Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Australia New Zealand Nursing Drug Handbook (3Rd Edn)

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Australia New Zealand Nursing Drug Handbook (3Rd Edn)

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Australia New Zealand Nursing Drug Handbook (3rd edn) Lira A and McKenzie G (Eds) (2006) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Australia; ISBN 1 920994 03 3;PB; xir + 1066 pages; AUD 52.27

This Australian and New Zealand handbook is a comprehensive easy-to-use resource for all nurses from new graduates requiring the basics of drug indications, side effects, and dosages to that of the advanced practitioner and nurse practitioner, assisting prescribing to all areas of nursing practice. The introductory chapters present important underpinning knowledge on drug actions, interactions and reactions. Also included are examples of clinically important pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic interactions, issues associated with dosage forms, adverse reactions, issues surrounding children, the elderly, pregnancy and lactation. A strong emphasis on clinical aspects of drug administration is evident. The nursing process, which involves assessment, nursing diagnosis, planning, intervention and evaluation is included to guide nurse prescribing towards patient safety and to ensure that legal and medical requirements are considered.

The subsequent chapters cover the therapeutic drug classes, with drugs that have multiple therapeutic uses classified logically according to their most common use. …

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