Good books for student nurses?

  1. Hi everyone! I'm new here and was wondering if anyone knows of any books that are handy to have as student nurses. Thanks for any suggestions!
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  3. by   mitchsmom
    drug guide:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...books&v=glance

    Taber's (alot of people forget about it but it has so much in it!)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...books&v=glance

    Saunder's Comprehensive NCLEX review (use it for your classes too)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/072...books&v=glance
    or new edition after Nov. 15:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/141...books&v=glance

    RNotes is a good reference & I take it to clinicals but I usually forget to use it:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...books&v=glance

    Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A Guide to Planning Care by Betty J. Ackley, Gail B. Ladwig ISBN: 0323036643
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/032...books&v=glance

    Medical-Surgical Nursing: Reviews and Rationales
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013...83155&v=glance

    my PDA (epocrates free drug guide, lab test guide (skyscape.com), Taber's, archimedes, write my exams and assignments & to do lists, record lectures, etc.)
    http://skyscape.com/index/home.aspx
    http://www2.epocrates.com/index.html

    Is that what you're looking for?
  4. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from mitchsmom
    drug guide:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...books&v=glance

    Taber's (alot of people forget about it but it has so much in it!)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...books&v=glance

    Saunder's Comprehensive NCLEX review (use it for your classes too)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/072...books&v=glance
    or new edition after Nov. 15:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/141...books&v=glance

    RNotes is a good reference & I take it to clinicals but I usually forget to use it:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...books&v=glance

    Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A Guide to Planning Care by Betty J. Ackley, Gail B. Ladwig ISBN: 0323036643
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/032...books&v=glance

    Medical-Surgical Nursing: Reviews and Rationales
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/013...83155&v=glance

    my PDA (epocrates free drug guide, lab test guide (skyscape.com), Taber's, archimedes, write my exams and assignments & to do lists, record lectures, etc.)
    http://skyscape.com/index/home.aspx
    http://www2.epocrates.com/index.html

    Is that what you're looking for?

    Thanks for the awsome info.
  5. by   GrnHonu99
    Here are a few that I have that I have found really helpful.

    Nursing Care Plans, Nursing Diagnosis and Intervention 5th edition
    Gulanick and Meyers
    ISBN 0-323-01627-8
    published by Mosby

    Fluids, Electrolytes and Acid-Base Balance
    Prentice Hall Nursing
    Reviews and Rationales
    ISBN 0-13-030454-9
    there is a whole series of these like med surg nursing/ob nursing and they are all great!

    Lippincott's Review Series
    MedicaL-Surgical Nursing
    ISBN: 1-58255-348-3

    I also went to my schools library checked out a bunch of NCLEX books, I practice the questions and return them. I also bought some of those NCLEX flascards for about 6$ with shipping off half.com...the older versions of the nclex books are cheaper and the questions are all still good practice!
  6. by   Nat_gagui
    Good tip Mitchsmom, good tip


    Nat
  7. by   Nurse-To-Be-Joy
    Thanks for the ideas. I appreciate your help!
  8. by   SteveNNP
    On a lighter note, get Chicken soup for the Nurse's Soul.....It's a great way to refocus yourself on what lies ahead as a nurse....


    SteveRN21
  9. by   4quanyin
    In addition to the above named books I would add Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice ISBN 1-58225-342-4
    It is a great condensation of all the stuff you need for pathophysiology cards.
  10. by   JentheRN05
    A couple of books, not medical wise but for sanity wise, I found useful.

    "how to survive and maybe even love nursing school'

    "Your first year as a nurse"

    Both are good books to help guide you through school.
    I have TONS of nursing school books as well, but many were already mentioned.
    Fluids & Electrolytes made incredibly easy is almost a requirement!
    Clinical nursing skills is a life saver for understanding a procedure so that you can explain it to your clinical instructor
    ECG interpretation made incredibly easy
    Nurses 3 minute clinical reference is a good book to take to clinicals because you can look up a procedure very very quickly and perform it without problems!
    If I can think of anymore I'll let you know
  11. by   Daytonite
    Well, I've been finished with nursing school for many years, but these are supplemental books that I keep around for reference because I do need to look at them from time to time.
    Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary--not only is the dictionary good, but it has great appendices!
    Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference, latest edition--I like it because it's alphabetized not arranged by drug classes.
    Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference--there's always a lab test being ordered that you won't have a clue as to what it is. This book includes x-rays, nuclear med scans, ultrasound studies and types of endoscopies.
    Medical Abbreviations:15,000 Conveniences at the Expense ofCommunications and Safety--for all those little abbreviations and acronyms the docs and whoever else comes up with.
    A book on fluids and electrolytes to help you understand all the possible imbalances that can be created in the body. The book I had years ago was by someone named Matheny, but I don't think it's in publication anymore. You want a book that will explain dehydration, fluid overload and the results of too much or too little of all the essential minerals (electrolytes) and even vitamins on the body.

    I also think that it's a good idea to splurge on a second med/surg textbook by another set of authors different from what your nursing program requires. The reason is because it is just another resource to have at home. A second set of authors might explain something in a different way that makes a subject clearer to you. When I'm looking for one I go to the website of what is considered one of the premier schools of nursing and check to see what textbooks they are requiring their students to have. I have always had a good pathophysiology nursing text around. It relates the physiology of diseased state to the diagnosis and treatment of them. You won't normally find care plans in these books, but there's enough information in them to get you started on setting up a care plan. The one I currently have is Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children by McCance and Huether
  12. by   Lanette
    WOW those are great references, I especially like Tabers.

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