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From The CriticsReviewer: Theresa A Hart, AAS, BSN, MSNc (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a study guide meant to accompany the text of Basic Pharmacology for Nurses by the same authors. The book provides chapters that have a syllabus, a review sheet of questions and answers and a practice quiz. The last edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a companion study guide for the text used in a pharmacology course. The book provides methods for study and review beginning with the nursing process through individual classifications of drugs that include chapters on nutrition and herbal supplements. The study guide provides various formats for study and NCLEX preparation, worthy objectives.
Audience: The study guide was designed to augment the text for nursing students. It addresses this audience well. One author is a RPh, PharmD and the other is a MSN at a community college. Additional support of clinical experts would have been a benefit to the contents of the text.
Features: The study guide provides chapters on different drug classifications. Each chapter is composed of a syllabus, a review sheet of questions and answers and a practice quiz. The study guide is three-hole punched so that it can be kept in a binder. The answers to the reviews and practice quizzes are in the back of the study guide without rationale. Without the rationale for answers, review of critical thinking skills for NCLEX is difficult. The study guide spends 12 of 48 chapters on principles and process of medication administration which gives a solid foundation for the students. Each chapter has Web research activities, but the links are not the most authoritative. Using the exercise of Web research should develop good Web research skills, not excursions into the ethernet.
Assessment: The format of the book has the advantage of offering varied ways of studying and learning. The Web links are weak resources for new nursing students. The section on drugs used in obstetrics is very weak in the use and standards of care related to the drugs. I would recommend more expert clinical advice on the chapter content for the next edition.