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Pharmacology for Nursing Care
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
This is a required textbook for a university's nurse practitioner program. I had previously taken a pharmacology course from a junior college. The comparison between the two courses' textbooks is immense. First, I have to comment on the size of this text's fonts. It seems like the publisher realized that 1400 pages was the max it could safely fit into a backpack without people filing claims about back injuries. So, the font must have been shrunk a little smaller than normal reading size to allow for a need to reduce pages. The junior college text was only about 800 pages and a 12 pt. font. Second, the quality of the author's intent in publishing this textbook shows from the start. The j.c. textbook was written well. But, this textbook is geared towards teaching the student why this course, book, and understanding the information is extremely important. There is a lot of passion in this text. So much so that I find myself reading it ahead of the class because it's interesting to read. The examples the author gives in the implications of pharmacology and the nursing process are incredibly clear and concise. Those examples give depth to the reasoning behind why nurses play a critical role in pharmacological treatment. Great text!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2014
Fellow nursing students, I won't lie to you--pharm isn't going to be the easiest class that you'll be required to take. However, this text will be one of the few during your college or graduate school career that will actually do what it sets out to do: explain its subject matter in an understandable manner. Even among the understandable ones, few authors do it with as much grace or charm as Lehne, whose writing about a dry subject like pharmacology is conversational (all the time), encouraging (all the time), and drolly hilarious (when he jokes about killing his wife's dog with the theobromine in chocolate). The text is a good professor distilled into book format--all 10 pounds of it. Make no mistake, this book is a doorstopper and could be used as a lethal weapon.

Yet, despite its weight (not to mention length), you'll very rarely feel like you're reading a science textbook. Most chapters are between 10 to 15 pages, offering a decent level of detail for a generalist RN student without being boring. Text within the chapters comes in different shapes and sizes: important drugs are in full-size font, less important ones in small print. The only thing you might miss are are a lack of the glitzy photographs that you see in a lot of other textbooks, but this helps keep the cost down: my general biology textbook back during undergrad was about half as thick, yet cost 50% more.

Lehne uses a "prototype" approach for teaching drugs: he'll give you a single drug from a specific class (say, Prozac from the SSRI antidepressants,) and once you learn the mechanism of action, side effects, and other important details about that particular drug, it will be relatively easy to infer how the rest of the drugs within the same class operate. This will be much easier than trying to memorize every characteristic of every drug ever, especially when new drugs are always being released.

There are a few confusing parts to the text--Lehne's explanation of digoxin's mechanism of action could use a bit of clarification, the chemotherapy and antiviral chapters are a bit too long--but these few gripes are not enough for me to seriously consider marking down such an excellent text. I am ordinarily not one to save books after I pass a class, but as I move forward in nursing school, I still find myself referring back to this book as my first resource whenever I need to look up an unfamiliar drug for clinical or class.

I'll end with a bit of advice for your pharm class in general: find the prototype drug in each chapter, create index cards that list the GENERIC NAME (avoid trades when possible, generic names often offer a clue to drug class), mechanism of action, side effects, target receptor, and physical signs that you should look for to assess a drug's effectiveness (or lack thereof). Above all else, actively read this book! It WILL help you, unlike most other texts.

Best of luck! You can do it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2013
This was required reading for my pharmacology class. It is an awesome book, packed with information about all medications. There isn't very much 'fluff' in this book though so it makes it very hard to read, it is pretty much impossible to skim through. I recommend you don't even try to highlight because everything is important. The Elsevier also had chapter key points and quizzes (with rationals) on their website for free with the book. Unfortunately for my class though, we were required to to read 8-10 chapters a week and were tested on 22-28 chapters at a time so we could cover the whole 110 chapters in a semester (this book is like 3" thick). It was insane, and I feel like I didn't get all the information I could have gotten from this book if I had more time to actually read it. If your instructor plans on going through the whole book in a semester, I recommend starting to read regularly a month or so early.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2012
Yes, this book is huge, and yes it's more than slightly overwhelming, but it's a great read. Very informative, but not as dry and full of itself as many medical texts often are. This text was required for my Pharm class in nursing school, but I've used it since for in-depth research and general info on drugs. The details are great, and the book was actually written with a wry sense of humor. If you have to take Pharm, be glad if you get assigned this book; it will help you understand the subject all the better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2012
I was really apprehensive about taking Pharmacology. I was confused in class and found it hard to follow the lecturers. When I finally got around to reading this textbook (it is verrrry long), I was impressed at the way the author simplifies the subject and makes it understandable. The examples that are provided brings it all together in a way that is easy to remember. I recommend this text for any nursing student that needs help with Pharmacology!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
As a nursing student, I've had textbooks that are easy to comprehend and interesting, and I've had books that are boring and inarticulately written. This book falls into the former category. I find this book easy to read, and it is written in a way that keeps my mind engaged so that I absorb the information the first time I read it, without having to reread passages several times to get the concept. Even if not required for your class, I recommend it as a resource for deeper understanding of the pharmacological aspects of nursing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2012
So far this book is great. At first glance, this thick book seems intimidating, but the author is very successful at making the information easy to understand. If a detail is important, it is in italics and you will likely see it more than once within the chapter. I really like that because it helps me absorb the material. Also, the chapter summaries are very helpful. I would definitely recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2014
This text is fine, but the Pageburst E-Book on Vital Source version is terrible. Both online and mobile apps simply don't work. Pages won't load - this is attempting to access these books on iPad and iPhone and online - search functionality is terrible, interface is NOT like viewing the textbook. The Kno e-book version (different interface) is much better. Pageburst/vital source books have a 2 day return policy so most people don't realize the terrible functionality until their studies are underway and their refund period has past. Waste of several hundred dollars this semester.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
This book is not required by my nursing school. The book that required for my nursing school was Drug Therapy In Nursing of Aschenbrenner. I combine these two books for my second semester. Be honest to say that Lehne's book helps me understanding deeper in pharmacology. This book helps me understand how drug work in detail and from that point i could understand side effects that i do not need to memorize. I thank you for all your good reviews so that i ordered this book, and i am in love with this book now
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2013
This book was one that came highly recommended by my A&P professor for those of us entering a nursing program. It is a fantastic resource for truly understanding medications, how they are used, and how they work in the body starting at the cellular level. It is also written in a way that a student just learning terms and concepts can grasp, yet will take the working nurse, etc. through his/her entire career!
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