Quote from JBMmommy
I have the opportunity to buy the books for my nursing coursework at a substantial discount from someone that graduated last year. The books are all the previous edition from the ones on the semester course list. Is it absolutely necessary to have the latest edition? I'll definitely buy the most recent book relating to medications, but some seem like things that shouldn't be out of date since 2007. Any feedback welcome.
2007 editions of stuff like Fundamentals and Med Surg, etc are more than fine.
However, watch out for the insidious "Online Bundle". Many programs are buying (having you buy) a bunch of online access with your nursing textbooks. The publishers trick the nursing programs into bundling the access with the latest version of the textbooks. They then make it difficult to buy the online component separately or charge a lot for it or both.
So if you buy used books, you don't get the online access. My program's instructors totally fell for this scam.
My advice is to buy the used books, but be proactive in asking your instructors for what, if any, additional online material you are required to purchase and be prepared to jump through some hoops and pay some substantial costs. Some publishers may claim, "the online part is only available with purchase of a new textbook."
This argument falls thin when instructors are fooled into making part of the "new textbook online component" a required part of the cirriculum.
My opinions here are biased by my horrible experience with the assmonkeys at Evolve (our school's online site of choice). I bought the dang new textbooks with all the access and their site is still horrible.