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What books (name, author, & edition) are you using for your nursing courses? I know that alot of program require you to buy most, if not all, of your books the first quarter/semester. Just curious!



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Specializes in ICU, psych, corrections.

We are using:

1) Fundamentals of Nursing, The Art & Science of Nursing Care by Taylor and Lillis (Lippincott)

2) Pharmacology and the Nursing Process by Lilley and Aucker

3) A Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests by Frances Fischbach

4) Clinical Applications of Nursing Diagnosis: Adult, Child, Women's, Psychiatric, Gerontic, and Home Health Considerations by Helen C. Cox

5) Physical Examination & Health Assessment by Carolyn Jarvis

6) Mosby's Medical Dictionary

7) The Nurses PDR.

I have also bought various NCLEX review books to help me learn the style of testing as all my instructors follow that format closely.

This is my first semester of a 2 year ADN program at a community college.


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Specializes in ICU, psych, corrections.

oops...forgot the editions...in order, here they are:

1) 4th

2) 3rd

3) 7th

4) 4th

5) 4th

6) 6th

7) 2003 edition

maire, ASN, RN

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Specializes in Adult Med-Surg, Rehab, and Ambulatory Care.


Here's this semester's lineup, but some of them were from last semester and we are still using them...

1) Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, Ackley, Ladwig (2002)

2) Applying the Nursing Process, Promoting Collaborative Care, Alfaro-Lefevre (2002)

3) Fundamentals and Advanced Nursing Skills, Altman, Buchsel and Coxon (2000)

4) Standards of Clinical Nursing Practice, ANA (1998)

5) Nurses Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, Cavanaugh (2001)

6) Davis' Drug Guide for Nurses (2002)

7) Nursing Health Assessment, A Critical Thinking Approach, Dillon (2003)

8) Nursing Care Plans, Guidelines for Individualized Patient Care, Doenge, Moorhouse, Geissler (1999)

9) Fundamentals of Nursing, Kozier, Erb (2000)

10) Foundations of Maternal-Newborn Nursing, Murray, Gorrie, McKinney (2001)

11) Child Health Nursing, Care of the Child and Family, Pillitteri (2000)

12) Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (19th Ed.)

13) & 14) Study guides to go along with the maternal-newborn book and the Child health book

There are some optional books as well but I am tired of typing. :)


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Thanks for taking the time to answer my question. I know it was alot of typing, and I really appreciate it.

Thanks Again,



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If you can, try to get your books used or even older editions, you'll save big bucks. I learned this the hard way, but the info does not change that much from edition to edition. I have been using a med-surg text for two semesters that lists for $90 and I found an older edition on http://www.amazon.com which is about four years old for $8.00 and I'm getting through the course fine with it.

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