Nursing Pharmacology

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Nursing pharmacology is the study of drugs and their effects on the human body in the context of the nursing profession. Pharmacology is a field of study in which nurses can specialize and earn advanced degrees, broadening their career opportunities as well as increasing their salaries. Pharmacology is offered as a course of study in nursing schools, public and private universities, and community colleges.

Pharmacology courses, like any highly technical field of study, require good professors and great learning resources, in the form of well-written textbooks and study guides. Pharmacology books must strike the delicate balance of being accurate and informative without being overwhelming or intimidating. Oftentimes, professors choose texts that give beginning pharmacology students a less technical overview, saving the more detailed drug chemistry profiles for more advanced students.

Keeping Current with Nursing Pharmacology Resources

The design of nursing pharmacology books is important. After all, these books are most helpful when they're user friendly and easy to consult. Nurses must be able to quickly find drug information based on the information they have from their patient assessments. Thus, logical organization, preferably around the nurse's needs, is a must. Color-coding and graphics are another plus.

Finally, as knowledge of drugs and their interactions changes constantly, it is very important that only the most up-to-date textbooks and study guides are used with pharmacology studies. New drugs are always being developed, while other drugs are constantly being removed from circulation. All medical professionals need to stay informed of these developments because their job success, and patient health, depend on it.


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