Nursing books that are a must?

  1. Hi everyone:

    I was wondering if there are any nursing books that are helpful or if anyone found they used a lot during nursing school?

    Thanks
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  3. by   janleb
    HI Cheri,
    Books that i have found to be helpful so far, is my Anatomy book. nurses drug guide, medical dictionary, nursing magazines. I plan on checking back here. Any helpful books i will plan on purchasing them. The books that you are required to have they will let you know. Janice

    Originally posted by cheri2:
    Hi everyone:

    I was wondering if there are any nursing books that are helpful or if anyone found they used a lot during nursing school?

    Thanks
  4. by   hollykate
    One book that I found helpful is Janet Weber's "Nurses handbook of health assessment" It's published by Lippencott's. It's spiral bound, portable, goes system by system. I found it really helpful in most of my rotations, tucks right into an apron pocket. I didn't use it a lot my Senior year, but I used it almost everyday when I was in my junior year.
  5. by   wsiab
    One book that I found particularly useful was Tarascon's Pocket Pharmacopia. It fits in a pocket protector, so you can take it with you in clinicals. It has very complete drug listings, I often was able to find meds in it that were not in my other drug guides when I was preparing for clinical the night before. It provides basic information on medications like generic names, what the med is used for and how it is metabolized as well as wether it is safe for pregnant or lactating mothers. It also contains useful charts and basic med administration information.....and it's only about $8.00.
  6. by   maikranz
    Originally posted by cheri2:
    Hi everyone:


    I was wondering if there are any nursing books that are helpful or if anyone found they used a lot during nursing school?


    Thanks
    Bates "Health Assessment", Merck Manual,
    Dubin's "Rapid Interprtation of EKG's",
    Lippencott's "Manual of Nursing Practice"
    my Luckmann and Sorensen MedSurg. I STILL
    use these after 20+ years.....
  7. by   NurseCratchett, NS
    There is a paperback, pale yellow book that is all Lab tests....Every possible lab test there is I think....The test, how is done, why it was ordered, normal values, indications of results....I don't leave home without it.....bugsb_27@yahoo.com
  8. by   Genista
    I have two votes. My first vote goes for Luckman & Sorensen's "Medical Surgical Nursing," text(as previously posted). It's a great reference book. I use it to this day. They also have a "mini" version of this same text called the "Pocket Companion of Luckman & Sorensen's Medical Surgical Nursing," which is a quick reference guide to 325+ med/surg dx with brief descriptions, medical management, nursing management,etc.The pocket guide in particular was a blessing for clinical (put into your backpack). I carry it to work now as an RN (keep it in my locker) for those "new" dx I am unfamiliar with...it gives a quick overview. It is fabulous!
    #2 vote: I ran across this gem of a book called "Just the Facts" by Veronica Peterson (Mosby). It's a little pocket-sized book made by an RN for student nurses. It has a bit of everything in it from NANDA nursing dx, to review of all major systems,diagnostic tests, pre-op/post op teaching, what to say in report, electrolyte imbalances, etc. (too much to list). You might want to check it out! I wish I knew of it earlier when I was a new student nurse.
    Good luck!
    ~kona
  9. by   Michelle_nurse
    I think a basic "Fundamentals of Nursing" is a must, along with a "Med/Surg" text...Luckman & Sorensen.

    A current drug handbook, (I hate the CPS).
    Drug cards are handy, by Mosby's. I like keeping the cards with the meds that I am giving that day in my pocket for quick reference before the drilling from the teacher takes place!!

    And of course Nursing 2001 magazine.
  10. by   Elenaster
    Nursing Diagnosis Handbook by Ackley & Ladwig is pretty good for helping with the dreaded care plans.
  11. by   SnoopyNJ
    Hi Cheri2

    Two books that I found particulary helpful for my med-surg semster are Lippincott's Review Series Medical Surgical Nursing and also Saunder's Comprehensive Review for NCLEX-RN. I use these books as study aids and they are really helpful to reinforce what you have read in your textbooks
  12. by   codebluechic
    There is a book designed by an RN for critical care nurses. It's the best nursing reference I've ever bought.It's called Fast Facts. Go to kathywhite.com to find it.

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