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Medicines management for nursing practice

Pharmacology, patient safety, and procedures

Graham Brack, Penny Franklin, and Jill Caldwell

28 February 2013

ISBN: 9780199697878

180 pages

In Stock

Price: £26.49

Medicines Management for Nursing Practice is a friendly guide to the principles and skills of safe and patient-centred medicines management.



Medicines Management for Nursing Practice is a friendly guide to the principles and skills of safe and patient-centred medicines management.

  • Packed with learning features such as reflection points, exercises, case studies, and quizzes to aid understanding
  • Directions to further reading that reference core sources of evidence such as the BNF, NICE, and the NMC
  • Prepares pre-registration nurses and newly qualified for their role in promoting concordance and patient safety

About the Author(s)

Graham Brack, Associate Lecturer in Pharmacology Faculty of Health, Education & Society, University of Plymouth, Penny Franklin, Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Health Studies (Prescribing), Faculty of Health, Education & Society, University of Plymouth, and Jill Caldwell, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Swindon

Graham Brack is a community pharmacist in Cornwall who also holds appointments as Pharmaceutical Adviser for Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust and as an Associate Lecturer in Pharmacology for the University of Plymouth. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Pharmacy Management and is a frequent contributor to its pages. He holds a Master's degree in medical law and ethics and was a member of the NICE/National Patient Safety Agency joint committee on medicines reconciliation safety, and was a member of the Department of Health's Controlled Drugs Action Group. He is himself an independent prescriber specializing in the care of substance misusers and has been involved in teaching nurse prescribers since the very first cohort in Cornwall.

Penny Franklin is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Plymouth where she leads the programme for Non-medical Prescribing and is a co-author of the Oxford Handbook of Prescribing for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. She also teaches medication management to pre and post qualifying nurses. Penny is a Registered General Nurse, Registered Children's Nurse and Registered Community Specialist Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor) and engages in public health practice on a regular basis. In addition she is a Registered Nurse Teacher and a Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber and Nurse Independent and Supplementary Prescriber. Penny has strong links with organisational Non-medical Leads locally and nationally. Penny holds a Masters of Arts (with distinction) in Complementary Health Studies and a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Care and Higher Education (LTHE). She is a Fellow of the Institute of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Jill Caldwell is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. She has a BSc in Community Health Care and a Masters in Higher Professional Education and has been teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students for 10 years. During this time she has also been involved in teaching on the Non-Medical Prescribing course offered at Oxford Brookes University.

Table of Contents

    1:Legislation and standards
    2:Patient safety and error reduction
    3:Principles of pharmacology
    4:Pharmaceutics and routes of drug formulations
    5:Groups at special risk of adverse effects
    6:Information and evidence: sources and evaluations
    7:Medicines management: systems and procedures
    8:Medicines management: drug calculations
    9:The nurse's role in promoting concordance
    10:Keeping up to date


The safe use of medicines is everybody's business. I welcome this medicines management publication for nurses that provides comprehensive information on best practice, science and regulation of medicines. - Dr David Cousins, Associate Director, Safe Medication Practice and Medical Devices, NHS Commissioning Board

A useful resource book for all student nurses and midwives which will provide them with the fundamental understanding required to be involved safely in drug administration and medicines management during their training and beyond. - Heather Dale, Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton

A very good description of the important elements of medicines management, dealing well with future issues and likely developments in the field. - Michael Schachter, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, Imperial College London

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