Recommend reading for nurses to be...

  1. All of you seasoned students and nurses out there... As a pre-nursing student I am a voracious reader and I would really appreciate any recommendations for nursing books I could read before school (obviously not too far over my head). I have run a Border's search and I don't know where to begin, just TOO many results. Thanks
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  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Here are two books I own and highly recommend. I think that every nurse should read them.
  4. by   RNMedic1977

    I recommended this book for my Nursing students to read this summer. It is good for anyone to read!

    "The Worst is Over" by Judith Acosta.

    [font=Times]What does one say to an injured person after calling 911? According to therapist/crisis counselor Acosta and therapist/consultant Prager, the magic words are "the worst is over." Then one continues to administer what the authors call "Verbal First Aid" soothing words that will promote psychic and medical healing, even before the ambulance arrives. Verbal First Aid, say the authors, arose from the needs of crisis and rescue personnel, to whom they have taught their technique, and was designed to complement medical care. Offered here are sample scripts for a wide variety of situations for various populations (e.g., children) and emergencies (e.g., car crashes, bleeding, panic attacks, and childbirth). They also offer techniques such as guided imagery to deal with nonemergency situations like chronic illness, as well as suggestions for self-care for both professional and nonprofessional caregivers. Though there is an extensive bibliography, many statements are presented without references to medical studies. The authors frequently refer to their web site,, as a source of more information; however, at press time, it was little more than a site from which to sell the book. Large public libraries may want to purchase for self-help collections; otherwise, buy where interest warrants. Martha E. S
  5. by   manna
    The Echo Heron books are widely recommended.

    My amazon wishlist is full of nursing/healthcare/medicine related books I want to read. I can't get enough of them.

    Right now, I'm finishing The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. I'd recommend it to anyone, GREAT book!
  6. by   debbieGa
    I liked The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett for psyc. It is about schizophrenia. It is told in the view of her father, mother, brother, doctor, and herself. It gives you a little insight about what living with schizophrenia is like and how her family feels.
  7. by   studentnurse74
    I'm no expert, I'll be starting clinicals in the fall. But I bought this after it being recommended to me: "Test Success, Test Taking Techniques for Beginning Nursing Students". I haven't started reading it yet, though. I found it on Ebay for $3.25, so I figured it can't hurt!
  8. by   klone
    Anything by Dr. Seuss or Eric Carle.

  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from klone
    Anything by Dr. Seuss or Eric Carle.


    "Let's have a little talk about Tweetle Beetles" . . . . . :chuckle

  10. by   RNinRubySlippers
    If you wanna jump in..get the Incredibly easy books : Fluid and Electrolytes and the Lab Value one. they are easy reads and will give you a great "leg up"

    Good lucka nd try to enjoy your summer, because honey, come school, you will have no time. (not to scare you!)

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!
  11. by   JoniL&DRN
    I appreciate all your for Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle? I have three kids under 8 so I'm pretty well brushed up on all of those ... As for the lab value book...I couldn't find it on Amazon. Is that what it is specifically called? Thanks
    Last edit by JoniL&DRN on May 20, '04
  12. by   Dublin37
    Hey Joni, i'm not sure by your message if your starting the nursing program next or if you are starting pre-reqs. But in any case if you are wanting to read stuff before pre-reqs, I would HIGHLY recommend reading up on intro to Physiology, or Physiology of Diseases. These are the 2 subjects, i KEEP going over, so i won't forget everything while WAITING(!) to be accepted into the program. I've been told by quite a few professors, that with these under your belt, you will have a much higher success rate while IN the program.

    Good luck!!! Heather
  13. by   PCGrad06
    I have been trying to find some books to read myself. This thread has been most helpful for me as well. Thanks