i have 5 care plan books that i use for reference in answering questions about care plans
for students here on the allnurses forums. the one that i think is the best and has the most current nanda nursing diagnosis information in it is nursing diagnosis handbook: a guide to planning care
, 7th edition, by betty j. ackley and gail b. ladwig. it's one very unique feature is that is has an index of symptoms and conditions that you can use to cross reference you to possible nursing diagnoses when you are stuck for ideas. it also has a companion website that can be accessed for free with some of the same, but not all, of the information that is in the book.
i'm also going to go against some of the other advice you have already been given here. there is definitely a good reason to memorize lists of things. there is also a time to learn how to think critically and use those memorized lists in prioritizing and the nursing process. this is something that nursing instructors will be teaching you to do and you work your way through your nursing program.
you should be hanging out and reading the posts on the nursing student forums regularly. here is a link to a listing of them: http://allnurses.com/forums/f196/
. the two that you should look to for many common asked questions by students will be found on these two nursing student forums:
here are some sites and older threads you should look at and read that pertain to studying in nursing school:
- study skills for the nursing student from daytona beach community college nursing department with some good advice.
- test taking skills also from daytona beach community college nursing department. a couple of sample questions and how to choose the correct answer for these application type questions.
- this is a website maintained by the nursing students at lane community college in eugene, oregon. for study and learning tips specific to nursing students click on "tips for learning" at the left side of this home page.
- right way to study?