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This is so crazy - Do I Need All These Books?

I will be starting nursing school in August and I just received my book list. I need to purchase 10 books for only 4 classes that will cost me $500+ and it says all of the books are "required latest editions" in big bold letters.

I searched online and only 2 of these books can be rented, the rest must all be purchase new because some come with access codes and spiral book binding.

Mind you this is not a for profit program but I still find the pricing a tad bit extreme.

So to all new or former nursing students: did you purchase the required books, and did you actually ever used them often for class?

Edited by tnbutterfly

10 books for only 500$? Consider yourself lucky then..

10 books for only 500$? Consider yourself lucky then..

That was just a brief estimate but after going back and truly calculating the price it will cost me $894 if this price doesn't fluctuate when it gets closer to August.

MotoMonkey, BSN, RN

Has 1 years experience. Specializes in ED.

That sounds similar to what I had to pay in books before the first term. I bought all of mine because we use them throughout the program. Not just during that term.

That sounds similar to what I had to pay in books before the first term. I bought all of mine because we use them throughout the program. Not just during that term.

Lucky, this book list states its only for 1st semester and we will be receiving a book list before every start of the semester sadly.

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Has 5 years experience. Specializes in NICU.

I searched online and only 2 of these books can be rented, the rest must all be purchase new because some come with access codes and spiral book binding.

You might want to contact the instructor to see if the access code is truly needed for the course. I had books that came with the books but we didn't use the online content for the class. You also might be able to rent the book and pay for the access code for the semester. I was able to rent all of my books in nursing school. It was far cheaper than buying and selling it back.

What site are you using for textbook rentals?

MotoMonkey, BSN, RN

Has 1 years experience. Specializes in ED.

That is not to say we use each text each term. I find it useful to be able to refer back to certain books, especially when doing assignments where we have to cite rationals for nursing interventions. I use my fundamentals of nursing and medical surgical nursing books all the time.

MiladyMalarkey, ASN, BSN

Has 1 years experience. Specializes in Neuro.

We have to buy a book package that is $1000, granted its most of the books we'll need for the next 2 years.

That is not to say we use each text each term. I find it useful to be able to refer back to certain books, especially when doing assignments where we have to cite rationals for nursing interventions. I use my fundamentals of nursing and medical surgical nursing books all the time.

Good to know, so those two will be my first priority in purchasing then.

I start my nursing program in september and that around how much mine will end up being, and i also have to get all the newest editions. I personally am buying all my books because you never know when youll want to go back and reference

I purchased mine, the publisher came out and gave us a package that was about $900 that included all the online content, and pdf versions of the books with these awesome features! For example, we can search across our entire library at once and it gives us all the related content, which makes writing reports really easy. Plus, we can share our notes and subscribe to each others notes through the online system but only if we purchased the package. My group got together and decided it was worth it.

same here my books came up to 1500 this semester but we will use these books our whole time in nursing school. Im going into my second year and there is two new books i must get also. And yes we use our books all the time. Your books is where you will get your information when your doing homework and when you go to clinical. A girl didn't buy her books and she ended up failing and being kicked out of the programs within three months. She was always asking to use someone else's books.

That really doesn't seem too out of line. I spent a little over $2000 at the beginning of this year for the textbooks and online access for our full two-year program. Next year, there will be an option for about $2,000 again, but that only includes the ebook version. If you want print copies, it's pushing three grand. Granted, these books cover the full two-year program.

I don't think that is out of line... My required texts and technology came to around $1500 for the first semester and that was just for E-books, but we only needed one additional book for second semester and then we'll need a couple more next year. I spent a little more than that purchasing used hard copies of the books in addition to the e-books since that is how I prefer to study. I would definitely get in touch with a professor or a student who is further along in the program (Student Nurse Organization if you have one) and ask for tips on how to save on textbooks. That will probably help you prioritize what you really need to have right away and/or what can be purchased used. Good luck!

At least your program doesn't require you to buy a laptop and books í ½í¸Š

At least your program doesn't require you to buy a laptop and books ������

I don't know why those stupid question marks are there. I meant to say a laptop from them (to the tune of $1500) and text books. My wallet will be weeping come January (assuming I get in, of course).

emmjayy, BSN, RN

Has 2 years experience. Specializes in ICU, CCRN.

I spent about $1500 on books at the start of my program (this covered books for both years) and yes, they all had to be bought new due to my desire to have access to the practice questions and other features the electronic codes unlock for you. I highly recommend buying new and buying all the books on the list. Nursing is not a degree that you can Wikipedia your way through. I use my text books ALL the time - for in-depth study on concepts I don't grasp in class, to write concept maps on pathophysiology/etiology/progression/treatment of various diseases, and for the practice questions as well.

bunnehfeet, BSN

Has 3 years experience. Specializes in RN-BC, SCRN.

See if there aren't recent grads or those in later semesters that are selling their books (the ones that don't require access codes). If a lot of these books are things like drug guides and lab guides and like a Taber's dictionary, oh and a nursing diagnosis guide - many of these references are available as an App (especially the drug guides) and are much more useful that way at clinical. The only one of these "guides" I ever used in book form was the nursing diagnosis book, and it will save your butt when you write care plans because you can look up diagnosis by illness, quickly. That said, all of that information is also available online (google a specific nursing diagnosis and you'll probably get the Davis's breakdown from the online reference) so it just depends on why the book is being required. I was fortunate and other than a few things that had software packages I was able to rent most of my books through Amazon Prime Student. However, again, a lot of my class sells their previous semester books to the next cohort. See if maybe there is a Facebook group for that for your school, that's how we do it.

Edited by bunnehfeet
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Always look to see if the previous class can sell their books to the incoming class and see if two or more students can "share" an access. You might be able to find some ingenious ways to save on costs (like carpooling to clinical sites).

bgxyrnf, MSN, RN

Has 10 years experience. Specializes in Med-Tele; ED; ICU.

Do you need them as in will they be useful? No, probably not. Although you may run across assignments that reference some of them.

Do you need them as in are they pertinent to nursing practice? Again, probably not.

Do you need them as in the school requires them and you may be penalized for not having them? It sure sounds like it.

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