I hate my pharm book!!!

  1. 0 Seriously, I hate it. I need something better. The thing I have is a monster--too thick, WAY too much detail.... I need a plain old drug reference. I want to open my book to the drug I need, see class and a very brief mechanism of action, nursing considerations type of list and adverse effects. I'd especially love something that I can load on my iPad in addition to having a print copy. Do any of you have something like this that you can recommend?
  2. Visit  ixchel profile page

    About ixchel, BSN, RN

    ixchel has '>1' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'critical care'. Joined Jun '11; Posts: 2,752; Likes: 8,334.

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  3. Visit  cp1024 profile page
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    Have you tried a Davis Drug Guide? It has everything you're looking for and there is an iPad app.
  4. Visit  Compassion_x profile page
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    Google search. Seriously, there are a lot of different drug guide books, and if you want to find one you like, look into it on your own. Most of them are fairly similar, but vary in price. And there are several with iPod/iPad apps as well.
  5. Visit  ChristineN profile page
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    use your pharm book for studying for class, but get a drug guide to help you out in clinicals. I use Micromedex, if you have a smart phone (I have a Droid) it is a free app, and is legit, as it is what many hospitals purchase to have available for staff.
  6. Visit  pixiestudent2 profile page
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    Davis drug guide is amazing!
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  7. Visit  ixchel profile page
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    Thank you for your suggestions! And compassion_x, I agree but I wanted to hear feedback to help narrow it down through the thoughts and experience of others.
  8. Visit  itsnowornever profile page
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    For school I ditched the textbook and got pharmacology made in credibly easy. Broke it down into English and the cartoons really helped me remember stuff
    carlyt1 likes this.
  9. Visit  krsmarie profile page
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    Quote from ChristineN
    use your pharm book for studying for class, but get a drug guide to help you out in clinicals. I use Micromedex, if you have a smart phone (I have a Droid) it is a free app, and is legit, as it is what many hospitals purchase to have available for staff.
    Micromedex is my favorite. I have the iPhone app very easy to use and just the basic info you need for each med. The hospital i have my clinical at (one of the top 5 US) also use it.
  10. Visit  ChristineN profile page
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    Quote from krsmarie
    Micromedex is my favorite. I have the iPhone app very easy to use and just the basic info you need for each med. The hospital i have my clinical at (one of the top 5 US) also use it.
    I forgot to say that I believe the drug guide is loaded to your phone, so if you are in an area without reception you can still access Micromedex.
  11. Visit  kl10pm profile page
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    I have the newest Mosby's Drug Guide and I love it. Breaks everything up simply into the different headings and it has colour text in it so its not just blocks of black writing
  12. Visit  SopranoKris profile page
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    Have you downloaded the Medscape app? I love it...use it all the time. I hate my Pharm book, too. It's a killer to lug around. (Do you have the Lehne text?)
  13. Visit  ixchel profile page
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    I wanted to update this dinosaur thread in case anyone stumbles on it. I went with Mosby's Drug Guide for Nursing Students. I absolutely love this book. I also purchased it to go on my pageburst app, and that, I've decided, was a total waste because the app itself is horrendous. I'm so irritated with that app. So, I recommend the book, but if you're hoping to get it digitally, get it on a different platform than I did.
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  14. Visit  Sadala profile page
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    I also ditched my former book (Pearson's) and went with Mosby's. (I bought the 2013, but I notice that they now have out the 2014 edition).

    Mosby's has a few things that are absolutely necessary to get through our particular courses. 1st, they have chemical classes (Pearson's did not), they also have all of the (to date) black box warnings. Also, they have either the antidote or supportive treatment (or both) in case of overdose. ALL OF THIS is information for which we are responsible in clinicals. (It also has info on supplements and immunizations).

    It was difficult going with the previous book as one would have to google to try to find chemical names and black box warnings, etc. That could get pretty cumbersome along with myriad of additional clinical paperwork we are responsible for completing on the pt the night before clinical, particularly when you had a pt with 20 - 40 meds (which happens).

    After a time, you do begin to build a decent bank of your own drug cards with all of the required info, but still, it's handy to have all the resource info in one spot from the get-go.

    Prob the next thing I will purchase is an up to date IV drug book. Haven't figured out which would be best on that yet.
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