When it comes to the field of nursing most people (nursing students included) focus on the technical and mechanical aspects of being a nurse, but few truly understand the mental, emotional and often complex lives of being a nurse.
This collection of stories and personal memoirs sheds light into the more personal parts of nursing and gives its readers a deeper understanding of what nurses go through day-to-day, the emotional ups and downs associated with nursing and the challenges they face in their career and personal life.
Nursing is much more than education, it’s an emotional journey and a dedication to care for the patients in need of proper loving healthcare.
Whether you’re interested in becoming a nurse or just want to learn more about what they do these five books will forever change the way you think about nursing.
1. Becoming Nursey
Becoming Nursey is a book about working as a nurse through the eyes of Kati Kleber who is an experienced RN who has had her fair share of ups and downs in the nursing world.
Kati does an excellent job of sharing her personal experience and stories of working as a bedside nurse and provides practical advice to nursing students and those just entering the nursing field.
Her stories help new nurses understand what its like to care for their patients and how to maintain sanity at home while doing so in a practical, caring and humorous way.
Regardless of whether or not you want to become a nurse this book is an essential read for anyone who wants to learn more about the personal realities of nursing that you rarely hear about in nursing school. And if your aim is to become a nurse this book is full of honest, practical advice that will help ease your fears about entering the field.
2. True Stories of Becoming A Nurse
(I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out) True Stories of Becoming A Nurse delves into the lives of different nurses as they remember their first experiences in the nursing field.
This book shares a diverse collection of stories that spreads light into the field of nursing through a dynamic range of individual perspectives and across a wide range of nursing specialties.
As different nurses share their stories of what it was like when they first started out you gain a wider understanding of how they managed working demanding shifts, dealt with life & death in the workplace and how they overcame adversity & their fears.
You also learn more about the hard choices these healthcare professionals make everyday and the impact it has on their lives.
True Stories of Becoming A Nurse really connects its readers on a deeper level with the field of nursing and inspires compassion and respect for the nurses who provide healthcare to their patients with a high level of skill, professionalism, caring and personal choices to do their best as a nurse.
3. Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul
Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul is a compilation of touching stories that inspire and celebrate the nursing career. This book is filled with uplifting stories about hard working nurses and the importance they play in the lives of their patients, the communities they serve and the healthcare system
Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul is heartwarming, inspirational and humorous with its emotional stories and candid advice. Whether you’re tired, stressed out and looking for inspiration or you just need a reminder of the important role nurses play in our society this book is a great pick me up for any occasion.
4. Critical Care
Critical Care (A New Nurse Faces Death, Life and Everything in Between) shares the personal memoirs of Theresa Brown as she transitions from being an English professor to becoming a registered nurse as she documents what it was like her first year on-the-job working as an oncology nurse.
This book delves into what it’s like to care for your patients and deal with the emotional aspects of critical care, the challenges and rewards of working with different nurses, doctors and physicians and how their personalities affect the workplace, and the challenges nurses face in their personal lives both inside and outside the workplace.
Nursing is just as much about the emotional aspects of life as it is the technical and Theresa Brown does an excellent job of taking her readers on a journey through the thoughts, emotions and demands of being a nurse.
5. Trauma Junkie
Trauma Junkie (Memoirs of an Emergency Flight Nurse) is a memoir based on the experiences of nurse Janice Hudson.
Trauma Junkie books explores the working life of Janice as she answers emergency medical calls and delves into life threatening emergency situations as she recounts the exciting moments of her career, heart wrenching calls and humorous adventures.
This new and expanded book shares how nurse Janice and her colleagues have moved on into different career paths since the publishing of the original book as well as how she is fighting and combating multiple sclerosis in her personal/professional life.
She also shares several unpublished stories that offer a wider scope of what her life was like as an emergency flight nurse. This is an amazing book for anyone that wants to learn what life is like working as an emergency nurse outside of the hospital/emergency room.