There’s no doubt that nurses know a wealth of knowledge about humans and are the backbone of our health system. When studying, future nurses need to access books that give them the best information in an inspiring and thought-provoking way.

Our 10 most searched nursing textbooks provide future and experienced nurses with skills and knowledge to master both the technical side of nursing as well as the human aspect of the job.

Read on to discover the best nursing books to support you in your studies and future career.

Portable RN: The All-in-One Nursing Reference (LWW, Portable RN)

by Margaret Eckman

The All-in-one nursing reference is a must-have for any nurse, covering every situation you will meet on a day-to-day basis. You will be lost without this fantastic pocket guide. The best book to support you in giving the best patient care.

Topics include:

  • Assessment techniques and findings,
  • ECG and lab test interpretation,
  • Preoperative and postoperative care,
  • Procedures,
  • Contagious disease precautions,
  • Drug administration,
  • End-of-life care,
  • Pain management, and many more.

This fourth edition includes an update on ventilator modes, CPR, how to deal with obstructed airways, as well as information on diseases such as VRE, MRSA, and metabolic syndrome.

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures (Royal Marsden Manual Series)

by Lisa Dougherty (Editor), Sara Lister (Editor)

Renowned for providing nurses with vital knowledge and current information from the industry. Constantly revising its content, this book stays up to date with research and procedures to make sure its readers become confident practitioners. Now with full-color illustrations, photos, and diagrams, there is nothing this book doesn’t offer.

Experience guidelines for over 200 procedures and follow each one from start to finish, learning about patient care, equipment, the procedure, and post-procedures.

Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses

by April Hazard VallerandCynthia A. Sanoski 

A must-have book for anyone working or studying nursing. Covering a wide range of drugs and drug administration to support nurses in their everyday work.

Information is carefully organized so that the reader can find crucial details quickly so that they can provide quality care to their patients. Large, red letters are used to alert the reader to the life-threatening side effects of certain drugs, and ‘high alert’ drugs are also marked out clearly.

Access a free year of Davis’s Drug online guide, which includes over 5,000 different drugs, FDA alerts and comes complete with audio pronunciation and video clips supporting the safe administration of drugs.

Fundamentals of Nursing

by  Patricia A. PotterAnne Griffin PerryPatricia A. StockertAmy Hall 

The fundamentals of nursing is full to the brim with information and knowledge every nurse needs.

Supported by theory, research, and real-life case studies, this book is the most comprehensive look at nursing as a whole.

This edition contains a wealth of information, including

  • 50 case studies that reflect real-life situations allowing you to practice completing care plans and concept maps
  • 1,100 test questions at a range of difficulties to test your knowledge
  • Step-by-step instructions for over 30 procedures and guidelines
  • 50 illustrated nursing skills with accompanying written instructions
  • Over 100 photos to help familiarize yourself with the latest equipment and nursing procedures.
  • Learn to effectively care for patients with
  • Chronic illness
  • Victims of gun violence
  • The opioid epidemic
  • Physical and mental health issues of any age

Nursing School Entrance Exam Preps 2021-2022: Your All-in-One Guide to the Kaplan and HESI Exams

by Kaplan Nursing

Study for the upcoming Kaplan and HESI exams using this easy-to-use, logically designed book. Take advantage of practice exams to help you find the gaps in your knowledge so you can refocus your study efforts with renewed vigor.

Our exam strategies are proven to get you better results enabling you to start your nursing career with better knowledge and confidence than your peers.

This book provides:

  • 4 sample tests for both the HESI and Kaplan tests
  • Tests to help identify gaps in knowledge
  • Easy to follow icons stating which test content relates to
  • Science chapters are broken down into topics: anatomy & physiology, biology, organ systems, and chemistry

Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Easy (Incredibly Easy Series)

by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 

Just as the title states, this book makes a difficult and complicated subject easy to understand and remember. An excellent resource for on-the-job referencing for any nurse.

Colorful diagrams and illustrations define core terms and concepts, with easy-to-remember definitions for:

  • Pathophysiology basics
  • Infection, cancer, and genetics
  • Cancer and how it affects individual body systems

Make learning fun; each chapter contains fun extras such as:

  • Quick summaries of content
  • Illustrations and flowcharts that explain difficult concepts
  • Memory tricks to help you remember difficult concepts
  • Quick quiz – multiple-choice questions at the end of each chapter

Mosby’s Textbook for Nursing Assistants – Soft Cover Version

by Sheila A. SorrentinoLeighann Remmert 

This book prepares you for wherever your career may take you; long-term care, acute care, or subacute care settings and pairs this with real-life scenarios in each chapter to help develop your skills and knowledge in various areas.

Over 100 procedures are illustrated with accompanying instructions as well as 100 skills to support pre-procedure, procedure, and post-procedure and enable you to pass examinations.

Develop skills for various settings, including pediatric, geriatric, maternity, and adult.

Explore new chapter layouts, how to communicate with patients, and help to secure your first job.

Nursing 2022 Drug Handbook (Nursing Drug Handbook)

by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

This up-to-date handbook showcases essential information on over 1,000 generic drugs and their 4,000 corresponding trade names.

Extremely user-friendly and includes up-to-date black box alerts. Guiding you through where your priorities should be within patient care.

Set out in alphabetical order, this handbook provides a quick reference for nurses during everyday work. Each drug contains detailed information about its side effects and possible reactions.

Drugs that pose the biggest risk to patients are highlighted and include an appendix of similar-sounding drugs to avoid confusion.

Includes a list of the top 100 drugs for quick, easy reference.

Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse’s Guide

by Jeri A. MilsteadNancy M. Short 

Included with each print copy of Health Policy and Politics: A Nurse’s Guide is access to online material containing an interactive eBook, practice activities and tests, and instructor resources.

Detailed information surrounding the broad topic of policy-making and how social media, economics, and finance impact the creation of policies.

Filled with real-life experiences to develop knowledge and connections between nursing, policy theory, and political action.

Find out how you can get involved in the policy-making process and influence matters that you believe in.

Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide

by Carolyn Buppert 

Easy to follow explanations and analysis of relevant legal issues for nurses, this book is a must-have for anyone in the healthcare profession.

Read up on pertinent information and documentation relating to avoiding malpractice and managing risks. View the latest state-by-state laws in regards to regulations and prosecutions of nurses.

Read numerous case studies from real-life situations and discover what was learned from those cases and changed within the nursing practice as a result.

Develop knowledge in many other issues including guidelines around prescribing opioids and controlled drugs, electronic health records, and differences in primary care and acute care.

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