Pharmacology - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 8th Edition
Elsevier eBook on VitalSource®

Pharmacology - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 8th Edition


Prepare to administer drugs safely by mastering key pharmacology concepts and drug calculation skills! Pharmacology: A Patient-Centered Nursing Process Approach, 8th Edition covers nursing pharmacology within a real-world nursing context. Using a clear, streamlined approach, this text makes it easier to understand pharmacology with a detailed unit on dosage calculations, a nursing process framework for drug therapy, and summaries of prototype drugs. Written by nursing educators Joyce Kee, Evelyn Hayes, and Linda McCuistion, this edition includes a strong QSEN focus, enhanced coverage of prioritization, and more NCLEX® Examination–style questions on the subject of pharmacology.

  • 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 cultural considerations 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.

Unit I: Introduction to Pharmacology 1. Drug Action: Pharmaceutic, Pharmacokinetic, and Pharmacodynamic Phases 2. The Drug Approval Process 3. Cultural and Pharmacogenetic Considerations 4. Drug Interactions and Over-the-Counter Drugs 5. Drugs of Abuse 6. Herbal Therapies 7. Pediatric Pharmacology 8. Geriatric Pharmacology 9. Collaboration in Community Settings  NEW QSEN focus! 10. The Role of the Nurse in Drug Research Unit II: A Nurse’s Perspective of Pharmacology 11. The Nursing Process in Patient-Centered Pharmacotherapy  NEW QSEN focus! 12. Safety and Quality in Pharmacotherapy  NEW QSEN focus! 13. Medication Administration Unit III: Drug Calculations 14. Medications and Calculations Section 14A: Systems of Measurement with Conversion Section 14B: Methods for Calculation Section 14C: Calculations of Oral Dosages Section 14D: Calculations of Injectable Dosages Section 14E: Calculations of Intravenous Fluids Section 14F: Pediatric Drug Calculations Unit IV: Nutrition and Electrolytes 15. Vitamin and Mineral Replacement 16. Fluid and Electrolyte Replacement 17. Nutritional Support Unit V: Autonomic Nervous System Agents 18. Adrenergic Agonists and Adrenergic Blockers 19. Cholinergic Agonists and Anticholinergics Unit VI: Neurologic and Neuromuscular Agents 20. Central Nervous System Stimulants 21. Central Nervous System Depressants 22. Anticonvulsants 23. Drugs for Neurological Disorders: Parkinsonism and Alzheimer’s Disease 24. Drugs for Neuromuscular Disorders: Myasthenia Gravis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Muscle Spasms Unit VII: Pain and Inflammation Management Agents 25. Antiinflammatory Drugs 26. Nonopioid and Opioid Analgesics Unit VIII: Psychiatric Agents 27. Antipsychotics and Anxiolytics 28. Antidepressants and Mood Stabilizers Unit IX: Antibacterial and Antiinfective Agents 29. Penicillins and Cephalosporins 30. Macrolides, Tetracyclines, Aminoglycosides, and Fluoroquinolones 31. Sulfonamides Unit X: Additional Antiinfective Agents 32. Antituberculars, Antifungals, Peptides, and Metronidazole 33. Antivirals, Antimalarials, and Anthelmintics 34. Drugs for Urinary Tract Disorders Unit XI: Immunologic Agents 35. HIV- and AIDS-Related Drugs 36. Vaccines Unit XII: Antineoplastic Agents 37. Anticancer Drugs 38. Targeted Therapies to Treat Cancer 39. Biologic Response Modifiers Unit XIII: Respiratory Agents 40. Drugs for Upper Respiratory Disorders 41. Drugs for Lower Respiratory Disorders Unit XIV: Cardiovascular Agents 42. Cardiac Glycosides, Antianginals, and Antidysrhythmics 43. Diuretics 44. Antihypertensives 45. Anticoagulants, Antiplatelets, and Thrombolytics 46. Antihyperlipidemics and Peripheral Vasodilators Unit XV: Gastrointestinal Agents 47. Drugs for Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders 48. Antiulcer Drugs Unit XVI: Eye, Ear, and Skin Agents 49. Drugs for Eye and Ear Disorders 50. Drugs for Dermatologic Disorders Unit XVII: Endocrine Agents 51. Endocrine Drugs: Drugs for Pituitary, Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Adrenal Disorders 52. Antidiabetics Unit XVIII: Reproductive and Gender-Related Agents 53. Female Reproductive Cycle I: Pregnancy and Preterm Labor Drugs 54. Female Reproductive Cycle II: Labor, Delivery, and Preterm Neonatal Drugs 55. Postpartum and Newborn Drugs 56. Drugs for Women’s Reproductive Health and Menopause 57. Drugs for Men’s Health and Reproductive Disorders 58. Drugs for Disorders in Women

Linda E. McCuistion, PhD, RN, ANP, CNS, Professor, South University, Richmond Campus, Glen Allen, Virginia, Joyce LeFever Kee, MS, RN, Associate Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware and Evelyn R. Hayes, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC, Professor, School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware


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