Which (dictionary/lab/drug) books should I get?

  1. I'm starting my RN program next week and I am just wanting to get everyone's opinion on these books.

    For a medical dictionary we can choose:
    Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions
    ISBN: 9780323049375
    or
    Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
    ISBN: 9780803615595

    Lab Reference:
    Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference
    ISBN: 9780323074056
    or
    Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications
    ISBN: 9780803618268

    Drug Reference:
    Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference
    ISBN: 9780323069182
    or
    Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses
    ISBN: 9780803623088

    Any input on these books I can get would be helpful. I'm kind of leaning towards Taber for dictionary, Davis for labs, and Mosby for drug book...but I'm fairly open at this point. Thanks everyone, I know you'll come through for me!
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  3. by   CrazierThanYou
    Quote from freki
    I'm starting my RN program next week and I am just wanting to get everyone's opinion on these books.

    For a medical dictionary we can choose:
    Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions
    ISBN: 9780323049375
    or
    Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
    ISBN: 9780803615595

    Lab Reference:
    Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference
    ISBN: 9780323074056
    or
    Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications
    ISBN: 9780803618268

    Drug Reference:
    Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference
    ISBN: 9780323069182
    or
    Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses
    ISBN: 9780803623088

    Any input on these books I can get would be helpful. I'm kind of leaning towards Taber for dictionary, Davis for labs, and Mosby for drug book...but I'm fairly open at this point. Thanks everyone, I know you'll come through for me!
    The bold ones are the one's we were required to get.
  4. by   freki
    Thank you. It makes me feel better that the ones your program required are the ones I'm leaning towards anyway.
  5. by   CrazierThanYou
    Certainly
  6. by   turnforthenurse
    Dictionary: Taber's
    Lab reference: I have the Mosby's one and I like it...but the Davis' one sounds like it would be better because it supposedly has nursing implications.
    Drug: Davis'!
  7. by   freki
    Has anyone used both in any one category? Comparisons?
  8. by   KB1975
    *bump*

    I am looking to buy a dictionary. Any new insight? Thank you.
  9. by   ImKosher
    Tabers is rated fairly well, and is popular among schools. Check out amazon I think it's around 30.
  10. by   ImKosher
    Oh, also Davis's for the drug book and lab values. Those are also affordable and required in my text list at school. Or go to B&N, Books A Million, whatever bookstore and check it out yourself.

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