The true meaning of continuing education - page 2

I'm really not shocked that nobody here seems to be expanding on their base knowledge. Nursing school isn't all easy and the strain you can feel in the "real" world of nursing once you hit the floor... Read More

  1. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Yes! I did recommend and still utilize the Nursing Herbal Handbook, Springhouse. I had forgotten about that thread. I keep it at work and forgot to mention it. I also keep a backup Tabors there. It has been invaluble in saving people from possible(if you can do that) interactions with meds and conditions.

    Just your favorites. The ones you utilize to refresh old skills and aquire new ones. All of us have old books we bought that just take up space. I'm suggesting sharing the ones you get use out of and how you use them for the benefit of these professionals that care enough to promote Nursing as a skilled SCIENCE.
    I'm simply enviouse Angus , but someday when I am done with the academic library I can enhance the professional series
    wing!!:chuckle ..No really, I'm always buying books and programs. Since technology is advancing all the time I figure that I had better advance with it or be left behind.


    YES, YES!.Please share. You don't have to type out a long link or anything just give us a website........Please, pretty please?

    I love simulators but I haven't found any that I have learned much from except for a CD-rom game called Code Blue. You can search a medical database for general treatment information, veiw radiological findings, varied lab work, and decide the treatment course along with consults and everything. The information has a medical basis complete with instruments. It's from Legacy Interactive
  2. by   petiteflower
    I have several, but this is the best and most complete. I visit this site often.

    It has lots of good stuff----enjoy!!!!!
  3. by   RNforLongTime

    I have that Code Blue game. It's fun once you figure out how to get things to work.

    As far as my nursing reference library? I have the latest edition of Brunner and Suddarths Medical Surgical Nursing text, a medical dictionary, a Tabers, a 2002 Nursing Drug Handbook, Portable RN, Lippincotts Manual of Nursing Care (7th Ed.), Mosby's Clinical Nursing(5th ed.), Fundamental's of Nursing by Taylor, Lillis and LeMone(2001,4th ed), Mosby's 2001 Edition of Intravenous Meds, Mosby's Guide to Lab tests and values. I also have just about every book in the Incredibly Easy series by Springhouse--first edition--you know Pharmacology, EKG's, IV Therapy, etc. Plus there are numerous others that I don't have room to list all the titles. Plus I still have all of my nursing texts from college and I graduated 5 years ago in May.

    I am constantly referencing the Med-Surg text. Plus the Critical Care Nursing Texts also. I also constantly re-read my old nursing magazines as well, I refuse to throw them away, I keep em in a cardboard box in my closet.
  4. by   aimeee
    I've got quite a few of those Incredibly Easy texts too, Kelly.

    My Mosby's medical dictionary and my Lippincotts drug handbook are probably the most frequently used books on my reference shelf. I also pull out my old med/surg text now and then.

    I use the internet a lot these days to ferret out the answers to questions that come up as I go along. I poll the most experienced nurses first and then I go searching the net to see how their answers compare to what is published. Sometimes I find new tidbits to pass back along to them.

    I get such a rush from finding out some new piece of information that will help me help my patients. I can't fathom anybody feeling like they don't need to learn any more. As I went through nursing school I was just awed by how much there was to know and how I was just scratching the surface. 6 years later I feel I have learned a great deal but it still seems like a drop in the bucket.
  5. by   petiteflower
    Where do you get the code blue game??? I think I would like that.
  6. by   RNforLongTime
    I got my copy at Office Max
  7. by   Agnus
    Fetrow, C. W., Availa, J. R. Professional's handbook of complementary & alternative medicines, AACN Clinical Reference of Critical Care Nursing, Taber's, Nursing 2002 Drug handbook, Chernecky, C. C., Berger, B. J., Laboratory tests and diagnostic proceures, Gahart, B. L., Nazareno, A. A., 2001 Intravenous medications. These are a few. I really do use ALL the books I have fairly frequently.
    I purge out books from time to time, if I find they are no longer significantly useful to me. I have to; I buy books frequently not to mention I am an active Student gone back for my BSN.

    Plus I have books on management, people skills and issues, and herbs that proove useful in nursing. I kept the Psyc book from my LPN program while I pruged the one from my RN program. It is really useful in everyday med surg areas. It's Groman, L. M., Sultan, D. F. Raines, M. L., Davis's manual of psychosocial nursing for general patient care. A handy little pocket size (600 pg though)reference with down to earth practical info and advice.
    Last edit by Agnus on Apr 16, '02
  8. by   micro
    Nurse's Drug Guide.....Springhouse
    Mosby's 2001 Drug Guide
    Mosby's lab and diagnostic text.....
    Med/Surg Text.........
    Medical Dictionary a must.......
    these are the just the basic survival ones.....

    there are great websites for just about any medical subject out there........

    am a cpr instructor, enjoy keeping up on issues and topics.....and always how to teach better.....
    will be taking ACLS this fall

    certification in med/surg this year.....

    classes that offered at work and other venues.....

    Love RN is so current and practical, along with the scientific theory and actions........

    Love learning and stimulating my mind.....+++++it is the only way to keep current and proficient at what we do.....
    learn the best sometimes right on the floor from the master's(those who have gone there before.........).........doc's can be a great resource of knowledge.....depending.....

    great thread and thought provoking.....
  9. by   traumaRUs
    Oops, I did forget to mention I did the CEN too. We too don't get reimbursed for certification - again just something I wanted to do for myself.
  10. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Hey everybody!

    If you haven't yet go check out Petiteflower's website pick!................uhmm, then come back to spend the rest of the day on this one of course.:imbar

    I turned into a crispy critter on my first air ambulance call.....geeze.

    I forgot to mention my Handbook of Diagnostic Tests, Springhouse;second edition
    I also went out yesterday and bought Body Fluids & Electrolytes, Moseby;eighth edition. It's a programmed presentation just like my Chemistry for Biology Majors but didn't have a CD-rom I need a programmed format so I'll have the discilpline to finish all the concepts before moving on.........I like to skim when I think I know it all

    Love all the input.
  11. by   NRSKarenRN
    I have almost all the above books and used as references weekly when doing field nursing.

    Still use Hanbook of Home Health Standards + Documentation Guidelines for Reimbursement by T. M. Marelli, Mosby in planning homecare , especially nursing skills and outcome goals.

    Whaley and Wong's Pediatric Texbook still a classic and visit for family advice, since not my specialty.
  12. by   James Huffman
    I dislike mandatory continuing ed because the system is a farce. Pushed heavily by CEU suppliers (wonder why ... ), mandatory CE is almost always a measure of butt-time: how long I sat in a chair at a given offering. Very seldom is something like reading or other more private learning valued or even taken into account.

    Nurses who value their careers will usually keep learning, whether formally or informally. The rest will do what is necessary to keep a license. I'm not sure what can be done about those who don't want to learn, but mandatory continuing ed is not the answer.

    Jim Huffman, RN
  13. by   Dr. Kate
    While mandatory CE may not be the best answer, there are far more nurses who would never learn anything new than those who would and do go out after it themselves. It's a pity.
    What's more distressing to me is the amazing number of people responding who refer to nursing books that are minimally 2 years out of date at the time of publication, just a fact of life in the publishing world, and make no mention of reading journals. The basic M/S ones (AJN, RN, NursingXX) are goood starts but there's a world of research and growth of nursing as a clinical science going on that is not going to hit the textbooks for several years. MDs read the research literature as a matter of course. It's time nurses did the same thing. [I'll get off the soapbox now.]