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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Krysia Warren Hudson, MS, RNC (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This quick drug reference guide is presented in black and white and abbreviated where possible, making it a small resource guide.
Purpose: This is meant to be a "must know" guide for nurses of all levels. This is a worthy objective, but drug reference content varies from the student nurse to the nurse practitioner. I like the small size, but the black-and-white format does not make for a quick read.
Audience: This book is targeted to student nurses, nurse practitioners, and advanced practice nurses. It is too complex for student nurses — it does not single out the most crucial or most frequent issues. This could be a nice pocket guide for a nurse or nurse practitioner, although a nurse practitioner would find this guide basic and not useful for prescriptive purposes. One author is a nurse and the other is a physician.
Features: This book covers the most commonly used drugs and its compact size is a plus. There are few frills beyond a number of tables in the back of the book. The one shortcoming is the lack of color, which would have enhanced its use as a quick review guide — red for emergent, bold black for most frequent, etc.
Assessment: This is a good guide, but my favorite is Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference (Elsevier, 2007), a quick reference that is color coded.