NSPM Bibliography

The following bibliography lists the many texts used by the NBCRNA as the basis for questions on the NSPM Subspecialty certification examination. The purpose of having a list is primarily to ensure that item writers are drawing information from the latest editions of widely-published textbooks and to avoid incorporating information which may be found only in handbooks, out of date textbooks, or obscure books which are not likely to be in use or widely accessible to nurse anesthetists.


There are approximately 12 books that are used (this varies as some go out of print or new books are published). We have always recognized that there are multiple books published with roughly similar content, so we prefer to avoid suggesting that we are endorsing one particular textbook over another one which may not be on the list but is being used and has value.


We understand that those who are taking the examination believe that it is helpful to them to know which textbooks are on the list as a means of evaluating whether the material they are using is consistent with the information in the books used for item writing. Therefore we are publishing the list of currently used textbooks on our website. Note that in publishing this list we do not intend to endorse or encourage the sale of any particular textbooks. Please see the following bibliography.


Barash P, Cullen B, Stoelting R, et al: Clinical Anesthesia (7th edition). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013.

Benzon HT, Rathmell JP, Wu CL, et al (eds): Practical Management of Pain (5th edition). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2014.

Brown DL: Atlas of Regional Anesthesia (4th edition). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2010.

Cousins MJ, Carr DB, Horlocker TT, Bridenbaugh PO: Cousins and Bridenbaugh’s Neural Blockage in Clinical Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (4th edition). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008.

Deer TR (ed): Comprehensive Treatment of Chronic Pain by Medical, Interventional, and Integrative Approaches.  New York, NY: Springer, 2013.

Furman MB (ed): Atlas of Image-Guided Spinal Procedures. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2013.

Huntoon M, Benzon H, Narouze S: Spinal Injections & Peripheral Nerve Blocks. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders/Elsevier, 2012

McMahon S, Koltzenburg M, et al (eds):  Wall and Melzack’s Textook of Pain (6th ed). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2013.

Miller RD, Eriksson LI, Fleisher LA, et al: Miller’s Anesthesia (7th edition). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2010.

Waldman SD: Atlas of Uncommon Pain Syndromes (3rd Edition).  Philadelphia, PA: Saunders/Elsevier, 2014.

Waldman SD: Pain Management (2nd edition).  Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, 2011.​

Waldman SD, Campbell RS: Imaging of Pain. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders/Elsevier, 2011.​