Terrific news to share-- 2014 Oncology Nursing Drug Handbook by Gail M. Wilkes and Margaret Barton-Burke just received a 5-star review from Doody's Review Service. According to reviewer, Lacie D. Filkins, BSN, from the University of New Mexico Hospital, it is "a helpful and well written book [that] provides a great deal of information on many different drugs and how they are to be used in order to optimize treatment."
Read more excerpts from the review:
"Designed to aid nurses caring for cancer patients from diagnosis to remission, relapse, or death, this book provides a detailed overview of many oncology nursing concepts including treatment drugs, symptom management, and complications.
The purpose is to increase nurses' knowledge of new therapies along with their side effects and symptom management in order to provide more effective patient care and treatment. These objectives are indeed worthy because many drug handbooks are written by pharmacists and do not address the nursing process.
This book covers the many different types of drugs used in the treatment of oncology patients, including biological response modifiers, cytoprotective agents, molecularly targeted therapies, and chemotherapies. Each drug section includes information on class, mechanism of action, dosage/range, preparation, administration, interactions, and special considerations. The book then lists potential toxicities and side effects and how they may relate to the nursing process. This is very helpful in assisting in the creation of a nursing care plan and anticipating what the patient may need to optimize their response to treatment both physically and emotionally. An appendix on occupational exposure to hazardous drugs will be helpful to all staff caring for patients during their treatment.
The inclusion of potential toxicities and side effects and their application to the nursing process is one aspect that sets this book apart. It makes translating the information into real-life settings much easier."