just so you know, i have navigated through that ackley and ladwig site extensively and often post links to nursing diagnoses on the site when i am answering care plan questions for students. the constructor for the 6th edition of the book has only 52 nursing diagnoses on it. i know, because i have the list of them. there are a total of 172 nanda nursing diagnoses currently. there is a new 7th edition care plan constructor that has only 75 nursing diagnoses on it that are updated to coincide with the latest edition of the care plan book. i also have a list of those 75 nursing diagnoses. the new site is here:
what are you going to do when you need information on a diagnosis which is not on the online list? and, also, how can you advise someone to skip half the books on a list when you don't know what books are even on the list?
collegebound. . .take the advice of a 30-year veteran of nursing. every dictionary, drug guide and care plan book is important to have. these are not purchases that you are going to make every semester. they are one time purchases. i have replaced a good number of these kinds of books over the years (good to update about every 10 years or so) for my own personal library and i'm no longer a nursing student. there are times when i would come home from work and need to look something up because we just didn't have a reference for it at work. or, someone in your life will ask a question that will send you to your books looking for the answer. here's what reference books i recommend minimally: collegiate dictionary (not a pocket one), medical dictionary (not a pocket one), drug reference, lab/x-ray/test reference, a&p or pathophysiology, physical examination, fluid and electrolytes, and a book with all
the nursing diagnoses defined.
and, if you think the cost of nursing books is bad, you should see what the medical students have to pay!