Pharmacology : Connections to Nursing Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-27
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Pharmacology: Connections to Nursing Practice recognizes that pharmacology is not an academic discipline to be learned for its own sake, but a critical tool to prevent disease and promote healing of illness. This connection to patients, their assessment, diagnoses, and interventions, supports basic nursing practice. Like other core nursing subjects, the focus of pharmacology must be to teach and promote wellness for patients.Pharmacology: Connections to Nursing Practiceidentifies key pharmacologic concepts and mechanisms and clearly connects them to current nursing theory and practice for providing optimal patient care.Nursing students or practicing nurses

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About the Authors


Michael Patrick Adams, PhD, RT(R), is an accomplished educator, author, and national speaker. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas, named Dr. Adams a Master Teacher. He has published two other textbooks with Pearson Publishing: Core Concepts in Pharmacology and Pharmacology: A Pathophysiologic Approach.  Dr. Adams obtained his Master’s degree in Pharmacology from Michigan State University and his Doctorate in Education at the University of South Florida. Dr. Adams was on the faculty of Lansing Community College and St. Petersburg College, and was Dean of Health Programs at Pasco-Hernando Community College for 15 years.

He is currently Professor of Biological Sciences at Pasco-Hernando Community College.


Robert W. Koch, DNS, RN, serves as Associate Dean and director of graduate studies at Loewenberg School of Nursing, University of Memphis. He holds baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Tennessee Medical Center and a doctorate in nursing administration from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. He holds memberships in Sigma Theta Tau International, the National League of Nursing, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives Dr. Koch’s areas of academic expertise include nursing administration and leadership and nursing education.  He has extensive administrative experience in acute care and in academic settings. Dr. Koch is a published author, an accomplished presenter, and a skilled researcher in nursing administration, gerontology, and educational technology.



Table of Contents

Fundamental Principles of Pharmacology
Introduction to Pharmacology: Concepts and Connections
Drug Regulations
Principles of Drug Administration
Adverse Drug Effects and Drug Interactions
Medication Errors and Risk Reduction
Pharmacology of Substance Abuse
Pharmacology and the Nurse-Patient Relationship
Pharmacology and the Nursing Process
Pharmacotherapy During Pregnancy and Lactation
Pharmacotherapy of the Pediatric Patient
Pharmacotherapy of the Geriatric Patient
Psychosocial, Gender, and Cultural Influences on Pharmacotherapy
Pharmacotherapy in the Community
The Role of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Pharmacotherapy
Pharmacology of the Autonomic Nervous System
Review of Neurotransmitters and the Autonomic Nervous System
Cholinergic Agonists
Cholinergic Antagonists
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic Antagonists
Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System
Review of the Central Nervous System
Pharmacotherapy of Anxiety and Insomnia
Pharmacotherapy of Mood Disorders
Pharmacotherapy of Psychoses
Pharmacotherapy of Degenerative Diseases of the Central Nervous System
Pharmacotherapy of Seizures
Pharmacotherapy of Muscle Spasms and Spasticity
Central Nervous System Stimulants and Drugs for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Pharmacotherapy of Severe Pain and Migraines
Anesthetics and Anesthesia Adjuncts
Pharmacology of the Cardiovascular System
Review of the Cardiovascular System
Pharmacotherapy of Hyperlipidemia
Calcium Channel Blockers
Drugs Affecting the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System
Diuretic Therapy and the Pharmacotherapy of Renal Failure
Pharmacotherapy of Hypertension
Pharmacotherapy of Angina Pectoris and Myocardial Infarction
Pharmacotherapy of Heart Failure
Pharmacotherapy of Dysrhythmias
Pharmacotherapy of Coagulation Disorders
Pharmacotherapy of Hematopoi
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very good guide March 20, 2011
I got this book as a required text for nursing school, although I have yet to really need it for class, I have used it as a resource many times and it has a lot of information in it. The book is set up for student success and understanding. It explains the biology and mechanisms of action for cl[censored] of drugs. Then it gives you prototype drugs and their mechanism of action, uses, side effects, and contraindications. Highly recommended.
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