I start nursing school next month as well and already have my nursing school textbooks so I've been going through them. But before I received my books I reviewed medical terminology and dosage calculations. Since my 1st semester will consist of Fundamentals and Health Assessment I purchased Fundamentals of Nursing Made Incredibly Easy and Health Assessment Made Incredibly Easy. I think that the "Made Incredibly Easy" book series are very helpful. Also, the dosage calculations book was called Dosage Calculations Demystified. I bought Lippincott's Fast Facts for NCLEX-RN, it's just 5000 facts broken up into the different body systems and no rationales but it does teach you how to understand and answer the alternate-format questions which you'll encounter on the NCLEX so that's really good. I looked over it but will hold off because those are things I'll learn throughout the nursing program. If you can get your booklist for your classes that would be a good start. Congratulations too
I have all of the "Made Incredibly Easy" books, although these are more helpful for while you're IN nursing school. To prepare, I mostly reviewed my pre-req stuff such as medical terminology and A&P. I also did a lot of practicing with doage calculations and studying unit conversions. NCLEX-RN review books are beneficial. I have "Lippincott's Fast Facts," "Saunder's NCLEX-RN Review," and a few others. As far as just reading up on surviving and handling NS, I read books such as "How to Survive & Maybe Even Love Nursing School," "Test Success - Test Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students," and several others.
Thank you so much for the information I highly appreciate it. And congrats to you too I was really excited when they accepted me some former students told me it was going to be tough but at the end it will be worth it.
@ ericabeth thank you so much for info I really appreciate it. Yeah, I started looking over my a&p notes and I heard so much about the "How to Survive & Maybe Even Love Nursing Book" and now that you mentioned it, I'm going to buy it How far are you in nursing school?
I am starting my second year/final year of my BSN. I don't know that there's necessarily a book that will help you prepare. I would recommend getting a good hard copy or electronic planner to keep you assignments, etc organized. Also brush up on your math for Pharm. There's lots of conversions to remember grams, microgram, milligrams, oz, millileters, liters, etc. Practice converting between them.
The most important thing is to spend as much time as you can with friends and family having fun. You wont have time once school starts.
There is a LOT of good info on here. I personally feel like I can never have enough info! I know a few students that have recently graduated, and they said that the Kaplan RN program helped them out a LOT. It's expensive, but my instructors recommended that a few people get together and pay for it to share. It was over $400 the last time I checked. It was also suggested that we start is after we have started our 2nd year.