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Nursing: Books/eBooks

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

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Use Library Search 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 e.g. "climate change".

Click here for further tips on Using Library Search 


Clinical Key For Student database of nursing textbooks
  • Clinical Key is the database with most of the nursing textbooks.
  • For first time access click on "Register here" from this Clinical Key link.
  • Use your Ara student email address as your username and set up a password. 
  • We recommend you use your Ara network password so you don't need to remember a different password, but do not use an underscore in your password.
  • Here are the instructions in full to access Clinical Key for the first time.
  • Once you set up your Ara email and password access you can download the Clinical Key Student Bookshelf app for GooglePlay or Apple and choose "Nursing student" to see all your books. Please note that you can use the CK Bookshelf app on one device only. If you instal it on two devices you will need to log out of one of them to use the other. If you are not using the Bookshelf app you can also enter Clinical Key For Student at this link once you have registered and set up your password at the previous steps -
Other places to find ebooks 
Books by topic on this page 

Some required textbooks for Year 1

Wound Care

Communication skills


Critical Thinking and Reflective Writing

Some recommended texts for year 3


Mental Health nursing

Anatomy and physiology

Māori and nursing - Mahi tapuhi

If accessing the Wepa (2015) ebook, choose Read online then Continue with read-only access. To print a chapter, choose Register to enable greater functionality. See this PDF  on accessing Cambridge ebooks.

Nursing Research