Books for CRNA School?

  1. I am currently going for my RN but will be applying to CRNA colleges when the time comes. I am wondering what books you have all had to get and also what books you recommend that you have also bought.

    Since i will be having "downtime" between colleges, I feel i should keep fresh in studying as well as getting a jumpstart on what I will need to know later.

    Thanks!
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   gasmn2b
    A good novel to go to bed with. It helps to unwind and get your mind off of the overabundance of materials that will be piling up in front of you.
  4. by   kukukajoo
    Gas man- you are so funny!

    I was looking for the required text lists. No reason not to start sonner than day one and keep my mind fresh at the same time.

    I already have plenty of other good books.
  5. by   SLSB2
    I agree with gasman! You will have such a steep learning curve as a critical care RN. Transitioning from nursing school to a unit taking care of critically ill patients is very challenging. In the ICU, you will need to learn hemodynamic monitoring, pharmacology and titration of drips, advanced assessment skills, etc. Things they did not teach in nursing school. This will keep you plenty busy, believe me!
  6. by   kukukajoo
    SLSB- I appreciate the concern but I am well aware of what I am in for. If I wanted to relax and read a novel I would have asked for recommendations on that. I have plenty of time relaxing and one way I do is by reading which I have always done. Would rather read a book to help my career and future than a trashy novel any day.

    I feel it's my choice to want to learn ahead so why shouldn't you want to help me here? I don't see why everyone is so unwilling to share their school's book lists or favorite study guides.

    like I said, I have a LOT of downtime and want to keep fresh- maybe even write a book or something to really stay up to date on equipment and procedures.
  7. by   gasmn2b
    Sorry, i misread your OP and thought you meant while in CRNA school. As for now lots of journals and articles on critical care practices. Then once in CRNA school get a good novel. Best of Luck
  8. by   Nicky032605
    I notice that posters tend to shy away from giving information about CRNA school to OP's who have yet to finish Nursing School. You can try searching this bulletin board using key words, or try going to Amazon.com and search through their popular book lists regarding the subject. You could always go to EBay and search for the most expensive Anesthesia Books. Try key words in your library database. Try looking up websites of professional organizations that recommend books or personalized webistes from students that have already been through the program. There are endless ways of obtaining pertinent literature. Journals and Articles was a great suggestion. I believe you can obtain subscriptions fairly cheap from EBay. Anesthesia Journals are very expensive and I believe you must be either Certified or in a program to have access to them. Someone correct me if I am wrong. Hope this helps. Good luck with your studies.

    Edit: You can also try going to the site of the major publisher of Medical literature: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and look through their Anesthesia collection. Have you tried calling the school and inquire about recommended literature? Whats the worst that could happen, right?
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    Last edit by Nicky032605 on Nov 10, '06
  9. by   kukukajoo
    Nicky thanks but I am already aware of all the books out there. I did a search all the way back to 2002 and very few books were listed. I ahve also seen the ones on the AANA site and other places.

    Specifically what I am looking for is the book lists- both required and suggested texts.

    Evidently I will have to go directly to the schools to get this information.

    Funny that CRNA's would be so unwilling to help considering they also were once in Nusring school as well. Everyone has to start somewhere and when you have a little help and guidance along the way it saves TONS of time and many times propels you even further forward with this help.

    So, I will ask once again- is ANYONE willing to share their book lists for their CRNA? Please?
  10. by   dfk
    oops - the dreaded double post
    Last edit by dfk on Nov 11, '06
  11. by   dfk
    Quote from kukukajoo
    Nicky thanks but I am already aware of all the books out there. I did a search all the way back to 2002 and very few books were listed. I ahve also seen the ones on the AANA site and other places.

    Specifically what I am looking for is the book lists- both required and suggested texts.

    Evidently I will have to go directly to the schools to get this information.

    Funny that CRNA's would be so unwilling to help considering they also were once in Nusring school as well. Everyone has to start somewhere and when you have a little help and guidance along the way it saves TONS of time and many times propels you even further forward with this help.

    So, I will ask once again- is ANYONE willing to share their book lists for their CRNA? Please?
    naaaahhh.. forget those anesthesia books for now.. especially for the first semester or so.. you'll get what u need from class regarding that.. if u want to get a good jump/grip, go for pharm and physio.. always room for more !! amen to that.. more than you can care to want.. if you are REALLY craving an arduous bathroom reader, get all you can about calcium and its role... i learned VERY quickly it's not just for bones.. ENJOY !!!!!!!!!!
  12. by   skipaway
    It's been 14 yrs since anesthesia school, but the one book that I know a lot are assigned is

    Basics of Anesthesia by Robert K. Stoelting

    Start with that and then come back.
  13. by   North Cacalacky
    Hey kukukajoo, here is a CRNA program book list. If you must read any of these prior to going to school, I would suggest Basics of Anesthesia(#20 on list). It provides a good overview and isn't too technical compared to the other books on the list. Most CRNA's, SRNA's consider it to be among the best intro texts. There you go, hope this helps.
    ARKANSASSTATEUNIVERSITY
    MSN Nurse Anesthesia
    LATEST EDITIONS FOR ALL BOOKS REQUIRED
    Class 2007-2009

    Required
    • Atlee, John L., Complications in Anesthesia. Philadelphia, PA, WB Saunders
    ISBN: 0-7216-7161-6

    • Awde, N., Hurford, W., Balin, M. Clinical Anesthesia Procedures of the
    Massachusetts GeneralHospital. Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins, 6th Ed.
    ISBN: 0781737184

    • Barash, P. Clinical Anesthesia. Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. 5th Ed.
    ISBN: 0-7817-5745-2

    • Brown, D. Atlas of Regional Anesthesia. WB Saunders. 3rd Ed.
    ISBN: 1-4160-2239-2

    • Chestnut, D. Obstetric Anesthesia. Elsevier Mosby. 3rd Ed.
    ISBN: 0-323-02357-6

    • Cucchiara. Neuroanesthesia. Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.
    ISBN: 0-443-07928-5

    • Guyton, A., Hall, J. Textbook of Medical Physiology. WB Saunders. 11th Ed.
    ISBN: 0-781-60240-1

    • Hall & Chantigan. Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Review. Elsevier
    ISBN: 0323023169

    • Hall. Guyton Physiology Review
    ISBN: 0-7216-8307-X

    • Kaplan, Joel A. and Slinger, Peter D. Thoracic anesthesia 3rd. Edition. Churchill Livingstone.
    ISBN 0-443-06619-1

    • Levitzky. Pulmonary Physiology. McGraw Hill. 6th Ed.
    ISBN: 0-071-38765-X

    • Levitzky, Hall, & McDonough. Cardiopulmonary Physiology in Anesthesiology.
    McGraw Hill
    ISBN: 0070375348

    • Miller, R. Anesthesia. Churchill Livingston. 6th Ed.
    ISBN: 0-443-06618-3


    • Morgan, J. & Mikhail, R. Clinical Anesthesiology. McGraw Hill. 4th Ed.
    ISBN: 0-07-110515-8

    • Motoyama & Davis. Smith's Anesthesia for Infants and Children. Elsevier.
    7th Ed.
    ISBN: 0-323-02647-8

    • Nagelhout, J. Review of Nurse Anesthesia. Elsevier
    ISBN: 0721603637

    • Nagelhout, J. & Zaglaniczny, K. Nurse Anesthesiology. Elsevier. 3rd Ed.
    ISBN: 0-7216-0363-7 Purchase from AANA website.

    • Stoelting, R. Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthesia Practice. Lippincott,
    Williams, & Wilkins. 4th Ed.
    ISBN: 0-443-07168-3

    • Stoelting, R., & Dierdorf, S. Anesthesia and Co-Existing Disease. Churchill
    Livingston. 4th Ed.
    ISBN: 0-443-06604-3

    • Stoelting, R. & Miller, R. Basics of Anesthesia. Churchill Livingston. 5th Ed.
    ISBN: 0-443-06801-1 (Please do not purchase until 2006 edition is publishes)

    • Yao, F. Anesthesiology: Problem Oriented Patient Management. Lippincott,
    Williams, & Wilkins. 4th Ed.
    ISBN: 0-397-58759-7

    Optional
    • Ezekiel. Current Clinical Strategies: Handbook of Anesthesiology
    ISBN: 1-929622-49-X

    • Longnecker. Principles and Practice of Anesthesiology. Mosby 2nd Ed.
    ISBN: 0-323-00704-X

    • Standring, S. Gray's Anatomy. 39th Ed.
    ISBN: 0-443-07168-3

    4. Duke, James. Anesthesia Secrets. 3rd edition (2006) Mosby-Elsevier
    ISBN: 1-56053-612-8

    5. Nagelhout, J. & Zaglaniczny, K. Handbook of Nurse Anesthesia. Elsevier
    ISBN: 0721603629 Purchase from AANA website
  14. by   newkarian
    I am a BSN that is currently in the process of interviewing with CRNA schools. I have found the Pharmacology and Physiology in Anesthesia by Stoelting very help ful to prepare myself for the process. I would use the book to learn intracellular method of action on your commonly used ICU drugs. Also the physiology chapters in the back of the book are pretty helpful. The Lange physiology series are also pretty good books to study up on. Another thing that might be helpful is to get a good CCRN prep book. Studying up for the CCRN will not only help show what areas you are weak in but make you a better ICU nurse in the end.

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