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Essentials of Pharmacology for Nurses (second edition)

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Title: Essentials of Pharmacology for Nurses (second edition)

Authors: Paul Barber and Deborah Robertson

Publisher: Open University Press

Reviewer: Hannah Marriage, student health visitor, Leicester Partnership Trust.

What was it like?

I found this book easy to read and it covered all the relevant topics around the pharmacology of medication. Each chapter looks at a different aspect of pharmacology in relation to a medication group. It is clearly laid out with a Key Learning Points section at the end of each chapter, as well as quizzes to aid your learning.

I feel this book covers went into enough depth to cover all of the basics necessary for a good understanding of pharmacology, though if I required to look into a particular type of drug, I may refer to something more detailed. 

What were the highlights? 

The best features of this book for me were the learning objectives outlined at the start of each chapter, which allowed me to decide on the chapter’s relevance to my learning.  And the Key Learning Points listed at the end of each chapter, which described the entire chapter in simple and easy to remember bullet points.

Strengths & weaknesses:

This book was clearly laid out, and enabled me to read each chapter as an individual module as well as allowing for the book to be read front-to-back. 

I found no direct weaknesses, though would advise that this book covers only the basics making it a good starting point, but if more in depth knowledge is required this book may not contain all of the finer detail.

Who should read it?

I feel this book would be beneficial to anyone working with medication who would like to know more about the pharmacology behind drugs, or as a good textbook for those studying their nurse prescribing course.

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