What's a good book to read about the realities of nursing - page 4

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   CseMgr1
    Originally posted 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.
    Excellent book. It is one of my favorites, and I still have the paperback edition which I purchased 20 years ago
  2. by   glassam
    A couple more...
    "From Silence to Voice: What nurses know and must communicate to the public" by Bernice Buresh & Suzanne Gordon (ISBN #1-55119-974-2).
    "Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul", by LeAnn Thieman.
  3. by   bergren
    Life Support by Suzanne Gordon Real life stories of three Boston Beth Israel nurses: an outpatient nurse, a nurse practitioner who provides home care, and a medical clinical nurse specialist.

    On Duty: A Nurse's Notes on Life and Death by Carolyn Parnall . A memoir.

    TV shows:
    PBS "On Our Own Terms: Bill Moyers on Dying," showed hospice and home care nurses

    ABC "Hopkins 24/7" six-part documentary series filmed during shifts at John Hopkins aired in 2000. There are web editions of the show: http://abcnews.go.com/onair/hopkins/

    Other good, can't put down, books that would benefit you if you pursue nursing that address disease or the health care culture and are written for lay people are:

    "And the Band Played On" by Randy Stilts about how the AIDS pandemic started. (Movie video available also)

    "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" by Ann Fadimen about the clash between a Hmong family who had a chuild with epilepsy and the western health care culture.

    Defying the Gods: Inside the New Frontiers of Organ Transplants
    by Scott McCartney .

    Other old books to read are "From Novice to Expert" by Patricia Benner. It tells of the "reality shock" nurses experience when tranistioning from school to the reality of acute care. Another is "Coping With Reality Shock: The Voices of Experience",
    by Claudia. Schmalenberg, another 70's book. "Hospitals, Paternalism and the Role of the Nurse", by Joanne Ashley

    All above are available through Amazon.
  4. by   AmAnRN
    I really enjoyed Chicken Soup for the nurse's soul. i am hoping they will come out with a second edition (and third...and fourth...etc). anyone know if they are? thanks!
  5. by   nurse1day
    Another good book is Midwifery. I can't rmember who wrote it but it was on Oprah's Book List.
  6. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Originally posted by K O'Malley
    Read "Nurse Abuse" by Gasparis and Swirsky. Also read the threads on this bulletin board under "would you recommend nursing as a profession," particularly "nursing is pathetic" as well as the more positive threads. You will definitely get a wide variety of opinions and experiences.
    I agree: Nurse Abuse Impact and Resolution is a great book.

    Also by Gasparis-Vonfrolio is: 25 Stupid Things Nurses Do to Self- Destruct
  7. by   ams02
    okay book club members (me?) i just ordered Nurse by Peggy Anderson and, Nurses the human touch. I am going to start Nurse first, just in case anyone wants to read along with me. This thread has given soooo many choices and i cant wait to get started, good luck to all fellow nursing students! amie
  8. by   nurse2be in ny
    I don't have anything original to add about Echo Heron's books; I'm reading "Condition Critical" right now and really like it. "How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Nursing School" is also on my list of books to read; I've skimmed it and it looks pretty good.
  9. by   healingtouchRN
    Echo's books are great. Right on!! so is anything Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio writes.
  10. by   ava'smomRN
    i love to read and will definately get echos books!
  11. by   JulieBean2U
    From another Echo Heron fan, the recommendation for all of her books. Especially Tending Lives. It is timeless and will always reverberate in your heart. By the way, WHERE IS ECHO????!!! I find it hard to believe that she doesn't pop into this wonderful site once in awhile! Best to all! JulieBean
  12. by   Noney
    Amie the book club sounds like fun.

    Edward insulting Cherry Ames and Nancy Drew
    I seriously doubt many younger people know who Cherry is. I found some of her books at a flea market. They are of course nothing like nursing today, but there's just something about her.

    I thought just a nurse was a good read.

    Going to check out the Echo Books.
  13. by   Hardknox
    LOL about cherry Ames. Sue Barton was another big nursing novel that hooked us older nurses into becoming a nurse. Echo Heron's books are great reads, even her mysteries, and Suzanne Gordon's are the best at depicting realistic nursing TODAY!

    Edward L--what planet do you live on? Those textbooks are nothing that would inspire a person who wants to ENTER the nursing profession. They are excellent study texts. Is that what you read for recreation???