I would like to suggest a "program" for student nurses to help other student nurses to be able to afford schooling.
It would work like this.
While I understand that money is tight while you are in school, is that 10-20 dollars you get by selling the book back to the bookstore that important? I would suggest, since we are in the profession of helping other people, that you donate any books that you would normally sell back to the bookstore to another student who is struggling to afford school. The outcome as I see it is that the student will be able to continue school, it would help the nursing shortage, and impose the "teamwork"/ caring attitude that we all need.
What do you all think? This could be done confidentially through a student volunteer that would coordinate it, or possibly through your department office. Just a suggestion.