Nursing School Books

August 14, 2015

Hey friends,

So as I have previously mentioned, I love all things school supplies and organization. This also leads to a fascination of what books other schools use. Now my school's book package for your first year in the program is majority of the books we will use throughout our time, with the exception of specialties such as peds, ob, and mental health. The package is approximately $1000 for about nine or so books, but it also comes with the E edition. Trust me when I say I do not understand why they cost so much!!! 

When it comes to buying books for my classes, apart from the package, I choose to rent them. I do not think I will revisit them in the future and I have a comprehensive review book for the NCLEX if I need information. I also have additional ATI study materials for each class. By renting my books for the semester, I have saved a lot of money and suggest doing it for the non-essentials. 

I also prefer actual textbooks to etextbooks. I have found that a lot of my etextbooks change the formatting and actually makes them harder to read. I also love the physical action of highlighting. I know that a lot of people will opt to use etextbooks because of the accessibility of them. Plus they do not weigh you down when carrying them.

Some the actual physical books that I do have and revisit are the following:


Fundamentals of Nursing, 8th Edition

By Patricia A. Potter, RN, MSN, PhD, FAAN, Anne Griffin Perry, RN, EdD, FAAN, Patricia Stockert, RN, BSN, MS, PhD and Amy Hall, RN, BSN, MS, PhD, CNE

Medical-Surgical Nursing, 8th Edition

By Sharon L. Lewis, RN, PhD, FAAN, Shannon Ruff Dirksen, RN, PhD, Margaret M. Heitkemper, RN, PhD, FAAN, Linda Bucher, RN, PhD, CEN and Ian Camera, RN, MSN, ND


Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th Edition

By Carolyn Jarvis, PhD, APN, CNP

Nursing Diagnosis Handbook, 9th Edition

By Betty J. Ackley, MSN, EdS, RN and Gail B. Ladwig, MSN, RN


Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook 2014

By Barbara B. Hodgson, RN, OCN and Robert J. Kizior, BS, RPh

I also have a public health nursing book, a manual to laboratory tests, and a nursing drug calculations book. 

What books do you have for nursing school?

1 comment

  1. Hey! I'm finally getting to read your blog again..... I started nursing school this week so I've been consumed with that! I see some familiar books in here :)


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