5 Inspiring Books for Nurses

06/10/2016

Try these books full of heart, soul and nursing humor

Before you protest, “No more nursing books for me!” consider the possibilities. There are a lot of options out there besides NCLEX prep books, oncology nurse primers and drug reference handbooks. Hidden among the clinical “how-tos,” you can find a few gems that touch on the heart, soul and humor in nursing--those factors that can make even the most irritating nursing jobs worthwhile.

So, squeeze out a little “me time” between your 12-hour shifts to kick up your feet and enjoy these inspiring books for nurses--including some that can make you laugh, cry or just feel understood and appreciated.

I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

There is nothing like getting the real story from real nurses, and this book has a wonderful collection of them. The stories cover a diversity of nurses and experiences, including recollections of first “sticks,” births and patient deaths. Readers can feel the emotions and hear the voices of fellow nurses at different stages of their careers, describing where they find their passion and how it gets them through the harder part of their jobs. Many will identify with their stories, including their struggle against burnout and bureaucracy to give their very best to their patients.

The American Nurse

The American Nurse

The American Nurse book is an impressive collection of black and white photographs and interviews of 75 nurses from across the country. It was lovingly put together by a photographer who was originally inspired by the care she herself had received from a travel nurse during her fight against breast cancer. The American Nurse Project includes the award-winning book, a feature-length film and a website with ongoing interviews that strives to raise awareness of nurses and the incredible work they do. Nurses and laypeople alike are sure to be enthralled by these personal stories and images.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses

Similar to two earlier books in the Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul series, this 2015 collection of 101 heartwarming stories will encourage, inspire and reassure you that your patients and their families appreciate your compassionate service. It may even help remind you why you became a nurse. Be encouraged by other nurses’ experiences, share in their emotions, and perhaps even learn a few tips to help you grow in your caregiving role.

Bedlam Among the Bedpans: Humor in Nursing

Bedlam Among the Bedpans: Humor in Nursing

This perennial favorite can bring welcome relief from the stresses of nursing with its lighthearted view of day-to-day life. Bedlam Among the Bedpans features more than 100 funny and creative stories about nursing, collected from nursing journals, books and other sources. Inspired by the experiences of real nurses, these stories relate situations with insights and nursing humor that those working in the field can truly appreciate.

#Nurse Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book

#Nurse Life: A Snarky Adult Coloring Book

If you like coloring for stress relief or simply expressing your feelings in a tell-it-like-it-is, funny way, this book could be for you. Hot off the presses in May 2016, this 8” x 11” book addresses the new trend in adult coloring books. It features high quality line art with funny things that nurses say (or would like to say), surrounded by fun geometric borders that can be colored to your preference. Some sayings are more “snarky” than others, including some about patients that should never see the light of the break room, while others may be worthy of posting for other nurses to enjoy.

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