Five Essential Books For Nurses
There are a plethora of books about nursing out there in the market place. This is my current list of my five favorites, and I welcome comments about what books about nursing live on your bookshelf.
This book by Theresa Brown, RN is the story of the author’s first year as an oncology nurse after switching careers from the “ivory tower” of being PhD-level professor of literature at a prestigious university. It is poignant, moving, factual, personal, and offers a very realistic glimpse of the nursing world through the eyes of a novice nurse who writes with great depth and insight.
“The Nurse’s Story”
Carol Gino, RN penned this book more than 20 years ago, but it’s universal appeal is unwavering. Passionate and honest, it is a portrait of nurse burnout and stands squarely in the list of timeless books about nursing.
“From Silence to Voice”
The subtitle of this book by Bernice Buresh and Suzanne Gordon says it all: “What nurses know and must communicate to the public“. This is an essential book for nurses to begin to “own” the importance of nursing and learn how to help the public understand what it is that we do and how crucial our role truly is.
“Nursing Against the Odds”
This book by Suzanne Gordon is another crucial book for every nurse’s bookshelf, addressing “how health care cost cutting, media stereotypes, and medical hubris undermine nurses and patient care.” Need I say more?
Written by Beth Boynton, RN, “Confident Voices” is “the nurse’s guide to improving communication and creating positive workplaces.”
And Many More…..
While it’s true that books on nursing are in great abundance, I have my personal favorites that I feel are some of the most important books in support our profession.
Nursing has come a long way since the days of Florence Nightingale, but we still have more educating and teaching to do in order for the public to fully understand us, and for our own profession to continue to come into its own.
These books contribute to that objective in significant ways, and I look forward to the future work of these authors who truly care about nursing and want our profession to be fulfilling, recognized, honored and influential within the larger health care system.
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