Once you have been accepted as a student in a nursing school, or even before this time, you will need to get together a set of books that will take you through the years of studying ahead. There are numerous books that a nursing student could consider, ranging from practical guides to books on drug administration and uses, anatomy text books and nursing survival guides. In addition to the books you will need as student, if you feel you will be likely to proceed into further study for a specialized area of nursing such as pediatrics, you can obtain books specific to this subject.
As well as hard copy text books you can also obtain books in digital edition ready to download onto your electronic reader, or computer, to read at your leisure. This can sometimes be easier than carrying around heavy text books. The disadvantage of this is that you won’t have the books to hand if you need them in the classroom.
Whether you purchase your books or borrow them from a friend, here are some of the best hard copy books you may want to consider reading as a nursing student.
This classic well renowned anatomy text book was first published in 1958. Gray’s anatomy is the book every nursing student should own. It contains clear photographic images demonstrating the different sections of the human body in dissected form, coupled with accompanying descriptions. The book is easy to refer to, and an excellent all round must have addition to your reading list.
Mosby’s pocket guides to nursing
These pocket size guides to different areas of nursing can be easily transported around in your bag or pocket and give easy to read, simple information, at a glance. The guides cover topics such as fetal monitoring, and nursing skills and procedures, giving clear detail on how to carry out day to day nursing techniques and providing information on the rationale behind the skills you will use.
Alexander’s Nursing Practice
This comprehensive book is aimed at the discipline of adult nursing which nursing students will cover during their studies. The text book provides excellent detail on the whole range of areas covered in adult nursing. You will be able to read about the skills you will need to offer nursing care and learn the theory behind the nursing practices you will adopt. This book also has links to its website where students can complete tests and quizzes which will provide a unique learning experience.
Bailliere’s Nurses’ Dictionary
A good nursing dictionary is essential for all nursing students. Balliere’s nursing dictionary is one of the most popular choices for students and qualified nurses due to its easy to read format and comprehensive listings in a range of nursing areas. The dictionary covers medical terms in areas such as:
- Diet and nutrition
- Alternative medicines
- Emergency room nursing
Fundamentals of Nursing
This useful and detailed study guide will assist you in sitting your exams and ensuring you get the best grades. The guide has a number of sections including case studies and tests and additional learning skills sections. The study guide will help you to develop your nursing skills and understand the necessary nursing procedures and processes. You will be able to adequately explain the theories behind these when you read this guide. This book also has links to an interactive website where you can find further information, and tests to complete.