Managing medicines can seem a daunting prospect for new nursing students, but is a crucial skill they must develop from day one to provide safe care to their patients. This book specifically supports first-year, pre-registration students in meeting the required competencies for medicines management needed for progression into the second year. It is structured around the NMC Essential Skills Clusters, providing a clear introduction to law, calculations, administration, introductory pharmacology, patient communication and contextual issues applied to medicines management. The book is written in user-friendly language and uses patient scenarios to explain concepts and apply theory to practice.
Alison Spires has had many years' experience as a principal lecturer in the Department of Adult Nursing at London South Bank University. She is now retired. Martina O'Brien is Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at London South Bank University, where she teaches on pre-registration courses. Martina's clinical nursing background is mainly in surgical nursing and practice development. She has taught at the University since 2004. Her particular units of study she has responsibility for include medicines management and professional role development for adult branch nurses. She also manages OSCE's for final year students. Kirsty Andrews is a Senior Lecturer in Acute Care Nursing at Anglia Ruskin University where she teaches on pre-registration and post-registration courses. Kirsty's clinical nursing background is mainly in neuroscience nursing and practice development. Prior to working at Anglia Ruskin University Kirsty taught at London South Bank University for 4 years.
Introduction Medicines Calculations for Nursing Students Legal and Ethical Frameworks in Medicines Management The Principles of Pharmacology Alternative Approaches to Medicines in Nursing Medicines Administration Medicines in Field-Specific Care Environments Interprofessional Roles in Medicines Management