Understanding the basics of pharmacology
is an essential nursing responsibility.
Pharmacology is the science that deals
with the physical and chemical properties,
and biochemical and physiologic
effects, of drugs. It includes the areas of
Nursing in Today’s World: Trends, Issues, and Management, 10th edition focuses on
the nonclinical aspects of the professional nursing role. Much of this content is just as critical
to practicing safely as is competence in the performance of clinical skills. As nursing steps up
to play a major role in the changes brought about by healthcare reform, knowledge of the profession
and its place in the healthcare environment has never been more important.
Although the fifth edition of this book has seen many author changes, our commitment
and direction was clearly stated by, Dr. Helen Cox, in the preface to the fourth edition. We
continue our commitment to providing a nursing focus to the process of nursing care.
The fifth edition reflects seventeen new and six revised diagnoses accepted by
NANDA in 2003 and 2005 and updated information in each chapter. The chapter formats
remain the same. We have revised the integration of NANDA, NIC, and NOC terminology
to assist with understanding their integration.
This book is designed to help you identify and address any potential weaknesses
in your essential calculation skills. In turn this will help you become
more confi dent and profi cient in the aspects of numeracy that are an essential
part of modern nursing care.
You may fi nd an electronic calculator useful to check your answers, but
remember that calculators may not always be available in the workplace,
and that their use in clinical practice is generally discouraged. You need to
become confi dent in applying calculation skills without the aid of a
The basic precepts underlying previous editions of Clinical Drug Therapy continue to guide the
writing of this seventh edition. The overall purpose is to promote safe, effective, and rational drug
• Providing information that accurately reflects current practices in drug therapy.
• Facilitating the acquisition, comprehension, and application of knowledge related to drug
therapy. Application requires knowledge about the drug and the client receiving it.
Chapter 1 - The role of the nurse. This chapter presents the following content: The NMC and the nursing register, course design and the branches, the NMC and mentorship, the NMC & public protection, portfolio development and maintaining clinical knowledge and competence, educational techniques,...
The American Holistic Nurses’ Association
(AHNA) has joined with the authors and
contributors of Holistic Nursing: A Handbook
for Practice, Fourth Edition, to develop further
the knowledge base for holistic nursing
and delineate the essence of contemporary
nursing. The purposes of this book are threefold:
(1) to expand an understanding of healing
and the nurse as an instrument of
healing; (2) to explore the unity and relatedness
of nurses, clients, and others; and (3) to
develop caring-healing interventions to
strengthen the whole person....
This comprehensive text explores the philosophy that all nurses are leaders who use creative decision making, entrepreneurship, and life-long learning to create a work environment that is efficient, cost-effective, and committed to quality care. Broad and comprehensive coverage encompasses leadership and management theories and processes by synthesizing information from nursing, health care, general administration and management, and leadership literature.
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).
This collection of essays demonstrates the international scope of history of nursing
scholarship today, encompassing studies from Japan, New Zealand, South
Africa, Canada and Europe. The authors examine the social and ethical issues
which challenge nurses and midwives in different cultures; the transcultural issues
which arise when carers move from one culture to another; and the process
of professionalization for women over three centuries. The book highlights the
significance of nursing in the history of womenʼs lives and work....
Nurse educators always have a dual role—they are both nurses and educators. As nurses
they often have a specialty, such as psychiatric nursing or nephrology nursing, and they
need to keep up with developments in that specialty, both in terms of the literature and
the practice. When such nurses become educators, they also have to master the field of
education, and keep up with what is new in the field of education, both in terms of theory
This edition of Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing and Related Health
Professions continues the theme of interdisciplinary collaboration in health professions
education. The need to capitalize on the contributions of numerous
healthcare professionals is increasingly more important in light of the current,
complex healthcare system. Education has a knowledge base that crosses over
disciplinary lines and is one we need to understand in order to be effective in
The authors, who all have wide experience in teaching and practising
adult nursing, collaborated to write this book, which evolved from a
clinical skills module. It became apparent that students loved learning
the introductory nursing skills, but there were few easily accessible
texts to support their learning. This book is therefore aimed at nursing
students embarking on their nursing education, although some of it
will also be suitable for care assistants who are involved in delivering
direct nursing care to patients.
Musculoskeletal diseases are the most common causes of disability in developed
countries throughout the world, and in the United Kingdom, a signifi -
cant rheumatic disease affects one in seven of the population. They also affect
people from all walks of life and of all age groups including babies and the
very elderly. Rheumatic diseases are so common that it is inevitable that every
nurse will at some time provide care for a rheumatic patient. It is therefore
essential that they have some knowledge of rheumatology nursing.
The day-to-day responsibility for wound management is usually
undertaken by nurses. It includes assessing the wound, selecting an
appropriate treatment and evaluating the patient’s progress. To do
this effectively the nurse needs to understand the healing process,
recognise factors that may delay wound healing, understand how
wound healing can be optimised, know how to recognise complications
if they arise and know how to treat them.
The seventh edition of Introductory Clinical
Pharmacology reflects the ever-changing science of
pharmacology and the nurse’s responsibilities in administering
pharmacologic agents. All information has been
updated and revised according to the latest available
information to prepare nurses to meet the challenges of
safely administering medications. The text prepares the
nurse to meet the challenges of the 21st century by promoting
critical thinking and problem solving when
Nursing is a critical element in meeting the needs of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families. Over the years, the role of MS nurses have developed from strictly providing care and education, to also providing case management services, counseling, and rehabilitation. As well-educated professionals they have become knowledgeable of the disease process and available treatments.
This chapter will initially guide the reader through both the form and function of the respiratory system; this will be aided by several exercises that the reader can undertake to consolidate new learning and provide evidence of professional development. The chapter progresses into discussing several disease processes that impact on respiratory function resulting in both acute hospital and primary care presentations and a chronically reduced ability to function.
This chapter will begin with an overview of the reproductive systems, identifying the anatomy and physiology of the male and female systems. Some of the common diseases associated with this system will be addressed. The effect these diseases have on the individual and their partner will also be examined; this will enable the reader to explore both the physiological components of the disease process and the associated psychological aspects.