It is paramount in our ever changing world of health care. I have periods of time where I crave school for its' stimulation. Okay okay it passes.. but there are moments.....
My favorite references of late are:
Drug Reference: Blanchard and Loeb 2002 Drug Handbook (inexpensive @ $ 20, user friendly, large print, and stays open when you want it to)
Springhouse Nursing Herbal Drug Handbook (suits me and my patients needs who take vitamins, remedies, and herbals for self care and maintenance).. didn't YOU reccomend this to me once? lol.. anyhoo... heard it here first on this BB.
Lippincott - Nutrition Handbook for Nursing Practice (had it since nursing school 4 years ago and still love the reference accesibility. Invaluable for "those diets" patients need to be on)
Camp Nursing Book: The Basics of Camp Nursing
Author: Linda Ebner Erceq , Myra Pravda
Publication Date: April 2002
List Price: $ 29.95
(cause I am going to camp nurse this summer for the first time)
Medical Surgical Nursing Certification Review Book - Springhouse New Edition (I am taking the Med/Surg Board Certification test through ANA this fall)
I have others but they are generic references and are still packed away. I just moved and am putting together my referenece material and getting a new bookcase.
Peeps.... I think I hear what you are saying in your (IMO) frustration with our diversity of knowledge base (or lack of). I believe people, and yes nurses, must have some sort of demands made of them to follow suit to maintain their knowlege base. Some need it some not. For this reason, I bleieve mandatory CEUs are appropriate and necessary to maintain high standards and expectations.
I am not reimbursed for my impending Board Certification. I do it because I want to maintain a high level of information. I do it, not just for me, but my patients. Yes, I think it will look good on my resume. Ultimately, I do this because I need to feel like I know what is going on.
It is not for me to say why other nurses do not get certified or hunger for more knowledge or training. I can only speak for myself. The last think I ever want to do is criticize another person who I have not "lived in their shoes"... or as we say out west "lived in their mocassins"...
This is a great thread.... Thank you......