What's your favorite nursing book? (Non textbook) - page 4

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   uncRN
    a must read...Tom's Year at the Nursing Home....by Theresa Edmond....a RN
  2. by   teeituptom
    Howdy yall
    from deep in the heart of texas

    Yall, know. In all my years, I dont think Ive ever read a fictional book about nursing, just too busy studying the non fiction stuff, or studying golf

    Keep it in the short grass yall

  3. by   semstr
    Two books just came to my mind.
    "two pair of feet" and "two pair of hands" by Monica Dickens.
    She is a great-great-(great)- daughter of Charles Dickens, she wrote these books back in the 50's. You'll get a good idea of the education nurses got in English hospitals.

    And then of course the books of Sue Barton!! Loved those books as a girl!

    Take care, Renee
  4. by   bwalston
    I agree that Echo Heron is tops, but I also would give high marks to "JUST A NURSE" by Janet Kraegel. A great read!!


  5. by   Ted
    With the exception of textbooks, I don't know of any books about nursing. . . until I read this thread. Cool!

    I do read a lot of literature about digital audio recording. But that's another thread. . . in fact, that's another Bulletin Board!

  6. by   Robin61970
    I also have to sing praises about Echo Herons books.....I ahve read and reread her books....she is wonderful.....
  7. by   nursing 101
    I would have to say that Suzanne Gordon's book: "Life support" is very good. Very explicit... Gives you basic meaning of some medical terms and so on. I would recommend it to the whoever's thinking about going into nursing or is in nursing school...
    Any other good ones ? (apart from the famous Echo)
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    Found this book listed at Health Affairs...looks good, now onto the hunt.

    Book Review: Caring Sisters
    By Barbra Mann Wall

    Say Little, Do Much: Nursing, Nuns, and Hospitals in the Nineteenth Century
    by Sioban Nelson
    (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001), 233 pp., $55

    In Say Little, Do Much, Sioban Nelson aims to integrate the contributions of religious women into the history of the rise of professional nursing. She concentrates on the experiences of English-speaking Catholic nuns, Anglican sisters, and Protestant deaconesses in the nineteenth century in North America, Britain, and Australia--the "vowed women" who separated themselves from the world and lived a communal life by following certain religious rules.

    The opening chapter introduces the main theses of the book. First, religious nursing "has been formative of professional nursing in profound and far-reaching ways" (p. 1). Long before Florence Nightingale became a legend in the foundation of modern nursing, religious women organized home care, created and administered hospitals, and volunteered their time and work (and sometimes their lives) in military and epidemic nursing. With roots in seventeenth-century France under Vincent de Paul's Daughters of Charity, these women made nursing a skilled activity that became the guide for future nurses. Second, rather than seeing an explicit divide between the notions of "religious vocation" and "profession," Nelson argues that "nursing emerged as a hybrid religious and professional practice" (p. 6). Third, while the story begins with nurses in Europe, it takes a distinctive turn in the nineteenth-century New World, where women became skilled, professional, adaptable, and accountable nurses.

    The author, who teaches at the University of Melbourne School of Postgraduate Nursing, questions why religious women were invisible, not only in the nineteenth-century context but also to historians of nursing today. Catholic sisters, in particular, have stirred little intellectual interest in contemporary society because their spiritual vows dictated gender constraints, asexuality, and submission of individuality--traits that are antithetical to the public image of the influential American woman. It is ironic, she asserts, that these same submissive traits were vital assets in the sisters' ability to wield influence and power within medical and nursing communities.

    Full Review:
  9. by   SharkadelicRN
    Echo Heron!
  10. by   ceecel.dee
    Anyone read 'The Notebook' by Nicholas Sparks? Really good!

    I liked 'Midwives', which is also a novel.

    It seems Echo Heron goes without saying!
  11. by   adrienurse
    I recently tracked down an old copy of a Cherry Ames book as a gift for my mother (who is also afflicted withthe nursing bug). I had to read it. It's a gas! It's the one where Cherry goes off the nursing school for the first time -- isn't nursing romantic??