Which book?!

  1. 0 Hello!

    I'm a new grad NICU RN and am trying to decide between 2 textbooks. Does anyone have the "Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care" by Merenstein and Gardner, or "Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing" by Verklan and Walding? If so, which one do you have and what are the pros/cons? They both have great reviews on Amazon and I'm struggling to make a decision.

    Thanks in advance!
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  3. Visit  Nurse Connie profile page
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    I have Core Curriculum. My supervisor and every nurse on my unit recommends this over the other one. I just have the one book so I can't tell you the pros & cons but it reads very well and is well written.
  4. Visit  almostnewgrad12 profile page
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    Thank you!
  5. Visit  nicurn426 profile page
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    I thought the merestein was easier for me to read personally. They are both great, but I preferred merestein over core curriculum
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  6. Visit  almostnewgrad12 profile page
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    Thanks!
  7. Visit  MelissaS profile page
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    I have both. I prefer the book by Merenstein and Gardner. I feel like it goes into way more explanation then the other. Plus one is ALL in outline format (Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing) and the other isn't. So it depends on what you are wanting the book for. When we took our test as new grads I would have loved the outline format because we were looking up a lot of questions, it was a take home test and it was very hard. But if you want to sit down and read something, and you want it broken down better, then I prefer Merenstein and Garder.
    gallifrey likes this.
  8. Visit  prmenrs profile page
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    FWIW, I prefer Merenstein--more explanatory. If I were going to a class where someone was lecturing, Core Curriculum might be better, but, studying all by myself, I'm in the M-G camp.
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  9. Visit  almostnewgrad12 profile page
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    Thanks everyone! I'm going to buy Merenstein's book. My orientation doesn't include lectures so it's up to me to ask questions at work and then go home and read.
  10. Visit  gallifrey profile page
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    Quote from almostnewgrad12
    Hello!

    I'm a new grad NICU RN and am trying to decide between 2 textbooks. Does anyone have the "Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care" by Merenstein and Gardner, or "Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing" by Verklan and Walding? If so, which one do you have and what are the pros/cons? They both have great reviews on Amazon and I'm struggling to make a decision.

    Thanks in advance!
    I'm glad you asked, I was also trying to decide! Now I know what I'll ask Santa to bring me
    Bortaz, RN likes this.
  11. Visit  ccguidry profile page
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    I'm trying to make the same decision now as I'm a new grad RN in the NICU too. Guess I'll be buying Merenstein. Thanks!
  12. Visit  aerorunner80 profile page
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    I have both of them. They each have their strengths and weaknesses.
  13. Visit  Bortaz, RN profile page
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    I have them both, as well. Prefer M&G, as it's more in-depth. Loaned someone my Core Curriculum so they could study for RNC, but they never returned it and I can't remember who it was loaned to. Speaking of studying for RNC...I think having both books is beneficial, as you can use the outline format of Core Curriculum to find subjects, and M&G for in-depth info on the subject.
    prmenrs likes this.
  14. Visit  prmenrs profile page
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    If you're going for AACN certification, I think the core curriculum would be helpful. You can do the NCC cert w/M&G, imo.
    LonghornLillie and Bortaz, RN like this.


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