This is one of my favorite resources for RN/nursing school, and I am a serious resource-a-holic! But this book is amazing, and I really urge people starting out with nursing to get it. It won't help much with foundations/fundamentals, but when you start studying pathophysiology and med/surg, you will often run into diseases you've not heard of before (or know very little about). This happened to me in my first med/surg clinical -- I didn't know what my patient's diagnosis even was! Obviously, I had a clinical instructor teach me, etc. but it seemed weird to me that there was no book (other than my huge med surg book) to look at for a quick and pertinent overview organized by disease.
This book fits the bill. I use it to review the pathophysiology of various diseases with basic nursing interventions all the time. If we study a disease or system (e.g. renal, or "chronic kidney disease"), I read the accompanying portions of this book. I was looking for something like this for a while -- sort of a disease encyclopedia with a nursing focus. This is the book for that. I actually bought the digital version via Skyscape for my phone (we use digital devices/phones/iPods during clinicals) also, but I keep this book at home and reference it when I'm studying. I wish it had more diseases in it, but it's invaluable -- sometimes the med surg textbook gets me bogged down in details (which is good much of the time) but when I need quick information or a general overview (to review, or to introduce myself to a disease I don't know much about), this is the best book I've found.
It would be great if there were one of these for each discipline within nursing/medicine (i.e. psych, OB, pediatrics, etc.).
I see a lot of students just using Google or Wikipedia to look up diseases, and that makes me really nervous...those are not reliable sources...anyone can publish something in either place. I'm glad I found this book so I don't have to do that.