Nursing: Books/eBooks

A selection of excellent Nursing resources to help you with your studies

Library Search

Ovid Ebooks

We now subscribe to several Ovid Ebooks which you can also access from the Databases A-Z on the Library website. Titles include:

  • Lewis & Foley (2020) Health assessment in nursing
  • Farrell (2017) Smeltzer & Bare's textbook of medical-surgical nursing 
  • University of Cambridge ebookHaley (2016) Pillitteri's Child and family health nursing in Australia and New Zealand

Please note that Ovid ebooks can only have between 3 and 5 users accessing at the same time.  Try again later if the title you need is in use.

Vital source ebooks

 When you finish using either of the Vital Source ebooks below, please return them electronically so another student can access either immediately. Find instructions here for accessing and returning a Vital Source ebook.

Deravin-Malone, L., & Anderson, J. (2019). Chronic care Nursing: a framework for practice (2nd ed.) Cambridge University Press. (1 concurrent user; 6 hour loan; Publisher provided free access from Oct 2020 – Oct 2023)

 Wepa, D., & Spoonley, P. (2016). Cultural safety in Aotearoa New Zealand (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press. (3 concurrent users)

Library Search

Use Primo  Library Search on the My Ara app to find both print and eBooks on your topic.  Search by keyword, book title or the author's last name.

 To search for alternative spellings, use * in place of missing letters - e.g. Johns*on, colo*r, design*

 To search as a phrase rather than separate words use "" around your phrase i.e. "Keith Richards".

 Click here for further tips on how on Using Primo Library Search 

Some required textbooks for Year 1

For a complete list of required and recommended textbooks for nursing, refer to your specific programme handbook available in My Ara / Student Information / Programme Information Documents here. 

Some of these textbooks are available as ebooks. For those that are only in hard copy you can access these in the High Use Collection at the Christchurch City and Manawa campuses and at Timaru Campus. Ask staff in the Library for assistance.

Wound Care

Communication skills

Some recommended texts for year 3


Māori and nursing - Hauora

BWB Treaty of Waitangi eBook Collection

The Treaty of Waitangi Collection brings together leading thinking on this foundational document, including works by acclaimed scholars such as Claudia Orange, Judith Binney, Vincent O’Malley, Alan Ward and Aroha Harris. Managed by award-winning New Zealand publisher Bridget Williams Books, the Collection is a living resource backed by a long-term vision for Treaty scholarship into the twenty-first century.

Nursing Research

Ebooks from Cambridge University Press for a limited time

Cambridge University Press ebooks

These ebooks are available until 31 August 2021 provided under extended Covid support from Cambridge University Press. If prompted, log in with your Ara network username and password. For first time access, you will also need to register and set up a password with Cambridge  to view online or print from these ebooks. We recommend you register with your Ara student email address and Ara network password. For more information read Accessing Cambridge University Press ebooks.

CUP ebook on the Vital Source Platform

The Cambridge University Press (CUP) ebook, Chronic Care Nursing is delivered on the Vital Source platform.  Read here about what to expect when accessing the Vital Source platform. It is available as part of CUP's Equity of Access programme  between October 2020 and October 2023. It is 1 concurrent user access only lasting 6 hours, so you may have to try again later if the item is currently in use.

When you have finished reading this book you can make it available immediately by doing the following, otherwise it stays available to you for 6 hours automatically. 

  • To return your book in the web browser click the Home icon  in the menu and choose Return.
  • To return your book in the Bookshelf app click the Menu icon  ; click Explore; choose Return.