Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills - August 2021

#1 DRUG BOOK for Nursing Students!  “This is the perfect drug book for nursing school!   All the information on the meds is in-depth and all that you need to know.” — Abby W. SAFETY FIRST! Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses®, Seventeenth Edition delivers all the information you need to administer medications safely across the lifespan—well-organized monographs for hundreds of generic and thousands of trade-name drugs. FREE DIGITAL ACCESS Redeem the access code to unlock your one-year, free subscription to DrugGuide.com, Davis’s Drug Guide Online, powered by Unbound Medicine. You’ll have access to more than 1,700 monographs from your desktop, laptop, or any mobile device with a web browser. Search the complete 5,000-drug database and appendices quickly and efficiently. Build your knowledge with extensively cross-referenced drugs. Keep up to date with FDA drug news. LIFE-SAVING GUIDANCE ... AT A GLANCE New!  The AGS Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults #1 Drug Guide for patient safety Red tab for high alert medications,  plus  in-depth high alert and patient safety coverage Red, capitalized letters for life-threatening side effects REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies) icon Drug-drug, drug-food, drug-natural product interactions Special considerations for patient populations. Geri heading identifies special concerns for older adults. OB and Lact headings highlight information for pregnant and breastfeeding patients. Pedi heading identifies concerns for children. Rep heading identifies considerations for patients of reproductive age. IV Administration subheads Pharmacogenomic content Canadian-specific content In-depth guidance for patient and family teaching FREE LEARNING, CARE PLANNING, AND PATIENT EDUCATION TOOLS Online at FADavis.com Audio Library of 1,200+ drug names help you pronounce important terms Two tutorials, each with a self-test Preventing Medication Errors Psychotropic Drugs Easy-to-Use Calculators Body mass index (BMI) Metric conversions IV drip rates Dosage/KG Fahrenheit/Celsius Interactive Case Studies – brief, real-life scenarios that are followed by a series of questions Audio podcasts delivering information on… Risk Evaluation Mitigation Systems (REMS) How to use Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses® Detecting and managing ADRs Evidence-based practice and Pharmacotherapeutics Pharmacogenomics Medication errors Special dosing considerations Educating patients about Safe Medication Use Video clips illustrating the safe administration of medications ONLINE REVIEWS OF THE 16TH EDITION OF DAVIS’S DRUG GUIDE FOR NURSES Five Stars.  “I LOVE that this includes nursing interventions, patient teaching and an online access code. Highly recommend.” —E.G. Accurate and up to date.  “Top notch for nursing students! Includes many things other drug guides l

  • Author: April Hazard Vallerand PhD RN FAAN
  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; Seventeenth edition (May 21, 2020)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1719640053
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 8.3 inches

                 

2. Fundamentals of Nursing


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills - August 2021

Learn the concepts and skills you need to provide excellent nursing care! Fundamentals of Nursing, 10th Edition prepares you to succeed as a nurse by providing a solid foundation in critical thinking, clinical reasoning, nursing theory, evidence-based practice, and patient-centered care in all settings. With illustrated, step-by-step guidelines, this book makes it easy to learn important skills and procedures. Care plans are presented within a nursing process framework, and case studies show how to apply concepts to nursing practice. From an expert author team led by Patricia Potter and Anne Perry, this bestselling nursing textbook helps you develop the understanding and clinical reasoning you need to succeed in the classroom and in your career. Review questions in every chapter test your retention of key concepts, with answers and rationales in the book and on the Evolve companion website; at least four of these questions are alternate format. UNIQUE! Building Competency boxes summarize QSEN competencies, each with a clinical situation followed by several open-ended questions designed to help you understand and apply these core competencies.  Delegation Considerations clarify which nursing tasks can and cannot be delegated.  Evidence-Based Practice chapter shows how nursing research helps in determining best practices. UPDATED Evidence-Based Practice boxes in every chapter include a PICO question ― the Problem, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome ― and summarize a research study along with its application to nursing practice. Over 50 nursing skills include illustrated, step-by-step instructions in a two-column format ― with rationales for each step. Unexpected Outcomes and Related Interventions for each skill alert you to possible complications and appropriate nursing actions. Over 30 procedural guidelines provide streamlined, step-by-step instructions for performing basic skills . UNIQUE! Critical Thinking Models in each clinical chapter show how to apply the nursing process and critical thinking to make clinical decisions. 50 in-text case studies include clinical application questions and exercises, allowing you to practice using care plans and concept maps. UPDATED 1,100-question test bank includes multiple-choice and alternate item questions at all difficulty levels. Focus on safety and quality in the Patient Safety and Quality chapter shows how these concepts apply to nursing practice, and includes a skill on fall prevention in healthcare settings. Nursing Assessment Questions boxes help you learn to effectively phrase questions for patients. Cultural Aspects of Care boxes summarize cultural considerations and provide practical guidelines on meeting patients’ cultural needs and preferences. Patient Teaching boxes promote effective patient education by first identifying outcomes, then developing strategies on how to teach and evaluate compliance. Focus on Older Adult boxes highlight key aspects of nursing assessment and care of elderly adults. Planning sections help you plan and prioritize comprehensive patient care, with coverage of Goals and Outcomes, Setting Priorities, and Teamwork and Collaboration . Practical study tools on the Evolve companion website include video clips of nursing skills, skills checklists, a fluid & electrolytes tutorial, a concept map creator, printable key points, answers to the questions in the book, an audio glossary, and more. NEW content includes topics such as gun violence, patient safety, the opioid epidemic, and device addiction.  NEW! Guidelines for the effective use of health screening cover physical and mental issues across all patient age groups from pediatric to geriatric. NEW! Reflective Learning helps you use clinical reasoning to think about your clinical and simulation experiences. NEW! Reflect Now boxes guide you through a thoughtful consideration of a recent clinical experience.   NEW! Teach Back is incorporated into the Evaluation section in patient teaching boxes, reinforcing this vital communication technique. NEW! Over 100 new photos clarify procedures and familiarize you with the latest clinical equipment. NEW! Caring for Patients with Chronic Illness chapter helps you address the unique health care needs of patients who deal with chronic illness. NEW! Interprofessional collaboration and cooperation receive more emphasis. NEW objectives are clearly and precisely tied to content, making it easier to find relevant information.

  • Author: Patricia A. Potter RN MSN PhD FAAN
  • Publisher: Elsevier; 10th edition (April 2, 2020)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0323677721
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 2 x 10.75 inches

                 

3. Nursing Hesi A2: A Quickstudy Laminated Reference & Study Guide


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills - August 2021

Essential academic skill requirements covered for the HESI test for entry into Nursing School, all in 6 laminated pages. The HESI A2 is predictable and this aspect makes the test easier to study for since the same concepts are covered in every test using the same types of questions. However, many people have underestimated this test their first time around and had to take it again, do not be one of them. These 6 laminated pages are a guide to success. Nurses are some of the biggest fans of QuickStudy guides, so start your collection and get started on a new career. 6-page laminated guide includes: Mathematics Reading Comprehension Vocabulary Grammar Biology Chemistry Anatomy & Physiology Physics

  • Author: April Michelle Davis Mps
  • Publisher: Quickstudy Reference Guides; First Edition, New ed. (November 1, 2017)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1423236528
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches

                 

4. Nursing Teas Guide (Quick Study Academic)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills - August 2021

Essential academic skill requirements covered for the TEAS test for entry into Nursing School, all in 6 laminated pages. Many people have underestimated this test their first time around and had to take it again, do not be one of them. These 6 laminated pages are a guide to success. Nurses are some of the biggest fans of QuickStudy guides, so start your collection and get started on a new career. Suggested uses: • Students –study companion that can be reviewed any where and any time, to ensure you are keeping your goals in sight • Teachers/Professors – a roadmap for your students training to take the TEAS to start a Nursing career • Nursing Schools – a great opportunity to provide this tool for incoming students to help them pass the test and enter your program

  • Author: Inc. BarCharts
  • Publisher: QuickStudy; 1st edition (May 31, 2015)
  • Genre: Medical Books, Nursing
  • ISBN: 978-1423225959
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.06 inches

                 

5. Phlebotomy (Quick Study Academic)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills - August 2021

Our comprehensive 3-panel (6-page) guide is the perfect resource to help phlebotomy (venipuncture) students understand those procedures that enable blood draw/testing to be safe and comfortable for patients. Different forms of testing, equipment and other aspects of phlebotomy are explored in up-to-date detail. Includes easy-to-read tables and diagrams. Each section features “The Phlebotomist Knows” summary of critical points, set off graphically for easy reference.

  • Author: Inc. BarCharts
  • Publisher: QuickStudy; 1st edition (December 31, 2009)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1423209508
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.06 inches

                 



6. NCLEX-RN Prep Plus (Practice Tests + Proven Strategies + Online + Video) (Kaplan Test Prep)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills - August 2021

The NCLEX-RN exam is not just about what you know—it's about how you think. Kaplan's NCLEX-RN Prep Plus uses expert critical thinking strategies and targeted sample questions to help you put your expertise into practice and face the exam with confidence. This edition also identifies 7 NGN question types being developed by the NCSBN and breaks down, step-by-step, how to approach and answer each type. In NCLEX-RN Prep Plus , Kaplan's all-star nursing faculty teach you how to break down what exam questions are asking. We’re so confident that NCLEX-RN Prep Plus offers the guidance you need that we guarantee it: After studying with our book and online resources, you’ll pass the test—or your money back . Proven Strategies. Realistic Practice. 10 critical thinking pathways to break down what exam questions are asking 8 end-of-chapter practice sets to help you put critical thinking principles into action and apply the medical knowledge you've gained in real-life situations 2 full-length practice tests to gauge your progress—one in the book, one online Detailed rationales for all answer choices, correct and incorrect Techniques for mastering the computer adaptive test format Expert Guidance In-depth content review, organized along the exam's "Client Needs" framework 60+ minutes of video tutorials on the ins and outs of the NCLEX-RN Kaplan's learning engineers and expert psychometricians ensure our practice questions and study materials are true to the test We invented test prep—Kaplan (www.kaptest.com) has been helping students for 80 years, and our proven strategies have helped legions of students achieve their dreams With NCLEX-RN Prep Plus you can study on-the-go. Log in from anywhere to watch video tutorials, review strategies, and take your online practice test.

  • Author: Kaplan Nursing
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 24th edition (March 3, 2020)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1506255446

                 

7. Porth's Essentials of Pathophysiology


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills - August 2021

Vital Disease Information for Your Success in Nursing   Ready yourself for the realities of professional nursing practice with this proven approach to pathophysiology. Distilling need-to-know disease content in a clear, accessible format, Porth’s Essentials of Pathophysiology offers concise yet complete coverage of how the body works to help you establish the scientific foundation essential to success in your nursing career.   Approachable presentation builds understanding from basic to advanced concepts and defines key terms as you progress. “Chunked” content-- including Learning Objectives, Key Points boxes, and Summary Concepts sections--highlights critical points for reflection. Full-color illustrations clarify the clinical manifestations of diseases and disease processes. Review Exercises at the end of each chapter test your retention and identify areas for further study. References provide fast, efficient access to normal laboratory values in both conventional and SI units, as well as a comprehensive glossary. Narrated animations referenced by icons in the text and available online enhance your understanding of the most challenging and clinically relevant concepts.

  • Author: Tommie L Norris
  • Publisher: LWW; 5th edition (November 5, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1975107192
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.8 x 10.8 inches

                 

8. Fundamentals Success: NCLEX®-Style Q&A Review (Davis's Q&a Success)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills - August 2021

2019 NCLEX-RN® Test Plan  Course Review NCLEX®-Style Q&A Master the fundamentals of nursing while developing your critical-thinking and test-taking skills. More than 1,200 classroom-tested, NCLEX-style questions—including more than 440 alternate-item-format questions—reflect the latest advances in medical technology as well as the most recent guidelines and standards of care for nursing practice. An easy-to-follow format organizes information into 24 content areas. Each question provides answers and rationales for correct and incorrect responses and strategies for how to develop your critical-thinking skills. See what students are saying online about the previous edition… AMAZING. MUST HAVE.  “Did the questions before I sat for the Fundamentals Specialty HESI RN. Scored a 1005. Gives you rationale on why your answer is not correct or why it is correct. I bought all of the success books.” —Brittany, Amazon Reviewer I LOVE this book.  “I love the rationales that are included. It tells you why an answer is wrong as well as explains why an answer is correct. A definite MUST for nursing school!” —Amy, Amazon Reviewer A great study method for exams!  “Thanks for helping me get an A in my first theory/fundamentals term. I'd say doing these was more helpful than textbook studying or lecture notes! Mirrors the NCLEX style questions so I was confident when similar ones popped up on the final ;)” —Amazon Reviewer Great Product.  “If you’re in nursing school, definitely get this book. The rationales help a lot. I brought my grades up big time with this book. AND, most of the time, there was a question or two on the test that was the same question in the book! :)” —Renae C., Amazon Reviewer  NEW! FREE, 30-day access to Davis Edge NCLEX-RN® included with purchase of new print book. Test yourself with 10,000+ challenging questions; review proven test-taking strategies; and prepare for the biggest test of your career with simulated NCLEX exams.

  • Author: Patricia M. Nugent RN MA MS EdD
  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; Fifth edition (February 1, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0803677456
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.25 x 11 inches

                 

9. Philosophies and Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills - August 2021

Philosophies and Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice, Third Edition is an essential resource for advanced practice nursing students in master's and doctoral programs. This text is appropriate for students needing an introductory understanding of philosophy and how a theory is constructed as well as students and nurses who understand theory at an advanced level. The Third Edition features expanded discussion of the AACN DNP essentials which is critical for DNP students as well as PhD students who need a better understanding of the DNP educated nurse's role. Philosophies and Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice, Third Edition covers a wide variety of theories in addition to nursing theories. Coverage of non nursing related theory is beneficial to nurses because of the growing national emphasis on collaborative, interdisciplinary patient care. New to the Third Edition: • Updated content based on current literature and practice • New chapter on nursing theories related to health inequity and disparities • Expanded coverage of the DNP degree • New case studies

  • Author: Janie B. Butts
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 3rd edition (March 23, 2017)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1284112245
  • Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.6 x 8.9 inches

                 

10. Davis Advantage for Basic Nursing: Thinking, Doing, and Caring: Thinking, Doing, and Caring


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing Fundamentals & Skills - August 2021

Awarded third place in the 2018 AJN Book of the Year Award in the Digital Products category Davis Advantage for Basic Nursing www.DavisAdvantage.com Instant Access: 978-0-8036-6819-5 Access Card: 978-0-8036-6818-8 LEARN–APPLY–ASSESS Davis Advantage for Basic Nursing takes an all-new approach to RN Fundamentals education by offering a unique focus on the Learn-Apply-Assess continuum. This complete solution integrates an innovative textbook with online adaptive technology to make learning personal. Together, they create a seamless experience that tracks each student’s progress and assesses their knowledge until they have mastered the concepts and are ready to apply them in class, clinical, and practice. A special code in the front of the book unlocks online Personalized Learning Plans and Quizzing for students and an interactive ebook version of the text. LEARN The Textbook Basic Nursing: Thinking, Doing, and Caring, 2nd Edition This student-focused text teaches students to “Think Like a Nurse” from the very first day, connecting the concepts students are learning in class to the real world in which they will practice. A consistent and concise organization along with a wealth of pedagogical features promote critical thinking and clinical decision making by emphasizing the Thinking, Doing, and Caring at the heart of professional practice they will do as nurses. In every chapter, they’ll first explore the theoretical knowledge behind the concepts, principles, and rationales. Then, they’ll study the practical knowledge involved in the processes; and finally, learn the skills and procedures. APPLY Online Personalized Learning Plans Personalized learning plans offer multiple paths to learning success. Students are assessed on their comprehension of key topics and then are given a plan to work through based on their strengths and weaknesses. Interactive case studies, video animations and dynamic activities engage students and bring the concepts to life to help drive mastery. Click here to read the white paper. ASSESS Online Personalized Quizzing Davis Edge’s online quizzing platform uses NCLEX®-style questions for assessment and remediation. Its interactive, question-based format provides the practice students need to master course content and improve their scores on classroom exams through a series of personalized quizzes based on each student’s performance. Click here for a preview of the text and the resources available when you purchase this book.

  • Author: Leslie S. Treas PhD RN CPNP-PC NNP-BC
  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; Second edition (October 27, 2017)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0803659421
  • Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 2.6 inches