10 Books Every Nurse Practitioner Should Have


Books are every NP’s lifeline.

If you’re a nurse practitioner student, you’re probably overwhelmed with the amount of information you’re learning in class, in clinical, and from all those books!

It can be a love-hate relationship when you’re short on time but need those books to teach and help you succeed.

If you’re a nurse practitioner in practice, especially a new one, you too need quick access to quality, concise, information to make the best clinical decisions every day.

Your education never ends.

Everyday, as an FNP, I look to my books to teach and sharpen me.

Although, more and more textbooks are going digital, I have my favorites I affectionately pull from my shelf.

Whatever format you prefer, it is important to have a core list of reference books you can rely on as a student and nurse practitioner.

Here are 10 books I believe every nurse practitioner should have.

1. Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice And Legal Guide A must-have resource for every new or current Nurse Practitioner (NP). It defines what an NP is and does, while explaining their legal scope of practice within specific state and federal regulations.

2. Zitelli, Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis The go-to reference for pediatric diagnoses. More than 3,400 hundred illustrations-3,000 in full color-capture the full range of gross anatomic signs as well as laboratory and radiologic findings for hundreds of pediatric disorders. Plus, the 5th edition includes online access with downloadable pictures for electronic presentations. The 6th edition will be released in April 2012.

3. Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology: With Online Access No library should be without this classic. Guyton had a gift for explaining complex ideas so they made sense to students. I refer to it almost daily in practice.

4. Family Practice Guidelines, Second Edition A comprehensive resource for NPs, presents current national standard of care guidelines for practice and select 2011 guidelines.

5. Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2012 Classic Shirt-Pocket Edition The quickest, most concise drug reference book you’ll find. Quicker to use than a mobile app!

6. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2012: 5 Books in 1, Expert Consult – Online and Print An invaluable resource for nurse practitioners & students. Combines state-of-the-art information on over 700 medical disorders in a user-friendly format. Evaluates all evidence-based treatment on rating system.

7. Fitzpatrick’s Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology: Sixth Edition With 1500 high-quality full-color images covering skin lesions and disorders of the hair, nail, and mucosa, Fitzpatrick’s is the clinical reference for skin diseases.

8. The Harriet Lane Handbook: Mobile Medicine Series, Expert Consult Fast, accurate information on pediatric diagnosis and treatment written by experts at Johns Hopkins University. This pocket handbook is the first go-to for all nurse practitioners who treat children.

9. Clinician’s Guide to Laboratory Medicine: Pocket The only book that walks you from abnormal lab test to diagnosis through a series of steps.

10. The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2011 The gold standard for all antimicrobial treatment.

These books can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com and in online digital formats through http://expertconsult.com and http://www.mdconsult.com.

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