Pharmacology and Medicines Management for Nurses - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource (Retail Access Card), 4th Edition

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Pharmacology and Medicines Management for Nurses - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource (Retail Access Card), 4th Edition


This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. An understanding of medicines and their effects on patients remains a crucial area of nursing knowledge. This book provides a thorough foundation upon which nurses can build their clinical experience to achieve competence. It not only provides information on the actions of drugs on the body but also gives clear guidance on the practical aspects of medicines management in both hospital and community. Organisation of the text broadly follows the British National Formulary for ease of use.
  • Management of medicines linked to their therapeutic use
  • Medicine administration linked with relevant care of patients where possible
  • Basic principles of clinical pharmacology underpin the therapeutic chapters
  • A chapter on the role of patients and carers is included
  • All content revised in the light of changes in drug therapy, clinical practice and medicines management including nurse prescribing
  • Key objectives for each chapter
  • Self-assessment exercises with answers
  • More detail relating to palliative care; nurse prescribing
  • A new section on Intensive Therapy
  • Totally redesigned in two colours with improved design and page layout, and better illustrations

1 Medicines in society today and tomorrow

2 The control of medicines

3 The role of the nurse in drug therapy

4 Administration of medicine

5 Nurse prescribing

6 Clinical governance and safety in the use of medicines

7 The role of patients and carers in medicines management


8 Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

9 Autonomic nervous system

10 Adverse drug reactions and drug interactions


11 Drug treatment of gastrointestinal disorders

12 Drug treatment of cardiovascular disorders

13 Drug treatment of respiratory disorders

14 Drugs acting on the central nervous system, including anaesthetics

15 Drug treatment of infections

16 Drug treatment of endocrine disorders

17 Drugs used in obstetrics, gynaecology and urinary tract disorders

18 Drugs used in kidney diseases

19 Drug treatment of malignant disease

20 Drugs affecting the immune response

21 Nutrition and blood, Fluid and electrolytes

22 Drug treatment of musculoskeletal and joint disease
23 Drug treatment of eye conditions

24 Drug treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders

25 Drug treatment of skin disorders

26 Palliative care


Self assessment questions


Appendix 1: Abbreviations

Appendix 2: Normal values

George Downie, MSc, FRPharmS, F(Hon)CPP, Director of Pharmacy and Medicines Management, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen, UK, Jean Mackenzie, BA(Open), DipN(Lond), Formerly Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK, Arthur Williams, OBE, FRPharmS, Formerly Chief Administrative Pharmaceutical Officer, Grampian Orkney, Shetland and Tayside Health Boards, Aberdeen, UK and Caroline Milne, PhD, BPharm, MRPharmS, Pharmacy Facilitator, Pharmacy Medicines Unit, NHS Grampian, Aberdeeen, UK
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