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Nursing 2011 Drug Handbook with Online Toolkit (Nursing Drug Handbook) [Vinyl Bound]

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May 11, 2010 1608316149 978-1608316144 31 Pap/Psc
The Best-Selling Nursing Drug Reference - More Than 5 Million Sold!

The Nursing 2011 Drug Handbook with Online Toolkit, the newest edition of the drug guide trusted by practicing nurses and nursing students for over 30 years, is what you need to keep your patients safe and your drug knowledge current.

Comprehensive coverage of over 3,300 generic and trade name drugs - including new monographs for 39 new FDA-approved drugs - put the drug information you need at your fingertips. Organized by therapeutic class AND alphabetical index, with over 1,300 drug information updates, this handbook helps you prevent drug errors and administer medications safely and accurately.

Putting the focus on patient safety

Patient safety is your number one priority, and the Nursing 2011Drug Handbook is packed with "need to know" drug safety tools and information, including:

  • detailed drug monographs that include pronunciation, pharmacologic class, pregnancy risk category, controlled substance schedule, available forms, indications and dosages, administration (with I.V. incompatibilities), action, adverse reactions, interactions, effects on lab test results, contraindications and cautions, nursing considerations, and patient teaching
  • "Tall Man" lettering to identify select FDA-designated sound-alike generic drug names
  • an "Overdose Signs & Symptoms" symbol that identifies signs of possible overdose appendices on proper drug administration and interactions.
  • FDA Black Box warnings
  • "Safety Alert!" labels for drugs that present heightened avoidable dangers for the patient or nurse
  • "Alert" logos to help avoid common medication errors
  • a Safe Drug Administration chapter with best practices for error prevention

Online drug information and resources ... just a click away!

The Handbook's Online Toolkit is a powerhouse of valuable tools that promote drug safety and enhance your nursing knowledge, including:

  • full monographs for the 200 most commonly prescribed drugs
  • drug safety and administration videos
  • nursing process information for all drugs included in the text
  • mechanisms of action information
  • patient-teaching handouts
  • dosage calculator, audio drug pronunciation guide, and much more!

And staying up-to-date on the latest drug information is easy. Go to the website for the Nursing 2011 Drug Handbook for FREE monthly drug updates, news and other important information!

Product Details

  • Series: Nursing Drug Handbook
  • Vinyl Bound: 1568 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 31 Pap/Psc edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608316149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608316144
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not all-encompassing February 23, 2011
Format:Vinyl Bound|Verified Purchase
I'm discovering that having more than one drug book on hand for things like med cards and care plans is a must. You will not as easily get by with only one drug book and the online stuff it offers. That being said, this book is no exception. As the title says, this drug book is not all-encompassing of the knowledge you need for nursing school. However, the absolutely most invaluable tool that is included with this drug book in particular is an online resource called "construct-a-card" which allows you to create your own customized drug cards. AMAZING program!

This book is organized by drug class, not alphabetically by generic drug name, which I find tedious for looking up drugs since I usually have to look in the index first for the drug and then find the page. That helped it lose a star.

Another helpful reference I've found is the Physician's Desk Reference on supplements and over-the-counter drugs. Using the construct-a-card program and the PDR book, I could create "med cards" for supplements my patients are on. Terrific and knowledge-expanding resources!

Despite its drawbacks, I would buy this book again mostly for access to the med card program and as a supplement to my main drug book (Pearson's Nurses' Drug Guide 2010).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars handy, quick reference November 10, 2010
Format:Vinyl Bound|Verified Purchase
I work in the substance abuse treatment field, and have used the Nursing Drug Handbook for several years. I like the organization of drugs by classes, and the descriptions (pharmacology, indications, side effects, dosages, formulations and routes of administration, interactions with other drugs) are concise and informative. Although intended for a medical context, it has served me well in my work, and my colleagues frequently borrow it when they have questions about client medications and how they relate to client substance abuse and mental/behavioral health issues. I have looked at similar items, but have found this one best suited for what I do.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars drug handbook July 26, 2010
By pat
Format:Vinyl Bound|Verified Purchase
I have used this drug handbook for over 20 years both while working in the hospital and now in an out-patient clinic and it keeps getting better. Much simpler/quicker to use than others recommended by nursing schools/instructors. Even the doctors use it. The chief physician of the division specifically requested this book for use in our clinic, so much that he even paid for them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Vinyl Bound
Even though there are two (and possibly three if you count the preorder for the 2014 version) newer versions of this book, I'm ordering this one because it is the latest version that has the drugs organized by category (antidepressants, etc).

I've used various revisions of this book for years (over a decade) and I can't figure out why the publisher suddenly went brain dead in the 2012 version and listed all the drugs alphabetically by generic name. That's what the index is for. Having them organized by category is the MAIN distinguishing feature of this book. Without that, this becomes another "also ran" of drug guides and can easily be replaced by a quick google search.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference for nurses in our medical office. October 26, 2010
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We order each year for our nurses' use. This provides an excellent reference for them in handling medications and refills. Amazon provides this at nearly half price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2011 Drug Handbook Review March 8, 2011
Format:Vinyl Bound|Verified Purchase
This is a good drug reference with lots of useful information in it. It is great for nurses that don't need IV drug compatability information. That's the only thing that's lacking, which makes the Davis Drug Guide a better choice for RNs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing February 18, 2011
By Dee Z
Format:Vinyl Bound|Verified Purchase
Several of the prescription meds I take aren't in the handbook. They are older meds not the latest thing so I was disappointed. It didn't meet my needs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best January 26, 2011
Format:Vinyl Bound
This book is organized and easy to read. I love this book. It has inserts that show the time and effort, yet not too hard to read for even a highly educated layman. The pictures are also nice as well. It is easy and convient, unlike the PDR. Drug Facts and Comparisons have no Pics. The #1 Drug Book for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars All good in the hood...
This was very helpful for the Pharm class I took. A lot of info to interpret but if you have one of these, you will do just fine. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Q
5.0 out of 5 stars Good information
Gives me all the information I need and I always find what I am looking for. Good purchase for anybody.
Published 8 months ago by Amiee Rayburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great learning tool.
It was great for learning, especially the on-line help. The only problem was, that it only lasted for the 2011 year. Read more
Published 11 months ago by TiTi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for nurses!
I have always used this handbook for looking up drugs. I usually buy last year's edition used for a great price. Never disappointed.
Published 12 months ago by okbike
4.0 out of 5 stars Drug Book
This is a drug book. Its in good condition. Not too much to say about a drug book. It is nicely organized.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars use it all the time
the price was wonderful and it a great reference great great great great would order again you shouls not require a certsin amount of words
Published 14 months ago by vestry Boatman
5.0 out of 5 stars Nurse Wanted It
I ordered this for the nurse at my office. She seems to need every new update, I guess it is a good item.
Published 14 months ago by Huggie B
4.0 out of 5 stars The most useful drug handbook for me
This series of nursing drug handbooks has always worked for me since my BSN in 1991. Probably if I had a smartphone or a PDA (or whatever people use these days), I'd get the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Steve Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to use
Guess I'm just use to a book I can leaf through and find what I'm looking for. This is taking me a long time to get use to. Read more
Published 16 months ago by K. P. Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have not only for RNs
Unless I have this book with me ( now use the 2013 edition)
I don't fully feel ready to deal with many quesitons my pharmacy customers
have. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Barry Solomon
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