What's a good book to read about the realities of nursing - page 2

I'm enrolled in school now, and taking my prereqs to become a nurse. I'm just starting out and really intrigued with the whole nursing field. If anyone knows of a really good book to read about... Read More

  1. by   Allison S.
    If you like his work, know that Samuel Shem is actually Stephen Bergman. He was a resident at Beth Israel in Boston in the 70's. I have a friend who knew some of the "characters" in the book. Hilarious!

    Seriously, though, it sheds a lot of light on what motivates a lot of health care providers, i.e., not necessarilly doing right for the patient, but trying to keep oneself out of trouble. It may not be the most inspirational read, but I think that it campilly reminds us about what is wrong with our jobs and industry.
  2. by   Rootbear76
    Thanks everyone! I can't wait to hit Barnes & Nobles!!:roll I will buy Echo's books first, they souding very compelling! I just don't have enough $$$$ to buy them all.

  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    Check out your local library--most have Echo Heron's books and can save you some money... for nursing textbooks!
  4. by   luluann
    Lucky....you have time to read books other than textbooks???
  5. by   nursedawn67
    Echo Herron's books are great.
  6. by   duckboy20
    Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul was a good read
  7. by   RNforLongTime
    I've read all of Echo Heron's book, they were all very good. I've read the book by Peggy Anderson, the book by Micahel Brown and they were all excellent.

    Definitely recommend Echo Heron's books for someone considering the nursing profession.
  8. by   tillie1
    Bed Number Ten is an excellent but sad book about a pts experiences in ICU. It has to be special ordered and I think is thirty bucks but worth every penny. I passed it around to all the cnas on our unit that were in nursing school when I first read it and it was a real eye opener for them. Good luck with school!. Tillie
  9. by   PediRN
    Anything by Suzanne Gordon. Writes about the realities of nursing, very powerful stuff.
  10. by   Lynn_RN
    I liked Touched By A Nurse: Special Moments That Transform Lives by Jim Kane an Carmen Warner. Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul is also very good.
  11. by   meandragonbrett
    I've read Echo's books and I LOVED them! Couldn't put them down, I had all three of them read in less than a week. Good reading for anybody wanting to be a nurse.

  12. by   NurseGirlKaren
    The Nurse's Story by Carol Gino is an oldie that I have; although I don't think it really portrays nursing today, it is a good book just for reading's sake.

    One of the docs on staff at my hospital is one of the characters in The House of God. I would never have guessed unless a fellow nurse had told me!! Listened to it on book on tape--it's the only book on tape so far that I've forced my hubby to listen to that he's enjoyed. Whenever I talk about work, he always quotes from it.
  13. by   ams02
    the only reason i have time to read is because i havent even started school yet....i am just starting, so i am starting my pre-reqs monday and will be done in 10 months, then i go to the nursing part (then of course the waiting list) then i start the real deal.....i cant wait!! reading these books truly inspires more every day! im sure my free time will cease whats i get into the nitty gritty, but for now i guess i am lucky! take a break and get one of them!! good luck, amie