Pharmacology for Nurses : A Pathophysiologic Approach

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-09
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Effectively learning pharmacology requires students to clearly see the connection between pharmacology, disease and patient care. Pharmacology for Nurses, 3e i(this is the standalone book) is structured to present pharmacology and pathology together, so students can more easily grasp the interrelationship between these subjects and provide a holistic perspective to patient care.

A prototype approach, easy to follow presentation and extensive pedagogical aids enable students to understand key concepts and apply essential components of nursing care to drug therapy.

Pasco-Hernando Community College, New Port Richey, FL. Workbook provides a guide to learning and applying key concepts and procedures from the textbook profiled 2010-16. Features matching exercises, fill-in-the-blank activities, and dosage calculation problems. For student nurses. Three-hole punched with perforated pages.

Author Biography

Michael Patrick Adams, PhD, 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: Connections to Nursing Practice. 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.


Leland Norman Holland, Jr., PhD (Norm) over twenty years ago started out like many scientists, planning for a career in basic science research. Quickly he was drawn to the field of teaching in higher medical education, where he has spent most of his career since that time. Among the areas where he has been particularly effective are preparatory programs in nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and allied health. Dr. Holland is both an affiliate and supporter of nursing education nationwide. He brings to the profession a depth of knowledge in biology, chemistry and medically-related subjects such as microbiology, biological chemistry, and pharmacology. Dr. Holland's doctoral degree is in medical pharmacology. He is very much dedicated to the success of students and their preparation for work-life readiness. He continues to motivate students in the life-long pursuit of learning.


Carol Quam Urban, PhD, RN is the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Nursing and an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services where she teaches undergraduate courses in pharmacology and pathophysiology.  Her current research interests focus on improving learning for students at-risk for academic difficulties, outcomes-based education, effective educational models using computer-based learning, and service-base learning. She has also published on the ethical needs of at-risk students. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau - Epsilon Zeta chapter, Alpha Chi, the National Association for Developmental Education, National College Learning Center Association, and the College Reading and Learning Association.   At Mason, she serves on the General Education Committee and the Distance Education Council.

Table of Contents

UNIT 1   Core Concepts in Pharmacology

Chapter 1       Introduction to Pharmacology: Drug Regulation and Approval

Chapter 2       Drug Classes and Schedules

Chapter 3       Principles of Drug Administration

Chapter 4       Pharmacokinetics

Chapter 5       Pharmacodynamics


UNIT 2  Pharmacology and the Nurse-Patient Relationship

Chapter 6       The Nursing Process in Pharmacology

Chapter 7       Drug Administration Throughout the Lifespan                      

Chapter 8       Psychosocial, Gender, and Cultural Influences on Pharmacotherapy

Chapter 9       Medication Errors and Risk Reduction

Chapter 10     Herbal and Alternative Therapies

Chapter 11     Substance Abuse

Chapter 12     Emergency Preparedness and Poisonings


UNIT 3 The Nervous System

Chapter 13     Drugs Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System

Chapter 14     Drugs for Anxiety and Insomnia

Chapter 15     Drugs for Seizures

Chapter 16     Drugs for Emotional and Mood Disorders

Chapter 17     Drugs for Psychoses

Chapter 18     Drugs for the Control of Pain

Chapter 19     Drugs for Local and General Anesthesia

Chapter 20     Drugs for Degenerative Diseases of the Nervous System

Chapter 21     Drugs for Neuromuscular Disorders


UNIT 4   The Cardiovascular and Urinary Systems   

Chapter 22     Drugs for Lipid Disorders

Chapter 23     Drugs for Hypertension

Chapter 24     Drugs for Heart Failure

Chapter 25     Drugs for Angina Pectoris and Myocardial Infarction

Chapter 26     Drugs for Dysrhythmias

Chapter 27     Drugs for Coagulation Disorders

Chapter 28     Drugs for Hematopoietic Disorders

Chapter 29     Drugs for Shock

Chapter 30     Diuretic Therapy and Drugs for Renal Failure

Chapter 31     Drugs for Fluid Balance, Electrolyte, and Acid—Base Disorders


UNIT 5    The Immune System

Chapter 32     Drugs for Immune System Modulation

Chapter 33     Drugs for Inflammation and Fever

Chapter 34     Drugs for Bacterial Infections

Chapter 35    Drugs for Fungal, Protozoan, and Helminthic Infections

Chapter 36     Drugs for Viral Infections

Chapter 37     Drugs for Neoplasia


UNIT 6   The Respiratory System

Chapter 38     Drugs for Allergic Rhinitis and the Common Cold

Chapter 39     Drugs for Asthma and Other Pulmonary Disorders


UNIT 7   The Gastrointestinal System

Chapter 40     Drugs for Peptic Ulcer Disease

Chapter 41     Drugs for Bowel Disorders and Other Gastrointestinal Conditions

Chapter 42     Drugs for Nutritional Disorders


UNIT 8   The Endocrine System  

Chapter 43     Drugs for Pituitary, Thyroid, and Adrenal Disorders

Chapter 44     Drugs for Diabetes Mellitus

Chapter 45     Drugs for Disorders and Conditions of the Female Reproductive System

Chapter 46     Drugs for Disorders and Conditions of the Male Reproductive System


UNIT 9   The Integumentary System and Eyes/Ears

Chapter 47    Drugs for Bone and Joint Disorders                                           

Chapter 48     Drugs for Skin Disorders

Chapter 49      Drugs for Eye and Ear Disorders                                                


Appendix A — ISMP’s List of High-Alert Medications 

Appendix B — Top 100 Drugs Ranked by Number of Prescriptions 

Appendix C — Bibliography and References

Appendix D - Answers

Appendix E — Calculating Doses



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Wonderful book March 10, 2011
I purchased this is great book that helped me to understand pharmacy as well as pathology. This pharmacology book is a very easy reading. Each chapter is only 5 to 7 pages long. At the end of each chapter are wonderful study questions that cover all important aspects of the chapter. The textbook is written in a prototype approach, easy to follow presentation and extensive pedagogical aids enable students to understand key concepts and apply essential components of nursing care to drug therapy. It really introduce a very well rounded approach for nurses and nursing students!
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