A Nurse's Survival Guide to Drugs in Practice,
Edition 2
By Ann Richards, BA(Hons), MSc DipN(Lon), RGN,RNT and Sharon L. Edwards, EdD SFHEA NTF MSc PGCEA DipN(Lon) RN

Publication Date: 04 Sep 2020

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.

Key Features

  • The book provides the underpinning current knowledge required for professional judgement and safer medication management.
  • This will be an invaluable resource for those studying prescribing courses as well as being useful for paramedics, student nurses and all qualified staff.

  • A more detailed account of medication management, including drug errors and strategies to mitigate against them occurring, is included.

  • The multidisciplinary nature of drug administration from the naming of drugs, through drug preparation, administration and outcome are taken into account.

About the author
By Ann Richards, BA(Hons), MSc DipN(Lon), RGN,RNT, Associate Lecturer, The Open University, UK and Sharon L. Edwards, EdD SFHEA NTF MSc PGCEA DipN(Lon) RN, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Allied Health, Buckinghamshire New University, Uxbridge, UK
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


Book details
ISBN: 9780702076589
Page Count: 584
Retail Price : £24.99
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