A favorite among nursing students, Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 8th Edition, features a uniquely engaging writing style, clear explanations, and unmatched clinical precision and currency to help you gain a solid understanding of key drugs and their implications -- as opposed to just memorization of certain facts. Compelling features such as a drug prototype approach, use of large and small print to distinguish need-to-know versus nice-to-know content, and a focus on major nursing implications save you study time by directing your attention on the most important, need-to-know information. The new edition also features an abundance of content updates to keep you ahead of the curve in school and in professional practice.
- UNIQUE! Summaries of Major Nursing Implications at the end of each chapter help you understand how to apply concepts to clinical practice in an easy-to-understand format.
- A prototype drug approach uses one drug within each drug family that characterizes all members of its group to give you the knowledge you need to learn not only about related drugs currently on the market, but also about those drugs that will be released once the student begins practice.
- Uses large print to identify essential “need-to-know” information and small print to identify “nice-to-know” information
- Concise drug summary tables present quick reference to detailed information on individual drugs, including class, generic and trade names, dosages, routes, and indications.
- End-of-chapter Key Points are summarized in a bulleted format to facilitate your review of the most important concepts in each chapter.
- Patient and family teaching content is highlighted to emphasize this key content and provide you with critical information to include in teaching patients about drugs and effects and stresses points for educating family members when they will be helping to care for the patient.
- Provides Anatomy and Physiology and Pathophysiology reviews at the beginning of chapters to help you understand the relationships pharmacology and the biologic systems that drugs influence.
- A comprehensive collection of appendixes includes a concise overview of Canadian drug information, gender-related drugs, drug administration techniques, normal laboratory values, and much more.
- Companion CD-ROM features 700 NCLEX examination-style multiple-choice review questions, animations depicting drug mechanisms and effects, flash cards, key points, and numerous electronic calculators.
- Includes numerous new drugs and formulations recently approved by the FDA to keep you current with today’s drug therapy practice.
- Special Interest Topic boxes address late-breaking issues in pharmacology that have recently emerged in the media so you can learn the current events that may affect them in practice.
- Extensive revision to the Cancer Chemotherapy unit provides you with up-to-date information on new drug therapy in this complex and rapidly changing area of practice.
- Companion CD-ROM features audio and printable key points that you can download to a CD or MP3 player to listen to and review at their leisure.
- Additional full-color graphics illustrate how drugs work in the body and depict key pharmacologic principles.
1. Orientation to Pharmacology
2. Application of Pharmacology in Nursing Practice
3. Drug Regulation, Development, Names, and Information
II. BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PHARMACOLOGY
6. Drug Interactions
7. Adverse Drug Reactions and Medication Errors
8. Individual Variation in Drug Responses
III. DRUG THERAPY ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
9. Drug Therapy During Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding
10. Drug Therapy in Pediatric Patients
11. Drug Therapy in Geriatric Patients
IV. PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DRUGS
12. Basic Principles of Neuropharmacology
13. Physiology of the Peripheral Nervous System
14. Muscarinic Agonists and Antagonists
15. Cholinesterase Inhibitors and Their Use in Myasthenia Gravis
16. Drugs That Block Nicotinic Cholinergic Transmission: Neuromuscular Blocking Agents and Ganglionic Blocking Agents
17. Adrenergic Agonists
18. Adrenergic Antagonists
19. Indirect-Acting Antiadrenergic Agents
V. CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DRUGS
20. Introduction to Central Nervous System Pharmacology
Drugs for Neurodegenerative Disorders
21. Drugs for Parkinson's Disease
22. Alzheimer's Disease
23. Drugs for Multiple Sclerosis
24. Drugs for Epilepsy
25. Drugs for Muscle Spasm and Spasticity
Drugs for Pain
26. Local Anesthetics
27. General Anesthetics
28. Opioid (Narcotic) Analgesics, Opioid Antagonists, and Nonopioid Centrally Acting Analgesics
29. Pain Management in Patients with Cancer
30. Drugs for Headache
31. Antipsychotic Agents and Their Use in Schizophrenia
33. Drugs for Bipolar Disorder
34. Sedative-Hypnotic Drugs
35. Management of Anxiety Disorders
36. Central Nervous System Stimulants and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
37. Drug Abuse I: Basic Considerations
38. Drug Abuse II: Alcohol
39. Drug Abuse III: Major Drugs of Abuse (Other Than Alcohol)
VI. DRUGS THAT AFFECT FLUID AND ELECTROLYTE BALANCE
41. Agents Affecting the Volume and Ion Content of Body Fluids
VII. DRUGS THAT AFFECT THE HEART, BLOOD VESSELS, AND BLOOD
42. Review of Hemodynamics
43. Drugs Acting on the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System
44. Calcium Channel Blockers
46. Drugs for Hypertension
47. Drugs for Heart Failure
48. Antidysrhythmic Drugs
49. Prophylaxis of Coronary Heart Disease: Drugs Lower that LDL Cholesterol Levels
50. Drugs for Angina Pectoris
51. Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet, and Thrombolytic Drugs
52. Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
53. Drugs for Hemophilia
54. Drugs for Deficiency Anemias
55. Hematopoietic Growth Factors
VIII. DRUGS FOR ENDOCRINE DISORDERS
56. Drugs for Diabetes Mellitus
57. Drugs for Thyroid Disorders
58. Drugs Related to Hypothalamic and Pituitary Function
59. Drugs for Disorders of the Adrenal Cortex
IX. WOMEN'S HEALTH
60. Estrogens and Progestins: Basic Pharmacology and Noncontraceptive Applications
61. Birth Control
62. Drug Therapy of Infertility
63. Drugs that Affect Uterine Function