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Student Workbook and Resource Guide for Core Concepts in Pharmacology

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-03-28
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Author Biography

Leland Norman Holland, Jr., PhD (Norm), over 20 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 a supporter of nursing and allied health 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 lifelong pursuit of learning.


I would like to acknowledge the willful encouragement of Farrell and Norma Jean Stalcup. I dedicate this book to my beloved wife, Karen, and my three wonderful children, Alexandria Noelle, my double-deuce daughter; Caleb Jaymes, my number one son; and Joshua Nathaniel, my number three “O”!  –LNH


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: Pharmacology for Nurses: A Pathophysiologic Approach 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 was Dean of Health Professions at Pasco-Hernando State College for over 15 years. He is currently Adjunct Professor of biological sciences at Pasco State College and Hillsborough Community College.


I dedicate this book to nursing educators, who contribute every day to making the world a better and more caring place. –MPA



Jeanine L. Brice, RN, MSN, has been a nurse for over 30 years, initially graduating from the registered nursing program at Charles County Community College. She then continued her nursing education, receiving a BS from the University of Maryland and an MSN from Bowie State University, specializing in nursing education and community health practice. Her clinical experience includes acute medical-surgical care, obstetrics, neonatology, and pediatric public health.


Ms. Brice has been involved in nursing/technical health education for over 26 years, formerly holding the positions of Professor of Nursing, Assistant Dean of Nursing Programs, and Coordinator of Technical Health Programs at Pasco-Hernando Community College. She currently is employed at St. Petersburg College and Hillsborough Community College as an adjunct professor of biological/health sciences.


I dedicate this book to my parents, William and Helen Davis, whom I had the privilege to care for during their final days … and to all those who will need the care of a nurse. May the information contained in this book help them receive competent and compassionate nursing care.  –JLB

Table of Contents

  • UNIT 1: Basic Concepts in Pharmacology
  • 1. Introduction to Pharmacology: Drug Regulation and Approval
  • 2. Drug Classes, Schedules, and Categories
  • 3. Principles of Drug Administration
  • 4. What Happens After a Drug Has Been Administered
  • 5. The Nursing Process in Pharmacology
  • 6. Preventing Medication Errors
  • 7. The Role of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Pharmacology
  • 8. Substance Abuse
  • UNIT 2: The Nervous System
  • 9. Drugs Affecting Functions of the Autonomic Nervous System
  • 10. Drugs for Anxiety and Insomnia
  • 11. Drugs for Emotional, Mood, and Behavioral Disorders
  • 12. Drugs for Psychoses
  • 13. Drugs for Degenerative Diseases and Muscles
  • 14. Drugs for Seizures
  • 15. Drugs for Pain Management
  • 16. Drugs for Anesthesia
  • UNIT 3: The Cardiovascular and Urinary Systems
  • 17. Drugs for Lipid Disorders
  • 18. Drugs for Electrolyte and Acid-Base Imbalances
  • 19. Drugs for Hypertension
  • 20. Drugs for Heart Failure
  • 21. Drugs for Angina Pectoris, Myocardial Infarction, and Stroke
  • 22. Drugs for Shock and Anaphylaxis
  • 23. Drugs for Dysrhythmias
  • 24. Drugs for Coagulation and Hematologic Disorders
  • UNIT 4: The Immune System
  • 25. Drugs for Inflammation and Fever
  • 26. Drugs for Immune System Modulation
  • 27. Drugs for Bacterial Infections
  • 28. Drugs for Fungal, Viral, and Parasitic Diseases
  • 29. Drugs for Neoplasia
  • UNIT 5: The Respiratory and Digestive Systems
  • 30. Drugs for Respiratory Disorders
  • 31. Drugs for Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • 32. Drugs for Nutritional Disorders and Obesity
  • UNIT 6: The Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
  • 33. Drugs for Endocrine Disorders
  • 34. Drugs for Diabetes Mellitus
  • 35. Drugs for Disorders and Conditions of the Repro

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