I'm sure you've already thought about this, but if it's at all possible... Try to get in contact with anyone doing a nursing program in your area... at your school, etc. Ask around. I liked the idea of the nursing journals. Definitely keep reading this board. Read about all the different specialities. Read the health section of the newspaper.
Or, at my school, you can tell what every class needs (books wise) so you could see what books are required for nursing (or the best ones, opitional books--usually not as expensive) and kind of go from there. I'm not telling you to buy your books early..esp with new editions coming out like crazy but hopefully you get the idea. At my school our bookstore is so large that we have a large nursing section.
Is there a chicken soup for the nursing soul? I'm pretty sure there is. I heard it was good. Go to Amazon
, type in nursing books, nursing student, etc etc... and read the reviews! Might find something good
My sister is in nursing and I love flipping through her books, asking her what she did today, etc. It's awesome. Just a thought, I know I'm lucky living with her and having that source of knowledge right there... but hey, it was worth mentioning!