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. This unique approach of combining clinical pharmacology, medicines management and the provision of practice advice will be invaluable to pre-registration students at both degree and diploma level as well as registered nurses in practice and nurses returning to practice after a career break.
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
Mackenzie, Jean Formerly Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK.
Williams, Arthur Formerly Chief Administrative Pharmaceutical Officer, Grampian Orkney, Shetland and Tayside Health Boards, Aberdeen, UK.
Milne, Caroline Pharmacy Facilitator, Pharmacy Medicines Unit, NHS Grampian, Aberdeeen, UK.