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Kaplan NCLEX-RN Medications You Need to Know for the Exam 4th Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 1607146657
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Kaplan Nursing teaches to the NCLEX-RN exam by providing the tools you need to develop critical thinking skills you need to successfully answer exam-level questions. We review the nursing content that is frequently tested, but, more importantly, we show you how to use this knowledge to make nursing judgments. This gives you the confidence and knowledge you need to walk into the NCLEX-RN exam prepared and ready to pass.
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Product Details

  • Series: Kaplan NCLEX-RN: Medications You Need to Know for the Exam
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 4th edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607146657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607146650
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not a Kaplan fan, but I just keep buying their stuff. This, as most of their stuff tends to be, is mediocre.

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!
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It was all just mixed together. Sometimes you just want to find out what ONE MED does and this book will NOT make it easy for you..

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..
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I'm about to graduate, and of all the meds we have to learn, I ordered this book to help narrow my focus for the NCLEX.
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!
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This book is great, just wish it had the dosages! But all other info is what I needed for the nursing program.
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This item was fairly helpful with my studying. It was a good reference and guide to the information I needed to be familiar with for the exam.
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The NCLEX assumes you have roughly a week of nursing knowledge. You aren't expected to know all of these medications to pass the exam. The medications you really need to know (like insulin) you will know by the time you graduate nursing school. Don't waste your money on a book like this.
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Giving it 1 star; it could have been a 5 star with just a little more effort.
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.
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For me, the arrangement seems to be geared more for someone that already has a basic knowledge of Pharmacology and the twenty, or so medical categories. As a beginner, I found it difficult to located specific drugs, that are have no type of reverse alphabetical order, or index. The 300 or so medications are present (as documented) but finding them is not so very convenient.
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