nursing fiction/nonfiction

  1. anyone read any good nursing stories lately? Fiction, nonfiction? Right now I'm reading Nurse: The true story of Mary Benjamin. its by Peggy Anderson. was published in the 70's. My mom bought it for me, (" i read it when I was in nursing school!") So far, a pretty good book.
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  3. by   Trophywife81
    I am a big fan of British mystery author PD James. Her novel "Shroud for a Nightingale" takes place at an English nursing school, and is a really excellent read!
    Last edit by Trophywife81 on Dec 20, '07 : Reason: type-o
  4. by   CaLLaCoDe
    A great book, not a pretty good book, I can recommend: Intensive Care by Echo Herron. This is the book that spoke the reality of nursing plus made me think, huh, I could do this nursing thing! No matter if it was written in the 1980s, it still holds its own!
    Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Dec 21, '07
  5. by   RNperdiem
    "Tending Lives" by Echo Heron is a great collection of nurses' stories. Echo has written a few other books too. I have a fondness for vintage nursing books. A couple of nursing textbooks are from the 1930's and one from the 1950's.
    "The Changing Image of the Nurse" is a great nonfiction book.
    "Student Nurse-Her Life in Pictures" follows nurses through hospital based training. The book was written in the 1950's. Love the starched aprons and caps!
    "The Advance of American Nursing" by Kalisch and Kalisch is the most comprehensive history of nursing book I have read.
    "The Pro-Nurse Handbook" by Melodie Chenervert is a modern book all about surviving and thriving in nursing. Encouraging assertiveness is her strong point.
    ACLS handbook
    Books written from a doctor's point of view are more common. Atul Gawande writes some of the best. "The Least of These My Bretheren" is the story of a doctor at work in an AIDS hospital, and is recommended.
  6. by   casi
    Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife by Peggy Vincent
    We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese by Elizabeth M. Norman
    And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II by Evelyn Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

    Can anyone tell I'm a WWII non-fiction fan?
  7. by   nursemary9
    Quote from Trophywife81
    I am a big fan of British mystery author PD James. Her novel "Shroud for a Nightingale" takes place at an English nursing school, and is a really excellent read!



    Agree with you; I really enjoyed this book & her others, for that matter.
  8. by   nursemary9
    Quote from TeleRNer
    A great book, not a pretty good book I can recommend: Intensive Care by Echo Herron. This is the book that spoke the reality of nursing plus made me think, huh, I could do this nursing thing! No matter if it was written in the 1980s, it still holds its own!

    I enjoy all of echo Herron's books--fiction & non-fiction.
  9. by   AngelfireRN
    I like all the Cherry Ames books by Helen Wells. They are fiction, and came out in the WWII era.

    Bed Number 10 is a true story about a woman named Sue Baier who had Guillian-Barre'. We had to read it in nursing school, and the general consensus was that she was nothing but a whiner. Not a good read if you have just had a truckload of demanding patients.

    I read "Nurse" a while back. I thought it was a good book.
  10. by   pagandeva2000
    You guys have got me to join the bandwagon. I have read Echo Herron's books many years ago, even before I thought of becoming a nurse. It may be worth the time to re-read them for a different perspective. I am going to write a list of these books and start getting them for myself.
  11. by   kythe
    I read "The Nurse's Story" by Carol Gino many years ago, long before I ever went to school. It really influenced how I saw nursing as a career, and I think I knew then that nursing is what I wanted to do.
  12. by   bagladyrn
    One I've recommended to others before is "The Healer's War" by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. It's an older book of hers, may be out of print but should be available through used book sites. It's fiction, but based on her experiences as a nurse in Viet Nam during the war.
  13. by   marie-francoise
    Some recent non-fiction:

    Faye Satterly's Where Have All the Nurses Gone?

    Suzanne Gordon's Nursing Against the Odds
  14. by   WickedRedRN
    Just finished A Nurses' Story Life, Death, and In Between in an Intensive Care Unit by Tilda Shalof. Very good, would recommend it highly.

    I also second the recommendation of We Band of Angels...looooved this book!

    Any of the Echo Herron books as well.

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