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Nursing - Reference Resources

The reference collection is an excellent place to begin your research if you want to find:

  • a summary of a topic
  • background information on a topic
  • a list of recommended resources
  • factual information

When you find a reference book:

  • Scan the table of contents to see how it is organized.
  • Note its publication date to determine currency of the information.
  • Use the index to locate your topic within the book.

Scroll down for a list of some key resources in the field of Nursing. These titles are located in the reference section.  You can click on this link to perform a search in SAILS using the topic Nursing.
Brunner & Suddarth's textbook of medical-surgical nursing
The best-selling textbook of medical-surgical nursing is now in its Eleventh Edition--with updated content throughout and enhanced, state-of-the-art ancillaries. Highlights include a stronger focus on health promotion, more extensive coverage of patients with chronic illness and disabilities, a Watch and Learn feature linked to audiovisuals on the free bound-in CD-ROM, and Evidence-Based Practice questions in each chapter linked to journal articles on the book's companion Website. A new, more engaging design features photographs of nurses interacting with patients. This edition's thoroughly revamped CD-ROM includes over 3,500 NCLEX(R)-style questions and numerous three-dimensional animations that demonstrate disease processes.
REF RT 41 T46 2008 V.1 & 2
Mosby's dictionary of medicine, nursing & health professions
This bestselling, full-color dictionary of health care terminology, from A68 to zymorphic, is well known for its combination of relevant, thorough definitions and vibrant color illustrations and line drawings that illuminate all subject areas. More than just a dictionary, you'll also find a comprehensive anatomy atlas, and numerous useful appendices.

"This full-color dictionary of medical, nursing, and health care terminology is renowned for both its clear, complete definitions and its incomparable color illustrations. Trusted by more health professionals and students for years, now the 7th edition is even better than ever: 5000 new definitions; new CD-ROM with valuable tools - complete, fully functional medical spellchecker, medical terminology activities, audio pronunciations, English-Spanish phrase translations, and more; all nursing diagnosis entries reflect the 2005-2006 NANDA terminology and the newest information from NIC and NOC; new and updated appendixes cover JCAHO changes in documentation, functional health patterns, new nutritional standards, and much more; and expanded definitions of over 70 key conditions now contain full, detailed nursing process information."--BOOK JACKET.
REF R 121 M89 2006
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Nursing diagnosis handbook : an evidence-based guide to planning care
"This book is the essential care planning reference you'll use throughout your nursing education and career. It guides you through every stage of the assessment and critical thinking process to help you build customized care plans for each patient's unique condition, health history, symptoms, and mental state."--BOOK JACKET.
REF RT 48.6 A35 2008
Nursing diagnosis reference manual

This manual provides comprehensive care plans for 300 nursing diagnosis statements, arranged by adult, adolescent, child, maternal- neonatal, geriatric, mental, and community-based health. Each care plan provides guidelines for patient assessment, lists symptoms and expected outcomes, and suggests interventions along with their rationale. The sixth edition adds outcomes identified by the NOC and interventions from NIC research.
REF RT 48.6 S66 2005
Churchill Livingstone's Dictionary of Nursing [electronic resource]
The Churchill Livingstone's Dictionary of Nursing provides more depth and covers a greater variety of topics than pocket dictionaries. The A-Z entries, from abdomen to zygote, and appendices have been completely updated and many new words/terms have been included.
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Calculation of drug dosages
Gain the practical skills you need to competently and confidently calculate drug dosages, even if you dislike math. All it takes is practice - and Calculation of Drug Dosages, 8th Edition gives you the most practice of any drug calculation book available! First, it provides an extensive review of essential math concepts before introducing and clearly explaining the ratio and proportion, formula, and dimensional analysis methods of drug calculation. The book's popular "worktext" format builds on concepts as you go and reinforces what you learn with over 2,000 practice problems in the book and on the accompanying CD-ROM.
REF RS 57 O33 2007

Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary 
• 700 illustrations; more than 500 in full-color
• Cyclopedic format means you get much more than just definitions. You get a comprehensive resource with:

• Superior illustrations
• Pronunciations
• Abbreviations
• Etymologies (word origins)
• 100 most frequently prescribed drugs (NEW)
• Patient Care sections with clinically pertinent information
• Caution statements that help you practice safe health care
• Tables that put important information at your fingertips
• Disease entries that include symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
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Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary [electronic resource]  
First published in 1900, Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary is universally acknowledged as the world's finest medical dictionary. Through all of the remarkable developments that have transformed medicine in this century, Dorland's is the reference which generations of health care professionals have trusted to define the terminology that is germane to their careers.   
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