Endocrine system: part 2
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Endocrine system: part 2

Charles Hendry Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland
Alistair Farley Retired, was lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Dundee
Ella McLafferty Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Dundee
Carolyn Johnstone Lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Dundee

This article, the last in the life sciences series, is the second of two articles on the endocrine system. It discusses human growth hormone, the pancreas and adrenal glands. The relationships between hormones and their unique functions are also explored. It is important that nurses understand how the endocrine system works and its role in maintaining health to provide effective care to patients. Several disorders caused by human growth hormone or that affect the pancreas and adrenal glands are examined.

Nursing Standard. 28, 39,43-48. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.39.43.e7778

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 15 April 2013

Accepted: 17 June 2013