Good Reference Books or Apps for New Nurses??

  1. Hello all,

    I'm graduating nursing school in a few months (yay!) and preparing to take the NCLEX. I've realized that nurses are expected to perform a number of procedures that and that it's hard for a new grad to keep track of what's what! I would really like a small reference guide or smartphone app that I could consult when I'm not 100% sure of how to do something. Something throrough where, for example, if asked to insert an IV (I know how to do this, just an example) I can flip to that section and see exactly what to do, in order. I was looking in Barnes and Noble yesterday and found something called RNotes which looks pretty good, but I haven't heard anything about it on here.

    Advice?
    Thanks so much in advance!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   MJB2010
    Everytime I tried a new area of nursing I go out and buy all kinds of books, I look them over and never touch them again! lol. Most floors you work on have all the books you will need. The things I can recommend are Lexicomp software to look up meds, because most drug books are out of date. You can check medications you are unfamilar with pretty quickly and some people I work with have an iv manage app not sure what it is called, where you can check to see if IV meds are compatible.
  4. by   AgentBeast
    RN Notes is pretty good.

    They also have notes books for the speciality areas, OB/Peds, Critical Care, Psych, ect. They are all pretty good.
  5. by   xtian
    Quote from IceGuy
    Hello all,

    I'm graduating nursing school in a few months (yay!) and preparing to take the NCLEX. I've realized that nurses are expected to perform a number of procedures that and that it's hard for a new grad to keep track of what's what! I would really like a small reference guide or smartphone app that I could consult when I'm not 100% sure of how to do something. Something throrough where, for example, if asked to insert an IV (I know how to do this, just an example) I can flip to that section and see exactly what to do, in order. I was looking in Barnes and Noble yesterday and found something called RNotes which looks pretty good, but I haven't heard anything about it on here.

    Advice?
    Thanks so much in advance!

    My hospital uses Lexi Comp it has Labs, Diagnostics, Meds, Interactions, Calculations etc. I highly recommend it. I used it in nursing school as well.

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