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Connections to Nursing Practice
3rd Edition

Michael Adams, Carol Urban

Feb 2015, Hardback, 1440 pages
ISBN13: 9780133923612
ISBN10: 0133923614
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A patient-centered approach to pharmacology

Pharmacology: Connections to Nursing Practice tightly links pharmacology to nursing practice and patient care, recognizing that for nurses, pharmacology is not an abstract academic discipline but rather a critical tool to prevent disease and promote healing and wellness. It offers unsurpassed features designed to illuminate connections between pharmacology and practice, from patient scenarios and practice applications to coverage of lifespan considerations, patient education, alternative therapies, and gender/cultural influences. Learning is simplified through the use of prototype drugs, as well as outstanding full-color illustrations. Organization by body systems (units) and diseases (chapters) places the drugs in context with how they are used therapeutically and connects pharmacology and pathophysiology to nursing care. The Third Edition covers 25 new medications approved by the FDA since the previous edition, a new chapter on Individual Variations in Drug Responses, and updated review questions that better prepare students for exams.

Unit 1: Fundamental Principles of Pharmacology

1. Introduction to Pharmacology: Concepts and Connections

2. Drug Regulations

3. Pharmacokinetics

4. Pharmacodynamics

5. Adverse Drug Effects and Drug Interactions

6. Medication Errors and Risk Reduction

7. The Role of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Pharmacotherapy

Unit 2: Pharmacology and the Nurse-Patient Relationship

8. Pharmacotherapy During Pregnancy and Lactation

9. Pharmacotherapy of the Pediatric Patient

10. Pharmacotherapy of the Geriatric Patient

11. Individual Variations in Drug Responses

Unit 3: Pharmacology of the Autonomic Nervous System

12. Review of Neurotransmitters and the Autonomic Nervous System

13. Cholinergic Agonists

14. Cholinergic Antagonists

15. Adrenergic Agonists

16. Adrenergic Antagonists

Unit 4: Pharmacology of the Central Nervous System

17. Review of the Central Nervous System

18. Pharmacotherapy of Anxiety and Sleep Disorders

19. Pharmacotherapy of Mood Disorders

20. Pharmacotherapy of Psychoses

21. Pharmacotherapy of Degenerative Diseases of the Central Nervous System

22. Pharmacotherapy of Seizures

23. Pharmacotherapy of Muscle Spasms and Spasticity

24. Central Nervous System Stimulants and Drugs for Attention Deficit/

25. Pharmacotherapy of Severe Pain and Migraines

26. Anesthetics and Anesthesia Adjuncts

27. Pharmacology of Substance Abuse

Unit 5: Pharmacology of the Cardiovascular System

28. Review of the Cardiovascular System

29. Pharmacotherapy of Hyperlipidemia

30. Pharmacology with Calcium Channel Blockers

31. Drugs Affecting the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System

32. Diuretic Therapy and the Pharmacotherapy of Renal Failure

33. Pharmacotherapy of Fluid Imbalance, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders

34. Pharmacotherapy of Hypertension

35. Pharmacotherapy of Angina Pectoris and Myocardial Infarction

36. Pharmacotherapy of Heart Failure

37. Pharmacotherapy of Dysrhythmias

38. Pharmacotherapy of Coagulation Disorders

39. Pharmacotherapy of Hematopoietic Disorders

Unit 6: Pharmacology of Body Defenses

40. Review of Body Defenses and the Immune System

41. Pharmacotherapy of Inflammation and Fever Hyperactivity Disorder

42. Immunostimulants and Immunosuppressants

43. Immunizing Agents

Unit 7: Pharmacology of the Respiratory System and Allergy

44. Pharmacotherapy of Asthma and Other Pulmonary Disorders

45. Pharmacotherapy of Allergic Rhinitis and the Common Cold

Unit 8: Pharmacology of Infectious and Neoplastic Disease

46. Basic Principles of Anti-Infective Pharmacotherapy

47. Antibiotics Affecting the Bacterial Cell Wall

48. Antibiotics Affecting Bacterial Protein Synthesis

49. Fluoroquinolones and Miscellaneous Antibacterials

50. Sulfonamides and the Pharmacotherapy of Urinary Tract Infections

51. Pharmacotherapy of Mycobacterial Infections

52. Pharmacotherapy of Fungal Infections

53. Pharmacotherapy of Protozoan and Helminthic Infections

54. Pharmacotherapy of Non-HIV Viral Infections

55. Pharmacotherapy of HIV-AIDS

56. Basic Principles of Antineoplastic Therapy

57. Pharmacotherapy of Neoplasia

Unit 9: Pharmacology of the Gastrointestinal System

58. Review of the Gastrointestinal System

59. Pharmacotherapy of Peptic Ulcer Disease

60. Pharmacotherapy of Bowel Disorders and Other Gastrointestinal Conditions

61. Vitamins and Minerals

62. Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition

63. Weight Reduction Strategies and the Pharmacotherapy of Obesity

Unit 10: Pharmacology of the Endocrine System

64. Review of the Endocrine System

65. Hypothalamic and Pituitary Drugs

66. Pharmacotherapy of Diabetes Mellitus

67. Pharmacotherapy of Thyroid Disorders

68. Corticosteroids and Drugs Affecting the Adrenal Cortex

69. Estrogens, Progestins, and Drugs Modifying Uterine Function

71. Drugs for Modifying Conception

70. Drugs for Disorders and Conditions of the Male Reproductive System

Unit 11: Additional Drug Classes

72. Pharmacotherapy of Bone and Joint Disorders

73. Pharmacotherapy of Dermatologic Disorders

74. Pharmacotherapy of Eye and Ear Disorders

75. Emergency Preparedness: Bioterrorism and Management of Poisoning


A. Answers to Review

B. ISMP’s List of High Alert Medications



Connections to Nursing Practice


  • UPDATED! Connections features cover current topics that nurses will face in practice.
  • NEW! Connections: Nursing Practice Applications include important life span and diverse patient considerations that are needed to ensure effective pharmacotherapy and patient safety.
  • PharmFacts connect relevant statistics to the presented material. They add interest to the subject and place it in perspective with other nursing concepts.
  • Connection Checkpoints ask the student to recall past concepts from previous chapters that are related to current study. Unique to this text, these reinforce material learned in previous chapters that has direct application to the current chapter.
  • Community-Oriented Practice features provide important information that nurses need to convey to their patients to ensure that they receive effective pharmacotherapy after leaving the hospital or clinical setting.
  • Nursing Responsibilities specific to some prototype drugs are provided in a bulleted list format. Nursing Responsibilities include important life span and diversity considerations and patient and family education needs. When a prototype drug does not have a correlations Nursing Practice Application, a more complete Nursing Responsibilities section follows the prototype drug section.
  • NEW! A new chapter on Individual Variations in Drug Responses reflects some of the factors that affect pharmacotherapeutic outcomes.
  • NEW! To keep your course current with recent FDA-approved medications, more than 25 new drugs are included in this edition.


Learning Through Visuals and Media


  • Pharmacotherapy Illustrated features visually present the mechanism of action for more than 33 of the prototype drugs, showing students specifically how drugs counteract the effects of disease.
  • Stunning full-color illustrations build on the most visually effective art program of any book of its type and make learning faster and more intuitive, especially for visual learners.
  • REVISED! More than 20 figures have been added or revised to the art program in this edition to enhance the clarity of difficult pharmacologic concepts.


Understanding the Chapter


  • The most comprehensive chapter review in its class! Understanding the Chapter begins with a Key Concepts Summary, which quickly identifies the numbered key concepts from the chapter.
  • Making the Patient Connection reconnects the student to the patient presented in the scenario at the chapter opening. The student learns additional details about the patient’s health history and participates in critical thinking questions about the scenario. This allows application of knowledge obtained in the chapter.
  • Chapter Review prepares students for course exams on chapter content and gives exposure to NCLEX-RN®-style questions. Answers and rationales are provided in Appendix A.
  • NEW! NCLEX-RN®-style review questions include an increased number of “select all that apply” to better prepare students for these questions on the actual exam.
  • An Additional Case Study gives students another opportunity to apply their knowledge to patient care.
  • Detailed References and a Selected Bibliography provide the foundation for evidence-based nursing practice and support the currency and accuracy of the textbook content.


Resources for Student Success

Online Resources available for download at, including:

  • Making the Patient Connection exercises and answers
  • Additional case studies and answers
  • Suggested answers to Connection Checkpoints, and more!


Resources for Faculty Success

Pearson is pleased to offer a suite of resources to support teaching and learning, including:

  • TestGen Test Bank
  • Lecture Note PowerPoints
  • Instructor’s Resource Manual
  • Annotated Instructor’s eText–This version of the eText is designed to help instructors maximize their time and resources in preparing for class. The annotated eText contains suggestions for classroom and clinical activities and key concepts to integrate into the classroom in any way imaginable. Additionally, each chapter has recommendations for integrating other digital Pearson Nursing resources, including The Neighborhood 2.0, Real Nursing Skills 2.0, and MyNursingLab.
  • Black Box Warnings. The Food and Drug Administration requires black box warnings included in the packaging for drugs that have exceptional toxicity. In this edition, these Black Box warnings are clearly identified for all prototype medications.
  • Drug Tables. Easy-to-understand tables provide average dosages for most medications. Unique to this text is a listing of the most common and the most serious adverse effects for each drug or drug class. This allows the student to immediately recognize important safety information regarding the drug(s) he or she is administering.

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Michael Patrick Adams, PhD, is an accomplished educator, author, and national speaker. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas, named Dr. Adams a Master Teacher. He has published two other textbooks with Pearson Education: Core Concepts in Pharmacology and Pharmacology for Nurses: A Pathophysiologic Approach.

Dr. Adams obtained his master’s degree in pharmacology from Michigan State University and his doctorate in education from the University of South Florida. Dr. Adams was on the faculty of Lansing Community College and St. Petersburg College, and was Dean of Health Programs at Pasco-Hernando Community College for 15 years. He is currently Professor of Biological Sciences at Pasco-Hernando Community College.

Carol Quam Urban, PhD, RN, is the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Nursing and an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Services, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She teaches pharmacology and pathophysiology and serves as a doctoral advisor for students in administrative practicum experiences, as well as Chair and Reader on dissertation committees. At Mason, she serves on the Distance Education Council and the General Education Committee and has presented on “Lessons Learned: Launching a Fully Online RN-to-BSN Pathway.” She has published the Pearson textbook Pharmacology for Nurses: A Pathophysiologic Approach with Dr. Adams and Dr. Holland.