Pharmacology and Medicines Management for Nurses


  • George Downie, MSc, FRPharmS, F(Hon)CPP, Director of Pharmacy and Medicines Management, NHS Grampian, Aberdeen, UK
  • Jean Mackenzie, BA(Open), DipN(Lond), Formerly Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
  • Arthur Williams, OBE, FRPharmS, Formerly Chief Administrative Pharmaceutical Officer, Grampian Orkney, Shetland and Tayside Health Boards, Aberdeen, UK
  • Caroline Milne, PhD, BPharm, MRPharmS, Pharmacy Facilitator, Pharmacy Medicines Unit, NHS Grampian, Aberdeeen, UK

This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. An understanding of medicines and their effects on patients remains a crucial area of nursing knowledge. This book provides a thorough foundation upon which nurses can build their clinical experience to achieve competence. It not only provides information on the actions of drugs on the body but also gives clear guidance on the practical aspects of medicines management in both hospital and community. Organisation of the text broadly follows the British National Formulary for ease of use.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-3333-9

Table of Contents


1 Medicines in society today and tomorrow

2 The control of medicines

3 The role of the nurse in drug therapy

4 Administration of medicine

5 Nurse prescribing

6 Clinical governance and safety in the use of medicines

7 The role of patients and carers in medicines management


8 Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

9 Autonomic nervous system

10 Adverse drug reactions and drug interactions


11 Drug treatment of gastrointestinal disorders

12 Drug treatment of cardiovascular disorders

13 Drug treatment of respiratory disorders

14 Drugs acting on the central nervous system, including anaesthetics

15 Drug treatment of infections

16 Drug treatment of endocrine disorders

17 Drugs used in obstetrics, gynaecology and urinary tract disorders

18 Drugs used in kidney diseases

19 Drug treatment of malignant disease

20 Drugs affecting the immune response

21 Nutrition and blood, Fluid and electrolytes

22 Drug treatment of musculoskeletal and joint disease
23 Drug treatment of eye conditions

24 Drug treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders

25 Drug treatment of skin disorders

26 Palliative care


Self assessment questions


Appendix 1: Abbreviations

Appendix 2: Normal values