I just found out I start NS in 4 weeks (someone dropped) and need to get all 14 of the required first semester books. My question is, which ones should I rent, if I can and which ones would be keepers?
Thanks for any comments
I just finished my first semester of a BSN program. Three more semesters to go. I completed all of the prereqs, other than nutrition, with my first degree. I have three A&P books that I've accumulated over the years because I like reading them from time to time. I have the book I used as a student, a book that I taught from, and an abbreviated version that makes a handy refresher book.
It was "recommended" that we keep all of our texts to reference in the future, but I guarantee I'm not doing that so I sold them all back. I kept the Davis Drug Guide which I never use, and I kept our pharmacology book because it was an interesting read (science is what interests me), and I thought the value of it in bathroom reading material exceeded what the bookstore was going to buy it back for. I also kept Lippincott because it was so unexpectedly cheap for its gigantic size. I bought it used, but it's quite obvious that the previous student never even opened it. It looks nice on a shelf or coffee table, but the size of it makes it less than useful. Also, don't buy workbooks, or student guides as I think nursing calls them, unless you know for sure you're going to have assignments in them that will be graded. In fact I would ask that if I were you, and I will be asking that question in January. We had to buy three of those and only used one. I made copies of the three or so pages that we had to use out of the one, and sold them all back in new condition yet they were only worth about four bucks each.
I spent $950 this past fall on books and got about ten percent of that back, but the principle of not getting stuck with more old college books was my motivator in getting rid of them. I have no where in my house anymore for more books, plus with electronic reference sources and internet who needs a shelf full of books to reference?
Last edit by ImThatGuy on Dec 13, '10