Okay, I was waiting until I passed all my dose calc / medication tests before I bought a drug guide. The bookstore at school does not have the newly released one, so I will be going elsewhere to buy mine now that I really need it.
I see that Lippencott's put out a new nurses drug guide in July 2002 stating it is the 2003 version. Davis Drug Guide has their 2002 also out in July. They cost about the same.
WHICH DO YOU NURSES RECOMMEND, and do you know the differences? I will be needing to start my med passes next Monday, so really need input before I go and one.
Nov 2, '02
I am also in the market for a new drug book, as I can't stand the Nurse's PDR. After looking at many other brands, it is the most complete. However, I can't stand the see-thru thin paper and size 2 font they use. Also, they list 300 side effects (sometimes a whole page) and it is difficult to decipher which are the most pertinent. I kind of liked Springhouse. Let us know which one you decided on!
My Pharm instructor always said to go to the bookstore and lay all the books out. Pick a few random drugs and look them up in each book. Then choose the one that best describes what you need. Many are written to be people friendly, and there is nothing wrong with that. If you have to look up 10 words to figure out what it really does, it's prob not the right book for you. Good luck.
Last edit by emily_mom on Nov 2, '02