I just finished a wonderful book on nursing: Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines
by Suzanne Gordon, and I wanted to share it with any of you looking for a good (non-academic) read over winter break.
Gordon profiles three nurses in different roles (a nurse practitioner in home care, clinical nurse specialist on a general medical unit, & RN in an oncology clinic) at a Boston hospital.
Since the book is written for the average reader, it does a good job of discussing various nursing roles and the evolution of American nursing without being too technical. I thought the best sections dealt with nurse-physician relationships and how the rise of HMOs is affecting patient care and nurses' practices (at least up until 1997, when the book was published).
Life Support definitely gave me a lot to think about in terms of my goals in a nursing career. I am more excited than ever to enter this occupation! Check out this book, and please share your recommendations for other books you have found helpful and interesting!