A textbook co-authored by Jacqueline Burchum, DNSc, FNP-BC, CNE, associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), was awarded second place in the American Journal of Nursing’s (AJN) 2017 Book of the Year Award in the Adult Primary Care category. The book, “Lehne’s Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Providers,” was co-authored by Laura D. Rosenthal, DNP, ACNP, FAANP, associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado.
The textbook was written for nurse practitioner students and other advanced practice provider students to fill a gap between pharmacologic knowledge and practice. It was based on another textbook, Lehne’s “Pharmacology for Nursing Care,” for which Drs. Burchum and Rosenthal assumed authorship after its original author, Rich Lehne, PhD, retired in 2011.
“We knew that many faculty were already using “Lehne’s Pharmacology for Nursing Care” in advanced nursing programs, so the next logical step was to have two separate textbooks – one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students – because the needs of these students are very different, “ Dr. Burchum said. ”This allowed us to tailor our text to better meet the practice needs of future providers, who make the decisions regarding drug therapy.”
“Our goal was to not only teach students about drugs, but also about rational drug selection, safety, lifespan considerations, monitoring, and other provider concerns,” Dr. Burchum said. “To this end, we incorporate best practice standards and algorithms. Additionally, unlike many advanced practice and medical books, ours has instructor’s ancillaries to assist faculty in teaching the content.”
The authors will begin working on the second edition of the book in April.The new edition will incorporate significant revisions and provide additional content to help advanced practice students become wise and safe prescribers.