Member-recommended neonatal reading list!

  1. please feel free to add to this thread!

    pm nicu_nurse with titles and short descriptions of books that you've read and would like to recommend to others if you are aware of a helpful book that you would like to see on this list.

    books for nurses:

    core curricula/general handbooks:

    fetal and neonatal secrets
    by dr richard polin & dr alan spitzer

    core review for neonatal intensive care nursing
    by robin l. watson

    care of the high risk neonate
    by klaus & fanaroff

    handbook of neonatal intensive care
    by gerald merenstein and sandra gardner

    workbook in practical neonatology
    by richard polin

    history of the care and feeding of the premature infant
    by thomas e. cone, jr., m.d.

    physical assessment of the newborn
    by ellen p. tappero, rnc, mn, nnp and mary ellen honeyfield, rnc, ms, nnp

    comprehensive neonatal nursing: a physiological perspective
    by carole kenner and judy wright lott

    developmental care:

    nurturing the premature infant
    by dr edward goldson

    kangaroo care: the best you can do to help your preterm infant
    by susan m. luddington-hoe

    neonatal respiratory care:

    assisted ventillation of the neonate, fourth edition
    by goldsmith & karotkin

    neonatal radiology

    manual of neonatal emergency x-ray interpretation
    by meerstadt & gyll (1996)

    neonatal medication administration:


    neonatal medications and nutrition: a comprehensive guide
    by zenk, et. al.

    books for parents/children:

    rosie and tortoise
    by margaret wild, ron brooks

    believe in katie lynn
    by bartholomew resta, kitty harvill

    preemies: the essential guide for parents of premature babies
    by dana wechsler linden, emma trenti paroli, mia wechsler doron m.d.

    no bigger than my teddy bear
    by valerie pankow, gwen connelly

    i'm made of mama's milk
    by mary olsen

    i eat at mommy's
    by anna e. bradley-mcbeth, nilaja a. bradley-mcbeth list of books for new siblings:

    links to other children's books regarding infants, breastfeeding, new siblings, etc.:

    note: does not sponsor or recommend any of these items. these titles and/or links were provided by members of the forum community and have not been investigated or researched by the owner of this site. thank you!
    Last edit by NICU_Nurse on Oct 3, '03
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  3. by   Laprn1989neo
    I live by my Lange
    Neonatology: Mangagement, Procedure, On-Call Problems, Diseases, Drugs
    by Tricia Lacy Gomella
  4. by   NICU_3_RN
    i keep a copy of "[color=#003399]newborn intensive care: what every parent needs to know" by by jeanette zaichkin in my locker, so i can copy and provide info for parents as needed. it covers everything, and it's in plain speak... so parents can easily understand what their child is going through.

    it's a great book.
  5. by   NICUAngel
    What do you recommend of these lists for a brand new nurse (well almost) going to work in the NICU?
  6. by   NICUAngel
    If you had to pick one that is...
  7. by   EricJRN
    Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care (mentioned above) is great and it's considered by many to be one of the most authoritative sources for NICU personnel. You'll sometimes hear it referred to as 'the Merenstein-Gardner' (the names of the authors).

    I also have Lange's Neonatalogy by Gomella and it's pretty good too.
  8. by   BabyRN2Be
    I'd recommend this book for parents:

    "Your Premature Baby: Everything You Need to Know About Childbirth, Treatment, and Parenting" by Frank Manginello and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo
  9. by   NeoNurseTX
    I'm doing my "transition" course in a level 3 NICU and I'm pretty much clueless to what goes on in there. What's a simple book that isn't TOO detailed that might help me through this semester? I'm looking for something w/ normal lab values, common meds, common treatments...anything to give me some sort of idea on what will be going on with my patients. Thanks!
  10. by   lytning
    i received an offer from a specialty hospital to work in the NICU. Im currently w0rking at a med-surg unit and have been exposed in the NICU for just about 12days during my orientation. I have no idea where to start preparing myself. Need a little help pls. thank you.
  11. by   prmenrs
    Merenstein and Gardner (imho) remains the best entry level text. A new edition came out in 2010. Available on amazon. Start there! And---Best Wishes for success! (Hopefully, they will give you a thorough orientation-like ~ 12 weeks.)

    Merenstein & Gardner's Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care - Paperback (Apr. 1, 2010) by Sandra Lee Gardner RN MS CNS PNP, Brian S. Carter MD FAAP, Mary I Enzman-Hines RN PhD CNS CPNP AHN-BC, and Jacinto A. Hernandez MD PhD MHA FAAP
  12. by   tralalaRN
    The bible on prematurity for parents is: "The Premature Baby Book" by Helen Harrison. It's older, but I've seen nothing better than this yet.

    For nurses, I highly recommend "Baby at Risk" by Dr. Ruth Levy Guyer. It covers the ethical side of prematurity, and highlights the history of neonatology, presents actual case histories of infants as they are growing up.