Nursing Textbooks

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Nursing textbooks have been compiled as general references encompassing a variety of medical fields, as well as focusing on specific areas of practice such as obstetrics, med-surg, psychiatry and pediatrics. Though many nurses specialize in particular fields, it is highly recommended for nurses and students to obtain both the general reference materials along with those pertaining to their field of practice.

The reason is due to the increased recognition that medicine is holistic in its nature. Familiarity with one narrow field of medicine is not good for anybody--not the nurses, not the patients, nor the medical institution. Breaking medicine and the human body down into separate systems is simply for the purpose of making comprehension of these systems easier. However, this is not how the body--or medicine, for that matter--really works.

Nursing Textbooks and the Practicing Professional

Rather, human health is a collection of interacting systems. We have learned a great deal about the interconnectedness of the body's systems, as well as those of the mind, and we still have a great deal more to learn. However, one thing is clear: we cannot effectively treat one system without knowing how the treatment will affect other systems of the body.

Thus, a broad medical knowledge is required of all health practitioners, from doctors to nurses to technicians. In fact, in addition to their many duties, health professionals have the responsibility to keep on top of the latest medical news and developments. This means that they must constantly invest in up-to-date nursing manuals and textbooks. What's more, these books should be designed to enable quick and easy reference in today's fast-paced medical environments.

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