congrats on getting in. i am a fourth semester nursing student in an adn program in texas, so i know of a bunch of great books to help you out.
first, mosby's "fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance," by heitz and horne. you won't be able to make much sense of this one yet, but you'll thank me later. this was one of the hardest things for me to grasp. without this book i would have really had a hard time. next, get mosby's "medical, nursing, and allied health dictionary. i love this book. the pictures are great. i can't ever pick it up and just look at what i intended to look at without getting distracted by some disgusting/cool picture. you can learn a lot by reading a little extra now and then. i would also get a medical surgical nursing textbook and look it over. i would suggest getting on the internet and finding one that is a year or two old so you won't have to pay too much. if you buy a new one i'm sure there will be a newer edition out by the time you start school. save money while you can. you'll be eating "ketchup soup" when you start school! i saw that someone else already recommended kelli s. dunham's "how to survive and maybe even love nursing school." this book is great. it lists a bunch of web sites for you to check out and has a lot of good tips for before, during, and after nursing school. i really liked this one.
enjoy your free time while you have it. nursing school can be very demanding and you won't find much down time later on.
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i've just applied to college to start on my as. january 2005 is a long way off, and i have quite a bit of time on my hands right now.
can anyone recommend any good books or textbooks that i could pick up for "summer reading"? i'd love to get a head start on nursing with some learning materials that are respected and not "out of date".
any help is appreciated. thank you so much!