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Pharmacology in Nursing
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SECTION 1: Introduction to drugs and medication administration 1. Medications/agents and factors affecting their action 2. Calculating medication dosages 3. Principles and methods of medication administration 4. Intravenous medication therapy 5. Medication therapy for paediatric clients 6. Medication therapy for aged-care clients 7. Prevention of Medication names specific to Australia and New Zealand minimising the potential for confusion SECTION 2: Agents that interfere with microbial growth 8. Antimicrobial agents 9. Antiparasitic medication therapy SECTION 3: Agents used to control pain and inflammation 10. Anaesthetics 11. Analgesics and antipyretics 12. Anti-inflammatory agents 13. Agents used to treat hyperuricemia and gout SECTION 4: Agents affecting the nervous system 14. Autonomic nervous system agents 15. Central nervous system sedatives and hypnotics 16. Antidepressant, antipsychotic and mood stabiliser agents 17. Agents used as central nervous system stimulants 18. Agents used to treat Alzheimers disease 19. Anti-Parkinson agents 20. Anticonvulsants 21. Agents used in musculoskeletal disorders 22. Substance abuse SECTION 5: Agents used to treat haematological disorders 23. Agents used to treat anaemias 24. Agents affecting blood clotting SECTION 6: Agents used to treat cardiovascular disorders 25. Cardiac stimulants and depressants 26. Agents that dilate blood vessels 27. Antihypertensives 28. Diuretics 29. Agents used in the treatment of hyperlipidaemia SECTION 7: Agents used to treat respiratory disorders 30. Antihistamines and nasal decongestants 31. Antitussive agents and medications affecting respiratory secretions 32. Bronchodilators and prophylactic respiratory agents SECTION 8: Agents used to treat gastrointestinal disorders 33. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional agents 34. Agents used to treat hyperacidity and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease 35. Emetics and anti-emetics 36. Laxatives and antidiarrheals SECTION 9: Agents used to correct endocrine imbalance 37. Agents affecting thyroid, parathyroid, and pituitary function 38. Agents used to treat hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia SECTION 10: Agents affecting the reproductive system 39. Sex hormones 40. Agents used in obstetrical care SECTION 11: Agents affecting immunity 41. Agents that affect immunity 42. Agents used in the treatment of cancer SECTION 12: Agents used to treat eye, ear, and skin disorders 43. Agents used in the treatment of eye disorders 44. Agents used in the treatment of ear disorders 45. Agents used in the treatment of skin disorders Appendix 1 Diagnostic agents Appendix 2 Approximate normal values Appendix 3 Toxicology overview Appendix 4 Common complementary medications Appendix 5 Common drug/food/herbal interactions

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