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Further Essentials of Pharmacology for Nurses

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Title: Further Essentials of Pharmacology for Nurses

Authors: P Barber, J Parkes and D Blundell

Publisher: McGraw Hill, Open University Press

Reviewer: Katherine Potts, cardiac specialist nurse, North Bristol NHS Trust

What was it like?

This book is focused on pharmacology and is aimed at pre-registration nursing students. It is written by authors who have both an academic and clinical background. There are ten chapters, which cover cardiovascular and gastrointestinal drugs; drugs used in the treatment of cancer, nausea and vomiting, anaesthesia, vaccines, intravenous fluids and nutrition; medicines used on the skin and used to treat withdrawal and complementary therapies and pharmacology. This book is designed to follow on and enhance reading in the first book – Essential of Pharmacology by Barber and Robertson with the aim of expanding pharmacology knowledge in more specific areas and exploring some specialist drugs. There is a contents page, index and list of abbreviation used included. The chapters include a contents section, objectives, case studies, key learning points, calculation questions, multiple choice questions and a recommended further reading list. Each chapter covers the pharmacology of drugs used including the mode of action, contraindications and side effects. There is also discussion of physiology to complement the readers understanding in relation to the drugs and their mode of action.


What were the highlights? 

One of the useful features is the inclusion of clinical tips,  which aid the reader in putting the theoretical knowledge into clinical practice and allow reflection on practice. At the end of each chapter there are questions that can be used to check understanding and knowledge and these include case studies, multiple choice questions and calculation practice. The answers are included in the text and there is also a recommended further reading list if further or more in-depth information is required.

Strengths & weaknesses:

It is well written, clear and easy to follow with a logical flow. The main body of written text is complemented with pictures and tables. There are ample opportunities provided for the reader to check understanding and learning throughout the text. 

Who should read it?

This book is aimed at pre-registration nursing students and is appropriate for all levels of student nurses either as a general text to expand their pharmacology knowledge or while on placement in a specialised area that the text covers.

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  • Anonymous

    I used a combination of this book, multiple choice quizzes that I found online, and a pharmacology flash card app for studying on my lunch break at work. It is a good resource indeed!

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