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Medication Classes For NCLEX [Kindle Edition]

Amy Painter MSN FNP
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This guide has three sections to help you be successful on NCLEX pharmacology. Each section can assist you by itself, but together they can be an even more powerful tool to improve your grasp of common pharmacological concepts and drugs. With them, you can synthesize knowledge in a way that can increase recognition and knowledge about families or classes of drugs instead of trying to learn every commonly prescribed drug.

Starting to learn and recognize roots, prefixes, and suffixes of generic medicine names can help you identify classes of medicines. Typically, a detail that is applied to one drug in that class can be applied to all. We have tried to pick out commonly tested, “gold standard” knowledge points about the different medication classes included in this guide in order to help you be the most successful.

Section 1 includes tables listing common prefixes and suffixes found in the names of generic medications.
For example, understanding that "-pril" is a common root to ACE inhibitors can help you recognize the captopril, lisinopril, and enalapril as ACE inhibitors. We provide a great table in Section 1 for common roots names and their associated medication types and examples as above.

Section 2 lists an outline of the major drug classes and families. The outline includes a common or “gold standard” medication that can be easily referenced for more in depth study of that class. The way the outline is displayed helps one understand the hierarchy and associations of various classes.

Section 3 includes NCLEX style questions and rationales on the drugs found in Section 1. This provides good practice for many of the families to be found on the NCLEX. The rationales include many great learning points that may be applied to any of the medicines in that class.

This guide is applicable to both RN and PN students. PN students may find that they may not give a certain route of a drug family, but still may care for a patient receiving a drug in that class by a different route.

*** The answers to the practice questions are at the end of the book. As an added convenience, you can jump from each question to its answer and back again. ***

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About the Author

Amy Painter MSN, FNP is board certified by ANCC as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has degrees in Nursing from the University of Central Florida and a Masters in Nursing as an FNP/Nurse Educator from the Medical University of South Carolina. She specializes in teaching healthcare simulations and practicing clinically as a nurse practitioner in gastroenterology.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 239 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492881341
  • Publisher:; 1 edition (5 Jan. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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I found Section 1 Pharmacologic Prefix and Suffix Tables and 2 Hierarchy of Major Pharmacological Classes to be well organized and helpful. It was wise for the author to indicate more than once that generic medicines can have multiple trade names. These two chapters really do seem to serve the purpose of helping the reader to "synthesize knowledge in a way that can increase recognition and knowledge about families and classes of drugs instead of trying to learn every commonly prescribed drug."

Section 3 NCLEX Style Questions and Rationale seem to somehow be out of place. The linkage did not seem to be there as now the author DID get into specifics about prescribed drugs and drug interations where the reader WOULD need to learn in depth about commonly prescribed drugs. The questions were good and answers were provided with rationale but I would have liked it if the reader would have been directed for study in another book where they could research the answers themselves. This section obviously presupposes knowledge previously obtained.

Overall as a quick reference I see this book as being potentially quite valuable for nurses both preparing for exams and to keep their knowledge current. I once was a nursing student myself but, having subsequently become a licensed clinical social worker, I found the references to psychiatric medications useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend! 13 Jan. 2014
By Nina Horowitz - Published on
This book was incredibly helpful to me in preparing for the NCLEX exam. Writing is clear and concise which makes it easy to follow. I would highly recommend this book to anyone preparing for the NCLEX exam.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Recommend it for all nurses! 5 Dec. 2013
By John Painter - Published on
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Very well written. Very helpful in learning about meds. Clear, and easier to use and follow. Would recommend it enthusiastically.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for studying 22 April 2014
By D. M. Voorhees II - Published on
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My wife is studying for her NClex and she said it had excellent information on the meds. Her only 2 complaints is that one or two of the questions had wrong answers when she double checked them online, and its hard to find something specific. Sometimes she literally has to go from beginning to end when looking for something. However, if someone just wanted to study it front to back anyway - which is what she ended up doing - then she said it was great :)

Remember no matter your study material, even Kaplan books and such, there are always a more than few errors. So its never a bad thing to double check the information you're read. No book is perfect :p
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good tool 3 Oct. 2014
By Oleg - Published on
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Great book. Finally, the table of classifications to recognize even unknown meds on NCLEX. My students love it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy guide 1 May 2014
By Diana De Avila - Published on
There is nothing in-depth about this book but it is indeed a good resource to understand the medication classes for the NCLEX. It is one tool and one reference manual for understanding the medication classes.

It is indeed a quick guide ... it will get you where you need to go without burdening you with other information. Need help with understanding and putting the medication classes into your memory ... this is your resource.
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