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Essentials of pharmacology for nurses

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Care to take the challenge? This quiz aims to help students and registered nurses alike grasp and master the concepts of medication calculation. Nurses and midwives make up the largest proportion of frontline healthcare professionals, representing nearly half of the 43.5 million health workers worldwide. However, it is estimated that 50% more will be needed by 2030 to meet the growing demand for global healthcare. Although public awareness of the selfless dedication of our nursing professionals has increased during the novel COVID-19 global pandemic, it shouldn’t take a pandemic for us to realise the value of our nurses and midwives. The work they’re doing now is the work they do every day of the week, 365 days of the year, come rain, hail, shine or global catastrophe.

Reviewed by Nancyruth Leibold, Associate Professor, Southwest Minnesota State University on 2/6/21, updated 6/1/21


This edition has been updated according to the 2023 NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN Test Plans, and additional NCLEX Next Generation-style learning activities have been added to each chapter. It is aligned with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide nursing curriculum for the Nursing Pharmacology course (543-103). View a list of updates in the second edition here. Reading level is appropriate for an introduction to pharmacology course, seems suitable for multi-lingual students. Bolded text offers basic definitions of unfamiliar words. Text and ancillary materials are clear and tailored to a novice audiance - offers solid foundation for learning basic pharmacology concepts. The book was current with material that I cover in my course. Also the other videos and web content were current and easy to follow.

Content is unbiased and without obvious errors. Data appears accurrate with supporting evidence citations and references.Medication information is up to date. It is a great book to help nursing students learn medications. The text is free of navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader. It offers a clear and straightforward read. Medications are grouped by concept/system it affects and then broken down even further into pharmacological classification in each chapter.

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