Pharmacology 738
Unit 14 Pharmacology of the Respiratory System 817
Index 853
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