Need a reference Book for NICU

  1. Is there a reference book with all the complications Neonates present with and the nursing implications and explanation of a plan of care out there that i could purchase if so please help me out here.......i appreciate it advance.....
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  3. by   prmenrs
    The best neonatal reference, IMHO, is Merenstien and Gardner; New edition came out last spring, check
  4. by   EXOTIC NURSE
    Thank you prmenrs I will look into purchasing this book as I want to be able to do well on the NICU and I feel this book might help me
  5. by   EXOTIC NURSE
    I tried to find this book but i might need some more info like what is the title of the book and what does IMHO mean or stand for sorry for my ignorance but I cant seem to find the book with the info you have given me
  6. by   prmenrs
    I went to amazon and searched under "author", typed in merenstein, up came, 'Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care'. If you search under the subject, neonatal nursing, you will find another book more "nursing" and "care plan" oriented, but it costs a LOT of $$$, merenstein is under $50. BE SURE you get the new one.

    IMHO="in my humble opinion". Sometimes folks use it on BB's like this one.

    Also, if you look through the NICU forum here, you'll find a lot of terrific info that can answer lots of questions, but if you still need more, we'll give it to you---best of luck. Neonatal nursing is a great specialty.
  7. by   Mofe'ny
    Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care by Gerald Merenstein and Sandra Garner

    Check out the thread titled Recommended reading for NICU or something like that. It is on the 2nd or 3rd page, but gives a lot of good resources. I have the book "Preeemies" and although it is written for parents it is very easy to understand. I read it when I first started NICU and it also helped me to communicate with thh parents more. It is also listed in that thread. I would post the link to the thread, but I don't know how.

    IMHO means In My Humble Opinion

    :imbar Well, guess premrns and I were posting at the same time!
    Last edit by Mofe'ny on Dec 30, '02
  8. by   prmenrs
    Dang close--great minds, etc...
  9. by   EXOTIC NURSE
    THANKS EVERYONE..........I am on my mission to acquire all my books so I can be prepared for the lil ones......I appreciate all the help thus far.....
  10. by   Navy1Nurse
    In addition the the "Handbook" already mentioned (which I Have on my Bookshelf, Great reference!!!)
    Another to check out is:
    "Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing"
    by Jane Deacon
    This book is in outline format and very easy to get to the information you want...

    Another Book I Highly recommend is the
    "Neofax 2002" This is our Drug Reference for Neonatal Meds...
    (you can find it at or

    Hope this Helps....
  11. by   EXOTIC NURSE
    Thank you Navy 1 Nurse. I have purchased the one book and I will purchase the other ones as well.....I have a lot of reading to do so I can at least understand what I am looking at and dealing with........
  12. by   EXOTIC NURSE
    wow thanks nurse educator is using the merenstien and gardner book for our NICU classes so that was a good book that was reccommended to me and I am getting a neofax from my NICU given to all new orientees and my preceptor said if I dont get one then she will give me one of hers as she has two of them....i have a wonderful preceptor and I really enjoyed my first day of work.....( feeders and growers) I know my days will not be cake walk days all the time as that was my first day on the unit but I really am looking forward to making a career in the NICU as I truly love it..........Thanks everyone for your support and help