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    This open access Nursing Pharmacology textbook is designed for entry-level undergraduate nursing students. It may also be a helpful resource for students in other health programs. It explains basic concepts of pharmacology and describes common medication classes. This book is not intended to be used as a drug reference book, but it does provide direct links to DailyMed, a trustworthy U.S. National Library of Medicine website, that contains information about marketed drugs in the United States.

    This textbook is aligned with the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide nursing curriculum for the Nursing Pharmacology course (543-103). Online learning activities are provided in each chapter using the free H5P software platform ( This textbook will also be uploaded to LibreTexts ( for easy remixing by faculty. The project is supported by a $2.5 million Open Resources for Nursing (Open RN) grant from the Department of Education and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

    More information about the Open RN grant can be found at:

    About this Book


    This book was edited by:

    • Kimberly Ernstmeyer, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, APNP-BC
    • Elizabeth Christman, MSN, RN, CNE

    Developing Authors

    Developing authors remix existing open educational resources and build content from evidence-based sources that is aligned with the Wisconsin Technical College Nursing Curriculum.

    • Elizabeth Christman, MSN, RN, CNE, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Kim Ernstmeyer, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, APNP-BC, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Chelsea Gonyer, MSN, RN, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Dr. Julie Teeter, DNP, RN, CNE, Gateway Technical College
    • Jamie Zwicky, MSN, RN, Moraine Park Technical College

    Contributors and Attributions

    Contributors to the development of this OER textbook include educators, librarians, and staff from a variety of Wisconsin Technical Colleges:

    • Nic Ashman, Librarian, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Tara Basu, MSN, RN, Madison Area Technical College
    • Emily Ernster, PharmD, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Jane Flesher, MST, Proofreader, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Bruce Foraciea, PhD, Anatomy and Physiology Instructor, Moraine Park Technical College
    • Chelsea Gonyer, MSN, RN, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Kim LaPlante, Research and Library Services Manager, Northeast Technical College
    • Vince Mussehl, Open RN Lead Librarian, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Joshua Myers, Web Developer, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Barbara Peters, MSN, RN, Northeast Technical College
    • Gail Powers-Schaub, Librarian, Madison Area Technical College
    • Rorey Pritchard, EdS, MEd, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR(E), CNE, Senior RN Clinical Educator, Allevant Solutions, LLC
    • Lauren Richards, Graphic Designer, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Dominic Slauson, Technology Professional Developer, Chippewa Valley Technical College
    • Lee Wagner, Librarian, Gateway Technical College

    Advisory Committee

    The Open RN Advisory Committee provided input on this book and contains industry members, nursing associate deans, and nursing students:

    • Jenny Bauer, Mayo Clinic Health System Northwest
    • Angela Branum, Western Wisconsin Health
    • Lisa Cannestra, Eastern Wisconsin Healthcare Alliance
    • Travis Christman, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
    • Sheri Johnson, UW Population Health Institute
    • Vicki Hulback, DNP, RN, Gateway Dean of Nursing
    • Megan Kimber, CVTC Grants Specialist
    • Brian Krogh, MSN, RN, NWTC Associate Dean – Health Sciences
    • Pam Maxwell, SSM Health
    • Mari Kay-Nobozny, NW Wisconsin Workforce Development Board
    • Ernise Watson, PhD, RN, MATC Associate Dean – Nursing
    • Sherry Willems, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital
    • Kristen Bowman & Amanda Swope, CVTC Nursing Students and Student Nurse Club Leaders

    Peer Review

    The Peer Reviewer process was completed February-March 2020 by the following reviewers:

    • LaRae Alcidor, Instructional Designer, San Jacinto College, LaPorte, TX
    • Sarah Babini,  MSN, RN, Grossmont Community College Nursing, El Cajon, CA
    • Jenny M. Bauer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, Mayo Clinic Health System Northwest Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI
    • Gina Bloczynski, MSN, RN, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI
    • Nancy Bonard, MSN, RN-BC, St. Joseph’s College of Maine, Standish, ME
    • Joan Buckley, PhD, RN, Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY
    • Travis Christman, BSN, RN, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, WI
    • Dr. Catina Davis, DNP, MSN, RN, Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth, VA
    • Dr. Andrea Dobogai, DNP, RN, Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac, WI
    • Dr. Rachael Farrell, EdD, RN, CNE, Howard Community College, Columbia, MD
    • Samantha Fisher, MSN, RN,  Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, WI
    • Dr. Jaime Hannans, PhD, RN, CNE, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
    • Camille Hernandez, MSN, APRN, ACNP, FNP, Hawaii Community College, Hilo, HI
    • Jenna Julson, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, Mayo Clinic Health System Northwest Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI
    • Dr. Andrew D. Kehl, DNP, MSN, MPH, APRN, RN, FNP-BC, CCRN, NRP, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT
    • Tamella Livingood, MSN, FNP-BC, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI
    • Dr. Jennifer Lucas, PharmD, Gateway Technical College, Elkhorn, WI
    • Dawn M. Lyon, MSN, RN, St. Clair County Community College, Port Huron, MI
    • Sandra Moorman, MSN, RN, Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD
    • Jody Myhre-Oechsle, MS, CPhT, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI
    • Angela Ngo-Bigge, MSN, FNP-C, Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA
    • Dr. Colleen Nevins, DNP, RN, CNE, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
    • Dr. Stacey Nseir, PhD, RN, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    • Dr. Amy I. Olson, DNP, RN, Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire, WI
    • Marcia M. Osborne, MSN, FNP B-C, APNP, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI
    • Dr. Grace Paul, DNP, MPhil, MSN, RN, CNE, Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ
    • Cassandra Porter, MSN, RN, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL
    • Amber J. Price, MSN-Ed, RN, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    • Dr. Regina Prusinski, DNP, APRN, Otterbein University, Westerville, OH
    • Dr. Debbie Rickeard, DNP, MSN, BscN, BA, RN, CNE, CCRN, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
    • Kelly Wenzel, MSN, RN, Chippewa Valley Technical College, River Falls, WI
    • Vanora Taylor Wilmott,  MSN, RN, CWCN, Lyme, NH, Vermont Technical College

    Note to Those Using This Resource: Usage Data

    We encourage you to use this resource and would love to hear if you have integrated some or all of it into your curriculum. If you are utilizing this OER book, please submit usage information every semester for grant reporting purposes to the Department of Education using this short usage survey.

    Customization/Terms of Use

    This textbook is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY) license unless otherwise indicated, which means that you are free to:

    • SHARE – copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
    • ADAPT – remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially

    Licensing Terms

    The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

    • Attribution: You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if any changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
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    • Notice: You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
    • No Warranties are Given: The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.


    Some of the content for this textbook was adapted from the following open educational resources. For specific reference information about what was used and/or changed in this adaptation, please refer to the footnotes at the bottom of each page of the book.

    Suggested Attribution Statement for this Book

    Content that is not taken from the above OER should include the following attribution statement:

    Ernstmeyer, K. and Christman, E. (Eds.). (2020). Nursing Pharmacology by Chippewa Valley Technical College licensed under CC BY 4.0.


    This Preface chapter is a derivative of The Scholarship of Writing in Nursing Education, 1st Canadian Edition licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

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