Starting my drug card collection!

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During next semester, we start passing meds. I want to get a jump start on making drug cards. I've decided to use PowerPoint. My question is what exactly should I put on these cards such as action, adverse effects?


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Has 1 years experience.

I am a nursing student also. At my school, we use DR. C. CANTS. It stands for D-dose, R-route, C-lassification, C-contraindications, A-adverse effects, N-nursing considerations, T-time and S-side effects. It is a lot of info, but it does cover everything!


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I was just at borders and saw a cute pocket sized drug reference. I'm going to buy it for next semester.

ImThatGuy, BSN, RN

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Learn your drug classes and the MOAs of your drugs. Past that the rest of it falls into place, and there isn't that much to look up.

Specializes in CNA.
Yummy Chocolate said:
Here is an example of drug cards made in microsoft word. Someone else posted these at allnurses but I just can't seem to remember who. Anyhow hope these help someone. ?

The act of creating the drug cards helps you remember various aspects of different drugs.

Specializes in cardiac-telemetry, hospice, ICU. Has 6 years experience.

I am working on mine right now for next semester. We list:

Trade name



Nursing implications

Effectiveness (desired outcome)

Side effects

Teaching needs

Drug names (generic and trade).

Here is a sample provided by my prof- good example

Sample Drug_Card_2.jpg


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Good stuff. I am not at this point yet, but will review. Thx.


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If you like these.. I've got like 7 more PDF's with other sections of drugs on them. GI, Cancer, Antimicrobial, Endo, etc.



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CaptKris, if you could post the other PDFs on the others, that would be much appreciated.