Best Drug guide?

  1. What do you think would be the best Drug guide to get, i will be starting nursing school next week.
    thanks all
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  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   MegNeoNurse
    My school sold a box of 6 books in the bookstore, which included Mosby's Drug Guide 2006. I haven't started school yet (Wed. is my first day!) but all of the nursing students ahead of me think Mosby's is great and it comes with a CD which is awesome as well.
  4. by   RN_student2006
    Quote from CSM08MMS
    My school sold a box of 6 books in the bookstore, which included Mosby's Drug Guide 2006. I haven't started school yet (Wed. is my first day!) but all of the nursing students ahead of me think Mosby's is great and it comes with a CD which is awesome as well.
    Yeah, I think anything that's Mosby's is good. I have the Davis's Drug Guide, and I have seen on another thread of this same subject that many other people like that one too.
  5. by   marilynmom
    We use Davis's as well.
  6. by   cardiacRN2006
    I'm a fan of Davis' Drug guide as well.
  7. by   RN and Mommy
    Another vote for Davis!
  8. by   Daytonite
    I am a practicing RN. I get an updated Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference every year. The reason is because the drugs are all listed in alphabetical order by their generic names. There is an index in the back of the book where I can find drugs by the common or brand names if I don't know them by their generic name. For my practice area, this is the most practical way for the drugs to be presented. I order the book directly from Mosby's and I actually get a reminder from them every year to order the next edition.
  9. by   JoshuaC
    Our school is using Mosby's 2006 or 2007. I've got the 2007 edition.
  10. by   mysterious_one
    thanks everyone, i was looking at Davis drug guide at Amazon online and also Lippencots, does anyone has that one? Supposedly this one comes with Software to make drugcards. I am just wondering what would be the simplest to use for a nursing student that has no idea , yet.LOL
  11. by   gayb77
    personally i dislike lippincott. it has all the drugs organized by use rather than generic name it makes it harder to look something up especially if you don't know much about what you are looking up as is the case often with first year students. while i havent used mosbys i had both lippincott and davis and ended up discarding the lippincott.
  12. by   edogs334
    I'm a Davis kind of guy myself. I have the PDA/electronic version, and used it ALL the time in clinical this past summer- very handy. I have to say, the guide is very well-organized and easy to use as well. Plus, if you have the electronic version, you can get free updates (quarterly, I think) from the publisher- so that you don't have to buy a new edition every year. All you do is hot-sync your PDA and the software downloads the updates from publisher's website. The skills lab at my school has both Davis and Mosby, and most everyone in my class prefers Davis hands down- you don't have to go fishing for specific info on a drug once you find the monograph.

    Oh yeah- one other thing. Some of my classmates found that buying the Davis guide in "drug card" format was helpful because they could just select the drugs they were going to give that day (in clinical) and not have to lug the whole guide around. I, however, decided against getting that format, because I probably would have lost some of those cards anyways.
    Last edit by edogs334 on Jul 31, '08
  13. by   LMRN10
    I have Mosby's on my Palm...I like it!
  14. by   marachne
    Quote from edogs334
    I'm a Davis kind of guy myself. I have the PDA/electronic version, and used it ALL the time in clinical this past summer- very handy. I have to say, the guide is very well-organized and easy to use as well. Plus, if you have the electronic version, you can get free updates (quarterly, I think) from the publisher- so that you don't have to buy a new edition every year. All you do is hot-sync your PDA and the software downloads the updates from publisher's website. The skills lab at my school has both Davis and Mosby, and most everyone in my class prefers Davis hands down- you don't have to go fishing for specific info on a drug once you find the monograph.

    Oh yeah- one other thing. Some of my classmates found that buying the Davis guide in "drug card" format was helpful because they could just select the drugs they were going to give that day (in clinical) and not have to lug the whole guide around. I, however, decided against getting that format, because I probably would have lost some of those cards anyways.
    Actually, the updates are only good for a year. If you want to continue to get updates you have to buy a new edition one year from your last purchase date.

    That said, I got my first davis drug guide for PDA back as a student and continue to use and update it. The "bookmark" feature is nice when you're a student. If you're able to look up all your assignet pt's meds the night before and bookmark it it goes a lot faster.

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