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Have any of you read any medical textbooks? How did they compare to NP texts?

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alexamasan specializes in Med-Surg.

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For NP School, we had Buttaro Primary Care, did any of you read that in your programs? I am wondering how comparable it is to Cecil's Essentials of Internal Medicine. If any of you read Cecil's Essentials, how did it compare to your NP texts if you remember? 

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FullGlass has 2 years experience as a BSN, MSN, NP and specializes in Adult and Geriatric Primary Care.

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It depends on the school.  I went to Hopkins and the NP program and med school used some of the same books.  For example, both used Harrison's Principles of IM.  We also used soem of the same pathophysiology books.

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alexamasan specializes in Med-Surg.

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8 minutes ago, FullGlass said:

It depends on the school.  I went to Hopkins and the NP program and med school used some of the same books.  For example, both used Harrison's Principles of IM.  We also used soem of the same pathophysiology books.

That's awesome, I hope to read Robbin's Pathology eventually as well. 

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Most our stuff in med school was ppt. Third and fourth year mix of qbank and books. I think the biggest book I read thru was some of ferris reading up on patients. I couldn’t imagine having good retention reading straight thru cecils lol

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KatieMI has 6 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine.

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We were given list of "nursing" books but most professors (except for research and other fluff which was, thankfully, not too much) told right away that there are med school books for those who want to take things seriously. Pretty much everyone read at least partially normal physiology, micro, patho and pharm by Lange and Harrison's Internal Medicine. They were also cited right and left and professors looked the other way. 

Later on "Secrets" series and Little Blacks books became must-reads. 

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Godsgirl73 has 23 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN.

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I'm hoping to return to NP practice in the next while after letting my license lapse. I will be starting some upgrading courses shortly. Of all the textbooks we used in my original NP MN program, my absolute favorite was Cecil's Essentials of Medicine. In fact, I found it so useful that I literally just purchased the updated version earlier this week. I looked at a few nursing textbooks but didn't find any of them comparable to Cecil's in terms of both pathophysiology and actual treatment guidelines.

In my original NP program, we used a series of quick medical treatment guideline books, although I can't recall their names right now. I also borrowed a patho book from my friend who was in med school at the same time as I was taking my NP, but I don't still have that book anymore. I found the medical textbooks and references were actually EASIER to read and understand than many of the references that were designated for NPs.

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On 2/24/2020 at 11:41 AM, alexamasan said:

For NP School, we had Buttaro Primary Care, did any of you read that in your programs? I am wondering how comparable it is to Cecil's Essentials of Internal Medicine. If any of you read Cecil's Essentials, how did it compare to your NP texts if you remember? 

In NP school we read only books meant for NPs but I took it upon myself to read some medical textbooks provided to me by an MD friend of mine. I refer 90% of the time to the MD books if I want to clarify information. They may be more dense but that's why I like them. 

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adammRN has 11 years experience and specializes in DNP/PMHNP student.

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DNP/pmhnp program using; 

Patho - McCance

Pharm - Katzung/Trevor & Stahl & Schatzberg/Nemeroff

Pyshical assessment - Dains, Buamann, Scheibel

Psychiatric - Gabbard's & Stern/Fava/Wilens/Rosenbaum

And of course the DSM-V for all diagnosing courses, along with the above psych based books. 

Seems like a mix of NP, PhD and MD authors? From what I have seen at least in psych, the docs do the same thing as the pmhnp in practice. If I'm gonna hold a doctor of something, I want to be as well educated as possible so I can take care of people properly. If we are held to the same standards and have equal autonomy in some cases why would there be this split or two sets of standards? 

But to answer the question, prob highly dependent on your program. A good mix I think is best. 

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Numenor has 8 years experience as a MSN, APRN.

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A mix of both but at the end of the day everyone uses uptodate for practice, I used frameworks for internal medicine if I need to brush up on concepts.

I actually bought board review for MD residents, MKSAP. I found the Q Bank to be very useful.

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