frequently used to manage diseases. Administration of medication is the main
responsibility of a nurse. Hence it becomes important that nurses should have a
sound knowledge of actions and effects of medications. Administering medication
safely requires an understanding of all aspects of pharmacology.
All around the world,
registered nurses play an important role in administering medication to
patients in a typical busy hospital environment. This duty requires a huge
amount of effort on behalf of nurses to stay updated about medical advancements
and pharmaceutical drugs. Improving knowledge about medication requires a
continuous education on drugs among nurses.
his medical doctorate in 1866 with a thesis on the measurement of chloroform in
blood. In 1872, he became professor of pharmacology at the University of
Strassburg, receiving generous government support in the form of a magnificent
institute of pharmacology. He studied the pharmacology of chloroform and
chloralhydrate. In 1869, Schmiedeberg showed that muscarine evoked the same effect
on the heart as electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve. In 1878, he
published a classic text, Outline of Pharmacology, and in 1885, he introduced urethane as a hypnotic.