Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthesia, Third Edition

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Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthesia, Third Edition

SKU# 9780826107824

A Student-Centered Approach

Author: David Shubert PhD, John Leyba PhD, Sharon Niemann DNAP, CRNA



With a focus on chemistry and physics content that is directly relevant to the practice of anesthesia, this text--written in an engaging, conversational style--supplies all the scientific information required for the combined chemistry and physics course for nurse anesthesia students. Now in its third edition, the text is updated and reorganized to facilitate a greater ease and depth of understanding. The addition of a third author--a practicing nurse anesthetist--enhances the clinical relevance of the scientific information. Clinical scenarios now begin every chapter, and a concluding chapter, new to this edition, provides detailed, step-by-step solutions to the book's review questions. Also included is a comprehensive list of need-to-know equations.

The third edition retains the many outstanding learning features from earlier editions, including a special focus on gases, the use of illustrations to demonstrate how scientific concepts relate directly to their clinical application in anesthesia, and end-of-chapter summaries and review questions to facilitate self-assessment. Fifteen online videos enhance teaching and learning, and abundant clinical application scenarios help reinforce scientific principles and relate them to day-to-day anesthesia procedures. This clear, easy-to-read text will help even the most chemistry- and physics-phobic students to master the foundations of these sciences and competently apply them in a variety of clinical situations.


  • Increased focus on clinical relevance
  • Revised and updated chapters foster ease of understanding
  • Clinical application scenarios open each chapter
  • A new chapter provides guidance about calculator use and a unique problem-solving method
  • Detailed step-by-step solutions clarify answers to end-of-chapter problems
  • Comprehensive list of all key equations with explanation of symbols


  • Written in an engaging, informal style for ease of understanding
  • Focuses solely on chemistry and physics principles relevant to nurse anesthetists
  • Provides end-of-chapter summaries and review questions
  • Fifteen online videos enhance teaching and learning
  • Includes abundant illustrations that apply theory to practice

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 24, 2017
  • Page Count 608
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826107824

About The Author(s) 

David Shubert, PhD, is a dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Newman University, Wichita, Kansas, where until recently he designed and cotaught the combined chemistry-physics for nurse anesthesia course with Dr. Leyba. He was inducted into the national Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation prior to joining Newman University in 1987. Although his area of expertise lies in organometallic chemistry, Dr. Shubert has taught introductory, general, organic, analytical, and instrumental analytical chemistry, as well as biochemistry, earth and space science, general physical science, and chemistry/physics for nurse anesthesia. In 1995, Dr. Shubert was honored by his students and peers with the Teaching Excellence Award. He has worked as a chemical consultant with several local industries, including Vulcan Chemicals and BG Products. Working with colleagues from five independent colleges, and with financial support from the National Science Foundation, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, and the A. V. Davis Foundation, Dr. Shubert has offered numerous workshops that provided training and access to modern instrumentation to high school chemistry teachers. Most recently, he was recognized by the "Wichita Business Journal" in 2014 as a Healthcare Hero. His research interests have evolved from organometallic chemistry to chemical education.

John Leyba, PhD, is a professor of chemistry and head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia. Previously, he was a faculty member at Newman University for 12 years, where he served as the chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and where he cotaught the combined chemistry-physics for nurse anesthesia course with Dr. Shubert. Dr. Leyba has extensive industrial experience in the Department of Energy Complex. He was senior scientist, senior scientist A, and principal scientist with Westinghouse Savannah River Company. In addition, he was the radiochemistry group leader for Rust Federal Services Clemson Technical Center in Anderson, South Carolina. He was also a visiting assistant professor in the Chemistry Department and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Science at Clemson University. Dr. Leyba was also the Denver Area director of operations for Canberra Industries. His research interests involve the rapid chemical separation and detection of radioactive materials. Dr. Leyba has won several teaching awards including the Newman University 2005 Teaching Excellence Award and two Outstanding Didactic Instructor Awards from the Newman University Nurse Anesthesia Program.

Sharon Niemann, DNAP, CRNA, is director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, Newman University, Wichita, Kansas (since 2004). She has practiced as a certified registered nurse anesthetist since 1995 and has been employed as a cardiovascular nurse anesthetist with Anesthesia Consulting Service (Wichita) since certifying. She is a retired captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, having served overseas in spring 2001. Dr. Niemann serves on the Steering Committee, Mid-Continent Regional Center for Health Care Simulation and is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the Kansas Association of Nurse Anesthetists (KANA), where she has held numerous offices, including president and treasurer, and currently is the program chair. She was also an item writer for the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (2006-2009) and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Niemann has presented widely for KANA and other state and local organizations on topics such as conscious sedation, anesthesia for total joint replacement, and anesthesia for cardiovascular procedures. She teaches a variety of courses in the Newman University Nurse Anesthesia Program and is principal investigator and clinical advisor for multiple senior nurse anesthesia thesis projects. She received her Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice degree at Texas Wesleyan University in 2016.

Table of Contents 



Foreword G. Michael Caughlin, MD


1. Measurement

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View

A Review of Some Basic Mathematical Skills

Measurements and Significant Figures

Significant Figures in Calculations

Accuracy and Precision

SI (Metric System)

Absolute Zero and the Kelvin Scale

Conversion Factors


Density and Specific Gravity


Review Questions for Measurement

2. A Review of Some Chemistry Basics

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View

What Is Chemistry?

Atomic Structure and Dimension

Dalton’s Atomic Theory

The Periodic Table of the Elements

Some Common Elements

Chemical Nomenclature




Review Questions for Chemistry Basics

Note: The video icons link to, where corresponding videos can be found.

3. Basics of Physics Part 1 (Force and Pressure)

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View

Newton’s Laws






Atmospheric Pressure

Measuring Pressure



Review Questions for Physics (Part 1)

4. Basics of Physics Part 2 (Work, Energy, and Power)

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View


State Functions



Specific Heat



Review Questions for Physics (Part 2)

5. Fluids

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View

Fluids: A Definition


Hydrodynamics: Moving Fluids



Review Questions for Fluids

6. The Gas Laws

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View

The Empirical Gas Laws

The Ideal Gas Law

Dalton’s Law of Partial Pressures

Kinetic Molecular Theory of Gases

Graham’s Law of Effusion

Ideal Gases and Real Gases


Review Questions for Gases

7. States of Matter and Changes of State

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View

Kinetic Molecular Theory of Matter

Chemical Bonding and the Octet Rule

Energy Changes and Changes of State


Review Questions for States of Matter and Changes of State

8. Solutions and Their Behavior

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View

Some Basic Terminology

Solution Concentrations


Energy Changes and the Solution Process

Factors Affecting Solubility

Colligative Properties of Solutions



Review Questions for Solutions

9. Acids, Bases, and Buffers

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View

Chemical Equilibria

Acids and Bases

Acid–Base Reactions

Measuring Acidity: The pH Function

Calculating the pH of Solutions

Other Acidic Species



Review Questions for Acids and Bases

10. Electricity and Electrical Safety

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View

Electricity and Electrical Charge

Ohm’s Law and Electrical Circuits




Review Questions for Electricity

11. Classes of Organic Compounds

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View

Functional Groups

Hydrocarbon Functional Groups


Organohalogen Compounds

Functional Groups Based on Water


Carbonyl Functional Groups


Review Question for Organic Compounds

12. Biochemistry

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View



Fischer Projections


Metabolism of Carbohydrates and Fatty Acids

Proteins and Amino Acids

Nucleic Acids


Review Questions for Biochemistry

13. Radiation and Radioactivity

Why This Matters: A Nurse Anesthetist’s View


Electromagnetic Radiation

Radioactive Materials—An Introduction


Radioactive Decay

Decay Rate


Ionizing Radiation Versus Nonionizing Radiation

Sources of Radioactive Materials

Radiation Exposure

Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Biological Systems

Medical Uses of Radionuclides (Nuclear Medicine)

Working With Radioactive Materials


Review Questions for Radiation and Radioactivity

14. Problem-Solving Skills and Answers to Review Questions

Using Your Calculator

Unit Conversions and the Use of Conversion Factors

A Simple Problem-Solving Methodology

Step-by-Step Solutions to End-of-Chapter Problems

Comprehensive List of Equations

Formulas and Constants


Supplemental References