This was actually a required text for my nursing one course, but it’ll actually serve you well into your medical-surgical nursing rotation as well. A great majority of our required readings for lecture and clinical lab days came from the follow textbook. And trust me I understand the troubles of having to read a hefty amount of material before lecture so that you’re not completely lost on lecture day. But one of the great things about this book is that it’s definitely easy to read and comprehend. Unlike a lot of the other science based textbooks out there such as microbiology or anatomy & physiology you’ll probably be less likely to get bored or drift off while reading because the concepts are easy to grasp. Terminology was one of my greatest hang ups in the beginning because I didn't have a job or a background in healthcare at that moment so I wasn't very familiar with a lot of jargon being used during clinical lab days. Taylor is great at covering those basic fundamentals that you need and will eventually build upon to become a skilled nurse.
Another great thing that I absolutely love about this book is the great illustrations and tables in the chapter that gives you relevant and pertinent information about what you’re reading. Now that may sound sort of funny or that it’s not that big of a deal, but nothings worse than reading a long drawn out description of how to perform a technique and yet you have not visual aids. It’s important that you understand what it means to do a complete a head to toe assessment, how to take a complete set of vitals or what’s considered normal lab values. These are fundamental skills that nurses use and perform everyday on the job, and this text will help you learn all of these skills. The chapters are designed to take you through each individual system that you’re studying and teach you how to accurately assess what normal findings should be. Or what should a nurse do if any of their findings are abnormal.
I also suggest that you take advantage of additional resources that’ll help you study. There’s an access code in the front of the book that lets you log onto the Taylor website. I've found the additional online NCLEX practice questions to be rather helpful. It really helps frame your mind for learning to think critically in preparation for the NCLEX test.
Like stated previously this was a required text for nursing one but it’ll serve its purpose far beyond that. I’m currently in my psych rotation and I still refer to it sometimes for important lab values and plan on using it to brush up on some old skills during my role transition. I’d highly recommend purchasing this text because it’s truly a hidden gem.
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