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Nursing & Health Survival Guide


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Table of Contents

Some classes of drugs

Common abbreviations used in drug administration

Some definitions

Routes of drug administration

Drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination

Mechanisms of drug action pharmacodynamics

Drug receptors

Some drugs affecting adrenergic transmission

Drugs and the respiratory tract

Steroids (glucocorticoids, corticosteroids)

Cardiovascular drugs

Cardiac contraction

Antiarrhythmic drugs

Lipid lowering drugs

NICE guidance to choice of drug treatment for newly diagnosed hypertension

Prevention of CVD

Chronic heart failure



Urinary incontinence

Gastrointestinal tract




Some antibacterial drugs

The central nervous system



Antipsychotic drugs

Adverse drug reactions

Adverse drug events

Drug and food interactions

Some differentiating features of drug overdose

Common drug overdoses

Useful websites

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This handy pocket sized text acts as a super quick reference guide to drugs on the ward, it contains information on common abbreviations, sites of drug administration, and a quick re-cap on how drugs work.


"Aconcise, pocket-sized book that is cost-effective and very useful for a both nursing students and newly qualified nurses. It gives an understanding of how drugs work in each body system and provides guidance on drug administration, drug interactions, contraindications and side effects. [...] This handy guide is also very useful for undergraduate nursing students undertaking pharmacology or pathology and disease management modules because of its resourcefulness in aiding revision and learning practices for exams and assignments." - Tianna Jarrett-Williams, Nursing Student

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