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Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nursing Students

by Sarah Ashelford, Justine Raynsford and Vanessa Taylor Learning Matters
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Carefully designed to provide an integrated introduction to both the biology of disease and the therapeutic agents that are used to manage them, this book considers the underlying pathology of many common illnesses and diseases but by focusing on those conditions which have a pharmacological intervention is able to provide nurses with a broader understanding of bioscience that reflects care given in practice.

It covers the basics of pharmacology, the core pathological concepts of inflammation, infection and cancer as well as a systems-based consideration of the pathophysiology and relevant pharmacology of common disorders. Providing the ideal starting point for student nurses to develop a robust, integrated knowledge of human disease and pharmacology, this book will enable them to provide care based on up-to-date knowledge of this important subject.

Introduction to pathophysiology and pharmacology
The Inflammatory Response
The Adaptive Immune Response
Nausea and Vomiting
Cardiovascular Disease and Hypertension
Respiratory Disease
Gastrointestinal Disease
Neurological Disease

We’ve chosen this as the core textbook for Year 2 Biology and have been impressed by the book. It is perfectly directed towards nursing students and explains concepts at the right level but makes them easy to understand.
Dr Sarah Ashelford has been a lecturer in biological sciences within the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford since 2005. Prior to this, Sarah was a science teacher at high schools in Leeds and Wakefield. Sarah has a BSc in Genetics and a PhD from the Centre for HIV Research, Division of Biological Science, University of Edinburgh. Sarah leads the pre-registration Pathophysiology theme for all nursing fields. Sarah is co-module leader for the post-registration Cancer- Understanding Treatment, Management & Care, Haematology and Stem-Cell Transplant, and Symptom Management in Life-limiting Illnesses modules. Sarah leads the Genetics and Health, and co-leads Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Acute and Long term conditions modules. A member of the Biosciences in Nursing Education Group, she undertakes research to enhance teaching, learning and assessment of the biosciences.  


Justine Raynsford has worked as a hospital pharmacist since 1991. She currently works as a specialist clinical pharmacist and non-medical prescriber in mental health for Leeds Foundation Trust. She also works as a lecturer in the school of Nursing at Bradford, teaching pharmacology to nurses. She is joint Programme leader for the non-medical prescribing course and also co-leads the Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Acute and Long term conditions modules.  


Dr Vanessa Taylor is Senior Lecturer/Academic Lead for Quality Enhancement within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at The University of Manchester. Vanessa has extensive teaching, curriculum design and development experience. She has led the creation of a framework for post-registration undergraduate and postgraduate nursing education to support learning beyond registration and service innovation requirements. Vanessa has also contributed to curriculum design and delivery for pre-registration nursing awards. Vanessa has a clinical background in cancer and palliative care. As Course Leader, Vanessa co-ordinated, taught and supported students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate study in cancer, palliative and end of life care. Vanessa has strong commitment to the student experience, the importance of high quality curriculum design and delivery for the enhancement of patient care. Vanessa is a member of the Bioscience in Nurse Education group and has undertaken projects evaluating bioscience teaching in pre-registration curricula. Her research interests also focus on the evaluation of cancer, palliative and end of life education, workforce development and service evaluation. Vanessa has led projects identifying the cancer-specific learning needs of the primary, community and palliative care workforce with the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Project and has developed End of Life Care Outcomes for Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber.