Top ten medication you see in clinicals

  1. Hi gang,

    This is my first summer off in ten years. I have been hanging out enjoying my three children for a week now and I am bored silly! After doing pre-reqs for the past year, not having something to study just seems wrong!

    I start my nursing clinicals in September and would like to become familiar with some of the common medications seen in the hospital. Any one willing to make a list of the top ten medications you see administered??? Feel free to list more... it's going to be a looooong summer for me!

    Thanks!
    Michelle
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  3. by   Altra
    Hmmm ... off the top of my head ...

    Percocet
    MS Contin
    Insulin (in all its forms)
    Digoxin
    Protonix
    Anzemet
    various cephalosporins
    various oral hypoglycemics
    Ativan
    BP meds - loop diuretics, ACE inhibitors, beta blockers

    Happy reading :chuckle
  4. by   IMustBeCrazy
    Insulin
    Protonix
    Digoxin
    Cephalosporins (several)
    Vicodin
    Acetaminophin
    Aspirin
    Toradol
    Dilantin (which I can't give but it's ordered alot)
    Various Antibiotics
    Beta Blockers
    Lasix
    Hydrochlorothiazide
    Various Antidepressants
    Lipitor/Prevachol etc

    I know, more than 10 but I really see those ALL the time. :chuckle
    Last edit by IMustBeCrazy on Jun 25, '04
  5. by   twarlik
    Good list, MLOS!

    I've given a lot of Reglan. Also gave a lot of Zofran and Toradol this past semester. Don't know how common that is.

    Enjoy your time off, Michelle!
  6. by   PJMommy
    I think it probably differs also on the clinical type -- LTC vs. critical care, etc. I'm in critical care so I'd add:

    Potassium Chloride
    Lopressor
    Morphine
    Ativan
    Haldol
    Versed

    And lots of drips like:
    Dopamine
    Dobutamine
    Esmolol
    Levophed
    Neosynephrine
    Epi
    Amiodorone
    Cardene
    Loads of Propofol

    Another good place to start/study drugs would be the ACLS drugs: Epi, Atropine, Lidocaine, Amiodorone, Bicarb, etc. (can't think of them all right now but Google on ACLS protocols and you'll find them).

    Have fun!!
  7. by   LeesieBug
    Ditto everyone else's list..... plus Heparin and Lovenox. Seems like if it wasn't for those two and insulin, I probably would never give injections!
  8. by   KaroSnowQueen
    Lasix
    Lanoxin
    Protonix
    Lisinopril
    Lipitor
    Klonopin
    Wellbutrin
    Heparin
    Lovenox
    Insulin
    Ativan
    Ambien
    Synthroid
    Vioxx
  9. by   RNKITTY04
    All very good suggestions. I definatly agree with the Insulin answer. Know all the different kinds, how to give, how to draw up, When to give etc... When I took my NCLEX review yesterday I swear I had like 15 questions on Diabetic Ketoacidosis and all the related insulin questions.
  10. by   HyperRNRachel
    Quote from MichelleinMA
    Hi gang,

    This is my first summer off in ten years. I have been hanging out enjoying my three children for a week now and I am bored silly! After doing pre-reqs for the past year, not having something to study just seems wrong!

    I start my nursing clinicals in September and would like to become familiar with some of the common medications seen in the hospital. Any one willing to make a list of the top ten medications you see administered??? Feel free to list more... it's going to be a looooong summer for me!

    Thanks!
    Michelle

    That is a great idea about looking up the medications. We have medication sheets that need to be filled out on every medication that our client will be taking the day we care for them, including PRN medications. Also, if you have the time, look up the medications on the crash cart, or medications associated with surgery. If you are really, really, wanting to work on learning the medications buy the pharmacology text that your college uses, and become familiar with the medication classifications. Knowing the classification of a particular medication helps to pull up information from your memory bank about how and why a medication is being used, instead of trying to learn each medication individually.
  11. by   wonderbee
    The ones I see most often are:

    Propanolol
    Tenormin
    Metronidazole
    Neupogen
    Heparin
    Insulin
    Protonix
    Levaquin
    Tylenol
    Nexium
  12. by   NewEnglandRN
    Thank you so much for everyone's help! Excellent lists! I am going to be busy this weekend making up study sheets.


    Have a great weekend,
    Michelle
  13. by   studentnurse74
    Quote from IMustBeCrazy
    Insulin
    Protonix
    Digoxin
    Cephalosporins (several)
    Vicodin
    Acetaminophin
    Aspirin
    Toradol
    Dilantin (which I can't give but it's ordered alot)
    Various Antibiotics
    Beta Blockers
    Lasix
    Hydrochlorothiazide
    Various Antidepressants
    Lipitor/Prevachol etc

    I know, more than 10 but I really see those ALL the time. :chuckle
    Please tell me after starting clinicals that this will NOT look so foreign and confusing!? :uhoh21:
  14. by   HyperRNRachel
    Sort of looks like you are reading Chinese huh? It only gets worse! Ha-ha just kidding, of course it gets better.......after you have been a nurse for 20 years. No, really it does get better once you start to apply the information to real situations. In fact, it gets easier after you become more familiar with certain classifications.

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