Any Good Nursing Reads

  1. I just finished a book called "I Knew a Women: A Patient Caregiver and 4 Patients", by Cortny Davis. It was a great book about a Women's Health NP and 4 patients that she follows in her community clinic.
    Does anyone else have any suggestions for some good nursing reads-either fictional or based on a true story?

    Any suggestions are appreciated
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  3. by   suni
    read band of angels by elizabeth norman you'll be proud your a nurse.
  4. by   MidwifeWannaB
    "I Knew a Woman" is a good one. Also, "Between the Heartbeats: Poetry and Prose by Nurses" was edited by Cortney Davis. Kind of depressing at times, but very insightful. I recently discovered all of Echo Heron's books, some are fiction, some non-fiction, but they're all wonderful.

  5. by   PediRN
    I just finished reading "Baby ER" by Edward Humes; its about the NICU at a hospital in California. Easy reading, written in layman's terms. Enjoy!!
  6. by   micro
    "From dysfunctional to authentic service in nursing"
    ---Caryn Summers, R.N.
  7. by   dianacs
    "I Knew a Woman"--I've read it and have to agree, it's a great book. Very inspirational and interesting.
  8. by   pattyjo
    Suni: so true about We Band of Angels. I was fortunate to hear Elizabeth Norman speak at PA. State Nurses Assoc. mtg last year, and then again at the ANA convention this past July. Absolutely awesome. You can't go wrong with this book.

    Also Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines by Suzanne Gordon. She also co-authored another book with Bernice Buresh called From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate to the Public.

    Micro, your suggestion sounds very interesting. I am off to to look it up
  9. by   austin heart
    echo heron is a critical care nurse that has written several non-fiction books. all very good reads.
    she has also written several fiction books where the lead character is an rn who is like a detective investigating mysterious deaths. i found all very good.
  10. by   NurseShell
    If you are interested in OB/midwifery "Baby Catcher" by Peggy Vincent is's basically her memoirs...quick read.
  11. by   NurseWeasel
    I just finished reading "Never Change" by Elizabeth Berg. Basically it is about a "visiting nurse" and 4-5 patients she cares for. The patients are well developed and one of them is a guy she had a crush on in high school.

    Until the final few chapters when the nurse empathizes too much with the dying man (think Romeo & Juliet), I was seriously loving the book. It does end well, and I hate to knock a solid book based on a minor aspect of the storyline. Overall I guess I'd rate this a "B".
  12. by   CseMgr1
    I still have my 1983 copy of "The Nurses' Story" by Carol Gino. It is a MUST-read, for anyone who is thinking about going into Nursing. Go to Amazon.Com, for ordering info. Good Luck!
  13. by   Anaclaire
    Another vote here for "Baby ER" by Edward Humes.
  14. by   bagladyrn
    A really different "nurse book" is Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's book "The Healer's War". It is a fiction based on her own experiences as a nurse in Viet Nam during the war.