10 Nursing Books to Read

10 Nursing Books to Read

Great nursing books for nursing students and nursing veterans

Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to stock up on our summer beach reads! With new books for nurses coming out every year, it’s hard to decide which are worth the investment. Below is an edited list of books for nurses that we think are good reads. Find a sunny spot and a cold drink and crack these open this summer.

A reference book for nursing students

RNotes: Nurse’s Clinical Pocket Guide has everything you want to remember on waterproof pages sorted by topic. A wonderful resource for nursing students studying for the NCLEX, this book delivers the information you need to succeed in class, clinicals and practice. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, and contains normal lab values, lists common drug interactions, and step-by-step guides to performing different procedures.

An honest book from the nursing trenches

In A Nurse’s Story Tilda Shalof, a veteran Canadian nurse relates the story of her time in the intensive care unit of a big-city hospital. The colorful characters and Tilda herself carry out their duties with grit and humor. Although the story is set in Canada other nurses will be able to relate to the challenges, tragedies and triumphs of work in the ICU.

A book for nurses struggling at work

Toxic coworkers intensify the normal stress of a nursing shift. In her book, When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming the Cycle of Bullying, Linda Bell, RN, MSN addresses the painful reality of relational aggression among nurses. She shows that bullying can cross generations, levels of education, and position. Bell offers strategies for identifying verbal and non-verbal aggression and solutions for individuals and managers.

A book for the nurse fighting through her shift

This New York Times bestseller was written by practicing nurse and New York Time’s columnist, Theresa Brown. Drawing from years of experience in the oncology ward, she offers a story of a single shift, focusing on a nurse and her four patients. The Shift is a riveting tale of the kinds of life-altering decisions that are made under the watchful eyes of a RN (who may not ever get a bathroom break).

A book for nurses making difficult choices

Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice by Connie M. Ulrich is a foundational text for nurses. Although it can be used as a teaching text, it’s worth owning since it could be helpful to any nurse responding to the sorts of difficult issues that can arise in clinical settings.

A nursing book for the history buff

Florence Nightingale is the founder of modern nursing and also a skilled and entertaining writer. Although the modern nurse probably doesn’t need to be told to clean the bedpan after every use, Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing prove an interesting read for anyone interested in the history of nursing.

A book for nurses who want to work in an underserved community

This classic, Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir,  tells the story of a young nurse who graduates from nursing school in the mid 70s and goes on to work in the Cook County Hospital, which serves one of Chicago’s poorest communities. Carol Karel’s book captures the tumultuous 70s culture and the day-to-day struggles of nurses trying serve their patients well even when they aren’t given support or respect.

A nursing book to bring nursing into the digital age

The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technologyis a 21st century reference guide for nurses of all ages. Based on the idea that technology, like most things in life, becomes what you make of it, this book gives suggestions for using technology to improve patient care.

A powerful book for the politically engaged nurse

In Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care, Suzanne Gordon looks critically at the nursing shortage. She writes that dysfunctional attitudes towards nurses, cost cutting, and other stressors, drive nurses out of the workforce. In this compelling and troubling book, Gordon argues that the answer is campaigning for health care system reform.

A book for nurses who prefer watching television

This true story inspired the highest rated drama in BBC history. In Call the Midwife, read about Jenny Lee, who leaves her well-to-do family to move into a convent and become a midwife in London’s East End slums. It’s unforgettable, nearly unbelievable, and definitely a good read.

Keep on reading nurses!

We hope you can relax with a good book and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend this year. If you are hitting the shops before you barbeque, be sure to check out your local Uniform Outlet for special holiday sales, or shop online and enjoy free shipping on orders over $75 every day.


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