What's your favorite nursing book? (Non textbook) - page 3

I enjoy reading books written by nurses about the profession. The stories they tell give a glimpse of what it's really like to be on the front line. Currently, I am just taking my pre-reqs so I... Read More

  1. by   NurseDennie
    I read Fluff my Pillow, Bend my Straw! Wow - what a cool book! She even has some pictures of herself, before and after! I recommend it.

    I liked the Cherry Ames nursey books when I was a kid. Cherry Ames, Student Nurse, and then so on. I guess there is a series that went on a lot longer than I followed, but I liked the ones I read (I was a kid, did I mention that?) I remember Cherry Ames, Store nurse! LOL - can you imagine? There was alwas some little mystery involved and some charming boyfriend. Good reading for elementary school kids.


  2. by   dawngloves
    Dennie, not to get too OT here, but in my old life I worked in a large deparment store. I had a headache and wanted to go home early and my manager sent me to the STORE NURSE! Honest to goodness little old lady in a white dress doaling out asprin and bandaides from her office with a cot! I'm sure she's long gone.
  3. by   NurseDennie
    Wow - what a great job that would be!! Can you imagine? I'd wear the white dress and even a cap if I could have that job! Oooh - JEWELRY store nurse - that's the one, *I* Want!!!!!


  4. by   Jacaut
    Hey Tapper- it's "tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom. Great book!!!!!
  5. by   ERNurse752
    I've read all of Echo Heron's non-fiction books.
  6. by   pattyjo
    The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. It's the story of a little Hmong girl dx with epilepsy, and the impact cultural difference has on her care. It's a true story that reads like a novel.

    Here's a link to an interview with Suzanne Gordon. http://www.prospect.org/webfeatures/...i-l-02-03.html
    She has written several books and many articles very supportive of nursing. She's probably best known for her book Life Support, but also wrote From Silence to Voice: What Nurses Know and Must Communicate With the Public. It's about how important it is for nurses to get our message out, and gives good advice on how to do it. I believe she also co-edited Caregiving with Patricia Benner.
  7. by   shannonRN
    alright, you guys cost me over $55 in books (had to sign up for the reader's advantage)! i spent this afternoon in barnes and noble. bought the 3 echo heron books, nurses: the human touch, and the spirit catches you.... started heron's intensive care, am almost halfway thru and just wanted to say thanks for recommending a great read. :kiss
  8. by   proud2bme
    How funny ShannonRN! I did the same exact thing yesterday at Barnes and Noble. I bought "Five Patients" by Michael Crichton. I just can't seem to "get into it". Has anyone else read this one yet?
    Guess I better stick with good ole Echo Heron. Maybe I should read one of her books...AGAIN!
  9. by   micro
    and to an oldie and a goodie........
    know it is fiction.......no.....wait maybe it was based on fact........

    one flew over the cuckoo's nest........

    Know not subject of what previously covered here.........
    but based on fact......

    this kind of stuff happened.......
    i know for a fact.........

    and it is a good read......
    and if nothing else.........Jack Nicholson always good to watch act.......He is one of the greatest.........
    get a VHS tape rental.......it is a good and sobering watch.........
    of what life in mental institutions "used to" be like.........
    Last edit by micro on Apr 23, '02
  10. by   canoehead
    Try "A Piece of My Mind" compiled from true articles published in JAMA- made me cry.

    And in high school I read two books by Peggy Anderson, one called "Nurse" I think but they were interesting, and shocking. Gave me a better idea of what I was getting into.
  11. by   shannonRN
    proud, i bought 5 patients a while back and had the hardest time finishing it. i thought it was just me. maybe because i wasn't around when the book was written...i dunno.
  12. by   proud2bme
    You must be just about my age. I am going to take it back to Barnes and Noble today. What a bore! LOL
  13. by   bungies
    Probably couldn't get it easily in US but my vote goes to "From the Heart" (published by Lothian Books)
    (Can buy it online at www.anf.org.au/publications/index_books.html if interested...)

    This was originally a writing competition to try to get the public to have a better understanding of nursing as a profession. Mostly stories that really shaped the nurses' careers, both good and bad. The winning and highly recommended entries were published in this book. Real stories about acute, community, paeds, LTC, mental health, etc. Fantastic!
    Last edit by bungies on May 2, '02