Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing - August 2021

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

1. Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination, 8e


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing - August 2021

Get the tools and skills you need to prepare for the NCLEX®! Often called the ‘the best NCLEX ® exam review book ever,’ Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN® Examination, 8 th Edition has been thoroughly updated to reflect the most recent test plan. This new edition includes 5,200 NCLEX examination-style questions in the book and online. A companion Evolve website includes thousands of questions that allow you to decide how you want to practice! Don't make the mistake of assuming the quality of the questions is the same in all NCLEX exam review books, because only Silvestri includes the kinds of questions that consistently test the clinical judgment skills necessary to pass today's NCLEX exam. Even better, all answers include detailed rationales to help you learn from your answer choices and test-taking strategies with tips on how to best approach each question. Written by the most trusted name in NCLEX review, this is THE book of choice for NCLEX preparation. But don’t just take our word for it ― read any customer review or ask your classmates to see why there's nothing else like it! Over 5,200 practice questions in the text and online offer ample testing practice. 75-question comprehensive exam covers all content areas in the book in the same percentages that they are covered on the actual NCLEX-RN test plan. Inclusion of all alternate item format questions covers multiple response, prioritizing ordered response, fill-in-the-blank, figure/illustration hot spot, chart/exhibit, video, and audio questions to give students practice with mastering prioritizing, decision-making, and critical thinking skills. Presents introductory chapters on preparation guidance for the NCLEX-RN, nonacademic preparation, test-taking strategies, the CAT format, and the NCLEX-RN from a new graduate’s experience. UNIQUE! Audio review summaries on pharmacology, fluids and electrolytes, and acid-base balance are found on the Evolve companion site. Expanded coverage of delegation, prioritization, and triage/disaster management in the practice questions reflect the areas of increased emphasis on the NCLEX exam. UNIQUE! A detailed test-taking strategy and rationale is included for each question, offering clues for analyzing and uncovering the correct answer option UNIQUE! Priority concepts call-outs highlight specific concepts related to nursing practice. Concepts have been updated to reflect the latest Giddens: Concepts for Nursing Practice text. UNIQUE! More Priority Nursing Action boxes communicate new and pertinent content . Question categories by cognitive level, client needs area, integrated process, and content area give you completely customizable exams or study sessions when using the companion Evolve site. UNIQUE! Pyramid Alert! boxes spotlight important nursing concepts and procedures, and include tips and shortcuts for remembering key information. Mnemonics included where appropriate throughout the text. NEW! Thoroughly updated content incorporates clinical updates and reflects the latest NCLEX-RN test plan. NEW! Clinical Judgment Situations test critical thinking skills and feature Next Generation NCLEX item types to assist in applying the skill of clinical judgment. NEW! UPDATED! Bioterrorism content includes information on nuclear radiation. Several NEW prioritizing questions test prioritizing skills. NEW! Pharmacology classifications code with practice questions helps you to focus on specific medication classes. NEW! Special Populations chapter focuses on nursing care of special and vulnerable populations. NEW! Complex Care chapter includes information on sepsis, shock, sedation, critical care nursing interventions, and more. NEW! Health Problem code with every practice question helps you to focus your study on particular topics. NEW! Anemia section added to the Oncological and Hematological Problems chapter. NEW! Systematic case scenario helps you focus on applying health and physical assessment concepts.

  • Author: Linda Anne Silvestri PhD RN FAAN
  • Publisher: Saunders; 8th edition (October 7, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0323358415
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.4 x 10.8 inches

                 

2. ATI TEAS Secrets Study Guide: TEAS 6 Complete Study Manual, Full-Length Practice Tests, Review Video Tutorials for the Test of Essential Academic Skills, Sixth Edition


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing - August 2021

***The Only Guide with 3 Complete Practice Tests and 73 Step-By-Step Tutorial Videos*** Mometrix Test Preparation's ATI TEAS Secrets Study Guide is the ideal prep solution for anyone who wants to pass their Test of Essential Academic Skills, Sixth Edition. The exam is extremely challenging, and thorough test preparation is essential for success. Our study guide includes: Practice test questions with detailed answer explanations Step-by-step video tutorials to help you master difficult concepts Tips and strategies to help you get your best test performance A complete review of all TEAS test sections Reading Mathematics Science English and Language Usage TEAS® is a registered trademark of the Assessment Technologies Institute®, which is unaffiliated, not a sponsor, or associated with Mometrix Test Preparation. The Mometrix guide is filled with the critical information you will need in order to do well on your TEAS exam: the concepts, procedures, principles, and vocabulary that the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) expects you to have mastered before sitting for your exam. The Reading section covers: Key Ideas and Details Craft and Structure Integration of Knowledge and Ideas The Mathematics section covers: Numbers and Operations Data Interpretation Measurement The Science section covers: Human Anatomy and Physiology Life and Physical Sciences Scientific Reasoning The English and Language Usage section covers: Conventions of Standard English Punctuation Improving Sentences Improving Paragraphs Vocabulary ...and much more! Our guide is full of specific and detailed information that will be key to passing your exam . Concepts and principles aren't simply named or described in passing, but are explained in detail. The Mometrix TEAS study guide is laid out in a logical and organized fashion so that one section naturally flows from the one preceding it. Because it's written with an eye for both technical accuracy and accessibility, you will not have to worry about getting lost in dense academic language. Any test prep guide is only as good as its practice questions and answer explanations , and that's another area where our guide stands out. The Mometrix test prep team has provided plenty of TEAS practice test questions to prepare you for what to expect on the actual exam. Each answer is explained in depth, in order to make the principles and reasoning behind it crystal clear. Many concepts include links to online review videos where you can watch our instructors break down the topics so the material can be quickly grasped. Examples are worked step-by-step so you see exactly what to do. We've helped hundreds of thousands of people pass standardized tests and achieve their education and career goals. We've done this by setting high standards for Mometrix Test Preparation guides, and our ATI TEAS Secrets Study Guide is no exception. It's an excellent investment in your future. Get the TEAS review you need to be successful on your exam.

  • Author: TEAS Exam Secrets Test Prep Team
  • Publisher: Mometrix Media LLC; 6th ed. edition (March 31, 2016)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1516703838
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches

                 

3. Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing - 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

                 

4. Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing - August 2021

Get nursing care plans right! Ackley’s Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care, 12th Edition helps practicing nurses and nursing students select appropriate nursing diagnoses and write care plans with ease and confidence. This convenient handbook shows you how to correlate nursing diagnoses with known information about clients on the basis of assessment findings, established medical or psychiatric diagnoses, and the current treatment plan. Extensively revised and updated with the new 2018-2020 NANDA-I approved nursing diagnoses, it integrates the NIC and NOC taxonomies, evidence-based nursing interventions, and adult, pediatric, geriatric, multicultural, home care, safety, and client/family teaching and discharge planning considerations to guide your students in creating unique, individualized care plans. Step-by-step instructions shows you how to use the Guide to Nursing Diagnoses and Guide to Planning Care sections to create a unique, individualized plan of care. UNIQUE! Provides care plans for every NANDA-I approved nursing diagnosis Promotes evidence-based interventions and rationales by including recent or classic research that supports the use of each intervention. Presents examples of and suggested NIC interventions and NOC outcomes in each care plan. 150 NCLEX exam-style review questions are available on Evolve. Easy-to-follow sections I and II guide you through the nursing process and selection of appropriate nursing  Appendixes provide you with valuable information in an easy-to-access location.  Clear, concise interventions are usually only a sentence or two long and use no more than two references.  Safety content emphasizes what must be considered to provide safe patient care.  Classic evidence-based references promote evidence-based interventions and rationales. List of Nursing Diagnosis Index on inside front cover of book for quick reference. Alphabetical thumb tabs allow quick access to specific symptoms and nursing diagnoses. NEW! Includes comprehensive, up-to-date information on the new 2018-2020 NANDA-I approved nursing diagnoses, complete with 17 new diagnoses. NEW! and UPDATED! Provides the latest NIC/NO C, interventions, and rationales for every care plan NEW! Section I: Gender identity discussion includes information about the caregiver’s responsibility for adapting care accordingly. NEW! Interventions reorganized by priority helps you quickly identify the information you’re searching for. NEW! Section II: Bullying, Gender Dysphoria, Medical marijuana, Military families/personnel, Opioid use/abuse, Service animals, Technology addiction, and Veterans. NEW! Additional clarification of use of QSEN throughout book in Section I NEW! Concept map creator added from Yoost textbook.  NEW! Updated rationales include evidence-based references 5 years or less.

  • Author: Betty J. Ackley MSN EdS RN
  • Publisher: Mosby; 12th edition (March 15, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0323551120
  • Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 10 inches

                 

5. Adult CCRN Exam (With 3 Practice Tests ( Barron's Test Prep))


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing - August 2021

Barron’s Adult CCRN Exam provides all of the key concepts you need to pass the Adult CCRN exam, with detailed review and full-length practice tests to help you feel prepared. This book features: A 25-question pretest to help pinpoint areas in need of intensive study Detailed subject reviews, including Cardiovascular Concepts, Pulmonary Concepts, Professional Caring and Ethical Practice Concepts, and more, in an easy-to-digest outline format, along with corresponding practice questions and answer explanations Two full-length practice CCRN tests in the book, each with 150 multiple-choice questions and fully explained answers One full-length online practice exam with all questions answered and explained More than 500 practice questions overall, for review and study CCRNs who have successfully passed the test report that self-study with sets of practice questions is an excellent strategy for success. Don’t take chances with your certification—let Barron’s CCRN Exam help you achieve the next level of professional achievement.

  • Author: Patricia Juarez
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Inc; 2nd edition (October 6, 2020)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-1438012346

                 



6. Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 8e


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing - August 2021

With an easy-to-follow approach and unmatched learning support, Jarvis’s Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 8 th Edition is the most authoritative, complete, and easily implemented solution for health assessment in nursing. This tightly integrated learning package continues to center on Carolyn Jarvis’s trademark clear, logical, and holistic approach to physical examination and health assessment across the patient lifespan. It’s packed with vivid illustrations, step-by-step guidance and evidence-based content to provide a complete approach to health assessment skills and physical examination. With a fresh focus on today’s need-to-know information, the 8 th edition integrates QSEN and interprofessional collaboration, features enhanced inclusion of LGBTQ considerations, includes a new standalone Vital Signs chapter, and provides enhanced EHR and documentation content. The most trusted name in health assessment for nurses, now in its 8 th edition! A clear, conversational, step-by-step, evidence-based approach to physical examination and health assessment of patients throughout the lifespan. A consistent format from chapter to chapter features sections on Structure and Function, Subjective Data, Objective Data, Documentation and Critical Thinking, and Abnormal Findings to help you learn to assess systematically. UPDATED! An unsurpassed collection of more than 1,100 full-color illustrations has been updated to vividly showcase anatomy and physiology, examination techniques, and abnormal findings. Enhanced content on the electronic health record, charting, and narrative recording exemplify how to document assessment findings using state-of-the-art systems with time-tested thoroughness. Engaging learning resources include assessment video clips; NCLEX® Exam review questions; case studies with critical thinking activities; audio clips of heart, lung, and abdominal sounds; assessment checklists, and much more. Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle boxes present opportunities for patient teaching and health promotion while performing the health assessment. Developmental Competence sections highlight content specific to infants, children, adolescents, pregnant women, and older adults. Culture and Genetics sections include information on biocultural and transcultural variations in an increasingly diverse patient population. NEW! Standalone Vital Signs chapter and refocused nutrition content include an expanded emphasis on the national epidemic of obesity. NEW! Enhanced integration of QSEN and interprofessional collaboration emphasize how to ensure patient safety during the physical exam and how to collaborate with other health professionals to promote optimal health. NEW! Enhanced inclusion of LGBTQ issues and revamped and refocused Cultural Assessment chapter equip you with the skills to practice with greater sensitivity and inclusivity. NEW! Health Promotion and Patient Teaching sections underscore the unique role of nurses (especially advanced practice nurses) in health promotion.

  • Author: Carolyn Jarvis PhD APN CNP
  • Publisher: Saunders; 8th edition (February 18, 2019)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0323510806
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.2 x 11.1 inches

                 

7. Pharm Phlash!: Pharmacology Flash Cards


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing - August 2021

Increase your test scores in pharmacology class. Improve your pharmacology score on the NCLEX. Expand your understanding of pharmacological agents. Decrease and prevent medication errors in practice. These test-yourself review cards put critical clinical information for nearly 400 of the top generic medications at your fingertips. And, you can count on them for accuracy, because each card is based on content from  Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses ® . "I was one of the majority of nursing students who found pharmacology overwhelming and difficult to understand. This tool, which featured a color-coded, body-system organization reflecting the information common to classes of medications, alleviated my fear of pharmacology. This is a worthwhile purchase for those wishing to pass the NCLEX-RN and gain a deeper understanding of medications for the exam as well as real world situations." -Danielle G

  • Author: Valerie I. Leek MSN RN CMSRN
  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company; Third edition (December 1, 2017)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0803660489
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.5 x 6.25 inches

                 

8. Fundamentals of Nursing


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing - 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

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing - 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

                 

10. Bates' Guide To Physical Examination and History Taking (Lippincott Connect)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Nursing - August 2021

Confidently Perform Accurate, Efficient, and Effective Physical Examinations. Master the techniques for successful physical examinations with the #1 choice for complete, authoritative guidance. This highly regarded text includes fully illustrated, step-by-step techniques that outline the correct performance of the physical examination and an easy-to-follow two-column format that correlates examination techniques on the left and abnormalities (clearly indicated in red) with differential diagnoses on the right.   NEW Expanded Unit 1 provides an overview of the components of the patient encounter and helps you ensure the most effective information-gathering and decision-making approaches. NEW Key terms are bolded in chapters and correspond to an online glossary with definitions. UPDATED Expanded coverage of special populations familiarizes you with important approaches for persons who identify as LGBTQ, persons with physical disabilities, and diverse populations throughout the life cycle.   UPDATED  Restructured Regional Exam chapters enhance your understanding of overview material, examination techniques, and health promotion and counseling considerations.  UPDATED Photographs, illustrations, and references reinforce key content based on the latest evidence-based information. UPDATED Text boxes are numbered to provide quick access to important summaries of clinical conditions and tips for challenging examination techniques. Clinical pearls , printed in blue, highlight key points at a glance. Detailed, highly illustrated tables of abnormal conditions display examination and clinical information in an easy-to-find, quick-reference format at the end of each chapter. eBook available. Fast, smart, and convenient, today’s eBooks can transform learning. These interactive, fully searchable tools offer 24/7 access on multiple devices, the ability to highlight and share notes, and much more.

  • Author: Lynn S. Bickley MD FACP
  • Publisher: LWW; 13th edition (August 26, 2020)
  • Genre: Medical Books, Medicine
  • ISBN: 978-1496398178
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10 inches