Pharmacology and the Nursing Process - 6th Edition

Pharmacology and the Nursing Process

6th Edition

Authors: Linda Lilley Shelly Rainforth Collins Scott Harrington Julie Snyder
Imprint: Mosby

Table of Contents

Part One: Pharmacology Basics

Study Skills Tips: Introduction to Study Skills Concepts

  1. The Nursing Process and Drug Therapy
  2. Pharmacologic Principles
  3. Life Span Considerations
  4. Cultural, Legal, and Ethical Considerations
  5. Gene Therapy and Pharmacogenetics
  6. Medication Errors: Preventing and Responding
  7. Patient Education and Drug Therapy
  8. Over-the-Counter Drugs and Herbal and Dietary Supplements
  9. Substance Abuse
  10. Photo Atlas of Drug Administration
  11. Part Two: Drugs Affecting the Central Nervous System

    Study Skills Tips: Using Vocabulary, Text Notation, and Language Conventions

  12. Analgesic Drugs
  13. General and Local Anesthetics
  14. Central Nervous System Depressants and Muscle Relaxants
  15. Central Nervous System Stimulant Drugs
  16. Antiepileptic Drugs
  17. Antiparkinsonian Drugs
  18. Psychotherapeutic Drugs
  19. Part Three: Drugs Affecting the Autonomic Nervous System

    Study Skills Tips: Application of PURR (Prepare, Understand, Rehearse, Review)

  20. Adrenergic Drugs
  21. Adrenergic-Blocking Drugs
  22. Cholinergic Drugs
  23. Cholinergic-Blocking Drugs
  24. Part Four: Drugs Affecting the Cardiovascular and Renal Systems

    Study Skills Tips: Linking Learning and Text Notation

  25. Heart Failure Drugs
  26. Antidysrhythmic Drugs
  27. Antian


This market-leading text is known for presenting challenging content in a clear and consistent format that is engaging and readable. With an eye-catching design, full-color illustrations, and helpful, practical boxed features that highlight need-to-know information, the new edition of this bestseller continues its tradition of making pharmacology easy to learn and understand.

Key Features

  • A focus on prioritization identifies key nursing information and helps in preparation for the NCLEX® Examination.
  • Presents drugs and their classes as they relate to different parts of the body, facilitating integration of the text with your other nursing courses.
  • Features numerous full-color photos and illustrations pertaining to drug mechanisms of action and step-by-step illustrations depicting key steps in drug administration for various routes, so you can clearly see how drugs work in the body and how to administer medications safely and effectively.
  • Drug Profiles highlight the pharmacokinetics and unique variations of individual drugs.
  • Includes Patient Teaching Tips in each chapter to foster patient compliance and effective drug therapy.
  • Helpful summary boxes are integrated throughout, covering Evidence-Based Practice, Preventing Medication Errors, Laboratory Values Related to Drug Therapy, Cultural Implications, Herbal Therapies, Life Span Considerations, Points to Remember, and Legal and Ethical Principles.
  • Illustrated Study Skills Tips in each unit cover study tips, time management, and test taking strategies related specifically to nursing pharmacology.
  • Includes a convenient tear-out IV Compatibilities Chart that alerts you to drugs that are incompatible when given intravenously.
  • Evolve Student Resources include online access to additional chapter-specific NCLEX® review questions, animations, medication errors checklists, IV therapy checklists, printable handouts with need-to-know information about key drug classes, calculators, an audio glossary, answers to case studies and critical thinking activities in the text, frequently asked questions, content updates, nursing care plans covering key drug classes, and online appendices.


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About the Authors

Linda Lilley Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, Old Dominion University, Virginia Beach, VA

Shelly Rainforth Collins Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Coordinator of Clinical Pharmacy Services, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center; President, Drug Information Consultants, Chesapeake, Virginia, USA

Scott Harrington Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Harrington Health Informatics, LLC, Tucson, AZ; Director of Pharmacy, Northern Cochise Community Hospital, Willcox, AZ

Julie Snyder Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Faculty, School of Nursing, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia