Extra Books you'd reccommend?

  1. I'm hoping to enter the ADN program this coming fall, I'll have all my prerequisites done by then. My question is this: What books would you reccommend that I'll use but weren't required by your program? I have some extra money from my financial aid that I can use now to get some books. I just ordered RNotes as some of you had spoke so highly of it. Any suggestions will be appreciated!
    Cheryl Moore
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  3. by   NurseWeasel
    WELL, I don't even START til Monday, but I ordered all the NSNA Review books - or at least a bunch of them. I got them at various places (half.com, amazon, etc) for fairly cheap. I plan on using them *as I learn* rather than just as a review right before my NCLEX exam. I have 10 of them currently.
  4. by   2amigos
    Thanks! I'll check them out! That's good thinking.
  5. by   emily_mom
    Maybe a nursing diagnosis book if your school doesn't require them. I have Carpenitos but wish I would have bought a different one as I wasn't happy with it. Also, maybe Mosby's dictionary (or whatever brand you like). That's about all I can think of. Oh, a pocket assessment book for clinicals. We could bring our huge 1500 pager, but it was a pain in the butt. I ordered Jarvis' assessment book and it was much handier to have.

    Kristy
  6. by   Jennerizer
    A test taking book for nursing. Most programs follow the nclex format & if you aren't prepared for what that is like, it can throw you off. It definitely isn't like any of the tests in the pre-req's. It's not just a matter of knowing the information, you have to know how to apply what you know.
  7. by   andi2634
    Any of the "Incredibly easy" books-- pharm incred.easy, ECG inc. easy, dosage calc incred. easy, etc. they're really good at clearing up any concepts that are tricky. Get a good care plan and nursing dx book- they'll have a lot more interventions than the texts. NCLEX review anfd test taking book also really help. Good luck!
  8. by   leslieRN2B
    Care plan books, drug handbooks, if you are not required to get one and NCLEX-RN review books, not just one but as many different ones you can find and start reading them now.
  9. by   NurseRachy
    Hello. I am an Australian nursing student doing a double degree of Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Public Health at university which will entitle me to become a RN Division 1. Sorry that i don't have the slightest idea you are talking about in regard to ADN or NCLEX-RN, but here are the books that I have purchased for nursing and find brilliant.
    You may not have these books outside Australia, but you will get the gist..
    Mosby's Human Anatomy and Physiology (5th ed) - Marieb
    Medical Microbiology (2nd ed) - Mims et al
    Pathophysiology - Concepts of Altered Health States (6th ed) - Mattson Porth
    Health Assessment - A Nursing Approach (3rd ed) - Fuller, Schaller-Ayers
    Handbook of Nursing Diagnosis - Carpentino
    Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing - Crisp and Taylor
    Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing - Smeltzer, Bare

    I hope that helps a bit and all the best for your studies
    YOU CAN AND WILL DO WELL!!!!!

    Rachel
  10. by   Wren
    For my money... I'd subscribe to a nursing journal or two. I think they are great to get you "thinking like a nurse". Go to the library of the school you are at and browse through a few to see which you like. When I was a student I subscribed to Am Jrnl of Nursing and Nursing 03 (with the correct year of course). Now I'm not wild about either one but I think they are ok for new nurses b/c they have a lot of basic stuff. The other alternative, if you are hot on a particular speciality is to join their Association as a student (reduced rate) and you'll get their journal (sometimes more than one) and CE offerings, etc. It is a great way to start learning about an area you think you want to go in to. Another plus to the journals is that many have employer advertising so you will see the different types of jobs available. Good luck!
  11. by   2amigos
    Thanks for all the suggestions and great ideas. I appreciate the info!
    Cheryl M
  12. by   Sleepyeyes
    Lippincott's Manual of Nursing... best $50 I ever spent.
    Tells nurses what to do for each diagnosis, also has procedures and rationales.

    also, Professional Guide to Diseases, by Springhouse.
    Tells the disease, patho, and treatment and other salient details.
    A fascinating read if nothing else.
  13. by   WashYaHands
    Tabers medical dictionary and a good nursing drug reference book. (Nurses PDR or Mosby).

    Linda
  14. by   missionnurse
    The Memory Notebook of Nursing Volume 1 ISBN 189215501X

    And Volume 2 ISBN 096282108X


    These are terrific to help you memorize stuff! They are pictures with pnuemonics you can copy the pages and pass them around class!


    They have helped me SOOOOO much!!!

    Misty

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