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Pharmacology: Connections to Nursing Practice, 2nd Edition

By Carol Quam Urban

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 25, 2012


PHARMACOLOGY: CONNECTIONS TO NURSING PRACTICE, 2/e tightly links pharmacology to nursing practice and patient care, recognizing that for nurses, pharmacology is not an abstract academic discipline but rather a critical tool to prevent disease and promote healing and wellness. It offers unsurpassed features designed to illuminate connections between pharmacology and practice, from patient scenarios and practice applications to coverage of lifespan considerations, patient education, alternative therapies, and gender/cultural influences. Nine additional units illuminate the actions of individual drugs on each body system and disease. Learning is simplified through the use of prototype drugs, as well as outstanding full-color illustrations, complemented by 45 web-based animations. This edition covers 30+ new drugs, and offers updated information about dosages, indications, and adverse effects throughout, including Black Box Warnings.

Table of Contents

Unit 1. Fundamental Principles of Pharmacology

1. Introduction to Pharmacology: Concepts and Connections

2. Drug Regulations

3. Principles of Drug Administration

4. Pharmacokinetics

5. Pharmacodynamics

6. Adverse Drug Effects and Drug Interactions

7. Medication Errors and Risk Reduction

8. Pharmacology of Substance Abuse


Unit 2. Pharmacology and the Nurse-Patient Relationship

9. Pharmacology and the Nursing Process

10. Pharmacotherapy During Pregnancy and Lactation

11. Pharmacotherapy of the Pediatric Patient

12. Pharmacotherapy of the Geriatric Patient

13. Psychosocial, Gender, and Cultural Influences on Pharmacotherapy

14. Pharmacotherapy and Population-Based Care

15. The Role of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Pharmacotherapy


Unit 3. Pharmacology of the Autonomic Nervous System

16. Review of Neurotransmitters and the Autonomic Nervous System

17. Cholinergic Agonists

18. Cholinergic Antagonists

19. Adrenergic Agonists

20. Adrenergic Antagonists


Unit 4. Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System

21. Review of the Central Nervous System

22. Pharmacotherapy of Anxiety and Insomnia

23. Pharmacotherapy of Mood Disorders

24. Pharmacotherapy of Psychoses

25. Pharmacotherapy of Degenerative Diseases of the Central Nervous System

26. Pharmacotherapy of Seizures

27. Pharmacotherapy of Muscle Spasms and Spasticity

28. Central Nervous System Stimulants and Drugs for Attention/Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

29. Pharmacotherapy of Severe Pain and Migraines

30. Anesthetics and Anesthesia Adjuncts


Unit 5. Pharmacology of the Cardiovascular System

31. Review of the Cardiovascular System

32. Pharmacotherapy of Hyperlipidemia

33. Calcium Channel Blockers

34. Drugs Affecting the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System

35. Diuretic Therapy and the Pharmacotherapy of Renal Failure

36. Pharmacotherapy of Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders

37. Pharmacotherapy of Hypertension

38. Pharmacotherapy of Angina Pectoris and Myocardial Infarction

39. Pharmacotherapy of Heart Failure

40. Pharmacotherapy of Dysrhythmias

41. Pharmacotherapy of Coagulation Disorders

42. Pharmacotherapy of Hematopoietic Disorders


Unit 6. Pharmacology of Body Defenses

43. Review of Body Defenses and the Immune System

44. Pharmacotherapy of Inflammation and Fever

45. Immunostimulants and Immunosuppressants

46. Immunizing Agents


Unit 7. Pharmacology of the Respiratory System and Allergy

47. Pharmacotherapy of Asthma and Other Pulmonary Disorders

48. Pharmacotherapy of Allergic Rhinitis and the Common Cold


Unit 8. Pharmacology of Infectious and Neoplastic Disease

49. Basic Principles of Anti-Infective Pharmacotherapy

50. Antibiotics Affecting the Bacterial Cell Wall

51. Antibiotics Affecting Bacterial Protein Synthesis

52. Fluoroquinolones and Miscellaneous Antibacterials

53. Sulfonamides and the Pharmacotherapy of Urinary Tract Infections

54. Pharmacotherapy of Mycobacterial Infections

55. Pharmacotherapy of Fungal Infections

56. Pharmacotherapy of Protozoan and Helminthic Infections

57. Pharmacotherapy of Non-HIV Viral Infections

58. Pharmacotherapy of HIV-AIDS

59. Basic Principles of Antineoplastic Therapy

60. Pharmacotherapy of Neoplasia


Unit 9. Pharmacology of the Gastrointestinal System

61. Review of the Gastrointestinal System

62. Pharmacotherapy of Peptic Ulcer Disease

63. Pharmacotherapy of Bowel Disorders and Other Gastrointestinal Conditions

64. Vitamins and Minerals

65. Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition

66. Weight Reduction Strategies and the Pharmacotherapy of Obesity


Unit 10. Pharmacology of the Endocrine System

67. Review of the Endocrine System

68. Hypothalamic and Pituitary Drugs

69. Pharmacotherapy of Diabetes Mellitus

70. Pharmacotherapy of Thyroid Disorders

71. Corticosteroids and Drugs Affecting the Adrenal Cortex

72. Estrogens, Progestins, and Drugs Modifying Uterine Function

73. Drugs for Modifying Conception

74. Drugs for Disorders and Conditions of the Male Reproductive System


Unit 11. Additional Drug Classes

75. Pharmacotherapy of Bone and Joint Disorders

76. Pharmacotherapy of Dermatologic Disorders

77. Pharmacotherapy of Eye and Ear Disorders

78. Emergency Preparedness: Bioterrorism and Management of Poisoning





A. Answers to Critical Thinking Questions, Case Study, and NCLEX-RN® Review

B. Top 200 Drugs Ranked by Number of Prescriptions

C. Canadian Drugs and Their U.S. Equivalents.

D. Oral Dosage Forms That Should Not be Crushed

E. High Alert Medications

F. Confused Drug Names

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