23 July 2019
In order to learn how to become a paediatric nurse, I have had to do a lot of reading so that I have the knowledge to assess and treat children aged 0-16, as well as support them and their families.
I have read several books throughout my course which I have got out of the library or have read online (SO PLEASE DO NOT WORRY ABOUT PURCHASING THESE BOOKS). However I found the following books were very interesting to read and I would advise any nursing students to read:
Introduction to the human body book by Tortora Derrickson
This book is particularly good when learning about the body’s anatomy and physiology. It has lots of diagrams and a lot of key words that will help nurses understand the normal anatomy, and how it can change when people are unwell.
The Great Ormond Street Hospital: Manual of children’s nursing practices book by Susan MacQueen, Elizabeth Bruce and Faith Gibson
This book teaches students a range of topics which include information about specific conditions such as having a tracheostomy, and the current care used within nursing for these conditions.
Medicines management in children’s nursing by Karen Blair
This book was particularly helpful for me when doing my medication exams as part of the course. It explains exactly how to calculate drug dosages and other things such as fluids.
The concise human body book by Steve Parker
This book also looks at anatomy and physiology of the human body. I use this book alongside others as it was good for simplifying things, then I could use the other books to find more details about specific systems.
Children and young people’s nursing at a glance by Alan Glasper, Jane Coad and Jim Richardson
These books have been very helpful in my journey to becoming a paediatric nurse. Nursing is constantly changing and it’s important to keep up to date by reading as much as you can!
So enjoy these books and remember to keep reading!