Few books by or about nurses have been as influential and widely read as Florence Nightingale’s legendary book, Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not. Nursing has changed quite a bit since Nightingale’s time, but her words are still important and meaningful for many nurses. However, there are dozens of other books out there that modern nurses in all specialties should read and keep on their shelves. From textbooks to memoirs, the field of nursing has generated a massive body of literature, and it can be difficult to sort through and decide which books are truly indispensable.

This article attempts to catalog some of the most respected and widely read books about nursing from an assortment of genres, from clinical references and textbooks to memoirs, fiction, and even general business and career advice for nurses of any age. These are listed by genre in no particular order. It would be impossible to list all the amazing nursing literature out there, but these are our picks for some of the absolute must-reads across the full spectrum of nursing books.

    General Nursing Practice

  1. Nursing Research: Methods, Critical Appraisal, and Utilization

    Nursing Research: Methods, Critical Appraisal, and Utilization

    Nursing Research: Methods, Critical Appraisal, and Utilization focuses largely on the application of research and how to evaluate it, while applying scientific evidence. It’s an inviting read because of the clarity it provides when it comes to detailing the latest nursing practices.

    • Author/Editor: Geri LoBiondo-Wood
    • Publisher: Mosby
  2. Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education: Fourth Edition

    Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education: Fourth Edition

    Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education: Fourth Edition is a great resource for nursing educators looking to refine their teaching skills and promote a stronger class of nurses. Nursing students can also use to the book to build an understanding as to what will be on examinations.

    • Author/Editor: Marilyn H. Oermann PhD RN FAAN ANEF
    • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
  3. Nursing Practice Hospital & Home The Adult

    Nursing Practice Hospital & Home The Adult

    Nursing Practice Hospital & Home — The Adult has use for everyone from nursing students to seasoned nurses and nurse educators. The book emphasizes how a patient is an integral partner in care and has a wealth of information on diseases and disorders that develop in adults.

    • Author/Editor: Josephine (Tonks) Fawcett
    • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
  4. Contemporary Health Promotion In Nursing Practice

    Contemporary Health Promotion In Nursing Practice

    Contemporary Health Promotion in Nursing Practice explains how nurses are able to take their role in communities and additionally function as role models for healthy living. This obviously has far-reaching benefits for public health perception and makes a great read for nurses.

    • Author/Editor: Bonnie Raingruber
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  5. The Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project

    In order to attain a Doctorate in Nursing, one must complete a Scholarly Project. The goal of this project is to test the academic rigor of students through application of nursing skills. The Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project creates a foundation for successful completion of this project.

    • Author/Editor: Katherine J. Moran
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  6. Statistics For Evidence-Based Practice In Nursing

    Statistics For Evidence-Based Practice In Nursing

    Statistics For Evidence-Based Practice In Nursing is something that every professional should have on hand due to its renewed use, while it also is very useful contextually for graduate students. The content is designed to be quickly accessible and includes useful nursing critical thinking content.

    • Author/Editor: Myoung Jin Kim
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  7. Clinical Research Manual

    Clinical Research Manual

    Clinical Research is such an important part to diagnosing various ailments and Clinical Research Manual gives researchers all the best tools for developing succinct solutions to complex problems by providing useful templates, tools, and useful techniques. Written by renowned researchers Dr. R Jennifer Cavalieri and Dr. Mark E. Rupp, it’s a must-read for researchers.

    • Author/Editor: Ruth “Jennifer” Cavalieri
    • Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
  8. Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice, 9th Edition

    Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice, 9th Edition

    Evidence-based practice is the foundation for scientific thought, which it’s so important to read Nursing Research: Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice. As the 2011 winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, the publication has long stood as a reputable source for the latest in nursing developments.

    • Author/Editor: Denise F. Polit
    • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  9. First Do Less Harm: Confronting the Inconvenient Problems of Patient Safety

    First Do Less Harm: Confronting the Inconvenient Problems of Patient Safety

    First, Do Less Harm: Confronting the Inconvenient Problems of Patient Safety tackles issues that many times go under the radar in today’s nursing environment. It’s crucial to look at these issues to make safety a higher priority, while ensuring higher integrity across the field.

    • Author/Editor: Suzanne Gordon
    • Publisher: ILR Press
  10. Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice

    Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice

    Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice shows how nurses should carry themselves and even depicts common pitfalls that often develop into more significant ethical problems throughout one’s career. The book details how to go about doing the right actions in a career, while finding moral approbation.

    • Author/Editor: Connie M. Ulrich
    • Publisher: Nursing Knowledge
  11. Teaching in Nursing: A guide for faculty

    Teaching in Nursing: A guide for faculty

    Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty breaks down teaching, curriculum, and evaluation to facilitate a more informed environment for nurses. The book was awarded the AJN Book of the Year and is also regarded as a wonderful tool for preparing to take the CNE.

    • Author/Editor: Diane M. Billings
    • Publisher: Billings
  12. Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness

    Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness

    Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness doesn’t focus on content designed merely for nurses and nursing students, it also is applicable for paramedics, ambulance technicians, and more. The chapters each vary their focus on a different part of the structure and functions of the human body, which makes it a great tool for getting in-depth looks at various components of the body.

    • Author/Editor: Anne Waugh
    • Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
  13. Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice

    Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice

    This updated second version includes full-color content that makes Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare: A Guide to Best Practice a recognizable publication. Their focus on “real life” examples and inclusion of supplementary content via a CD-ROM make it a necessary read.

    • Author/Editor: Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk
    • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  14. Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses

    Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses

    As a nurse, it’s important to know how to articulate thoughts and insights for various purposes professionally and Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses builds on this to equip nurses with the skills to convey their knowledge and perspective to others. It makes a great tool for nurses looking to turn that crucial corner professionally to help other nurses refine their abilities.

    • Author/Editor: Cynthia Saver
    • Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
  15. The Case Manager’s Handbook

    The Case Manager's Handbook

    The Case Manager’s Handbook is a detailed accounting of how to approach being a successful case manager while educating individuals on topics such as obesity, multiculturalism, health literacy, pharmaceuticals, and more. While a necessity for students looking to establish themselves in the field, it’s also a great resource for practicing case managers.

    • Author/Editor: Catherine Mullahy
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  16. Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER

    Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER

    Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER tells the story of Paul Austin’s experience in the ER and how grueling the job, particularly how taxing and depressing the job can be. Nurses should use this book to get worthwhile perspective on one of the most exhausting jobs in the field.

    • Author/Editor: Paul Austin
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  17. The Everything New Nurse Book

    The Everything New Nurse Book

    The Everything New Nurse Book is something that every student graduating from nursing school should own. It paints a realistic picture of how to manage schedules and quickly get up to speed on being a good nurse. It’s also a great resource for understanding the difficulties associated with the job.

    • Author/Editor: Kathy Quan
    • Publisher: Adams Media
  18. Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues

    Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues

    Kader Parahoo has written the incredibly popular text, Nursing Research: Principles, Process, and Issues, which emphasizes the latest application of nursing methods that form the foundation of a nurse’s daily duties. This second edition has added integral content that expands on qualitative research, quantitative research, and more.

    • Author/Editor: Kader Parahoo
    • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  19. Nursing Models and Nursing Practice

    Nursing Models and Nursing Practice

    Nursing Models and Nursing Practice gives a brief overview that is incredibly accessible and details some of the most popular and influential nursing models in the history of the field. As a great resource for nursing students, it also makes a wonderful referential tool for practicing nurses whoa re looking for an engaging refresher.

    • Author/Editor: Peter Aggleton
    • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  20. Advanced Practice Nursing

    Advanced Practice Nursing

    Advanced Practice Nursing helps cultivate the skills within each nurse to make them more efficient at clinical decision making, care management, client education, research, and many other areas. It keeps the reader’s attention by constantly pushing forward the development of the most important skills to be a well-regarded nurse.

    • Author/Editor: Mariah Snyder
    • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
  21. Integrative Nursing

    Integrative Nursing

    Integrative Nursing stresses a holistic approach to healing-oriented medicine that encourages a more therapeutic relationship between the body, mind, and spirit. By intently analyzing foundational aspects of healing environments and whole systems healing, the most innovative techniques are able to be created and ultimately implemented.

    • Author/Editor: MaryJo Kreitzer & Mary Koithan
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  22. From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public

    From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public

    Nurses are uniquely situated with an amount of knowledge relating to public health, much of which is often not relayed to those who need it most and From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public has great perspective as to when it’s deemed necessary to act on informing the public on health issues. The author writes and lectures on health care, nursing, and the media currently, so is an expert on the media’s influence on public perception.

    • Author/Editor: Suzanne Gordon
    • Publisher: ILR Press
  23. Complementary & Alternative Therapies in Nursing

    Complementary & Alternative Therapies in Nursing

    Complementary & Alternative Therapies in Nursing has a wealth of groundbreaking therapies that combine a holistic approach with contemporary methods that promote innovative techniques for helping nurses better administer aid to patients. Additionally, they have great material for helping prepare individuals for the NCLEX-RN examination.

    • Author/Editor: Mariah Snyder
    • Publisher: Springer Publication Company
  24. See Me As A Person: Creating Therapeutic Relationships With Patients and Their Families

    See Me As A Person: Creating Therapeutic Relationships With Patients and Their Families

    As someone in the medical field, it’s incredibly important to understand how social the occupation is and how being able to connect with individuals will also enable you to do a better job. See Me As A Person: Creating Therapeutic Relationships With Patients and Their Families gives great advice on how clinician’s can more aptly foster the ability to connect with others and create authentic relationships that help build rapport.

    • Author/Editor: Mary Koloroutis & Michael Trout
    • Publisher: Creative Health Care Management
  25. Notes on Nursing: What it is, and What it is not

    Notes on Nursing: What it is, and What it is not

    Notes On Nursing: What It Is & What It Is Not is one of the earliest books on nursing. Written by Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern nursing, the book showcases Nightingales incredibly forward-thinking perspective on her nascent career field.

    • Author/Editor: Florence Nightingale
  26. Leadership In Nursing Practice

    Leadership In Nursing Practice

    Undergraduates can learn a wealth about how to rise to a prominent position within nursing by reading Leadership in Nursing Practice and developing an understanding the difference between leadership and management, translational applications, along with interesting case scenarios. For those newly moving into leadership roles, the information on transitioning into the role is very crucial as well.

    • Author/Editor: Tim Porter-O’Grady
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  27. Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Practice

    Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Practice

    Nurses are increasingly depended on to inform patients on healthy lifestyle choices and Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Practice is an informative guide that allows them to communicate the best information on to those who need it most. It

    • Author/Editor: Susan G. Dudek RD BS
    • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  28. Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends, & Management, 6e

    Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends, & Management, 6e

    Long regarded for high quality pieces, Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends, & Management is on their 6th edition that emphasizes the rapid changes in health care, while preparing nurses for what’s coming next. With maps, case studies, nursing education coverage, and more, there’s plenty of information that is useful for nurses.

    • Author/Editor: Barbara Cherry
    • Publisher: Mosby
  29. Nursing Ethics

    Nursing Ethics

    The nursing field is full of esteemed professionals who are counted on everyday to act within the boundaries of morality and Nursing Ethics shows how the application of ethics into the nursing curriculum is an absolute necessity to ensure the highest quality work. Additionally, the book makes a great study tool for NCLEX-testing and is the basis for moral integrity in nursing.

    • Author/Editor: Janie B. Butts
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  30. Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention, 6e

    Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention, 6e

    Cultural differences are particularly interesting, specifically when looking at the various ways people desire to be treated when looking at a medical treatment. Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention equips nurses to be able to identify the six cultural phenomena and care for clients in many varying backgrounds.

    • Author/Editor: Joyce Newman Giger
    • Publisher: Mosby
  31. High-Acuity Nursing (6th Edition)

    High-Acuity Nursing (6th Edition)

    High-Acuity Nursing is a publication that confronts the difficult conditions associated with complex ailments and helps refine students’ critical thinking skills to be a better nurse in demanding environments. They cover extensive amounts of highly specific information such as oncological emergencies and hypertensive crises, so it can be depended on for being very thorough.

    • Author/Editor: Kathleen Dorman Wagner RN MSN CS
    • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  32. Introduction to Critical Care Nursing, 6e

    Introduction to Critical Care Nursing, 6e

    Stressing user-friendliness, Introduction to Critical Care Nursing makes a great transitionary read for RN’s wanting to move out of primary care. With useful pharmacology tables and intuitive ECG measurement coverage, it’s a great resource.

    • Author/Editor: Mary Lou Sole PhD RN CCNS CNL FAAN FCCM
    • Publisher: Saunders
  33. Curriculum Development In Nursing Education

    Curriculum Development In Nursing Education

    Curriculum Development in Nursing Education provides interesting context as to how an environment for future generations of nurses is cultivated. By focusing on how educators can develop new approaches, a unified vision for the trajectory of nursing and be more readily achieved, which how this book has become so useful.

    • Author/Editor: Carroll Iwasiw
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
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    Fiction, Memoirs, & Narratives

  35. Fiction And Fantasy In Medical Research: The Large Scale Randomised Trial

    Fiction And Fantasy In Medical Research: The Large Scale Randomised Trial

    Fiction and Fantasy in Medical Research: The Large Scale Randomised Trial discusses one of the largest problems in the medical field, namely how the medical field depends on large-scale randomized trials to determine how effective a drug may be. The book looks at this research method and if it’s truly worth the accolades that have long been associated with it.

    • Author/Editor: James Penston
    • Publisher: The London Press
  36. The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World

    The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World

    One of the hardest environments to practice medicine in is the emergency room and to work in critical care. Melissa Yuan-Innes provides a valuable look into what it’s like to work in the profession in the book The Most Unfeeling Doctor in the World, specifically in this incredibly demanding environment.

    • Author/Editor: Melissa Yuan-Innes
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  37. The Comfort Garden: Tales from the Trauma Unit

    The Comfort Garden:  Tales from the Trauma Unit

    Laurie Barkin worked in the trauma unit of San Francisco General Hospital for five years and The Comfort Garden details what it was like with stories that look at every facet of the job and paint an accurate depiction of what it’s like to help others. The book emphasizes how caregivers’ perception of the hospital environment changes when consistently exposed to tragedy. The book was also the recipient of the 2012 AJN Book of the Year Award.

    • Author/Editor: Laurie Barkin
    • Publisher: Fresh Pond Press
  38. Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

    Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

    Heralded from critics and practitioners alike, Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between covers what it was like for author Theresa Brown in her first year as an RN in Medical Oncology. The narrative shows how rewarding, stressful, and demanding the job is, while maintaining a pragmatic perspective.

    • Author/Editor: Theresa Brown
    • Publisher: HarperOne
  39. Nurses on the Run – Why They Come, Why They Stay

    Nurses on the Run - Why They Come, Why They Stay

    Nurses on the Run – Why They Come, Why They Stay has compiled stories from nurses to detail the ups and downs of the profession, ultimately to portray why it’s such a worthwhile and rewarding profession. With voices of every kind of nurse, it’s sure to feel relatable to any nurse.

    • Author/Editor: Karen Buley
    • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
  40. The Healer’s War

    The Healer's War

    Pulling from her own experience as a nurse in Vietnam when writing The Healer’s War, Elizabeth Anne Scarborough chronicles the tale of being an inexperienced nurse tossed into the Vietnam War and struggles with the various confrontations of the job. The story is worthwhile because of how thoroughly it depicts the struggles nurses in war environments face.

    • Author/Editor: Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
    • Publisher: E-Reads
  41. Nursing in the Storm

    Nursing in the Storm

    Nursing in the Storm is full of real stories of nurses who stepped up, many of whom volunteering, during the disaster of Hurricane Katrina. The stories present hope tinged with poignancy as these individuals cope with large-scale devastation.

    • Author/Editor: Denise Danna, DNS, RN
    • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
  42. The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing

    The Heart's Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing

    The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing is a collection of short stories and essays that explain the joys and devastation’s associated with being a nurse. Topics are approached with an incredible amount of tact, while not shying away from the most important details of what it is truly like to be a nurse.

    • Author/Editor: Cortney Davis
    • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  43. The Thin White Line

    The Thin White Line

    The Thin White Line is a fictional tale of the spread of a flu pandemic that is presented with incredible accuracy. It is dense with information that shows how medical agencies would be forced to respond in the face of large-scale disease and outbreak, all coupled with a writing style that holds the viewer’s attention.

    • Author/Editor: Craig DiLouie
    • Publisher: Future Shock Books
  44. Reaching Past the Wire

    Reaching Past the Wire

    Reaching Past The Wire tells the true story of Deanna Germain, a nurse practitioner who was mobilized to serve in the Iraq War in 2003. The book chronicles the challenges she faced on this arduous job and what she was able to take away from the experience that made her a better nurse.

    • Author/Editor: Connie Lounsbury
    • Publisher: Borealis Books
  45. Standard of Care: A Novel

    Standard of Care: A Novel

    Standard of Care: A Novel tells the story of one doctor whose hospital is acquired by a hospital corporation long known for predatory practices and little regard for patient advocacy. His story details the challenges associated with finding a balance between wanting to help others and being trapped in a less than ideal situation.

    • Author/Editor: David Kerns
    • Publisher: Sentient Publications
  46. Womankind: Connection & Wisdom Around the World

    Womankind: Connection & Wisdom Around the World

    Written by Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Nancy Leigh Harless, Womankind: Connection & Wisdom Around the World is a great read to get perspective on her travels. The stories are loaded with useful anecdotes that invite fellow nurses to search for sustained meaning in their own lives to function better as professionals.

    • Author/Editor: Nancy Leigh Harless
    • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises
  47. Daily Miracles: Stories and Practices of Humanity and Excellence in Health Care

    Daily Miracles: Stories and Practices of Humanity and Excellence in Health Care

    Daily Miracles: Stories and Practices of Humanity and Excellence in Health Care details how the small acts of kindness can make the health care system more inviting for patients and less stressful for practitioners. The authors met with 20 nurses and gathered stories that emphasize unity and compassion.

    • Author/Editor: Alan Briskin
    • Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
  48. Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir

    Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir

    Once featured as the American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year, Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir details what it was like to be a nurse in Chicago in the early 1970s. With a candor that paints a realistic picture of both the good and bad aspects of being a nurse in a city, it’s a must-read to see what it was like in Chicago at the time.

    • Author/Editor: Carol Karels
    • Publisher: Arcania Press
  49. Nurses On Our Own

    Nurses On Our Own

    Nurses on Our Own is the story of two women who defied the typical medical profession at the time by working to advocate on behalf of patients more intently. It’s useful to see how nurses can best implement the most change in the profession.

    • Author/Editor: Karon Gibson
    • Publisher: iUniverse
  50. We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese

    We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese

    We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese, is a stunning true story of the survival of several American military nurses, captured and forced to endure unbearable conditions.

    • Author/Editor: Elizabeth Norman
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  51. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down chronicles the interesting story of a misunderstanding between a hospital and family that ultimately leads to unfortunate results. Author Anne Fadiman is able to pull in fascinating insight to the situation that makes it a valuable read for those who work in the medical field.

    • Author/Editor: Anne Fadiman
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  52. Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse

    Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse

    Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse is a great read for any nurse wondering what it’s like to work in the intensive care unit of a hospital. The book’s depth is measured through its impressive scope that not only shows what it’s like to be a medical professional in one of the most stressful environments, but also what it’s like to build relationships and friendship in the midst of it.

    • Author/Editor: Echo Heron
    • Publisher: Ivy Books
  53. The Nurse’s Story

    The Nurse's Story

    The Nurse’s Story follows the narrative of a young nurse through all the trials and turmoil of her career as she struggles with the pain and death to which all nurses are exposed.

    • Author/Editor: Carol Gino
    • Publisher: aaha! Books, LLC
  54. An Anthropologist on Mars

    An Anthropologist on Mars

    Renowned author Oliver Sacks discusses seven patients he has worked with whose brain abnormalities have provided significant insight into the functionality of the human brain and certain perceptual capabilities we often take for granted. The stories are incredibly engrossing and portray a very unique perspective on the complexity of the human brain.

    • Author/Editor: Oliver Sacks
    • Publisher: Vintage
  55. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an incredible read that goes in-depth to explain how one woman’s cells would ultimately function as a catalyst for finding the cure for polio, as well as breakthroughs in cloning and gene therapy. This New York Times Bestseller tells the grabbing story of how, after her death, she was able to revolutionize facets of modern health care.

    • Author/Editor: Rebecca Skloot
    • Publisher: Broadway Books
  56. This Won’t Hurt A Bit

    This Won't Hurt A Bit

    This Won’t Hurt a Bit tells the interesting story of what it’s like to be an ambitious student dreaming of becoming a doctor based on preconceived notions of wanting to help people and a drive to contribute to a greater good. Author Michelle Au explains the little white lies that people tell themselves when pursuing the ambition of becoming a doctor.

    • Author/Editor: Michelle Au
    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  57. Nurses Beyond Borders: True Stories of Heroism & Healing around the World

    Nurses Beyond Borders: True Stories of Heroism & Healing around the World

    Nurses Beyond Borders: True Stories of Heroism & Healing around the World show how nurses often express the ultimate form of altruism in their work by setting aside differences to assist all types of people. As a collection of true stories from nurses, any one currently working in the field will be able to relate to the endearing tales of compassion.

    • Author/Editor: Nancy Leigh Harless
    • Publisher: Kaplan Trade
  58. A Not Entirely Benign Procedure

    A Not Entirely Benign Procedure

    A Not Entirely Benign Procedure breaks down what it’s like to be a medical student and the tumultuous roller coaster of a ride the pursuit of this degree. Perri Klass explains what it’s like to be in medical school and how it ultimately impacts many other aspects of one’s life.

    • Author/Editor: Perri Klass
    • Publisher: Kaplan Trade
  59. The Boy On The Moon

    The Boy On The Moon

    As a New York Times Best Book and Notable Book, The Boy in the Moon follows one father as he tries to understand his son’s rare disorder called “Orphan Syndrome”. It’s a useful read for nurses who want to read the perspective of rare diseases and the way they impact families.

    • Author/Editor: Ian Brown
    • Publisher: Vintage Canada
  60. It’s Not About The Hair

    It's Not About The Hair

    Getting perspective about the important things in life is a great way to enrich one’s life and attain sustained happiness, which is what makes It’s Not About The Hair: And Other Certainties of Life and Cancer such a great read. It helps give nurses the information to convey a worthwhile perspective to patients that can ultimately improve their moods indefinitely.

    • Author/Editor: Debra Jarvis
    • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  61. Kitchen Table Wisdom

    Kitchen Table Wisdom

    Kitchen Table Wisdom is written by Rachel Remen, a renowned physician who is also a professor of medicine and a therapist. Her unique skill set has helped her as she’s created a collection of true stories that have detailed her overcoming of a long-term chronic illness. The stories help invigorate other nurses to learn how to address these debilitating illnesses and instill hope in others.

    • Author/Editor: Rachel Naomi Remen
    • Publisher: Riverhead Trade
  62. I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuse?

    I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?

    I Had Brain Surgery, What’s Your Excuse? Is a great novel for understanding the unique impositions that brain surgery can evoke and how individuals have to work incredibly hard to overcome the difficulties associated with it. The book is incredibly well reviewed and gives great detail to what it’s like to overcome such a debilitating condition.

    • Author/Editor: Suzy Becker
    • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
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    Clinical Books

  64. Prioritization, Delegation, & Assignment: Practice Exercises for Medical-Surgical Nursing

    Prioritization, Delegation, & Assignment: Practice Exercises for Medical-Surgical Nursing

    Through helping nurses prepare for the NCLEX examination, Prioritization, Delegation, & Assignment: Practice Exercises for Medical-Surgical Nursing has established an impressive foundation for understanding the content. The book is full of interactive questions that successfully improve prospective nurses’ competence.

    • Author/Editor: Linda A. Lacharity
    • Publisher: Mosby
  65. 2014 Lippincott’s Nursing Drug Guide

    2014 Lippincott's Nursing Drug Guide

    The 2014 Lippincott’s Nursing Drug Guide is an intuitive book for quickly referencing drugs, the implications of various combinations, the drug classes, and much, much more. It’s also the only drug guide to features the crucial “Do Not Crush” category.

    • Author/Editor: Amy M Karch
    • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  66. Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships

    Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships

    Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships empowers nurses and other health care professionals with the know-how to reexamine the current state of interdisciplinary partnerships to make the health care system more adept for professionals and patients alike.

    • Author/Editor: Teddie Potter
    • Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
  67. Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment in Nursing: A Practical Approach

    Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment in Nursing:  A Practical Approach

    Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment in Nursing: A Practical Approach is the perfect book for any nurse wondering how to better address complex situations and refine their ability to quickly make the best decision for the scenario. By reinvigorating critical thinking, reasoning, and judgment, specifically for a hospital environment, nurses can be more adept at snap-judgments.

    • Author/Editor: Rosalinda Alfaro-Lefevre
    • Publisher: Elsevier-Saunders
  68. Advanced Practice Nursing: Essentials of Role Development

    Advanced Practice Nursing: Essentials of Role Development

    Advanced Practice Nursing: Essentials of Role Development equips nurses with the skill set to more succinctly fit into advanced practice care. They stress non-clinical knowledge that may many times be overlooked.

    • Author/Editor: Lucille A. Joel RN PhD FAAN
    • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company
  69. Mastering Simulation

    Mastering Simulation

    Technology has rapidly changed how we’re able to approach teaching new nurses and Mastering Simulation looks at the particularities that have been presented in recent years. While primarily a useful tool for nursing educators, it explains the uses of simulations to enhance nursing quality.

    • Author/Editor: Beth Mancini
    • Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
  70. Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 4e

    Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 4e

    Advanced Health Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care, 4e was created from the ground-up for advance practice nurses and students. It’s a must-read for anyone trying to improve on the areas of Focused History, Focused Physical Examination, Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies, and Differential Diagnosis.

    • Author/Editor: Linda Ciofu Baumann
    • Publisher: Mosby
  71. Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th Edition

    Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th Edition

    Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th Edition provides great insight as to the various changes practitioners must make for patients over their lifespans. Complete with lush illustrations and documentation examples, it’s incredibly dense with information.

    • Author/Editor: Carolyn Jarvis
    • Publisher: Saunders
  72. Critical Care Nursing of Older Adults: Best Practices

    Critical Care Nursing of Older Adults: Best Practices

    Critical care nursing of older adults: best practices advises medical experts on how to best approach working with elderly individuals, especially as their numbers begin to surge and baby boomers climb into older age. It gives great context for how care will also change in the coming years.

    • Author/Editor: Marquis D. Foreman, Koen Milisen and Terry
      Fulmer
    • Publisher: Springer Pub. Co.
  73. Atlas of Human Anatomy

    Atlas of Human Anatomy

    Atlas of Human Anatomy is a heralded publication that gives incredibly detailed content on every facet of human anatomy, including a wealth of illustrations. The clinical perspective provided makes it a necessity to keep on hand, even for practicing medical professionals.

    • Author/Editor: Frank H. Netter, MD
    • Publisher: Saunders
  74. High-Fidelity Patient Simulation in Nursing Education 1st (first) Edition

    High-Fidelity Patient Simulation in Nursing Education 1st (first) Edition

    High-Fidelity Patient Simulation in Nursing Education 1st (first) Edition discusses in great depth how nurses can approach some of the most daunting procedures in health care by utilizing high-fidelity patient simulations that allow for realistic results to potential situations.

    • Author/Editor: Wendy Nehring,
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
  75. Nurse as Educator

    Nurse as Educator

    Nurse as Educator informs nurses, nurse practitioners, and others as to the increasing roles that these individuals have to not only properly diagnose health problems, but also to educate patients on health education, promotion, and more. The content in the book is diverse to the point that it allows for use in many different settings.

    • Author/Editor: Susan B. Bastable
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  76. NCLEX-RN Made Ridiculously Simple

    NCLEX-RN Made Ridiculously Simple

    NCLEX-RN Made Ridiculously Simple is a great tool for students preparing to take this nursing board exam. The book includes a wonderful interactive CD with over 1100 questions for rapid review of every facet of nursing.

    • Author/Editor: Andreas Carl
    • Publisher: Medmaster
  77. Intervention Research: Desinging, Conducting, Analyzing, and Funding

    Intervention Research: Desinging, Conducting, Analyzing, and Funding

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    One of the most complex aspects to understand due problems with combatting the problem prompting intervention. Nurses should be sure to read this book to get an idea as to how to approach a sensitive subject.

    • Author/Editor: Bernadette Melnyk
    • Publisher: Springer Publication Company
  78. Netter’s Clinical Anatomy

    Netter's Clinical Anatomy

    Netter’s Clinical Anatomy is an integrative resource for understanding why it’s so crucial to have a thorough understanding of the human anatomy. It has over 600 illustrations and useful muscle/ligament/joint tables that make great reference material for nurses.

    • Author/Editor: John T. Hansen
    • Publisher: Saunders
  79. Med Notes: Pocket Drug Guide

    mednotes

    Med Notes: Pocket Drug Guide, is a part of the popular Davis Notes series of references. It offers comprehensive info about over 160 common medications, including instructions for administration, general safety info, toxicity levels, and other facts nurses may need to look up on the fly.

    • Author/Editor: April Vallerand
    • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company
  80. Pathophysiology

    Pathophysiology

    Pathophysiology is often one of the hardest parts of getting a nursing degree and poses numerous problems for students. This text helps by providing a concise guide for understanding the most cumbersome aspects of this difficult area.

    • Author/Editor: Lachel Story
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  81. Anatomy of Research for Nurses

    Anatomy of Research for Nurses

    Anatomy of Research for Nurses is an important tool for keeping an up-to-date picture of the latest in anatomy. Their work covers every aspect of research, along with ethical and legal queries.

    • Author/Editor: Barbara Williams
    • Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
  82. Role Development In Professional Nursing Practice

    Role Development In Professional Nursing Practice

    The third edition of Role Development in Professional Nursing Practice demonstrates how professional nursing has changed in recent decades and what we can expect when looking at the latest research pertaining to how society views nurses. This updated version is as enticing as ever, including updated case studies, information on Nurse of the Future, and more.

    • Author/Editor: Kathleen Masters
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  83. Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 8e

    Pharmacology for Nursing Care, 8e

    Nursing students have long held Pharmacology for Nursing Care in high regard because of the wide-ranging resources that include a drug prototype approach, summarized nursing content, and even new information on electronic prescribing. For students wanting more the latest on pharmacogenomics, the book is also very thorough on the subject matter.

    • Author/Editor: Richard A. Lehne PhD
    • Publisher: Saunders
  84. Critical Care Nursing DeMYSTiFieD (Demystified Nursing)

    Critical Care Nursing DeMYSTiFieD (Demystified Nursing)

    Critical Care Nursing DeMYSTiFieD (Demystified Nursing) is a resource for nurses and students alike who are looking to get into critical care, but are wondering what is constituted in such a jump. The book gives a great overview, while still being very thorough on the most important information, ultimately giving the best possible portrayal of what it’s like to work in critical care.

    • Author/Editor: Cynthia Terry, MSN, RN, CNE, CCRN
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Business & Management for Nurses

  86. Inspired Nurse

    Inspired Nurse

    Inspired Nurse helps to keep fellow nurses positive and upbeat about the true gift to be able to give back to others in such a manner that is crucial to others. Bursting with positivity, the book helps to reconnect nurses with the joy they had when initially taking the job if it has waned.

    • Author/Editor: Rich Bluni
    • Publisher: Fire Starter Publishing
  87. Essentials of Managed Health Care

    Essentials of Managed Health Care

    The Essentials of Managed Health Care informs on how to approach topics such as Medicaid, Medicare, and others. The book details the place that hospitals have in the health care industry and how to tactful approach a wealth of subjects.

    • Author/Editor: Peter R. Kongstvedt
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
  88. The Nurse Manager’s Guide to Budgeting & Finance

    The Nurse Manager's Guide to Budgeting & Finance

    The Nurse Manager’s Guide to Budgeting & Finance gives a great perspective on contemporary issues facing hospitals, particularly budgetary aspects. Al Rundio, author of the book, understands the constraints that can be imposed on hospitals and what can be done to maximize the effectiveness of nurses.

    • Author/Editor: Al Rundio
    • Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
  89. The Nurse’s Communication Advantage: How business savvy communication can advance your career

    The Nurse's Communication Advantage: How business savvy communication can advance your career

    One of the most important aspect of any job is knowing how to effectively communicate with others, which is illustrated in The Nurse’s Communication Advantage: How business savvy communication can advance your career. The book is dense with real-world stories and Tip and Communication Coach boxes for more valuable information.

    • Author/Editor: Kathleen Pagana
    • Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
  90. Financial Management For Nurse Managers: Merging The Heart With The Dollar

    Financial Management For Nurse Managers: Merging The Heart With The Dollar

    Financial Management for Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar is a book designed for college students and it depicts the struggle between doing the right thing and keeping the books straight financially. The information within the book helps to inform others of the best course of action for not sacrificing moral standards.

    • Author/Editor: Janne Dunham-Taylor
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  91. Nurses, Jobs and Money: A Guide to Advancing Your Nursing Career and Salary

    Nurses, Jobs and Money: A Guide to Advancing Your Nursing Career and Salary

    When one is wondering how to advance their career in nursing and similarly strengthen opportunities for a larger salary, Nurses, Jobs and Money: A Guide to Advancing Your Nursing Career and Salary is a great guide for understanding the steps to take. With the experience from a veteran nurse providing tips, it’s a useful way to figure out how to make nursing a more lucrative endeavor in the long-term.

    • Author/Editor: Carmen Kosicek RN, MSN
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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    Other Genres

  93. Teaching IOM: Implications of the Institute of Medicine Reports for Nursing Education

    Teaching IOM: Implications of the Institute of Medicine Reports for Nursing Education

    Teaching IOM: Implications of the Institute of Medicine Reports for Nursing Education looks at the IOM Reports and why they’re so crucial for shaping practice overall. Additionally, with so much information included in these reports, the book creates more straightforward content that is easier to grasp.

    • Author/Editor: Anita Finkelman
    • Publisher: AMER NURSES ASSN
  94. The Craft of Compassion at the Bedside of the Ill: 2nd Edition

    The Craft of Compassion at the Bedside of the Ill: 2nd Edition

    The Craft of Compassion at the Bedside of the Ill: 2nd Edition is great for nurses and doctors to develop stronger “bedside manner” skills. As a Buddhist practitioner, Michael Ortiz Hill has focused extensively on compassion skills and is a highly regarded for his skills.

    • Author/Editor: Michael Ortiz
    • Publisher: Hand to Hand
  95. Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman

    Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman

    Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman promotes the idea of how successful a woman can emerge from anyone and reinforce one’s ambition. Women in the nursing field can be sure to use this to gain a better understanding of how to work through problems and deal with the large amounts of stress the job can impose.

    • Author/Editor: Vickie Milazzo
    • Publisher: Wiley
  96. When Nurses Hurt Nurses

    When Nurses Hurt Nurses

    Featuring a conversational style that prompts further dialogue between colleagues, When Nurses Hurt Nurses looks at the phenomenon of nurse bullying and what can be done to prevent it, along with how its prevalence has increased in recent decades. It’s a great book for just about anyone within a medical institution to read because it helps identify ways to improve the environment for all.

    • Author/Editor: Cheryl Dellasega
    • Publisher: Sigma Theta Tau International
  97. Eat THAT Cookie! Make Workplace Positivity Pay Off…For Individuals, Teams, and Organizations

    Eat THAT Cookie! Make Workplace Positivity Pay Off...For Individuals, Teams, and Organizations

    It’s important to build positivity in the workplace because of the other implications it has concerning the organization, team-building, and most importantly, self growth. Written by an RN, it’s loaded with useful information, its guidance can transform a workplace faster than imagined.

    • Author/Editor: Liz Jazwiec
    • Publisher: Fire Starter Publishing
  98. Teaching Strategies For Health Education And Health Promotion: Working With Patients, Families, and Communities

    Teaching Strategies For Health Education And Health Promotion: Working With Patients, Families, And Communities

    Teaching Strategies For Health Education And Health Promotion: Working With Patients, Families, and Communities emphasizes the proper practices for promoting proper public health policies that encourages stronger communities. The publication stresses objectivity by presenting both successful and unsuccessful case studies.

    • Author/Editor: Arlene Lowenstein
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  99. Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All At Risk

    Saving Lives: Why the Media's Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All At Risk

    Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All At Risk is a book that chronicles the grave misconceptions that shows like E.R. and Grey’s Anatomy create conflicts with the nursing world and ultimately inhibit them from doing the most successful job at fortifying the health of our communities. The book is engaging because of the ways that it presents the problems and also educates the reader on how we can best go about fixing this problem.

    • Author/Editor: Sandy Summers
    • Publisher: Paperback
  100. How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Nursing School!: A Guide for Students by Students

    How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Nursing School!: A Guide for Students by Students

    How to Survive And Maybe Even Love Nursing School takes a practical but humorous look at the struggles many nursing students have as they work through their education, clinical experiences, and early career. This book is especially a must-read for nurses just entering school.

    • Author/Editor: Kelli Dunham
    • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company
  101. Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses Working with disAbilities

    Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses Working with disAbilities

    Having a disability is by no means the end of one’s life and Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses Working with disAbilities explains how nurses have overcome their disabilities to still be some of the best in their field. The book provides lush amounts of information on how nurses informed on the laws can push back against those potentially working against them.

    • Author/Editor: Donna Maheady
    • Publisher: iUniverse
  102. Abortion : A Dialogue (97)

    Abortion : A Dialogue (97)

    Abortion: A Dialogue details a conversation between a pro-choice lawyer and a pro-life pediatrician. It focuses on common conversations that take place regarding the morality of abortion and it’s an important topic to be well versed on as a nurse. The book presents both sides of the debate and lets the reader make the choice ultimately.

    • Author/Editor: Selmer Bringsjord
    • Publisher: Hackett Pub Co
  103. The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Any Stage of Your Career

    The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Any Stage of Your Career

    Building a career up in nursing has obstacles, as with any profession, and The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice at Every State of Your Career gives intuitive steps for assessing where you are in your nursing career and how to drive the job forward. The approach Donna Cardillo takes is also refreshing and makes for a fun, worthwhile read that is sure not to feel like more clinical work.

    • Author/Editor: Donna Cardillo
    • Publisher: Gannett Healthcare Group
  104. The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology

    The Nerdy Nurse's Guide to Technology

    Part of being the best nurse you can be is getting in tune with the best resources for enhancing the effectiveness of you job, which is how The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology comes in hand. It helps nurses understand digital documentation, patient care through smartphones and tablets, and more.

    • Author/Editor: Brittney Wilson
    • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
  105. Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Nursing

    Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Nursing

    It can be incredibly difficult to avoid getting worn down in any professional career, but particularly in nursing due to the stresses associated with the job. Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Nursing does a great job at illustrating what can be done to not simply avoid problems with a career in nursing, but also how to confront problems and equip individuals with the skills to resolve issues themselves.

    • Author/Editor: Vidette Todaro-Franceschi
    • Publisher: Springer
  106. The Compassion Fatigue Workbook

    The Compassion Fatigue Workbook

    It’s daunting to imagine being so emotionally desensitized that you can no longer by sympathetic with patients due to a nurse experiencing compassion fatigue and The Compassion Fatigue Workbook helps give clarity to one’s professional life as a nurse. The book gives a great list of symptoms to watch out for as well.

    • Author/Editor: Francoise Matthieu
    • Publisher: Routledge
  107. The Power of Collective Wisdom

    The Power of Collective Wisdom

    The Power of Collective Wisdom explains how groups of talented and educated individuals can work together to bring about sustained change that betters communities. The book was written by the Director of Nursing Leadership Programs and she’s a great voice for explaining how hospitals can collectively accomplish much more.

    • Author/Editor: Jan Boller
    • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  108. Integrating Technology in Nursing Education

    Integrating Technology in Nursing Education

    Integrating Technology in Nursing emphasizes how the past few decades have largely changed how nurses are able to use emerging technologies to change the landscape of health care by increasing the accessibility of high quality resources. The book goes over how smartphones and tablets have made it easier to tap into great case studies and critical thinking exercises.

    • Author/Editor: Kathleen Mastrian
    • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  109. Bedlam Among the Bedpans

    Bedlam Among the Bedpans

    For nurses looking for a little relief from the dry and dense reads, Bedlam Among the Bedpans has over 100 funny stories that help relieve the most stressful day and bring some lighthearted humanity back to the profession. Stories have been collected over the last 20 years, so nurses of any age can find renewed interest in these.

    • Author/Editor: Amy Y. Young
    • Publisher: Mosby

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