what book did you find invaluable for first semester nursing program? - page 2

Hello Everyone, Spring semester is half over and summer is far away but I'd like to get a head start on purchasing summer reading. What books or texts do you recomend for a newbie student to... Read More

  1. by   Berta
    I loved the "incredibly easy series". Also, do work on your drug calculations.
    It may be worth contacting you school and getting a syllabus for the class. I know that our first week of classes we had something like 15 chapters to read. It was overwhelming to say in the least.
    Now, they give us a reading list at the end of the semester to start over break. It is so much better to be ahead on the reading.
    Having said that, do take the time to enjoy you time off. You will be doing quite a bit of reading in addition to textbooks. Each semester, we get an average of 15lb of lecture notes to go over.
    Good luck and enjoy, Berta
  2. by   SickleMoon
    Not for actual sitting-down-and-reading, but PRICELESS the whole time I was in school and then some--Taber's Medical Encyclopedia. Have fun when school starts!
  3. by   susi_q
    Want an idea from an instructor? I'd get a boards review book early in your school career. Start looking thru it. As you study certain sections, do those in the book. By the time you graduate you will be comfortable with the board format, and you will probably do better on exams in the process, since most instructors like to test according to what will be on the board exam.

    But ... do have fun this summer. School will get harder, and you need to be well rested & relaxed going in to it. good luck.
  4. by   septicwad
    If you really want to do some reading buy a used copy of Health Assessment by Barbara Bates. I used that book rather than the one the college required. I'm in my second semester of a BSN program. I spent about $600 for books first semester and $350 the second. It's pretty much a waste of time to read the books because the tests are from the instructors notes. The amount of reading assigned is insane. My brother is an RN; he graduated in 1993. One of the best bits of advice he gave me (besides breathe through your mouth when cleaning up poop) was to avoid text books. :spin:
  5. by   canoehead

    I am serious, Echo Heron's nonfiction books will tell you more about nursing than any text. The one above is her first and describes her nursing school experiences too. I laughed til I nearly peed myself.
  6. by   jemommyRN
    I found out the difference between "Test Success" and "Fundamentals Success" . Well, "Fundamentals Success" was written as a sequel to "Test Success". It has more questions for the beginning student in the Fundamentals area. It also has examples of the new "innovative" version of the NCLEX. I think I am really going to enjoy this book.