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Kaplan NCLEX-RN Medications You Need to Know for the Exam 4th Edition
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I'm so used to finding spelling errors and typos, that not finding any (yet) is thus far a pleasant surprise.
The format is ok... they have two drugs on one page, and the side effects and RN considerations on the other page. It would be less confusing and more readable to just have one drug and se/RN consid on one page rather than two... it is easy to accidentally start reading the bottom half pages side effects from the previous page's top half drug. Color coding them could have prevented this, but hey, it's Kaplan.
So, I'm going to type these out for my own personal use so that they are more functional as actual flashcards.
Another good point is the drugs are grouped by classification. If you're in an RN program that requires drug cards, then this would garner at least 4 stars for that.
Overall a worthy purchase.
************* 6/24/11 update******************
I found they do have these cards as actual cards here on Amazon. Another great purchase that saved me tens of hours making the book into flash cards. The separate cards coupled with the book would be better together than apart, in my opinion. Still wish they would differentiate the books top 1/2 drugs on one page from the bottom half, as stated above!
I only opened it once and that was all.. Seriously.
I didn't believe what other ppl wrote but they were right.. Waste of money..
Even after reading the "not so great" reviews, I still took a chance... and was really disappointed. As the others have said, it's cheap, uninformative, poor layout/design, and forget about considering these as drug cards.
If the purpose of the book was to tell you EXACTLY what you need to know about meds on the NCLEX, then the NCLEX itself is seriously lacking in testing your knowledge (which is highly doubtful). This Kaplan med book doesn't even have the most basic general knowledge or critical info needed. I really have no idea what Kaplan's purpose was... maybe to "list" the drugs that might be on the test? Then give me a LIST and don't waste my time looking through this book of dark, recycled paper, filled with pages of useless info.
I've never been impressed with Kaplan products and materials, but since my school contracted Kaplan to incorporate it into our RN program, then it's easier to follow their material instead of numerous other publishers. I've found Kaplan to contradict other NCLEX-study publishing companies. Kaplan's approach is different and may prove to be beneficial, but the study material itself is a major disappointment; it's just too "all over the place" and inconsistent with every other publisher out there. Time will tell in a few more months ;-)
If I can somehow force myself to actually try and use this book, then I'll update my review after my NCLEX exam. If you don't hear back - I probably tossed the book and never used it. (yes, it's really THAT bad) I wish you all the best of luck on your NCLEX exams!
Negatives: The book mentions side effects, but mixes expected side effects and adverse effects - its very important to distinguish these. Also there is no index - this would have opened up the book to many more uses as a study aid.
These are the reasons for the low review!
Positive: It gives nursing considerations, which is nice.
Overall: its great if you pretty much know everything already and just need extra help regurgitating your own knowledge, but not a good learning tool.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I hated the way the information was organized and presented. A complete waste of money.Published 19 months ago by Loves_2_read
Took the nclex Today! and the few questions I did get about the drugs werent even in this book!!!!!! Totally disappointed!Published 19 months ago by Paula