I just got a PDA for Christmas & I have the free version of Epocrates on it so far. I have to save up for more software. I am just wondering if Epocrates is enough or do I really need to get another drug guide?
Also, I see everyone on here mention the Davis drug guide, but has anyone tried the Prentice Hall one? It's the same price & in book format I have always preferred the PH one.
Dec 27, '06
Here's a link from my program director. He's crazy about PDA's!!!
Dec 28, '06
What specialty are you in, fishchick72?
Dec 28, '06
That's hard to answer--I've been an LVN for the past 6 six years, I spent the first 3 in a float pool, working ER, ICU (most of the time), GI lab, Med Surg, Post Partum, Nursery, Out Patient Surgery, Pediatrics, & Diabetic Care Unit. The last 3 years I worked mostly Med Surg, but occasionally DOU as well as ICU. Right now I am not working, but I am starting up my final semester of the RN program in a few weeks. We will be focusing on critical care. After I graduate I'm honestly not sure what I want to do. I may do med surg or a tele unit, or I may not do hospital work anymore at all, I have a job offer open with my plastic surgeon that I am very interested in taking. It's really up in the air...............
Jan 3, '07
I used ePocrates constantly while in nursing school. It was great for looking up really quick information.
Having said that, that's about all it's good for. Glossary drug information. I like the fact that you can look up interactions, but you can do that with Davis I believe.
Do yourself a favor and drop a little money into a nursing drug book. Use ePocrates until you can spare the cash.
Sadly, my PDA got busted a while back and I am just now getting my hands on a new one, so I have to get used to it all over again, but I will definitely be picking up a good nursing-specific drug guide.
Jan 4, '07
Ok, thanks, epocrates looks decent to me except that it seems a bit vague in explaining the pathophy behind the actions, which my teachers are really big on.
Jan 4, '07
I tried epocrates. Frankly, I found that Tabers and Davis' Drug Guide for nurses covers 90% of what i need. Just by Davis' - you will not regret it.