Title: Harvard’s Nursing Guide to Drugs, 9th Edition
Authors: Adriana Tiziani
Publisher: Mosby Elsevier
Reviewer: Louise Goodyear, 3rd year adult student nurse
What was it like?
As a student Nurse Drug administration can be a mine field, this book has been a great addition to my collection of drug guides. One of the more comprehensive books I have looked at, Harvard’s Nursing Guide to Drugs is a well laid out and through book, enabling even a novice to find the medication they are looking for quickly and efficiently.
What were the highlights?
The contents pages are split into therapeutic class and also body system class, this enables me to find a vasoconstrictor, knowing that this would be in the therapeutic section or if I was unsure of this then look under the body system section.
Strengths & weaknesses:
There is a nice introduction section, which clearly states the nurse’s role in the administration of drugs, and also storage of drugs, Pharmokinetics and safe administration of medications to name a few.
There are clear symbols indicating what drugs cannot be used in pregnancy and banned in sports. I also enjoyed that there are sections within each chapter that enables you to give patient advice, such as not to operate machinery or drive and so forth.
There is also a small flash card that can be carried around with common abbreviations and drug dose rates, handy for any student nurse’s uniform pocket!
Who should read it?
The only negative with this book is that it is Australian, and does refer to legal aspects of Australian law, and some drug administration methods. However as an added extra to a BNF it is a great book, versatile and I would recommend this to any nurse, student nurse or even student doctor.