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The Nursing Drug Guide

pharmacology for nurses

A nursing drug guide is a must for every nurse and every nursing student. This guide will be an invaluable tool for the pharmacology for nurses class as well as the entire nursing program and will continue to be a great resource throughout your nursing career.

These guides offer a wealth of information.  They covers all the information about the medication including drug classifications,  actions, indications for use, contraindications, dosage information, route of administration, adverse effects and interactions as well as special considerations and patient care education points and tips. 

HINT for nursing students: Patient teaching tips included in your nursing drug guide will be very useful in writing your nursing care plans. 

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Where to find a nursing drug guide

Drug guides for nurses are available from a variety of sources including your local book stores, your college bookstores as well as many online bookstores.

Lippincott's and Mosby's Nursing drug guides are just a few of the many popular publishers of this great resource. These books now offer an online resource that provides updated information. These online resources at your fingertips will ensure you always have the most up to date information.

Dave's drug guide offers a great kindle edition.

Studying for the NCLEX?  The Kaplan guide may be just what you need.

Don't forget your 5 rights of medication administration

There are also a variety of resources online. Some are free search tools while others require a subscription or a book purchase to access the online guide.

Drugs.com is a site that can be used to gather information on what a drug is used for rather quickly, although I have not used it for patient education. Other sites such as Dave's drug guide offer online yearly subscriptions and they also have a great kindle edition..(above)

There are many options to find information about your patient's medications. These guides will be your best friend as you provide competent and safe nursing care by knowing what you are giving to your patient's and why, as well as for patient education. Knowing the details of the medications helps to ensure you are following the 5 rights of medication administration.

Being knowledgeable on your patient's medications helps you to be a competent and caring nurse who respects your patient's rights and safety.

Patient care tip:  Ask about vitamin and herbal remedies such as herbal teas..  they may interfere with other medications

Drug Guide


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