USF College of Nursing Faculty Win Adult Primary Care 2022 Book of the Year
For over 50 years, the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) has recognized the best nursing publications, honoring noteworthy print and digital text for healthcare advancement. This prestigious competition recognized the University of South Florida College of Nursing’s very own trailblazer team of Constance G. Visovsky, Cheryl H. Zambroski, and Rebecca M. Lutz as the 2022 first-place winner in the category of Adult Primary Care for their authorship of Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider (5th edition. St. Louis, Elsevier).
“Since 1969, AJN’s Book of the Year awards has acknowledged high-quality publications on nursing and healthcare topics,” said Maureen Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN, AJN’s editor-in-chief.
Connie Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP, FAAN and Cheryl Zambroski, PhD, RN began to gain respect and attention for their work after taking over the authorship of Edmunds’ Introduction to Clinical Pharmacology written for LPN’s 2017. Their success led the publishers at Elsevier to recruit them as the new writing team for another book whose primary author retired. Zambroski, an associate professor with pharmacology teaching experience Lutz, an adult nurse practitioner and faculty member; and Visovsky, a nurse practitioner and professor, were the perfect team.
“We are really proud of this work,” Zambroski said. “Our focus was on pharmacology. We wrote for someone who is new to prescribing to give a foundation for prescribing for nursing students and new nurse practitioners.”
Together, they combined the best parts of a drug handbook with vital information on how to prescribe and monitor patients on those drugs. “We really wanted to focus on primary care,” Visovsky said. “So, we proposed a whole new format, a major revision of the book.”
This edition incorporates new features such as “Practice Pearls,” which are nuggets of wisdom from veteran nurse practitioners; tables of drugs and dosages; rational prescribing from the World Health Organization; clinical reasoning and outcome (cure vs. control); as well as important follow-up and monitoring, patient education, and medication safety.
They also included all the specific medications that are primarily prescribed in primary care and medications that do not necessarily require monitoring.
“Just going by my experience as a nurse practitioner, I never had a resource that helped me prescribe,” said Visovsky, who also expressed the authors’ appreciation for the contributions of colleagues. “I thought about what I wanted to know. I needed something to help me with diagnostic reasons for rational prescribing and what to teach my patients.”