Pharmacology pervades all phases of nursing practice and relates directly to patient care and education. Yet despite its importance, many students—and even some teachers—are often uncomfortable with the subject. Why? Because traditional texts have stressed memorizing rather than understanding. In this text, the guiding principle is to establish a basic understanding of drugs, after which secondary details can be learned as needed.
This text has two major objectives: (1) to help you, the nursing student, establish a knowledge base in the basic science of drugs, and (2) to show you how that knowledge can be applied in clinical practice. The methods by which these goals are achieved are described in the following sections. (Lehne’s Pharmacology for Nursing Care 10th Edition; Jacqueline Burchum, Laura Rosenthal; Elsevier ; Preface: Page 11)