When students struggle with pharmacology it’s typically because they’re trying to memorize drugs, their indications, important nursing implications, and the many side effects. And while these things are important, they’re only part of the picture. To understand pharmacology, you must do more than memorize and, instead, invest some energy in learning foundation concepts.

In this episode, you’ll get a sneak peek into my new program Fast Pharmacology! I’ve taken some of the foundation lessons in that program and compiled them into this overview of key pharmacology concepts to help you be successful in this challenging class.

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • Overview of pharmacokinetics: absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion
  • Onset, peak and duration defined and why knowing this information is vital for the nurse
  • The difference between delayed release and extended release formulations
  • The basics of pharmacodynamics
  • The difference between efficacy and potency
  • Pharmacologic classifications vs. therapeutic classifications

Learn pharmacology in five minutes or less with Fast Pharmacology! In this audio-based program, each pharmacology concept is explained in under five minutes so you can study on-the-go without sacrificing valuable study time.  Learn more about Fast Pharmacology here!.

Want to get a head start with pharmacology? Download the free Pharmacology Success pack here.

Read the articles that accompany this episode here:
Nursing Guide to Pharmacokinetics
Pharmacodynamics for Nursing Students
Pharmacologic vs Therapeutic Drug Classes


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