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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Most Commonly Used Drugs in Nursing Specialties

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Nurses are often required to float to units in which they’re not accustomed to working, where they might have to administer unfamiliar drugs. If you know ahead of time which drugs are most commonly used in the various nursing specialties, you’ll be able to increase your confidence—and reduce the chance of making a drug error. The table below shows the 10 most commonly used drugs in nine nursing specialties.

Specialty
Critical care nursing

amiodarone hydrochloride
diltiazem hydrochloride
dopamine hydrochloride
epinephrine hydrochloride
furosemide
insulin
lorazepam
morphine sulfate
nitroglycerin
propofol

Emergency care nursing
acetaminophen
aspirin
diltiazem hydrochloride
diphtheria and tetanus toxoids
famotidine
ibuprofen
ketorolac
levofloxacin
metoclopramide
nitroglycerin

Home care nursing
acetaminophen
acetaminophen/oxycodone
acetaminophen/propoxyphene napsylate
digoxin
diltiazem hydrochloride
docusate sodium
furosemide
metformin hydrochloride
potassium chloride
warfarin

Long-term care nursing
carbidopa/levodopa
digoxin
docusate sodium
donepezil hydrochloride
enalapril maleate
furosemide
metoprolol tartrate
mirtazapine
pantoprazole sodium
potassium chloride

Medical-surgical nursing
acetaminophen
diltiazem hydrochloride
enalapril maleate
furosemide
heparin sodium
insulin
levofloxacin
metoprolol tartrate
morphine sulfate
potassium chloride

Obstetric nursing
acetaminophen/codeine
acetaminophen/oxycodone
dinoprostone
ibuprofen
magnesium sulfate
nalbuphine hydrochloride
oxytocin
penicillin
promethazine hydrochloride
terbutaline sulfate

Pediatric nursing
albuterol
amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium
amoxicillin trihydrate
cetirizine hydrochloride
co-trimoxazole
fluticasone propionate
gentamicin sulfate
hydrocortisone (topical)
methylphenidate hydrochloride
montelukast sodium

Post-anesthesia care nursing
bupivacaine hydrochloride
fentanyl citrate
hydromorphone hydrochloride
lidocaine hydrochloride
lorazepam
meperidine hydrochloride
metoclopramide hydrochloride
midazolam hydrochloride
morphine sulfate
ondansetron hydrochloride

Psychiatric nursing
carbamazepine
clonazepam
divalproex sodium
escitalopram oxalate
lithium carbonate
olanzapine
paroxetine hydrochloride
risperidone
sertraline hydrochloride
venlafaxine hydrochloride

SOURCE: McGraw-Hill DRUG Handbook


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