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.