The list author says: "If you're like me, you're a great student, but it took two rounds of applications to finally get in to nursing school because demand for spots far exceeds availability. Why let the time between finishing pre-reqs and starting nursing school go to waste? Nursing school is challenging--so why not read up on what to expect and things you will need to memorize anyway?
While waiting to get in, I became a certified nursing assistant (CNA), volunteered in two hospitals, and took several classes often taught during nursing school (pharmacology, pathophysiology, etc.) Here are the books that have helped me tremendously along the way:"
"A tremendous resource! Lehne takes great care to update his text in a timely fashion and it is very readable. Important text is in larger font; drugs that are not used frequently are in smaller text. He also indicates frequency of adverse reactions (when data is available) and evidenced-based medicine practices."
"Covers a wide range of topics--from how mortality rates during childbirth were drastically improved to why it is so hard to get hospital workers to wash their hands more frequently. Really well written, I couldn't put it down."
"Just started reading this and it is so helpful! There have been times when I just don't know what to say or do while spending time with a patient--this has helped me get "unstuck" and avoid platitudes."
"So many, many multiple questions--my favorite way to study! Each chapter is subdivided by disease so you can quickly identify which questions to do to practice for your exam. At the end of each chapter there are rationales for each question as well as a comprehensive exam."
"The Review & Rationale series is excellent for reviewing prior to exams. They are in outline format for quick reading; there are pre & post quizzes (just 10 questions each) to help you identify what you need to study."
"The Review & Rationale series is excellent for reviewing prior to exams. They are in outline format for quick reading; there are pre & post quizzes (just 10 questions each) to help you identify what you need to study. I didn't have much time to read this book, so I tried the Vango Notes (audio book version). Audio version was really scaled down--I should have just looked at the book."
"Good tables/charts in some review sections before a set of multiple choice/matching questions. Also includes short case studies, with answers given for both multiple choice and case studies. Was able to use this study guide without having the accompanying textbook. I used the 6th ed. (2010)"
"There is a chapter for health professionals as well as friends/family, etc. Great insights as to what patients need in terms of emotional support. It is a collection of short blurbs written by cancer survivors, making it a quick read."
"An eye-opener. Timmermans goes into great detail of how CPR was developed, why we don't have clear statistics for CPR outcomes, and how TV has really distorted our view of how frequently patients are successfully revived. Don't let the negative reviews on Amazon dissuade you from reading it and making up your own mind."