10 Awesome Books Written by Nurses

by Erica MacDonald RN, BSN, MSN, NurseJournal.org   

As summer winds to a close, your poolside reading list should be completed. (Hopefully, nurses everywhere scheduled summer downtime to get the much needed rest they deserve!) In the spirit of the beginning of the academic season, trade your mindless novels for books written by nurses. Here are 10 books that offer a behind the scenes glimpse of healthcare:

#1 Labor Pains: The Birth Stories of Nurse O’Neill

Author: Rita Batchley, RN

Rita’s book parallels the personal struggles of a labor and delivery nurse with the takeover of a small community hospital in which nurses strive to maintain quality patient care amidst organizational changes. A story of empowerment, nurses within the organization learn to stand together with the help of a labor union and a professional nursing organization.

#2 The Nurse’s Story

Author: Carol Gino, RN, MA

Carol’s book follows a nurse throughout their career highlighting the emotionally and physically draining aspects of being a nurse. Her book’s focus is on the reality of nursing and assists the reader in understanding the professional risk of Compassion Fatigue.

# 3 The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career

Author: Donna Wilk Cardillo, RN. CSP

Donna is the The Inspiration Nurse and her book is the nurse’s guide to personal and career development. This book teaches nurses about their true value and how to utilize it in their careers. Included in this career guide is practical action strategies on topics such as cover letters, resumes, and CVs. It opens up the world of career alternatives and opportunities for nurses.

#4 Bring Back the Art of Nursing

Author: Elizabeth Scala, RN, MBA

A Nurse Journal Org blogger, Elizabeth has written several books for nurses, but Bring Back the Art of Nursing covers strategies that enable nurses to renew their love of nursing amidst the challenges of the changing healthcare environment. She invites nurses to reconnect with the nurse within and the reasons they became a nurse.

#5 When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming the Cycle of Nurse Bullying

Author: Cheryl Dellasaga PHD, RN, CRNP

Cheryl’s book examines the persistent problem of nurse to nurse bullying in healthcare which potentially undermines the quality of patient care. She details the causes of this trend and strategies to cope with nurse bullying.

#6 Charting the Course: Launching Patient-Centric Healthcare

Co-Author: Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN

Written by a husband and wife team, this book is the follow-up to Why Hospitals Should Fly. They utilize a fictional story to detail how to change a hospital’s culture in order to keep a hospital functioning and to ensure their patient’s safety. This book proposes that the engagement of every member of an organization is necessary in order for change to occur successfully.

#7 Code Blue! Now What?: Learn what to do when your patient needs you the most!

Author: Michael Heuninckx, RN, BSN

Michael’s book is written for new nurses and gives them the full picture of what experienced nurses know when coding a patient. This book picks up where your CPR certification leaves off. For example, your CPR certification does not teach you the in depth details of Code Blue such as:

  • Prevention
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Knowing Your Limitations
  • Patient Preparation
  • Owning Your Arena
  • Getting in with the family

#8 Inspiring the Inspirational: Words of Hope from Nurses to Nurses

Author: Sue Heacock, RN, MBA

Written for any audience that wishes to be inspired by nurses, Sue’s book offers a roller-coaster ride of emotional stories from nurses around the world. Designed to be a collection of life inspirational tales, read this book about the real and often emotional world of nursing.

#9 Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

Author: Theresa Brown, RN, BSN

A former English Professor turned nurse, she chronicles her first year in Medical Oncology. Her book paints a picture of the daily job of nurses as they take care of patients and deal with hospital bureaucracy.

#10 The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology

Author: Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN

A Nurse Journal Org blogger, Brittney’s book helps nurses to successfully navigate technology in the workplace. As the reliance on technology increases in healthcare, this book strives to gives nurses the technology tools they need to increase job satisfaction.

Are you a nurse author whose book was not featured in the reading list above? Be sure and leave a comment below telling us about your book!



About the Author

Erica MacDonald RN, BSN, MSN
Erica MacDonald RN, BSN, MSN /

Erica RN, BSN, MSN's nursing clinical experience has been in neonatal intensive care (NICU) and Labor & Delivery. She currently works as a nurse educator and nurse writer. The academic mission of her website Self Employed Nurse is to teach nurses about Nurse Entrepreneurship while providing them with resources to help them pursue this specialty. In her writing business, she saves educators and businesses time while supporting their mission. Besides writing, her passion is social media. Network with Erica on Google + and Pinterest

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