Poor sexual health is now a major public health issue in the UK, with all four
countries having a sexual health strategy, strategic framework or action plan
in place. The Government in England wishes to improve sexual health services,
with a focus on improving access.
All over the country nurses are working in new and innovative ways in
sexual and reproductive health. Many are working in advanced and specialist
clinical roles as independent practitioners and more creative posts are being
developed in the National Health Service to maximise optimum use of nurses’
This book applies pharmacology to nursing practice, with the overall aim of enhancing
patient care. The main focus of the book is adverse drug reactions, and the implications for
patient monitoring. Adverse drug reactions account for around 4% of UK hospital admissions.
Over 70% of these problems are avoidable (Pirmohamed et al. 2004): the monitoring
of prescribed medications has long been a cause for concern (Royal College of General
Practitioners 1985, DH 2000, Audit Commission 2001, Committee of Public Accounts 2006).
Chapter 16 - Pharmacology and drug calculations. In this chapter, you will: Gain understanding of what is meant by the terms pharmacology, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics; learn about the stages of absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of medication; understand the importance of careful prescribing for older patients; understand the importance of patient education and concordance in provision of medications;....
Why buy a book about psychopharmacology if you don’t prescribe medications?
Ask yourself, how many of your clients tell you about the medications they are
taking or wonder if they should be taking, for whatever disorder they are receiving
treatment for from you. Or, do they tell you that they appreciate having more time
with you than they get with the person who prescribes their medications so they can
ask their questions in a less hurried environment? This is the feedback from many
mental health professionals, psychologists, social workers, therapists, and nurses,
that we have received....
If you need durable medical equipment in your home, your doctor or
treating practitioner (such as a nurse practitioner, physician assistant,
or clinical nurse specialist) must prescribe the type of equipment you
need. For some equipment, Medicare also requires your doctor or one
of the doctor’s office staff to fill out a special form and send it to
Medicare to get approval for the equipment. This is called a
Certificate of Medical Necessity. Your supplier will work with your
doctor to see that all required information is submitted to Medicare.
Pharmacists are more likely than your doctor to have the detailed
answers you want about your medications. You may be surprised at the
services your pharmacist can provide. In most states, only your doctor or
medical professional, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner can actu-
ally prescribe a medication. But your pharmacist can suggest helpful
prescription changes to your doctor or medical professional.
The more you can work in a trio—you, your doctor and your pharma-
cist—the more you will benefit from your medications....
Non-adherence is often a hidden problem. Many patients are reluctant to
express doubts and concerns about medicines because they fear that it will
displease the healthcare professional. We need better methods for
overcoming this problem and promoting honest and open discussions about
medicines and adherence.
There are an increasing number of non-medical prescribers (such as
pharmacists and nurses) This is a key context issue and there are a range of
questions relating to patient perspectives on new prescribers and to new and
existing prescribers’ perceptions and skills.