Books,Books, Books (my back is killing me)

  1. I am starting my first semester of nursing school. I went to buy some of my books today. I couldnt beleive all of the books we have to have for 2 classes. They are all huge thick boooks. I am taking Nursing fundamentals and math and dossage calculations. Here is a list of the books required.

    Math for Meds Dosage and solutions 8th edition.
    NUR 1111 Math and dosage calculation packet.
    Fundamentals of nursing.
    Clinacal nursing Skills and Techniques.
    Davis drug guide for nurses.
    Labratory & Diagnostic test & nursing implications.
    Tabers, cyclopedic Medical dictionary.
    Test success
    Nursing Process Concepts & Applications
    You are smarter than you think you are.
    NUR 1119 Fundamentals Packet
    ADN Student Hand Book
    Basic Life support for Health Care Providers.

    This comes up to over $700 in just books.
    Do any of these look familiar for your program.
    Does every one have such a large list for there first semester.
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   det01
    We also had a large list:

    Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary

    Handbook of Nursing Diagnosis (Lynda Juall Carpenito)

    Medical Terminology: A systems Approach (Gylys and Wedding)

    Math Refresher Book (made by my school)

    Diagnostic Testing and Nursing Implications, a case study approach (Pagana and Pagana)

    Fundamentals of Nursing (Potter and Perry)

    Clinical Nursing Skills (Smith, Duell and Martin)



    We also had recommended textbooks...

    Publication of the American Psychological Association

    Nursing Care Plans: Guidelines for Individualizing Care (Doenges, Moorhouse, and Geissler)

    Nursing Procedures (Goldberg)

    BLS for Healthcare Providers (Stoddard) - this one was kind of required, b/c they forced you to buy it when you got your CPR certification


    I went ahead and bought the recommended books. In my experience the recommended books are often more helpful than the required ones. From what I have heard you can use all the help you can get with careplans and that the recommended careplan book is excellent.

    These are just required for one class, but they will be useful throughout the program-- I hope.

    I can't remember how much the class fee was - but we had a 2-3 inch packet that we recieved on the first day of class as well. In most of the packet, both sides of the pages were used.
  4. by   nursebucky
    We have 11 required books and 5 optional books. I have about 13 books. I think I need a rolling book bag.
  5. by   det01
    Originally posted by nursebucky
    We have 11 required books and 5 optional books. I have about 13 books. I think I need a rolling book bag.
    I bought one right after I saw the booklist!

    We don't have to carry all the books to every class, but even if we have to take 2-3 many of them are so heavy I would not want them on my back!
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Three words: Bookbag on Wheels
  7. by   Mandylpn
    Exactly right, a bag on wheels is the only way to go. Not too fun in the snow though. I only needed to buy two books and four packets for semester 3 of LPN. but then they always send us down to the bookstore for some thing or another the first week of class. good luck to all of us!
  8. by   Mariannsi
    Don't feel bad, I had to buy books that I already had from 1999 because the editions had changed. 11 Books cost $508.22 and I too will definately be using a bookbag on wheels!!!!
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Forget the bookbag on wheels now, sounds like you all need a John Deere with a trailer hitched to it
  10. by   leslieRN2B
    Most of your books are purchased in the first semester..thank goodness...I definately suggest a backpack with wheels. It is a back saver. The Fundamentals, Med Surg, and OB books are HUGE!!
  11. by   ST_NURSE_MLD
    bob007cat,

    I read your post thinking "welcome to the wonderful world of nursing school". I cracked up when I read your "signature".:roll
    "What doesn't kill you will only make you STRONGER" None of us will need to go to the gym. You'll be lifting all the weight you need carrying all those books.
    Last edit by ST_NURSE_MLD on Aug 15, '03
  12. by   janis9799
    I am not in nursing school this year, but looked up what the first semester books were going to cost me next year and see how many there are...21 books, for $700 which is alot but not for the number of books I will have to buy.
  13. by   camkib
    I purchased my books today also--11 total and a rolling bookbag for a little over $700. That total is actually $100 less than what we were told at our information session!

    Here's what I have:

    Nursing Diagnosis Handbook-Ackley

    Medical Surgical Nursing-Black

    Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests-Daniels

    Drug Guide for Nurses-Deglin

    Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children-Hockenberry

    Focus on Nursing Pharmacology-Karch

    Mosby's Medical, Nursing, and Allied Health Dictionary

    Clinical Nursing Skills and Techniques-Perry & Potter

    Dosage Calculations-Pickar

    Fundamentals of Nursing-Perry & Potter

    Essentials of Nutrition and Diet Therapy-Williams

    The good thing is that I will only have to purchase 3 more nursing books for the 4 remaining semesters of the program. I checked online and each of those are under $100
  14. by   Jennerizer
    Wait until you see the Med-Surg book.....over 2000 pages & weighs at least 15 lbs. It's crazy!

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