A Nurse's Survival Guide to Drugs in Practice - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780702076589, 9780702076596

A Nurse's Survival Guide to Drugs in Practice

2nd Edition

Authors: Ann Richards Sharon Edwards
Paperback ISBN: 9780702076589
eBook ISBN: 9780702076596
eBook ISBN: 9780702076619
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 4th September 2020
Page Count: 584

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Table of Contents

Section 1 Principles of pharmacology

1.1 Introduction to pharmacology; 1.2 The law, drugs and prescribing; 1.3 Medicines management; 1.4 Formulation and administration; 1.5 Pharmacokinetics; 1.6 Pharmacodynamics; 1.7 Adverse drug reactions

Section 2 Autonomic nervous system

2.1 Autonomic nervous system – overview; 2.2 Adrenergic pharmacology; 2.3 Cholinergic pharmacology

Section 3 Pain, analgesia and anaesthesia

3.1 Pain, analgesia and anaesthesia – overview; 3.2 Opioid analgesia; 3.3 Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and paracetamol; 3.4 Anaesthesia

Section 4 Central nervous system

4.1 Central nervous system – overview; 4.2 Chemical transmission in the brain; 4.3 Epilepsy; 4.4 Antipsychotics; 4.5 Antidepressants and mood stabilisers; 4.6 Anxiolytics and hypnotics; 4.7 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); 4.8 Neurodegenerative disorders

Section 5 Cardiovascular system

5.1 Cardiovascular system – overview; 5.2 Hypertension; 5.3 Atherosclerosis and lipid-lowering drugs; 5.4 Ischaemic heart disease; 5.5 Cardiac arrhythmias; 5.6 Cardiac failure; 5.7 Antithrombotics

Section 6 Respiratory, renal and gastrointestinal systems

6.1 Respiratory system; 6.2 Renal system; 6.3 Gastrointestinal tract

Section 7 Endocrine system

7.1 Endocrine pancreas and diabetes mellitus; 7.2 Pituitary gland and adrenal cortex; 7.3 Disorders of bone and bone metabolism; 7.4 Sex hormones; 7.5 Pregnancy

Section 8 Chemotherapy, antimicrobials and the immune system

8.1 Cancer chemotherapy; 8.2 Antimicrobial drugs; 8.3 The Immune system

Section 9 Other areas of pharmacology

9.1 Herbal medicines; 9.2 Paediatric pharmacology; 9.3 Drugs and the elderly; 9.4 Topical drugs; 9.5 Emergency treatment of poisoning


Further reading

Useful Websites

Appendix: Drug measurement and calculations



Following the success of the previous edition, A Nurse’s Survival Guide to Drugs in Practice has been completely updated with revised content written by expert practitioners and educators in the field of drug administration and pharmacology. It continues to follow the popular systems approach and is now revised with new sections on the immune system added.


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About the Authors

Ann Richards

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Lecturer, The Open University, UK

Sharon Edwards

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Allied Health, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge, UK