Nurses - recommend me some books! Watch
So, fellow nurses, what are your go-to reference books?
Pharmacology wise, again, you can't beat the BNF. As a student I would write down any drugs I came into contact with that I wasn't familiar with and then look them up in the BNF. Another book I find really useful and use now is 'A nurses survival guide to drugs in practice' by Ann Richards - it is pocketbook sized so easy to take with you on the ward and I know a lot of pharmacology students also use it as, for a little book, it is really detailed
Sorry, no idea about a microbiology book - it isn't something I would ever use as I tend to just use the clinical guidelines that are published at work instead
Hope this helps
However, the BNF is good for knowing doses and all the other bits and bobs, but it doesn't go into depth massively about the pharmacology of what's going on, it assumes readers to understand that already. I don't own a copy of it, the most up to date version is the online one and is free to register for. I don't know what sort of level of understanding of pharmacology you have at the moment OP, however when I was a student I found Introducing Pharmacology for Nursing and Healthcare by Roger McFadden a really good book that goes over all the basic principles of pharmacology and covers a lot of drugs you will have encountered.
I think i'm going to head to the library and have a rummage in there to get an idea of what's good. The trouble is, with library books, some of them are quite old so you're unable to find them in shops!
I'll have a go tho
KOZIER, B., ERB, G. BERMAN, A. SNYDER, S., LAKE, R. and HARVEY, S. (2008). Fundamentals of Nursing: Concepts, process and practice. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.
was the nursing textbook recommended in our foundation year