Drug guide and Medical Dictionary HELP!!!

  1. Hi Everyone

    My name is Denise, I start my nursing clincials in Sept. WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I am 29 and have 2 kids Rachel is 5, Matthew is 2, I started my pre reqs back in 2001 so this has been a long road but I am finally starting clincials:0)

    Here are my questions, I need to purchse a Drug guide and Medical dictionary. I have 3 choices for each, can anyone recommmend one over the others?

    Drug guides
    Davis Drug guide for nurses
    Lippincott Drug Handbook
    Saunder's Nursing Drug Handbook

    Medical Dictionaries
    Stedman's concise medical dictionary with audio CD
    Taber's cyclopedic Medical dictionary
    Mosby Medical Nursing and Allied Healthy Dictionary

    Thanks for any and all advice
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  3. by   studentnurse74
    Quote from Nursein2006
    Hi Everyone

    My name is Denise, I start my nursing clincials in Sept. WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, I am 29 and have 2 kids Rachel is 5, Matthew is 2, I started my pre reqs back in 2001 so this has been a long road but I am finally starting clincials:0)

    Here are my questions, I need to purchse a Drug guide and Medical dictionary. I have 3 choices for each, can anyone recommmend one over the others?

    Drug guides
    Davis Drug guide for nurses
    Lippincott Drug Handbook
    Saunder's Nursing Drug Handbook

    Medical Dictionaries
    Stedman's concise medical dictionary with audio CD
    Taber's cyclopedic Medical dictionary
    Mosby Medical Nursing and Allied Healthy Dictionary

    Thanks for any and all advice
    Well, I don't have any of them. But....I've heard Lippincott makes excellent books. For med. dictionary, I think I'd go with the one that has the CD for help with pronunciation if needed. Good luck!
  4. by   wonderbee
    I use the Davis drug guide. It's the one recommended to us by the college. Can't recommend it over the others except that it also comes in a PDA program as well whereas the others, I believe, do not. The PDA program gets regularly updated.

    As for dictionary, I chose Mosby's simply because it comes as a pocket dictionary. Something I've learned is that bigger isn't better in nursing school. Consider that you may have to carry that dictionary to school or worse, to clinical. Save your hands from arthritis. Go for compact!
  5. by   NewEnglandRN
    I'm planning to get 'Davis' Drug Guide for Nurses' and 'Tabers' for my encyclopedia.

    Michelle
  6. by   lisamc1RN
    I don't have any advice, but wanted to welcome you to allnurses!
  7. by   LauraLou
    I have the Davis Drug Guide for Nurses and Mosby Medical Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary. There really isn't a big difference between brands. I would go with whatever you can find the cheapest. Congratulations on starting nursing school!!!
  8. by   Havin' A Party!
    Davis Drug Guide and Webster's Medical (very cheap -- found it for around $6).
  9. by   RedSox33RN
    Welcome!

    Did your school tell you which to purchase of all of them? I had purchased one of each last year before I was accepted to nursing school, and now have to purchase the titles they want.

    I have a Springhouse Drug Guide, which came with a great CD (though I think all of them do now), but I have to get the Davis Drug Guide now. Same deal with the dictionary (but it did get good use during my Medical Terminology course).
  10. by   manna
    Welcome to allnurses! Does your school not recommend a specific version (ours does, but I'd have to pull out my syllabus to remember which)... Good luck with school! I start next week! :eek
  11. by   RedSox33RN
    WOW! You're starting already, Manna? Let us know how it goes! You must be nervousexcitedhappyscared!
  12. by   manna
    Quote from wannaBEanRN
    WOW! You're starting already, Manna? Let us know how it goes! You must be nervousexcitedhappyscared!
    Yes, I'm terribly excited... or should that be just terrified? :chuckle

    My last day of work is Friday, then class begins next Wednesday with Informatics, Basic Nursing Skills and Concepts Utilized in Professional Nursing. No real clinicals begin until August. If anybody that hasn't started yet is curious what my schedule/syllabi look like, PM me and I'll send you a link where you can read all about it :chuckle

    Wish me luck..... Thanks!
  13. by   Nursein2006
    [QUOTE=wannaBEanRN]Welcome!

    Did your school tell you which to purchase of all of them? I had purchased one of each last year before I was accepted to nursing school, and now have to purchase the titles they want.


    Yes the 6 I mentioned above(3 of each) are the ones our school said to choose from. thanks
  14. by   LadyMarine
    I have Davis' drug guide and Tabers is excellent. They are both requirements for our school but they are both very informative and helpful. I also purchased drug cards. We had the choice to make them or buy them. I didn't want to make a 1000 of them especially since they are only 40 dollars and I highlight the info needed. Good luck to you. BTW I just finished the first semester of LPN school with 3 B's and 2 A's. Nancy

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