It feels like there are a million drugs to memorize and ‘nausea and vomiting’ might as well be the answer to everything. You are feeling overwhelmed and your textbook is too plain. It is too hard to just remember everything because by the time you finish reading, it is all a blur and you just wasted your time.

There are books dedicated to your studying strategies. If you are a visual learner, flash card learner, or you want a book dedicated to pharmacology that is not 3000 pages long, then take a look at these awesome books that have helped my classmates and I out a lot!

I found all of these books on Amazon so I did not include prices as they are subject to change or you may just be interested in purchasing used books. (Go for it!)

My absolute favorite was the Memory NoteCards because I was always on the go!

Recommended Books

1. Mosby’s Pharmacology Memory NoteCards: Visual, Mnemonic, and Memory Aids for Nurses, 4e

  • For the visual learners
  • For those on the go
  • Provides humor, illustrations, and mnemonics
  • Over 90 cartoons offered


2. Medication Classes for NCLEX: A Quick Reference Guide for RN/PN

  • Broken down into three sections for your NCLEX pharmacology success
  • Common prefixes & suffixes found
  • Outline of Major drug classes and families
  • NCLEX style Q&A with rationales


3. Nursing Pharmacology Made Incredibly Easy (Incredibly Easy! Series®)

  • Provides illustrations and acronyms
  • Great teaching tool for students
  • One of the easiest books to read through


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

  • For those with busy schedule
  • Over 300 medications
  • Provides detailed description of nursing considerations and side effects


5. Pharm Phlash Cards!: Pharmacology Flash Cards

  • Saves you time from creating your own flash cards
  • For those who loves to use flash cards
  • Over 400 generic medications
  • Based on content from Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses