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Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses 18th Edition Review

Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, 18th Edition

As a cornerstone in the field of nursing, Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, now in its Eighteenth Edition, continues to uphold its reputation for providing comprehensive and crucial information for medication administration. This latest edition adheres to the ‘Cure & Care‘ approach, offering a wealth of resources and insights essential for safe and effective nursing practice.

Textbook Review

Safety-Centric Approach: ‘Cure & Care’

The guide comprises 643 meticulously organized monographs encompassing a vast array of generic drugs and thousands of trade names. Its unique ‘Cure & Care‘ methodology elucidates the drug’s mechanisms while delineating the nurse’s responsibilities, expertly linking pharmacotherapeutics with the nursing process.

Accessibility and Digital Integration

One remarkable aspect of the Eighteenth Edition is the inclusion of a bonus: free digital access. With an enclosed access code granting a one-year subscription to, nurses gain online access to an extensive repository updated regularly. This digital platform offers a breadth of resources, including information on over 5,000 trade names and generic drugs, audio pronunciations, and color photographs.

Life-Saving Guidance: At Your Fingertips

The guide prioritizes patient safety through comprehensive coverage, featuring red tabs to highlight high-alert medications and prominently displayed, capitalized letters for life-threatening side effects. It incorporates the REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies) icon, further emphasizing safety considerations. Additionally, specific attention is given to diverse patient populations, highlighted with special considerations icons, and an icon system identifies pharmacogenomic content. The inclusion of IV administration coverage, patient and family teaching guidance, and Canadian-specific content, marked with a maple leaf icon, enhances the guide’s versatility and applicability.

Comprehensive Online Learning Tools

The online resources accompanying the text provide an immersive learning experience. The Audio Pronunciation Library, housing over 1,200 drug names, aids in the correct enunciation of pharmaceutical terms. Interactive tutorials on Preventing Medication Errors and Psychotropic Drugs, coupled with self-tests, bolster comprehension. Essential calculators for BMI, metric conversions, IV drip rates, dosage/KG, and Fahrenheit/Celsius conversions empower nurses with practical tools. Engaging case studies, followed by thought-provoking questions, and audio podcasts cover imperative information, enriching the learning journey. Furthermore, video clips illustrating safe medication administration augment the guide’s value as a multifaceted learning resource.


In conclusion, Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, in its Eighteenth Edition, stands as an indispensable asset for nurses navigating the complexities of medication administration. Its safety-centric approach, exhaustive coverage of medications and patient populations, coupled with an array of online learning tools, solidifies its place as an invaluable companion for nursing professionals seeking to deliver optimal patient care.

The seamless integration of traditional text-based knowledge with contemporary digital resources ensures that nurses are well-equipped to confront the challenges of medication management across diverse clinical settings.

We rate this book 4.5/5 according to the guide’s comprehensive content, safety emphasis, diverse resources, and its substantial value in facilitating safe medication administration. While exemplary, slight room for potential enhancements or updates exists to cater to evolving nursing practices and technological advancements.

Book Details

  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company

  • Pages: 1504

  • ISBN-10: 1719646406

  • ISBN-13: 978-1719646406

  • Release date: May 18, 2022

Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses, 18th Edition by April Hazard ValleranCynthia A. Sanoski

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