Book lists - page 2

:uhoh21: OMG! We got our booklists today and we are required to buy fourteen books and are recommended to buy three others. What a fortune! Just curious--what does everyone elses booklists look... Read More

  1. by   amyk_ncsu
    I ordered all my 1st semseter books on Monday and received them yesterday.

    48lbs and $950 later I'm starting to panic about the workload
  2. by   AtlantaRN
    Quote from collegebound
    :uhoh21: OMG! We got our booklists today and we are required to buy fourteen books and are recommended to buy three others. What a fortune! Just curious--what does everyone elses booklists look like?
    FYI: DON'T get your books from your book store!!!!!! take it from me, i get tons of books from CampusI: Find the best price on books -- they list all the places you can get your books...you can search by isbn? number, or author, or name of book, make sure you get the correct edition for your school.....(I bought a micro book for my son and didn't make sure it was the right edition).........It's worth looking.

    linda
  3. by   jms79
    I dont understand why its so much money. I went online to the bookstore for my nursing school since I just was accepted. It says we need three books definetly and two others that is extra. In all it came out to 313.00. Im not sure what else I will be needing but all it says is 5 books and maybe a dictionary. Why is everyone else have so many books etc. Any ideas? Thanks
  4. by   mauxtav8r
    Go to the nursing school, not the bookstore. Ask your instructors EACH what books they will require. The bookstore at my school doesn't get their info on the January-May term until over a month from now, but the instructors know what book they want.

    I got burned a couple of years ago -- my school bookstore is owned by a large chain, but lemme tell you, it ain't like the one at the mall. I bought a shrinkwrapped workbook for a&p lab and they said "That's it. Book one of one" Luckily I checked in with the lab coordinator before classes started and she asked "What did you think about the XYZ book" I said, I only got the ABC book. The book store would 1) not allow me to buy the second and third books that I needed separately, only a shrinkwrapped package of three lab manuals that included the book I already bought; and 2) would not take my book (UNUSED, but out of the shrinkwrap) as a return.

    A $40 lesson. The bookstore doesn't make these decisions. The nursing faculty do.
  5. by   Eirene
    We had to buy 14 books for our first year of nursing. I calculated what it would be at the bookstore ($1200) and then went to amazon and purchased them all for $523.00. Many were used, but in really good condition.

    It's a huge bite at first, but they'll last you throughout your nursing career. (That's what I keep telling myself, anyway!)
  6. by   collegebound
    Quote from jms79
    I dont understand why its so much money. I went online to the bookstore for my nursing school since I just was accepted. It says we need three books definetly and two others that is extra. In all it came out to 313.00. Im not sure what else I will be needing but all it says is 5 books and maybe a dictionary. Why is everyone else have so many books etc. Any ideas? Thanks

    I am not sure--maybe different first semester classes? I truly wish we had fewer books as the thought of the work load that it implies scares the mess out of me! As most of ours were required to be new, I ended up buying at Barnes & Noble. Bought five directly today at about $250, and order another 10 for about $550.

    Just an FYI, as I got over my shock and looked a little closer, two of ours are workbooks (critical thinking help-books), one is an interactive tutorial CD, and of course the med. dictionary and drug book that will get me through for awhile.
  7. by   locolorenzo22
    Yeah mine for 1st semster here was 890 bucks books/50 online access test card/200 uniform(for 1!)/just etc stuff. 2nd semester looks like 320 or so...a med surg book & peds book mainly. Guess I know what we're studying next semester!
  8. by   I RN A
    I've received an email from the next term instructors saying that they've ordered a special package and cut a deal with a publisher, so it is cheaper for us to buy books at the bookstore. Also I was told that this package is "special", since it contains some special bounded notebooks and a study guide and CDs. I was planning on buying my books on the Internet, but now I've changed my mind. Last term I've got my books from the bookstore and although it was more expensive, it had a study guide and CDs, which really helped me to study. People that ordered their books via the Internet never had either CDs or the study guide.
  9. by   pacifica
    Quote from jov
    You can get a PDA for under $100. Drug book costs $40-$50 and is out of date in less than a year.
    I hope this isn't too off-topic. But it's related to books, because I'm looking for a PDA to reduce my bookload!

    Where can you get a PDA for under $100? And can you suggest a brand/model?

    I'm looking to buy one for nursing school. I'd like to spend the least amount of money possible but still get good functionality/memory/wireless.

    I'd be ecstatic if I could find a new (don't really want used) PDA for around $200. And yes, I've looked at the PDA threads but they just made me more confused!
    Last edit by pacifica on Dec 8, '06 : Reason: added a disclaimer that comment is possibly off-topic
  10. by   collegebound
    Quote from pacifica
    Where can you get a PDA for under $100? And can you suggest a brand/model?

    I recommend going to Best Buy, Circuit City, or a local office supply store (Office Max/Depot) and playing with them. It will be the best way for you to discover what you will be comfortable with! When I purchased my books recently, I ordered the pda software with some of them. It will be nice not to have to lug those books around as much!
  11. by   onaszi
    do you mind posting the books' titles?? if its not against the rules of the forum.. just for reference what we are using in our studies.. im a 3rd year student here in the philippines and i agree that our (NURSING) books really costs ALOT!! yeah they cost about more or less $1000 but is well worth it. you will be using them for the rest of your college life., converting that amount to pesos would be 50,000php- a fortune to spent here in a third world country..
  12. by   MesaRN
    A good piece of advice that was posted earlier was NOT to buy your books via the bookstore. I have purchased nearly all of my books brand new for far less than bookstore's USED price. But be sure that everything is included such as CD's, study guides, atlases, ect. Ask your instructor if they have ordered any type of special custom package deal.

    A great site is:cheapsesttextbook.com It simply searches may used/new text book sites (for example ecampus, half.com, amazon.com, ect) and tells you the current cheapest price. You then buy directly from that site. Easy and saves $$.

    CAREFUL: search with the ISBN , not just the title, that you get from the instructor (NOT THE BOOKSTORE!) to be sure you are getting the exact book!

    As for PDAs...there is an entire forum dedicated to this topic, and it is a big topic: http://allnurses.com/forums/f234/

    I would use caution with those under $100, you may run into not enough memory and not enough processing power to run newer applications.
    Last edit by MesaRN on Dec 16, '06
  13. by   kukukajoo
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