Not sure what the requirements are for your program, but ... after using them for 3 semesters I can't really recommend card decks - the various books are SO
much more comprehensive. I have Nurse's Med Deck, 8th ed. It's published by Davis - same publishers as the Davis Drug Guide. But there are SO many drugs that are not in the card deck. The deck is supposed to be the "1000 most commonly prescribed drugs." HA. Then why am I always having to go to another source for my patients' meds? Not just occasionally, but constantly.
In my program they made the card deck a required "text" because (as in many nursing programs
) we have to turn in the card for each med we administered to patients in clinical that week, along with an evaluation of the effectiveness, side effects, etc. The idea was that the card deck would save tons of writing, and it does. But there are too many drugs missing, and I'm now convinced that, as much of a pain in the *** as it is, it's better to write out the pharmacologic action, side effects, nursing considerations, etc. Many people learn better when writing it out.
If I had to do it over again I'd buy the Davis Drug Guide w/CD - you can print out "cards" and it's much more comprehensive than the card deck.
Whatever you decide to purchase, the backup source is Google searches. If you do a search for a med, somewhere within the first 10 hits or so will be the "official" web page of the med from its manufacturer - you can print this out and use it as well.