Hi! I asked this same question about six months ago, when I graduated. ;>P Ahh, newbies. I feel like a pro already. (Okay, not really...but I feel like I won't kill anyone now, so that's a start!) Our unit uses the Neofax, which is a drug book specifically written with neonates in mind. Many, many units use this all over the place, but personally, I HATE IT. It is VERY concise, gives you little information, and honestly, as a new grad on a new unit, you need to be learning AS MUCH about these drugs as possible. The book mentioned above is EXCELLENT- I bought a copy on my own. It has lots and lots of additional information in it. I have never seen a quick ref book for NICU, but there are a number of textbooks that are excellent for you to be learning about various pathologies, etc. in the unit. One is Merenstein and Gardner (forgot the title- you could look it up on Amazon
). Excellent, although I don't use this one. I and my unit use Neonatology by Gamella. It is not a nursing book
, it is the book that all of our neonatal med students and residents use, and though it is directed at doctors, it is concise, clear, and thorough without droning. It can fit in a lab coat pocket easily and has lots and lots of helpful information in it. I LOVE THIS BOOK. These are the two most recommeded books, for good reason, but there are numerous books out there that you could use. Just go to amazon and do a search. Usually you can click on the books and read excerpts to see if it's in a format that you like before you buy it. Or go to the bookstore, order three or four of them, and when they come in, peruse all of them and pick the one you want. They don't charge you for that, and if you don't want them, they just put them on the shelf. One last thing that I did: I went to Barnes and Noble and found a book called 'Preemies' by Linden, Paroli, and Doron. It is not a textbook, I already had that, but it is a book written by a nurse, doctor, and an NP for PARENTS of preemies, explaining EVERYTHING you could possibly want to know about the NICU, including meds, equipment, staff, you name it. I wanted to read it from a parent's perspective so I could better benefit the families of my babies, and this was a choice I will ALWAYS recommend to anyone. It is in layman's terms, very simple to understand, and again, very thorough. It covers multiple gestation, well, EVERYTHING. It's really helped me to communicate with my parents and I get complimented all the time for my ability to connect with them and explain difficult procedures or pathologies in a way they can understand. Not to mention, as a new nurse, it helped me because I had no idea where to start, and it also broke it down for ME in a simple way. This book is an excellent start for a new NICU nurse, and also a great book to recommend to parents whose babies will be in NICU for any length of time. You could even use this book to develop new fact sheets and 'pamphlets' for the parents, like, 'So you're baby is on a vent...now what?' and 'NICU? What's that?' and 'Understanding Your Preemie: Non-verbal communication'. It's a great resource. About thirty bucks or so for the book. I swear to you you won't regret buying it at all. I would never recommend something to someone that I wouldn't want to spend my own money on, and in this case, it was money well spent in so many ways it's difficult to count. ;>P Good luck in your new job! Feel free to email me if you want to talk about it or if I can help in any way.