Pharmacology: A Nursing Process Approach / Edition 7

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Featuring concise, straightforward coverage, Pharmacology: A Nursing Process Approach, 7th Edition puts nursing pharmacology concepts and essential drug calculation skills into a practical nursing context to prepare you for real-world drug administration responsibilities. This edition has been revised and updated with the most current nursing pharmacology information available. Innovative features such as Prototype Drug Charts, Nursing Process Summaries, an extensive math/dosage calculation section, and NCLEX® Examination-style study questions make nursing pharmacology more understandable than ever.

Unique! Prototype Drug Charts provide easy access to key information on dosages, contraindications, drug-lab-food interactions, pharmacokinetics, and more for more than 100 drugs.
Unique! An extensive, color-coded dosage calculation section covers six methods of dosage calculation - basic formula, ratio and proportion, fractional equation, dimensional analysis, and dosing by body weight and body surface area- eliminating the need for a separate dosage calculation book.
Nursing Process Summaries present client care and drug therapy within the framework of each step of the nursing process, including information on client teaching and cultural and herbal considerations.
Preventing Medication Errors boxes reinforce concepts introduced in the medication safety chapter and highlight common errors that occur in clinical practice to help you ensure safe drug administration.
Herbal Alerts provide a quick reference to side effects, drug interactions, and additional information for popular herbs you may encounter in practice.
• A fully updated bioterrorism appendix helps you recognize the clinical manifestations of bioterrorism weapons and respond with appropriate nursing care.
Unique! Illustrated overviews of normal anatomy and physiology in all drug therapy chapters help you understand how drugs work in various body systems.
Critical Thinking Case Studies at the end of each chapter challenge you to apply your knowledge and analytical skills to realistic client scenarios.
NCLEX® Study Questions for each chapter help prepare you for the growing pharmacology coverage on the NCLEX® Examination. Answers are listed upside-down at the bottom of the page for quick feedback.

New medication safety chapter discusses medication errors, specific nursing measures to prevent medication errors, possible consequences of medication errors to nurses, responses to errors, reporting and learning from mistakes, and related ethical issues.
Enhanced NCLEX® Examination-style study questions are now more application-based and include at least one alternate-item format question per chapter.
Updated chapters on culturalconsiderations and women's health bring you the latest information on these important considerations in drug therapy.
More reader-friendly and understandable than ever, this edition features helpful new photos throughout.

Systemically-arr. intro. to nurse's role in drug therapy, essential drug knowledge.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Addition of the right assessment, documentation, and evaluation and refusal, should enhance patient safety and reduce the numbers of patients harmed by their medications."

Nursing Standard, November 2011

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437717112
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 1008
  • Sales rank: 340,380
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Kee, RN, MS, Associate Professor Emerita, College of Health and Nursing Sciences, Department of Nursing, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Evelyn Hayes, PhD, RN, CS-FNP, Professor, College of Health and Nursing Sciences, Department of Nursing, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Linda McCuistion, PhD, RN, ANP, CNS, Professor, Division of Nursing, Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans, LA

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Table of Contents

UNIT ONE: A Nurse's Perspective of Pharmacology

  1. Drug Action: Pharmaceutic, Pharmacokinetic, and Pharmacodynamic Phases
  2. Nursing Process and Client Teaching
  3. Medication Safety NEW!
  4. Medication Administration
  5. UNIT TWO: Drug Calculations

  6. Medications and Calculations
  7. Section 5A: Systems of Measurement with Conversion

    Section 5B: Methods for Calculation

    Section 5C: Calculations of Oral Dosages

    Section 5D: Calculations of Injectable Dosages

    Section 5E: Calculations of Intravenous Fluids

    Section 5F: Pediatric Drug Calculations

    UNIT THREE: Contemporary Issues in Pharmacology

  8. The Drug Approval Process
  9. Cultural and Pharmacogenetic Considerations
  10. Drug Interaction and Over-the-Counter Drugs
  11. Drugs of Abuse
  12. Herbal Therapy with Nursing Implications
  13. Pediatric Pharmacology
  14. Geriatric Pharmacology
  15. Medication Administration in Community Settings
  16. The Role of the Nurse in Drug Research
  17. UNIT FOUR: Nutrition and Electrolytes

  18. Vitamin and Mineral Replacement
  19. Fluid and Electrolyte Replacement
  20. Nutritional Support
  21. UNIT FIVE: Autonomic Nervous System Agents

  22. Adrenergic Agonistsand Adrenergic Blockers
  23. Cholinergic Agonistsand Anticholinergics
  24. UNIT SIX: Neurologic and Neuromuscular Agents

  25. Central Nervous System Stimulants
  26. Central Nervous System Depressants
  27. Anticonvulsants
  28. Drugs for Neurological Disorders: Parkinsonism and Alzheimer's Disease
  29. Drugs for Neuromuscular Disorders: Myasthenia Gravis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Muscle Spasms
  30. UNIT SEVEN: Pain and Inflammation Management Agents

  31. Antiinflammatory Drugs
  32. Nonopioid and Opioid Analgesics
  33. UNIT EIGHT: Psychiatric Agents

  34. Antipsychotics and Anxiolytics
  35. Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers
  36. UNIT NINE: Antibacterial Agents

  37. Penicillins and Cephalosporins
  38. Macrolides, Tetracyclines, Aminoglycosides, and Fluoroquinolones
  39. Sulfonamides
  40. UNIT TEN: Antiinfective Agents

  41. Antituberculars, Antifungals, Peptides, and Metronidazole
  42. Antivirals, Antimalarials, and Anthelmintics
  43. Drugs for Urinary Tract Disorders
  44. UNIT ELEVEN: Immunologic Agents

  45. HIV- and AIDS-Related Drugs
  46. Vaccines
  47. UNIT TWELVE: Antineoplastic Agents

  48. Anticancer Drugs
  49. Targeted Therapies to Treat Cancer
  50. Biologic Response Modifiers
  51. UNIT THIRTEEN: Respiratory Agents

  52. Drugs for Upper Respiratory Disorders
  53. Drugs for Lower Respiratory Disorders
  54. UNIT FOURTEEN: Cardiovascular Agents

  55. Cardiac Glycosides, Antianginals, and Antidysrhythmics
  56. Diuretics
  57. Antihypertensives
  58. Anticoagulants, Antiplatelets, and Thrombolytics
  59. Antihyperlipidemics and Peripheral Vasodilators
  60. UNIT FIFTEEN: Gastrointestinal Agents

  61. Drugs for Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders
  62. Antiulcer Drugs
  63. UNIT SIXTEEN: Eye, Ear, and Skin Agents

  64. Drugs for Eye and Ear Disorders
  65. Drugs for Dermatologic Disorders
  66. UNIT SEVENTEEN: Endocrine Agents

  67. Endocrine Drugs: Pituitary, Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Adrenal Disorders
  68. Antidiabetics
  69. UNIT EIGHTEEN: Reproductive and Gender-Related Agents

  70. Female Reproductive Cycle I: Pregnancy and Preterm Labor Drugs
  71. Female Reproductive Cycle II: Labor, Delivery, and Preterm Neonatal Drugs
  72. Postpartum and Newborn Drugs
  73. Drugs for Women's Reproductive Health and Menopause
  74. Drugs for Men's Health and Reproductive Disorders
  75. Drugs for Disorders in Women's Health, Infertility, and Sexually Transmitted Infections
  76. UNIT NINETEEN: Emergency Agents

  77. Adult and Pediatric Emergency Drugs


Appendix A: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM)

Appendix B: Potential Weapons of Bioterrorism

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