Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 7th Edition (Book & CD-ROM)

Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 7th Edition (Book & CD-ROM)

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This text emphasizes understanding over memorization to effectively present the "big picture" through the use of drug prototypes, large and small print, and special foundational chapters that cover principles related to each body system. At the end of each chapter, a summary of major nursing implications also helps you apply the material to real-world situations. The accompanying companion CD-ROM features audio and printable key points that you can download to a CD or MP3 player. The CD-ROM also features 700 NCLEX® examination-style multiple-choice review questions, animations depicting drug mechanisms and effects, flash cards, and numerous electronic calculators.

  • UNIQUE! Summaries of Major Nursing Implications at the end of each chapter help you understand how to apply concepts to clinical practice in an easy-to-understand format.
  • A prototype drug approach uses one drug within each drug family that characterizes all members of its group to give you the knowledge you need to learn not only about related drugs currently on the market, but also about those drugs that will be released once the student begins practice.
  • Uses large print to identify essential "need-to-know" information and small print to identify "nice-to-know" information
  • Concise drug summary tables present quick reference to detailed information on individual drugs, including class, generic and trade names, dosages, routes, and indications.
  • End-of-chapter Key Points are summarized in a bulleted format to facilitate your review of the most important concepts in each chapter.
  • Patient and family teaching content is highlighted to emphasize this key content and provide you with critical information to include in teaching patients about drugs and effects and stresses points for educating family members when they will be helping to care for the patient.
  • Provides Anatomy and Physiology and Pathophysiology reviews at the beginning of chapters to help you understand the relationships pharmacology and the biologic systems that drugs influence.
  • A comprehensive collection of appendixes includes a concise overview of Canadian drug information, gender-related drugs, drug administration techniques, normal laboratory values, and much more.
  • Companion CD-ROM features 700 NCLEX examination-style multiple-choice review questions, animations depicting drug mechanisms and effects, flash cards, key points, and numerous electronic calculators.

  • Includes numerous new drugs and formulations recently approved by the FDA to keep you current with today's drug therapy practice.
  • Special Interest Topic boxes address late-breaking issues in pharmacology that have recently emerged in the media so you can learn the current events that may affect them in practice.
  • Extensive revision to the Cancer Chemotherapy unit provides you with up-to-date information on new drug therapy in this complex and rapidly changing area of practice.
  • Companion CD-ROM features audio and printable key points that you can download to a CD or MP3 player to listen to and review at their leisure.
  • Additional full-color graphics illustrate how drugs work in the body and depict key pharmacologic principles.


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  1. Rating

    Excellent reference book for drugs and their effects on the body. Good, basic pathophysiology of the systems, their disorders, and the drugs used to treat them. Best book of this type I have found in 25 years as a nurse.

  2. E. Hanneman says


    This is one of my favorite nursing texts. It is concise, organized, accurate, well-written, and up-to-date –unlike many of my other nursing texts (e.g., Kee’s pharmacology). I actually enjoy reading it.

    This is not a required text for me, but I would not do without it. I recommend it to anyone who wants to speed their understanding of pharmacology. –I have spent extra time pondering it as it has alerted me to errors in my required text(s). That’s a good thing. I just wish those other texts weren’t required and Lehne was. Best to learn the right data from the start.

    Lehne uses tables to present complex information from various angles. This helps to better and rapidly digest things like drug categories, therapeutic results, etc.

    Lehne uses more medical/scientific language and explanations compared to my other nursing texts. That’s a plus to me, but others might not like it. My other books use simpler language (and/or definitions which clutter the writing and slow my reading) and omit background info (which I find helpful). I actually find Lehne simpler as he doesn’t dance around the material. He just states it simply and directly and I get it. When the explanation is not there, as in my other texts, rote memorization is required. I am much better at remembering per an associated concept, so I like Lehne.

    Finally, I have found Lehne to be markedly more up-to-date than my other texts. For instance, I have 2008 and 2009 texts that describe drugs that the FDA removed from the market more than a decade ago. Lehne had already updated his info in his 2001 edition (and of course the 2006 edition). I have not found the typographical errors or sloppy writing in Lehne that I have found in other texts. I think overall, Lehne has a better writing and editing team.

  3. Emily Namesny says


    This is an excellent text when you may be unfamiliar with which meds should be prescribed for certain medical diagnoses or need to research which meds are available within a certain pharmaceutical class. For example, if you need to research available meds for central nervous system disorders, you would go to Section V. Then the section is further divided into Drugs for Neurodegenerative Disorders, Neurologic Drugs, Drugs for Pain, Psychotherapeutic Drugs, etc. etc.

  4. Rating

    I love this book. Very clearly written with basic explanation of disease processes too. It clearly explains why certain medications work as they do. It is easy to follow (you just have to read it and take your time). It will enhance your basic understanding. Even PA-students like the clarity of the writing.

  5. David A. Papazian Boyce says


    Lehne would win the favorite textbook award by acclamation at my nursing school. The text is clear, concise and incredibly well written. The author reviews relevent physiology, lays out the classes of drugs and explains how each works, usually by examining a prototypical drug in each class followed by briefer reviews of other similar drugs. Each chapter ends with a “Key Points” section which is probably the best chapter summary I have ever seen in a text. Then, a “Summary of Major Nursing Implications” puts it all into clinical practice.

    If anyone had told me my favorite book in Nursing School would be my Pharmacology text, I wouldn’t have believed them, but it’s true. The author even has a sense of humor. If you have to study pharmacology this is THE text to use. Richard Lehne deserves an award, not to mention the undying gratitude of nursing students everywhere, for producing such a truly outstanding, useable and friendly text.

  6. Monica L. Krzizike says


    This book is one of the best reads of all of my school books, simply because Lehne doesn’t try to sound hyper-intelligent to impress. He keeps it simple, and interesting, and that definitely gives one the desire to continue reading. I have learned so much from this book already. One of my favorite school reads by far! This book will continue to be useful in my future studies. Worth every cent that was paid! LOVES IT!

  7. Rating

    I have to say that this is one of the best text books I’ve ever had to buy! It’s well written, well organized, and thoughtfully prepared. The author presents what might otherwise be very confusing and complicated ideas, and makes them straightforward and easy to understand. Best of all, I actually ENJOY reading this text. Yes, that’s right, I enjoy reading about pharmacology! By making the concepts understandable, he makes the whole topic of drugs and their affects on the body interesting. What could be better than that?

  8. Rating

    The new 4th edition of this book just keeps getting better and has a great chapter on alternative drugs added for this edition. The authors strive to make the information understandable and meaningful. This book is actually good reading for student nurses through advance practice nurses. The new study guide is also an improvement along with the web enhanced materials. The science is first rate and the material makes sense. Priorities are defined for drugs using the prototype format which enhances learning of the really important material.

  9. A. Westlake says


    Although this book is made for nursing, I found it extremely insightful. I am a Physician Assistant & I would recommend it to ANY healthcare provider!



    I have read a lot of drug books in the course of my nursing (RN) education and this book helped me understand Pharmacology. The author, Lehne, is very concise in his presentation of pathophysiology and pharmacology i.e., mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, adverse effects, interactions, etc. One thing that sets this book apart from the other drug books is the extensive but concise explanation of nursing implications related to each drug. At the end of each chapter, the author lists a summary of Major Nursing Implications which is very helpful and indispensable to students and practicing nurses.