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The Practical Book & Reading List for Student Nurses

Clare Bodell

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The Practical Book & Reading List for Student Nurses

The course book or reading list is one of the first things sent to students when successfully being grated a place at university.

Many student nurses complain they spend hundreds of pounds on books that are either available online, in your university library or found to be of no use at all.

We firmly recommend checking out the local library, university library or searching online before you purchase any book from the list. 

TIP: We also recommend trying to buy books second-hand – try eBay or Amazon. Usually different editions are released with only minor changes but a significant price tag. You should sign up to Amazon Prime Student for £39 a year – not only do you get free delivery on most textbooks you also get access to their streaming services and thousands of digital textbooks. 

TIP: You have a vast array of apps at your fingertips. You should take a look at our recommended apps list for nurses and healthcare professionals.

With this in mind, we have created our practical reading list. A set of practical books that will stand you in good stead for both clinical placement and writing those all-important assignments – some of them are even FREE!

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures has been the number one choice for nurses since it first published, over 30 years ago. One of the world′s most popular books on clinical skills and procedures, it provides detailed procedure guidelines based on the latest research findings and expert clinical advice, enabling nurses and students to deliver clinically effective patient–focused care.

Where to buy it? Currently available on Amazon for £25.

The Code for Nurses and Midwives

The NMC Code of Conduct presents the professional standards that nurses and midwives must uphold in order to be registered to practise in the UK.

Where to buy it? All of the NMC professional standards are available online for free and you’ll need them for every assignment.

British National Formulary (BNF)

The British National Formulary (BNF) is your essential reference book for prescribing, dispensing, and administering medicines.

Where to buy it? You can usually get one second-hand from a Nurse, Pharmacist or GP – they get issued a new one every 6 months. I firmly recommend against buying a copy. 

The Student Nurse Handbook

This convenient Handbook will be invaluable to students starting out on a pre-registration nursing course. Covering a broad range of topics, from helping understand what tutors and mentors expect, how to plan work, and coping with stress, it will support undergraduates across all aspects of student life.

Where to buy it? Some universities give this out for free to students. You can buy a copy on Amazon for £12.

Medical Dictionary

Written by a team of medical experts, all entries have been revised and updated for this new edition to reflect the very latest in medical knowledge and practice. Entries are accessible and jargon-free and are complemented by over 140 illustrations and diagrams.

Where to buy it? You can usually pick these up pretty cheap. You can find it on Amazon for as little as 1p for a physical book but there are multiple online medical dictionaries or even apps that are free to use.

Nursing and Health Survival Guides

These fantastic little guides are perfect to take to placement in your pocket. They come on a variety of topics; Drugs in use, clinical skills, medical abbreviations, wound care, reflective practice and essay writing, clinical assessment, palliative care and many more.

Where to buy it? Currently available on Amazon for £5.99 each.

Are you a student nurse? Do you have any suggestions to add to our practical book list or even a tip? You can post them in the comments section below. 

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Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia

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Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia

Due to changes in its recipe and a significant reduction in glucose, Lucozade will not be as effective as a treatment for hypoglycemic patients.

Recipe changes to Lucozade Original Energy product line mean it will no longer be as effective at treating hypoglycemic patients – this is due to a 50% reduction in glucose based carbohydrates. Healthcare Professionals should seek guidance from their local specialist team on alternative treatment protocols.

This change applies to all Lucozade Energy Flavours. New products started appearing on shelves in April 2017. However, for a short time, both the new and old recipe will be available.

Previously, 100ml of Lucozade Original contained 17g of carbohydrate; this was reduced to 8.9g in April 2017.

Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia

According to Diabietes.co.uk, patients who experience a hypoglycemic episode are advised to consume 15-20g of sugar when treating low blood sugar, but this will no longer be equivalent to 100ml of Lucozade.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory, which also makes Ribena and Orangina, among other drinks, is lowering its sugar content by replacing these sugars with low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame.

You can also visit www.lrsuntory.com/health for more information on Lucozade’s changing nutritional values or speak to your local diabetes specialist team.

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Shift Planner for Nurses, Students & Support Staff

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Shift Planner for Nurses, Students & Support Staff

Shift planning is essential for safe care, some people using a piece of paper others have their thoughts well arranged in their head, either way everybody does it.

This shift planner has been designed with newly qualified nurses and student nurses in mind but would be suitable for anybody to use.

You can download our Shift Planner for FREE. You are free to download, print and distribute our shift planner as you wish. You will need a PDF reader on your PC to download. 

The planner has been created with two primary columns, one for your main nursing priorities and one to remind you to hand over jobs to the next shift. It also features a small key and area for general notes. Due to limited space we have only included enough room to plan up to eight patients, if you need more we encourage you print doublesided.

We encourage you to make comments or suggestions in the comments section below. The most popular will be implemented in a version 2.

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