My top 5 books (Nursing)

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Faculty: Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care
School: School of Nursing and Midwifery
Course: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
Category: Nursing and midwifery

17 June 2019

Caroline Buttress

Since beginning my role as a student ambassador I am often asked about reading material. “Which anatomy and physiology book should I buy?”, “when should I buy my books?” and perhaps most importantly “do I actually need to buy any books?”

To answer the last question first, in theory you may not need to buy any books as most of the reading list suggestions are available either physically in the library or downloadable through the virtual library (accessible both on campus and remotely).  However the down side to these options are that sometimes the book you need is already out on loan and if you’re anything like me, I often find it difficult to read anything of length on a computer screen and prefer to read off paper.

So whether you decide to borrow or buy is entirely up to you but there are a few books that are now firm residents in my book case at home.

1 Introduction to the Human Body -Tortora 2015
This was the recommended anatomy and physiology book for the first module that has been a continual point of reference throughout my three years, but hang fire! I got it during welcome week at a heavily discounted price, via a special code unique to the university, it’s probably worth the wait.

2 The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures-2015
The title of this book is pretty self explanatory and needless to say this book has been a godsend to the complete novice that I was and pivotal in my learning development.

3 Beginning Reflective Practice- Jasper 2013
From day dot the importance of reflective practice will be drummed into you both in theory and in practice.  Whether a student or qualified, all nurses are expected to reflect on their practice in order to develop and improve future practice. This book gives clear and concise advice on reflection and how to articulate it.

4 The Study Skills Handbook- Cottrell 2013
Evidence-based research is integral to nursing, there is very little that is implemented in the practice area without first undergoing research studies that prove their worth and effectiveness. This book helped me to distinguish the reputable from the disreputable evidence, in turn giving me excellent foundations for all my assignments.

5 Health Promotion for Nurses: Theory and Practice - Piper 2009
Not only has this book made me very aware of the inequalities in healthcare within both the NHS and the private sector, it has made me want to make a difference. Written by one of our very own Peterborough lecturers, this book is a thought-provoking read that I have referenced in most of my assignments.

So there you have it, my top five recommended books. Remember, you don’t necessarily need to buy them but I certainly think they have enhanced both my theory and practice. Happy reading!

By Caroline Buttress
BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing


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