Embrace Your Excellence

A Psychopharmacology Primer and Mirror to the Soul (First Edition)
Diana Rangaves
Paperback, 286 pages
ISBN: 978-1-5165-0414-5 ©2017
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    To best prepare students for careers in today's evolving healthcare model, Embrace Your Excellence: A Psychopharmacology Primer and Mirror to the Soul combines sound instruction in psychopharmaceuticals with a modern, compassionate, holistic view of patient care. The book uses an instructional model that includes comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of learning to give students a thorough understanding of stimulants, depressants, opiates/opioids, hallucinogens, and neuromodulators.

    Each stand-alone module of the text features learning objectives, key terms, multicultural case studies, text enquiries, and student-centered learning activities. Activities can be adapted for use by individuals, small groups, or whole classes. In addition, the materials can easily be customized through selection of specific modules or activities within them.

    Embrace Your Excellence emphasizes the importance of developing and using critical thinking to make decisions that will ensure patient safety and quality of care. With its comprehensive examination of psychopharmaceuticals, their uses, advantages, and disadvantages, Embrace Your Excellence prepares pre-service healthcare practitioners to achieve the best possible patient outcomes.

    Diana Rangaves holds a doctorate of pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Rangaves spent 26 years with Longs Drugs. Her professional experience has included working in pharmacy services management and serving as a clinical pharmacist. She is now a health sciences faculty member at Santa Rosa Junior College, where she teaches traditional, on-line, and blended courses and serves on the Pharmacy Technician Advisory Committee. In addition, to her academic work Dr. Rangaves has formed her own consulting firm. Her areas of expertise include medication reconciliation processes, formulary and therapeutic substitutions, and screening for potential adverse reactions.
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