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What did you do with your old nursing school textbooks?

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Has 2+ years experience.

After almost 10 years, I am finally going back for my BSN. I still kept many of the nursing textbooks that were core books in my RN program. Of course now they are incredibly outdated! My question is-what have you done with your textbooks.? While I have referenced them from time to time, I am sure they are too outdated to use as resources for a current BSN program.

CharleeFoxtrot, BSN, RN

Has 10 years experience.

Honestly? I had a lovely bonfire with most of mine when I found out the college quit buying them back 😉

I'm in a BSN program as well and the ones I kept aren't really helpful.

coopman712

Has 2+ years experience.

Thank you! The sentimental pack rat in me is having a hard time purging! 😬

KatieMI, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine. Has 8 years experience.

In my time, I loaded them on a cart, brought in the corridor near hospital library and quietly left there with a sticky note "free books for everyone, BSN/MSN from X university just done". Did not bother to tell anyone.

No idea what anyone was thinking when both carts were found but saw some people reading them during quiet times in a week or two 🙂

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

Some way back many years ago, I read a piece that nursing schools in poorly developed countries were DESPARATE for even old nsg/med references as they had NOTHING for their programs. I don't know if there would still be that kind of that need in today's world.

I threw my books out. Postage would have been too expensive to mail them anywhere. I do still have a very few select texts, but I'm looking to start tossing again.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

I gave usable ones away to students one semester behind me. Others were not usable, as I never liked carrying a bunch of heavy books around.

I got in the habit of tearing out the chapters we were currently working on. When the class ended, I trashed the torn up books.

londonflo

Specializes in oncology. Has 44 years experience.

2 hours ago, amoLucia said:

Some way back many years ago, I read a piece that nursing schools in poorly developed countries were DESPARATE for even old nsg/med references as they had NOTHING for their programs

Yes, we had a physician with an overseas school of nursing help us with sending books to needy areas (Of course the book editions were the one preceding the current edition -- not decades old. In terms of anatomy, I doubt science had found new body parts - maybe just new information how those body parts operated.) Although we are a small college city and medical school area, one of our hospitals organizes the collection of hospital equipment.

londonflo

Specializes in oncology. Has 44 years experience.

When I had my house re-roofed and paid for a dumpster, I loaded them into said dumpster. But of course

3 hours ago, KatieMI said:

I loaded them on a cart, brought in the corridor near hospital library

It is always nice to have the other guy pay for the disposal

PeachTea7

Specializes in Medical Surgical. Has 3 years experience.

7 hours ago, coopman712 said:

After almost 10 years, I am finally going back for my BSN. I still kept many of the nursing textbooks that were core books in my RN program. Of course now they are incredibly outdated! My question is-what have you done with your textbooks.? While I have referenced them from time to time, I am sure they are too outdated to use as resources for a current BSN program.

I sold almost all of my books online after graduating and passing NCLEX-RN. I only kept my Saunders, Med-Surg and Drug Guide books.

In my current place of employment, we have access to UpToDate and other resources.

I am currently in a BSN program and I have not needed them at all.

I still have mine. I use them in crafts and other projects sometimes.

herring_RN, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical. Has 49 years experience.

After finally earning a BSN I sent my books to a Jr. college with an RN program on a Lakota reservation. None of the Oklahoma tribes I asked wanted them. I appreciated the thank you notes. I got to meet one of those who used my books in Chicago where she worked as an RN.

areason4stars, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Private Duty AND Child/Adolescent Psych. Has 12 years experience.

I graduated in 2009 My books have been on a bookshelf in my room since then. YIKES

I wish I would have done something useful with them

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

I still have mine from the way-back days (1995-97). They are currently living in my storage unit. Another few years and they should be worth something as antiques. LOL

LibraSunCNM, MSN

Specializes in OB. Has 10 years experience.

I set them out on my stoop in NYC with a sticky note saying "free" on top, and eventually they disappeared.

MountainGoatRN, BSN

Has 2 years experience.

I just graduated and I still want to hang on a few of them for reference points, but about ready to give mine to a local library.

coopman712

Has 2+ years experience.

I guess the consensus has me thinking I will pinch them. I don't know anyone around here who would want them for donations.

I might keep one or 2, just as memoirs and soon to be relics!

DavidFR, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology, ID, Hepatology, Occy Health. Has 35 years experience.

On 8/1/2020 at 11:27 PM, amoLucia said:

Some way back many years ago, I read a piece that nursing schools in poorly developed countries were DESPARATE for even old nsg/med references as they had NOTHING for their programs. I don't know if there would still be that kind of that need in today's world.

I'm sure that's still true today. When I qualified in 1986 there was a call put out in the nursing press (I was in the UK at the time) for a nursing school in Botswana and I sent my books there. It would be great if these things were more publicised as I'm sure there's still a need in many developing countries.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

I remember it ripping my heart out to dispose of my old nsg magazines, esp the 10 yrs or so of AJN. And the NLN & APIC journals also.

Does anyone out here remember a nsg mag, Nursing 74, then it was Nursing 75, then Nursing 76, 77, 78 etc??? It had a yearly feature of various SONs' individual school pins. I liked looking at those pins. Wonder if new grads are that sentimental/proud of their school pins? Assuming schools still have them or did they go the way of the dodo bird like nsg caps?