Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Pharmacology - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Nursing Pharmacology. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Pharmacology - August 2021

#1 DRUG BOOK for Nursing Students!  “This is the perfect drug book for nursing school!   All the information on the meds is in-depth and all that you need to know.” — Abby W. SAFETY FIRST! Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses®, Seventeenth Edition delivers all the information you need to administer medications safely across the lifespan—well-organized monographs for hundreds of generic and thousands of trade-name drugs. FREE DIGITAL ACCESS Redeem the access code to unlock your one-year, free subscription to, Davis’s Drug Guide Online, powered by Unbound Medicine. You’ll have access to more than 1,700 monographs from your desktop, laptop, or any mobile device with a web browser. Search the complete 5,000-drug database and appendices quickly and efficiently. Build your knowledge with extensively cross-referenced drugs. Keep up to date with FDA drug news. LIFE-SAVING GUIDANCE ... AT A GLANCE New!  The AGS Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults #1 Drug Guide for patient safety Red tab for high alert medications,  plus  in-depth high alert and patient safety coverage Red, capitalized letters for life-threatening side effects REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies) icon Drug-drug, drug-food, drug-natural product interactions Special considerations for patient populations. Geri heading identifies special concerns for older adults. OB and Lact headings highlight information for pregnant and breastfeeding patients. Pedi heading identifies concerns for children. Rep heading identifies considerations for patients of reproductive age. IV Administration subheads Pharmacogenomic content Canadian-specific content In-depth guidance for patient and family teaching FREE LEARNING, CARE PLANNING, AND PATIENT EDUCATION TOOLS Online at Audio Library of 1,200+ drug names help you pronounce important terms Two tutorials, each with a self-test Preventing Medication Errors Psychotropic Drugs Easy-to-Use Calculators Body mass index (BMI) Metric conversions IV drip rates Dosage/KG Fahrenheit/Celsius Interactive Case Studies – brief, real-life scenarios that are followed by a series of questions Audio podcasts delivering information on… Risk Evaluation Mitigation Systems (REMS) How to use Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses® Detecting and managing ADRs Evidence-based practice and Pharmacotherapeutics Pharmacogenomics Medication errors Special dosing considerations Educating patients about Safe Medication Use Video clips illustrating the safe administration of medications ONLINE REVIEWS OF THE 16TH EDITION OF DAVIS’S DRUG GUIDE FOR NURSES Five Stars.  “I LOVE that this includes nursing interventions, patient teaching and an online access code. Highly recommend.” —E.G. Accurate and up to date.  “Top notch for nursing students! Includes many things other drug guides l

  • Author: April Hazard Vallerand PhD RN FAAN
  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; Seventeenth edition (May 21, 2020)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1719640053
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 8.3 inches


2. Pharm Phlash!: Pharmacology Flash Cards

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Pharmacology - August 2021

Increase your test scores in pharmacology class. Improve your pharmacology score on the NCLEX. Expand your understanding of pharmacological agents. Decrease and prevent medication errors in practice. These test-yourself review cards put critical clinical information for nearly 400 of the top generic medications at your fingertips. And, you can count on them for accuracy, because each card is based on content from  Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses ® . "I was one of the majority of nursing students who found pharmacology overwhelming and difficult to understand. This tool, which featured a color-coded, body-system organization reflecting the information common to classes of medications, alleviated my fear of pharmacology. This is a worthwhile purchase for those wishing to pass the NCLEX-RN and gain a deeper understanding of medications for the exam as well as real world situations." -Danielle G

  • Author: Valerie I. Leek MSN RN CMSRN
  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; Third edition (December 1, 2017)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0803660489
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.5 x 6.25 inches


3. Mosby's Pharmacology Memory NoteCards: Visual, Mnemonic, and Memory Aids for Nurses

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Pharmacology - August 2021

Bring key pharmacology topics to life in a flash! Mosby’s Pharmacology Memory NoteCards: Visual, Mnemonic, and Memory Aids for Nurses, 5th Edition uses humor, illustrations, and mnemonics, to help you retain challenging pharmacology concepts and drug information. This sturdy, spiral bound kit covers important nursing implications, frequent side effects, serious and life-threatening implications, and patient teaching skills. Whether you use it to prepare for class, clinicals, or the NCLEX® examination, you won’t find another study tool like this! UNIQUE! More than 100 full-color cartoons offer humorous and memorable presentations of key drugs. UNIQUE! Color-highlighted monographs make it easier for you to identify nursing priorities on common medications. Thick pages and a spiral-bound format create a portable tool that is durable enough for the clinical environment. Colored thumb tabs at the bottom of the page allow students to find topics quickly. UNIQUE! Mnemonics and other time-tested memory aids help you grasp and remember even the most complex concepts. What You Need to Know sections on each card cover key information in a quick and easy-to-review format. NEW! Additional cards cover medication safety, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, oral antidiabetic drugs and non-insulin injectable agents, and disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.

  • Author: JoAnn Zerwekh MSN EdD RN
  • Publisher: Mosby; 5th edition (June 1, 2018)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0323549516
  • Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 7 inches


4. 2021 Lippincott Pocket Drug Guide for Nurses

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Pharmacology - August 2021

The 2021 Lippincott Pocket Drug Guide for Nurses provides current, vital drug information in a nutshell. This handy pocket guide by Rebecca Tucker gives essential information on over 4,200 medications, including 38 generic drugs newly approved by the FDA, in an easy-access A-to-Z format. The drug monographs include generic and trade names, drug classes, pregnancy risk category and controlled substance schedule, black box warnings, indications & dosages, dose adjustments, adverse effects, drug interactions, nursing considerations, and patient teaching. A special section following the A-to-Z drugs provides essential Patient Safety information. Appendices cover topical and ophthalmic medications, laxatives, combination products, contraceptives, biological agents (vaccines), and more.

  • Author: Rebecca Tucker
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer; 9th edition (October 1, 2020)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1975158897
  • Dimensions: 3 x 0.8 x 5 inches


5. Pharmacology and the Nursing Process

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Pharmacology - August 2021

Get the perfect blend of pharmacology, prioritization, and nursing process information. As one of the best-selling nursing pharmacology books on the market, Pharmacology and the Nursing Process focuses on the key information you need to safely and effectively administer medications. The 9 th Edition features clearly written updated drug content reflecting the latest FDA drug approvals, withdrawals, and therapeutic uses. Hundreds of full-color illustrations detail how drugs work in the body and depict key steps in administration. As in previous editions, the text includes thoughtful learning strategies, simple language, a wealth of student-friendly features and innovative learning aids, and QSEN callouts. Along with its integrated NCLEX® preparation and instructor resources, you won’t find a more complete pharmacology text on the market! Focus on need-to-know content uses a "key drug" approach to help you focus on the most important information. Focus on the nursing process helps you learn to prioritize nursing care to focus on the most essential assessments, nursing diagnoses, interventions, and evaluation/outcome criteria. Focus on prioritization includes prioritized nursing diagnoses along with corresponding prioritization of goals and outcomes, to help you learn to connect nursing diagnoses to goals and outcomes. Additional QSEN coverage incorporates more QSEN information throughout the text. Applicable QSEN competencies added to text case study titles Collaboration and teamwork content added to selected case studies Addition of new Safety: What Went Wrong? case studies Explanation of QSEN initiatives as it relates to safety and quality of patient care is included in the Medication Errors chapter Improved readability is aided by more friendly, direct-address language; shorter sentences; simplified language (where appropriate); and much more. An extensive Photo Atlas of Drug Administration features more than 100 step-by-step illustrations depicting key steps in drug administration for various routes of drug administration. UNIQUE! QSEN focus highlights those aspects of the book ― such as boxes, tips, case studies, and other content ― that correlate with the QSEN competencies. Popular key drug approach focuses on the need-to-know content for safe clinical practice and uses a streamlined approach to drug indications, emphasizing only the most common or serious adverse effects. Integrated NCLEX® Examination preparation includes seven NCLEX Examination review questions in every chapter , with at least one alternate-format item per chapter. Thorough application of the nursing process is addressed in each chapter to help you learn how to prioritize nursing care to focus on the most essential assessments, nursing diagnoses, interventions, and evaluation/outcome criteria. Colorful and consistent learner-friendly format utilizes a variety of tables and practical body systems organization to help you integrate pharmacology content with what you are learning in medical-surgical and adult health nursing courses. Large collection of student-friendly learning aids includes approachable text elements such as: Cartoon-illustrated learning strategies covering study, time management, and test-taking tips related to studying pharmacology. Drug profiles highlighting specific information on commonly-used agents. Case studies that help bring patients to life and promote critical thinking skills. Dosages tables providing instant access to dosages, routes, and indications for individual drugs. Key points summarizing key pharmacology and nursing content in each chapter. Critical thinking and prioritization questions encourage you to think on a deeper level. More than 250 full-color photos and illustrations show how drugs work in the body and how to administer medications safely and effectively. NEW! Thoroughly updated drug content reflects the very latest FDA drug approvals, withdrawals, and therapeutic uses, as well as corresponding updated nursing content NEW! UNIQUE! Many new images in Photo Atlas of Drug Information included to accompany difficult concepts. NEW! Inclusion of more student practice questions helps you better comprehend complex concepts.

  • Author: Linda Lane Lilley RN PhD
  • Publisher: Mosby; 9th edition (February 11, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0323529495
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.3 x 10.8 inches


6. Calculate with Confidence

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Pharmacology - August 2021

Learn the three major methods of drug calculation! Calculate with Confidence, 7th Edition focuses on the increasing responsibility of the nurse in medication administration, prioritizes client safety with QSEN, and includes updated content that reflects the current scope of practice. This popular text covers the ratio and proportion, formula, and dimensional analysis methods offering a step-by-step approach to the calculation and administration of drug dosages. With over 2,100 practice problems, this comprehensive title focuses on enhancing the learning experience of nursing students at all curricular levels by making content clinically applicable. Over 2000 practice problems include pre-test and comprehensive post-test review Pre-test Basic Math, Comprehensive Unit and Basic Math review tests allows you a three-part approach to evaluate your understanding of basic math material covered in Unit 1, directing you to review chapters if you miss any of these test questions. UPDATED Medication Administration chapter includes medication safety, expansion of discussion on client rights, the basic six rights of medication administration, and routes of medication administration. Chapter review problems and answer key tests all major topics presented in the chapter and enables you to assess understanding of chapter content. Safety Alert boxes highlight issues that may lead to mediation errors and empower you to identify actions that must be taken to avoid calculation errors. NEW! Content additions and updates includes word problems involving dosages, Critical Thinking Scenarios , a discussion of the concepts regarding safety issues with medication administration and calculation, plus significant updates in the insulin, critical care, parenteral medication, and heparin chapters. NEW! A-Z medication index references page numbers where the drug labels can be found. NEW! Medication labels recently added to the market highlights new and updated information relevant to practice.

  • Author: Deborah C. Morris RN BSN MA LNC
  • Publisher: Mosby; 7th edition (October 16, 2017)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1974805310
  • Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches


7. Nursing2022 Drug Handbook (Nursing Drug Handbook)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Pharmacology - August 2021

THE #1 Drug Guide for nurses  & other clinicians…always dependable, always up to date!   Look for these outstanding features: Completely updated nursing-focused drug monographs featuring 3,500 generic, brand-name, and combination drugs in an easy A-to-Z format NEW! 32 brand-new FDA-approved drugs in this edition, including the COVID-19 drug remdesivir—tabbed and conveniently grouped in a handy “NEW DRUGS” section for easy retrieval NEW! Thousands of clinical updates—new dosages and indications, Black Box warnings, genetic-related information, adverse reactions, nursing considerations, clinical alerts, and patient teaching information Special focus on U.S. and Canadian drug safety issues and concerns Photoguide insert with images of 439 commonly prescribed tablets and capsules   Plus FREE online companion Toolkit   Monthly FDA updates featuring newly approved drugs, indications, and warnings Pharmacology videos, audio pronunciation guide, and English-Spanish translator Equianalgesic dosing guidelines for opioid drugs Mechanisms and sites of action graphics for selected drugs NCLEX®-style questions, free CE tests, plus bonus discounts…and more!

  • Author: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publisher: LWW; Forty-Second, North American edition (May 27, 2021)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1975158880
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 2.3 x 8.1 inches


8. Medical Math (Laminated Reference Guide; Quick Study Academic)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Pharmacology - August 2021

Essentials for students & professionals - calculations, formulas, measurements, dosages, rates, equivalents and more! 6-page guide includes detailed information on: • basics • calculations & formulas • coding measurements • pediatric definitions • clinical indicators

  • Author: Inc. BarCharts
  • Publisher: QuickStudy; 1st edition (August 21, 2008)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1423205968
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.06 inches


9. Dosage Calculations for Nursing Students: Master Dosage Calculations The Safe & Easy Way Without Formulas! (Dosage Calculation Success Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Pharmacology - August 2021

Welcome to the second edition of our dosage calculations book! Are you a nursing student, or nurse, who wants to learn a few simple methods of solving dosage calculations without a bunch of formulas? Would you like to raise your hand in your dosage calculation class, after the instructor explains a complicated formula, and ask to approach the white board to show the class a much simpler method? Do you want to go on your clinicals knowing that you have a solid foundation in dosage calculations? Do you want to walk into your Nursing Calculations Class on the first day knowing that you can ace all the tests before the course begins? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this book is for you! The book is divided into seven units containing thirty-five chapters. Unit 1: Essential Skills: You can’t learn to drive a car if you don’t understand the function of the steering wheel. The same applies to the following subjects when learning dosage calculations. The Metric System Apothecary/Avoirdupois/Household Systems Ratios Dimensional Analysis (DA) and Ratio Proportion (RP) Rounding Numbers Military Time Unit 2: Auxiliary Subjects: Roman Numerals Scientific Notation Unit 3: Unit Conversions Unit 3 covers converting between and within the various systems of measurement using dimensional analysis and ratio proportion. Unit conversions Within the Metric System Unit Conversions Within the Household System Unit Conversions Between Metric, Household and Apothecary Systems Unit Conversions Involving Pounds and Ounces Unit Conversions Involving Hours and Minutes Unit 4: Dosage Calculations Unit 4 builds on the knowledge gained in the previous units and covers dosage calculations, starting with the terminology and set up of problems, then progressing from easy, one-step, problems through multi-step problems. Dosage Calculations-The Basics Dosage Calculations Levels 1-3 Body Surface Area Dosing Calculations Pediatric Dosage Calculations Pediatric Maintenance Fluid Replacement Calculations Unit 5: IV Flow Rate Calculations Unit 5 starts with the basic terminology and set up of IV flow rate problems, then moves on to: Simple and Advanced Problems IV Flow Rate Adjustment Calculations Heparin Infusion and Adjustment Calculations Unit 6: Percent and Ratio Strength Calculations Percent, Percent Strength Percent Change Ratio Strength Unit 7: Miscellaneous Subjects Reconstitution Calculations Concentrations and Dilutions Milliequivalent Calculations Dosage Calculations Puzzles Self-Assessment Exam The book contains over 600 high quality practice problems with answers. We look forward to your feedback!  Chase Hassen and Brad Wojcik

  • Author: Bradley J. Wojcik
  • Publisher: Independently published (May 11, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1096128748
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches


10. Nursing Pharmacology (Quick Study Academic)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Pharmacology - August 2021

Having proficient knowledge of medical drugs and their effects on the human body is an especially important part of a nurse’s duties―therefore, nursing students or those already practicing will find much to learn from when using our newest 3-panel guide. Color-coded sections feature comprehensive information on different types of drugs, their uses, how they’re administered and any possible side effects. It’s a fluff-free reference tool guaranteed to become a nurse’s best friend.

  • Author: Inc. BarCharts
  • Publisher: QuickStudy; 1st edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Genre: Medical Books, Nursing
  • ISBN: 978-1423216551
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.06 inches