Pharmacology and the Nursing Process - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 6th Edition
Elsevier eBook on VitalSource®

Pharmacology and the Nursing Process - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 6th Edition


This market-leading text is known for presenting challenging content in a clear and consistent format that is engaging and readable. With an eye-catching design, full-color illustrations, and helpful, practical boxed features that highlight need-to-know information, the new edition of this bestseller continues its tradition of making pharmacology easy to learn and understand.

  • A focus on prioritization identifies key nursing information and helps in preparation for the NCLEX® Examination.

  • Presents drugs and their classes as they relate to different parts of the body, facilitating integration of the text with your other nursing courses.

  • Features numerous full-color photos and illustrations pertaining to drug mechanisms of action and step-by-step illustrations depicting key steps in drug administration for various routes, so you can clearly see how drugs work in the body and how to administer medications safely and effectively.

  • Drug Profiles highlight the pharmacokinetics and unique variations of individual drugs.

  • Includes Patient Teaching Tips in each chapter to foster patient compliance and effective drug therapy.

  • Helpful summary boxes are integrated throughout, covering Evidence-Based Practice, Preventing Medication Errors, Laboratory Values Related to Drug Therapy, Cultural Implications, Herbal Therapies, Life Span Considerations, Points to Remember, and Legal and Ethical Principles.

  • Illustrated Study Skills Tips in each unit cover study tips, time management, and test taking strategies related specifically to nursing pharmacology.

  • Includes a convenient tear-out IV Compatibilities Chart that alerts you to drugs that are incompatible when given intravenously.

  • Evolve Student Resources include online access to additional chapter-specific NCLEX® review questions, animations, medication errors checklists, IV therapy checklists, printable handouts with need-to-know information about key drug classes, calculators, an audio glossary, answers to case studies and critical thinking activities in the text, frequently asked questions, content updates, nursing care plans covering key drug classes, and online appendices.
  • Critical Thinking Activities and Best Action Questions focus on prioritization, challenging you to determine the best action to take.

  • NCLEX® Examination Review Questions now include Alternate-Item Format questions, preparing you for these new types of questions found on the NCLEX® exam.

  • New case studies have been added, and all cases now include patient photos along with accompanying questions to provoke critical thinking.

  • Pharmacokinetic Bridges to the Nursing Process sections now cover ACE inhibitors, iron, and women’s health issues applying key pharmacokinetics information to nursing practice.

Part One: Pharmacology Basics

Study Skills Tips: Introduction to Study Skills Concepts

    • The Nursing Process and Drug Therapy

    • Pharmacologic Principles

    • Life Span Considerations

    • Cultural, Legal, and Ethical Considerations

    • Gene Therapy and Pharmacogenetics

    • Medication Errors: Preventing and Responding

    • Patient Education and Drug Therapy

    • Over-the-Counter Drugs and Herbal and Dietary Supplements

    • Substance Abuse

    • Photo Atlas of Drug Administration

    Part Two: Drugs Affecting the Central Nervous System

    Study Skills Tips: Using Vocabulary, Text Notation, and Language Conventions

    • Analgesic Drugs

    • General and Local Anesthetics

    • Central Nervous System Depressants and Muscle Relaxants

    • Central Nervous System Stimulant Drugs

    • Antiepileptic Drugs

    • Antiparkinsonian Drugs

    • Psychotherapeutic Drugs

    Part Three: Drugs Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System

    Study Skills Tips: Application of PURR (Prepare, Understand, Rehearse, Review)

    • Adrenergic Drugs

    • Adrenergic-Blocking Drugs

    • Cholinergic Drugs

    • Cholinergic-Blocking Drugs

    Part Four: Drugs Affecting the Cardiovascular and Renal Systems

    Study Skills Tips: Linking Learning and Text Notation

    • Heart Failure Drugs

    • Antidysrhythmic Drugs

    • Antianginal Drugs

    • Antihypertensive Drugs

    • Diuretic Drugs

    • Fluids and Electrolytes

    • Coagulation Modifier Drugs

    • Antilipemic Drugs

    Part Five: Drugs Affecting the Endocrine System

    Study Skills Tips: Questioning Strategy

    • Pituitary Drugs

    • Thyroid and Antithyroid Drugs

    • Antidiabetic Drugs

    • Adrenal Drugs

    • Women’s Health Drugs

    • Men’s Health Drugs

    Part Six: Drugs Affecting the Respiratory System

    Study Skills Tips: Study on the Run

    • Antihistamines, Decongestants, Antitussives, and Expectorants

    • Bronchodilators and Other Respiratory Drugs

    Part Seven: Antiinfective and Antiinflammatory Drugs

    Study Skills Tips: Applying the Nursing Process

    • Antibiotics Part 1

    • Antibiotics Part 2

    • Antiviral Drugs

    • Antitubercular Drugs

    • Antifungal Drugs

    • Antimalarial, Antiprotozoal, and Antihelmintic Drugs

    • Antiinflammatory and Antigout Drugs

    Part Eight: Immune and Biologic Modifiers and Chemotherapeutic Drugs

    Study Skills Tips: Strategies for Time Management

    • Immunosuppressant Drugs

    • Immunizing Drugs and Biochemical Terrorism

    • Antineoplastic Drugs Part 1: Cancer Overview and Cell Cycle–Specific Drugs

    • Antineoplastic Drugs Part 2: Cell Cycle–Nonspecific and Miscellaneous Drugs

    • Biologic Response-Modifying Drugs and Antirheumatoid Drugs

    Part Nine: Drugs Affecting the Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition

    Linda Lane Lilley, PhD, RN, Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach, VA, Shelly Rainforth Collins, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Coordinator of Clinical Pharmacy Services, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center; President, Drug Information Consultants, Chesapeake, Virginia, USA, Julie S. Snyder, MSN, RN-BC, Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia and Scott Harrington, PharmD, Harrington Health Informatics, LLC, Tucson, AZ; Director of Pharmacy, Northern Cochise Community Hospital, Willcox, AZ


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