I am starting my BSN in the fall of 05. I will be taking pharmacology among other things. I was wondering if anyone has suggestions of books I should buy to get a head start? I hear that pharm. is difficult and would love to start early. Also I read other posts and they say to learn the most common drugs. What are the most common drugs that I should learn or where can I find a list of them from? Thanks in advance!
Dec 27, '04
I used Dosage Calculations Made Incredibly Easy
to brush up on my math before pharm. It goes through the different methods and you can chose the one that works for your brain. We used Pharmacology: A Nursing Process Approach
by Kee & Hayes for our text in class. I always hear that the best way to study drugs is to learn the characteristics of the family/class
of drugs as a whole since it's so hard to remember every little fact about every drug, especially in the beginning.
A set of 'common drug' cards, a good bit of my class notes, plus a bunch of other pharmacology files and links are here if you are interested:
Mavnurse... I don't know, I think you can read ahead if you have a text... I find it easier to grasp without a teacher/clinicals than, say, patho. It is
probably much easier when you are actually using them and seeing them in charts, etc. though (I am part-time and had to take my pharm class before beginning clinicals).
Last edit by mitchsmom on Dec 27, '04