LVNtoRNCopyright © 2012


Non-Fiction .................................... 1-15

Critical Care ................................. 16-21

Professional Development ........... 22-27

Inspirational ................................ 28-36

Fiction .......................................... 37-45

Miscellaneous .............................. 45-50

Honorable Mention ...................... 51-55

Nursing, like all fields in healthcare is constantly evolving. New research, new modalities, and new teaching methods are introduced with each passing year. It’s important for nurses to not only stay up-to-date with current trends, but also to avoid burnout. LVN to has created a list entitled Top 50 Must-Read Books for Nurses in 2012 to help nurses stay on top of their game, both professionally and personally. The list below highlights 50 books recommended for nurses in 2012, in no particular order. This list was created using independent research with the sole purpose of being a resource for our readers.

Using the above table of contents, you can easily navigate to the following sections: non-fiction, critical care, professional development, inspirational, fiction, and miscellaneous.


  1. Nursing Care Plans: Diagnoses, Interventions and Outcomes

    If you’re looking for comprehensive, you’ve got it! As the most comprehensive nursing care planning book available, with more than 200 care plans covering the most common medical-surgical nursing diagnoses and clinical problems, this book functions as two books in one. It provides nurses with a collection of 68 nursing diagnosis care plans to use to create individualized care plans as well as a library of 143 disease-specific care plans for medical-surgical conditions.

    • Author: Meg Gulanick
    • Publication Date: November 10, 2010
    • Connect: Faculty Page
  2. Journal of Nursing Administration

    The Journal of Nursing Administration is the authoritative source of information on developments in patient care leadership. The journal’s content is geared to top-level nurse executives and their immediate associates in hospital, community health, and ambulatory care environments. One article that stands out in particular is by Lisa Burkhart, titled “Addressing Spiritual Leadership.” This journal is a must read for nurses in high-level managerial roles.

    • Author: Lisa Burkhart
    • Publication Date: Current Issue: June 2012 – Volume 42 – Issue 6
    • Connect: Faculty Page
  3. Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir

    Set inside a massive Cook County Hospital on Chicago’s drug-infested west side, Cooked tells the story of a suburban teen who enrolls in Cook County School of Nursing in the early seventies. Hands on, she learned the practice of nursing as well as the stress of working in a hospital that the politicians threatened to close on a weekly basis. The book provides an inside look at inner city public health care and is filled with stories of poverty, racism, neglect, abuse and chaos tempered by love, laughter, hope, and idealism.

    • Author: Carol Karels
    • Publication Date: December 5, 2002
    • Connect: Website
  4. Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care, Single Volume

    Medical-Surgical Nursing is built around functional health patterns, a framework used by many nursing programs. With a focus on developing decision-making skills, this book encourages nurses to think critically, thoughtfully, and realistically through a wealth of case studies and relevant examples.

    • Author: Priscilla (LeMone) Koeplin
    • Publication Date: March 5, 2007
    • Connect: Faculty Page
  5. 2009 Lippincott’s Nursing Drug Guide

    With a new version slated to come out this summer, the 2009 Lippincott’s Nursing Drug Guide provides quick access to current, comprehensive, vital drug information of over 1,200 updates on new drugs, indications, dosages, and administration. The color photographs are fantastic. A must-have book for all practicing nurses.

    • Author: Amy M. Karch
    • Publication Date: July 24, 2008
    • Connect: Faculty Page
  6. Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends and Management

    Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends, & Management prepares nurses for the ever-changing world of health care. It provides a comprehensive overview of nursing topics and issues facing today’s nurse managers and leaders. Written by Barbara Cherry and Susan R. Jacob, this book gives a practical, balanced preparation for the issues, trends, and management topics encountered in work environments.

    • Author: Barbara Cherry
    • Publication Date: August 4, 2010
    • Connect: Faculty Page
  7. Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness

    As a best-selling and established anatomy and physiology textbook, Ross and Wilson covers traditional anatomy and physiology. Each chapter ends with a brief section on diseases which explains what happens when the “normal” goes wrong. Because it provides the essential foundations of understanding for all students studying health-related courses, this is the perfect textbook for nursing students.

    • Author: Anne Waugh
    • Publication Date: July 15, 2001
    • Connect: Faculty Page
  8. Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice

    Written for nurses at the front lines of health care in hospitals, outpatient clinics, surgery centers, and home health care settings, this book highlights real world ethical challenges for nurses. The book advises on current and future ethical challenges, how to have moral courage, and an inclusive guide to communication and ethics consultation.

    • Author: Connie M. Ulrich
    • Publication Date: March 30, 2012
    • Connect: Faculty Profile
  9. The Everything New Nurse Book

    Emphasizing the nation’s most popular nursing specialties, this comprehensive handbook focuses on the issues that new nurses face on the job. From dealing with patients to handling multiple responsibilities, the book also explains how to balance a busy schedule, deal with doctors, and cope with the death of patients.

    • Author: Kathy Quan
    • Publication Date: March 13, 2006
    • Connect: Website
  10. Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgment in Nursing: A Practical Approach

    Looking for tools to become a safe, competent nurse? Using a “how-to” approach, this book helps nurses develop critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and test-taking skills in preparation for the NCLEX® Examination. It also teaches students to apply these principles to nursing practice through the use of real-life settings and decision-making tools.

    • Author: Rosalinda Alfaro-Lefevre
    • Publication Date: December 15, 2011
    • Connect: Website
  11. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science

    Recalling true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores both the excellence and limitations of medicine, offering a steady view from the hands of a surgeon. The book paints a true picture of surgery, an uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human task. Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.

    • Author: Atul Gawande
    • Publication Date: April 1, 2003
    • Connect: Website
  12. Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business

    Leadership and the Sexes links the science of male and female brain differences to every facet of business. Written by New York Times best-selling author and gender expert Michael Gurian and acclaimed workplace gender consultant Barbara Annis, this book discusses brain science and gender studies with actual examples from business leaders to provide a new perspective on gender diversity.

    • Author: Michael Gurian
    • Publication Date: December 28, 2010
    • Connect: Website
  13. The Comfort Garden, Tales from the Trauma Unit

    Appealing to healthcare professionals, The Comfort Garden is Laurie Barkin’s account of the five years she worked as a psychiatric nurse on the surgical and trauma unit at San Francisco General Hospital. The book explores the emotional support caregivers need. The story highlights the issues of compassion, fatigue, and trauma that may develop in caregivers when exposure to tragedy becomes routine.

    • Author: Laurie Barkin
    • Publication Date: March 21, 2012
    • Connect: Website
  14. Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All At Risk

    Popular TV shows make people believe that nurses simply gather supplies, drive romantic plots, and provide an attractive backdrop for the real action. However, 12 million nurses worldwide know the reality is far more demanding. Saving Lives explores the public’s perception of nurses and dispels the biggest myths about nursing, based on examples from television shows and other media.

    • Author: Sandy Summers
    • Publication Date: May 4, 2010
    • Connect: Website
  15. True Emergency Room Stories

    Written by an emergency room physician, Kevin Pezzi, with contributions from his colleagues, this book presents unique emergency room stories. Whether you’re in the healthcare field or not, you’ll be fascinated by a collection of incredible, tragic, humorous, touching, and bizarre tales from the ER.

    • Author: Kevin Pezzi
    • Publication Date: July 6, 1998
    • Connect: Website

Critical Care

  1. A PARAMEDIC’S DIARY: Life and Death on the Streets

    It’s important for everyone in the healthcare profession to empathize with each other. In his account of his year on the streets as a paramedic, Stuart Gray shares his griping tale of highs and lows. Nurses that work in hospitals or critical care should pay special attention to what happens on the front line and what the patients and paramedics experience as well.

    • Author: Stuart Gray
    • Publication Date: November 22, 2010
    • Connect: Blog
  2. Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse

    Even though this book was published in the 1980’s, it is still relevant today. Nurses know that intensive care is one of the most difficult units to work in. This is a nurse’s story unlike any other, because the book’s author is a very special nurse. Dedicated to healing and helping in the harshest environments, Echo Heron spent ten years in emergency rooms and intensive care units. This story recounts her experience in this difficult area of nursing. A must-read for nurses interested in pursuing critical care roles.

    • Author: Echo Heron
    • Publication Date: May 12, 1988
    • Connect: Website
  3. Confessions of a Trauma Junkie

    Book Author Sherry Jones Mayo has done it all. From an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Room Nurse, to an on-scene critical incident aide for Hurricane Katrina victims, she shares stories of critical care nursing. Mayo allows readers to understand both sides of the gurney; it details a progression from innocence to enlightened caregiver to burnout, peeking into each stage personally and professionally.

    • Author: Sherry Jones
    • Publication Date: June 1, 2009
    • Connect: Website
  4. Cardiac Surgery Essentials for Critical Care Nursing

    Cardiac Surgery Essentials for Critical Care Nursing provides a foundation for patient care during their critical recovery time after cardiac surgery. It also serves as a source of advanced knowledge for nurses who have mastered the basic skills necessary to care for recovering patients. It addresses important changes in cardiac surgery and the nursing responsibilities to meet the needs of these patients.

    • Author: Sonya R. Hardin
    • Publication Date: May 8, 2009
    • Connect: Faculty Page
  5. Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER

    After working in the emergency room, Paul Austin reminiscences about the daily life of long, irregular shifts and patients with heart-wrenching stories. These daily stresses turned him into a cynic. Something for the Pain peers into the fragility of compassion and sanity in the industrial setting of today’s hospitals.

    • Author: Paul Austin
    • Publication Date: September 8, 2009
    • Connect: Website
  6. Think Twice! More Lessons from the ER

    While this may be a sometimes humorous account of true stories from the ER, it also reminds us that one bad decision could change our lives. The book is full of pictures, important phone numbers, and a chart with normal vital signs and lab values as well as a schedule for adult vaccinations and cancer screening tests.

    • Author: Brady Pregerson
    • Publication Date: September 21, 2005
    • Connect: Website

Professional Development

  1. The Nurse Manager’s Guide to Budgeting & Finance

    Nurse managers are expected to be a jack of all trades. Besides having clinical knowledge, the nurse manager must also plan for budgeting and finance. The Nurse Manager’s Guide to Budgeting & Finance will help provide essential information about the financial aspect of running a nursing unit. This is the second in Sigma Theta Tau International series of practical handbooks for nurse managers.

    • Author: Al Rundio
    • Publication Date: February 14, 2012
    • Connect: Faculty Profile
  2. When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming the Cycle of Bullying

    Often, nurses overlook the interpersonal relationships that develop when working in close quarters with other professionals. Unfortunately, conflict can arise at times. This book confronts the cycle of nurse bullying by examining the causes and providing ways to diffuse a confrontational situation.

    • Author: Cheryl Dellasega
    • Publication Date: May 2, 2011
    • Connect: Website
  3. The Nurse’s Social Media Advantage

    Social media has infiltrated nearly every profession, including nursing. This fast-paced, evolving field will continue to evolve whether nurses participate or not. With the critical role that nursing plays in the health care community, nurses can’t afford to fall behind. Today, there are many nurses who are active on social media platforms, including managing their own blogs. This book will help nurses stay ahead of the curve.

    • Author: Robert Fraser
    • Publication Date: March 7, 2011
    • Connect: Website
  4. The Nurse’s Communication Advantage

    Everyday, nurses must communicate with patients, doctors, and other health care professionals. Topics include building relationships, speaking skills, writing skills, how to run effective meetings, how to use social media, and cross-cultural communication.

    • Author: Kathleen Pagana
    • Publication Date: September 3, 2010
    • Connect: Website
  5. Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide

    Specifically for nurse practitioners, this in-depth book focuses on the legal and business issues that nurse practitioners face on a daily basis. It also provides coverage by state of nurse practitioner’s scope of practice and state regulations. This is an excellent resource for nurse practitioners looking to break out on their own.

    • Author: Carolyn Buppert
    • Publication Date: December 31, 2003
    • Connect: Website
  6. 34 Instant Stress-Busters, Quick tips to de-stress fast with no extra time or money

    Stress is on the rise, especially for those in the healthcare field. It can deteriorate physical and mental health, relationships, work, and school performance. “34 Instant Stress Busters” provides relief at work, home, and school. This book is a great option for nurses who feel overwhelmed in creating a work-life balance and want to live a happier, more productive life.

    • Author: Aila Accad
    • Publication Date: 2009
    • Connect: Website


  1. Out Of The Blue

    At first glance, a nurse might not know why this book is relevant to their career. However, Out of the Blue proposes that for the first time in history, a global spiritual awakening is occurring. The author speaks of a renaissance of the spirit, freedom from the fear of death, and new paradigms of preventive and curative medicine. Most nurses know, besides medicine, you also need a little faith.

    • Author: Mary Terhune
    • Publication Date: 2007
    • Connect: Website
  2. The Nurse’s Story

    This is a book about a compassionate young nurse striving to heal all of her patients because she believes that good doctors and modern medicine can rid suffering. She works in all units of a hospital, from the burn unit to pediatrics. The book follows her through a couple heart wrenching cases of patient suffering. While learning about a restrictive hospital system and the stress from understaffing, she also learns about healing.

  3. The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing

    Nurses who really want to understand what their profession means, should read this book. It consists of a collection of essays revealing the joys, fears, intimacies, and transcendent moments shared by a nurse and her patients. One review suggests that this book should be required reading at every nursing school.

    • Author: Cortney Davis
    • Publication Date: January 28, 2009
    • Connect: Website
  4. The Richest Woman in Babylon and Manhattan: With Seven Timeless Remedies to Cure a Lean Purse

    In this story, Ambha, a nurse-entrepreneur and yoga teacher, and Melanie an artistic-caterer and raw food chef are hardworking, stressed out, and suffering from financial woes. They meet Helen Gold, ‘the Richest Woman in Manhattan,’ who shares her seven remedies to cure their lean purses and teaches them how to make their money earn more money.

    • Author: Annette Tersigni
    • Publication Date: December 31, 2011
    • Connect: Website
  5. Inspired Nurse

    Very few professions give the opportunity to impact lives on such a deep level, not only physically but emotionally as well. Yet the same things that make nursing so deeply rewarding can also make it a challenge. Inspired Nurse helps nurses recall those elusive qualities that made them want to become nurses in the first place.

    • Author: Rich Bluni
    • Publication Date: January 12, 2009
    • Connect: Website
  6. Womankind: Connection & Wisdom Around the World

    Womankind is a collection of stories from six women from around the world by Nancy Leigh Harless who has collected them in her travels and experiences as a nurse. The stories range from Belize to Kosovo, but readers will identify with their tales and relate through their common status as women of the world. Harless describes how she and others tried to assist women with family planning and infant care in some areas of the world where these ideas aren’t always popular.

    • Author: Nancy Leigh Harless
    • Publication Date: October 23, 2007
    • Connect: Website
  7. Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul: 101 Stories to Celebrate, Honor and Inspire the Nursing Profession

    This collection of true stories authored by Jack Canfield and Leann Thieman portrays the compassion, intellect, and wit necessary to meet the challenging demands of being a nurse. Fans of the Chicken Soup series know each story conveys optimism for the future. All healthcare employees will find inspiration in these stories as they discover the power of their skill and devotion.

  8. Eat THAT Cookie! Make Workplace Positivity Pay Off…For Individuals, Teams, and Organizations

    It’s possible to create a positive workforce in negative times, says speaker, strategist and consultant Liz Jazwiec, RN. First though, you have to acknowledge how tough a healthcare job really is, and the negative things you and your staff members do to make it even tougher. This book builds a case for the powerful benefits of a positive workplace.

    • Author: Liz Jazwiec
    • Publication Date: August 30, 2009
    • Connect: Website
  9. Does Change have to be so H.A.R.D.?

    In this book, author Julie Donley provides a roadmap to understand your mind and how your thinking creates the impediments to change. She describes the psychological and emotional aspects of change and explains the thinking that accounts for the real-world problems we encounter. She guides readers to overcome the obstacles to success with eight strategies needed for making the changes you desire. Nurses looking to make a significant change should turn to this book for guidance and support.

    • Author: Julie Donley
    • Publication Date: January 25, 2011
    • Connect: Website


  1. Critical Care

    Is there a medical romance in the air? After her brother dies in a trauma room, nurse Claire Avery can’t handle working in the ER. She’s wants to make a fresh start in her career, but her plans fall through when she’s needed to offer stress counseling for medical staff after a heartbreaking day care center explosion. She clashes with a doctor who believes compassionate counseling is a waste of time until he finds himself drawn to this nurse educator who is capable of teaching him the true meaning of healing.

    • Author: Candace Calvert
    • Publication Date: May 20, 2009
    • Connect: Website
  2. The Thin White Line: A History of the 2012 Avian Flu Pandemic in Canada

    On September 15, 2012, a restaurant worker checks into a hospital in China’s Guangdong province due to flu symptoms. This single event ignites a blaze of disease that burns its way around the world. In THE THIN WHITE LINE: A History of the 2012 Avian Flu Pandemic in Canada, Craig DiLouie presents a frightening story about how a pandemic might unfold, focusing on the Canadian experience but relevant to any country.

    • Author: Craig DiLouie
    • Publication Date: March 1, 2008
    • Connect: Website
  3. The Healer’s War

    Elizabeth Anne Scarborough’s Healer’s War is a classic novel of the Vietnam War. The author was a nurse in Vietnam during the war and she pulls some of her own personal experiences to create the main character, Lt. Kitty McCulley. McCulley, a young and inexperienced nurse thrown into a stressful and chaotic situation, is having a difficult time merging her duty to help and heal with the indifference and blatant racism of some of her colleagues and with the horrendously damaged soldiers.

  4. My Name Is Mary Sutter

    In her stunning first novel, Robin Oliveira introduces us to Mary Sutter. A brilliant, head­strong midwife from Albany, New York, she dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak, Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the wounded Civil War soldiers. A great read for those with ambitious career goals.

    • Author: Robin Oliveira
    • Publication Date: May 13, 2010
    • Connect: Website
  5. Tiny Sunbirds Far Away

    This story would be of particular interest to mid-wives. Two young children are forced to leave their home for a village in the Niger Delta, to live with their mother’s family. Despite chaos and challenges that come with living in a foreign land, the main character, Blessing’s grandmother becomes her mentor, teaching Blessing the ways of the midwife in rural Nigeria. She is exposed to the horrors of genital mutilation and the devastation the environment sees caused by British and American oil companies. Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away is a beautifully written story of one family’s attempt to survive a new life, while trying to find a deeper sense of identity along the way.

    • Author: Christie Watson
    • Publication Date: May 10, 2011
    • Connect: Website
  6. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

    When Lia Lee entered the American medical system at three months of age, she’s diagnosed as an epileptic. Her story became a tragic case of cultural miscommunication. Her parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could not have been more different. The Hmong people see illness and healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe, while the United States medical community concerns itself almost exclusively with the body and not the soul.

    • Author: Anne Fadiman
    • Publication Date: September 28, 1998
    • Connect: Website
  7. Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis

    This book is divided into chapters each focusing on one inevitable ingredient of childhood. Everything from pizza to laundry to homework, it explores the underlying social, political, and ecological forces behind it. Through these everyday moments, the author proves how the private world of parenting is connected to the public world of policy-making and how the ongoing environmental crisis is also a crisis of family life.

    • Author: Sandra Steingraber
    • Publication Date: March 29, 2011
    • Connect: Website
  8. Outlander

    Nurses are inundated with important medical information on a daily basis. Sometimes, it’s nice to escape into a novel to get your spirit and creativity going. Set in 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a trip when she unknowingly touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles. Suddenly she is an “outlander” in Scotland torn by war in the year 1743. In her time travels, she becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire.

    • Author: Diana Gabaldon
    • Publication Date: June 2, 1992
    • Connect: Website
  9. The Poetry of Nursing: Poems and Commentaries of Leading Nurse-Poets

    Author Judy Schaefer has compiled an anthology of contemporary nurse-poets’ work, accompanied by their commentaries about their poetry, career, and their lives. She has gathered an eclectic mix of contributions from some of the top nurse-poets as well as from those lesser known. The Poetry of Nursing adds to the growing body of literature connecting medicine, nursing, and the humanities.

    • Author: Judy Shaefer
    • Publication Date: January 2006
    • Connect: Website


  1. How Doctors Think

    New York Times bestseller “How Doctors Think,” discusses the complexity and anxiety that accompanies the physician’s role, including difficulty understanding and communicating with patients, and making accurate diagnoses. Since nurses often work closely with doctors, it’s beneficial to understand some of the issues doctors face on a daily basis. Nurses can also encourage their patients to take a more active role in their care. The book received The Quill Book Award and Books for a Better Life Award.

    • Author: Jerome Groopman
    • Publication Date: March 19, 2007
    • Connect: Website
  2. Curriculum Development in Nursing Education

    Curriculum Development in Nursing Education provides current information about developing, designing, and evaluating course curricula. Easy to read, with updated references, it defines the importance of incorporating unique philosophy in a curriculum along with describing traditional curriculum philosophies. Since nursing education is constantly changing and evolving, it’s important to have the building blocks of solid curriculum if you are a nurse educator.

    • Author: Carroll Iwasiw
    • Publication Date: March 17, 2005
    • Connect: Faculty Page
  3. Save the First Dance for You: The Complete Nurse’s Guide to Serving Your Profession, Your Patient, and Yourself

    With this book, the author aims to train nurses and teach managers to be coaches. This book consists of 10 chapters revealing several practical and coping techniques the author has developed for nurses facing the challenges of today’s hectic healthcare workplace and demanding home lives. The book teaches nurses to reconcile the tensions between their calling to help others sometimes at the expense of their own health and happiness.

    • Author: Doris Young
    • Publication Date: October 7, 2006
    • Connect: Website
  4. The Ultimate Guide to Getting into Nursing School

    So you want to get into the right nursing school? Follow the strategies in The Ultimate Guide to Getting into Nursing School to put yourself ahead of the pack. This information-packed guide covers the nursing school experience, from picking the right school to what to expect and how to earn top-rank in your class once you’re accepted into a program.

    • Author: Genevieve E. Chandler
    • Publication Date: October 5, 2007
    • Connect: Website
  5. Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation

    Before this publication, it has been forty years since the previous national nursing education study. In that time, profound changes in science, technology, patient activism, and the nature of nursing practice have changed nursing education. Educating Nurses is part of the Preparation for the Professions series from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It explores important issues for future nurses and provides recommendations for changes for administrators and faculty in nursing programs.

    • Author: Patricia E. Benner
    • Publication Date: December 9, 2009
    • Connect: Faculty Page

Honorable Mention

There are so many great reads out there for nurses and nursing students alike, that narrowing down the options to a list of only 50 proved to be quite challenging. There were several books that narrowly missed inclusion in our Top 50, but should still be on any nurse’s reading list. This section covers those books that deserve honorable mention.

  1. Fiction And Fantasy In Medical Research: The Large Scale randomised trial

    Published by the London Press in 2003, Fiction and Fantasy in Medical Research questions large-scale randomized trials and finds them to be seriously flawed. Every day, millions of people take medication based on the results of large-scale randomized trials which are considered the gold standard of medical research. This book provides information calling into question the accuracy of these tests.

    • Author: James Penston
    • Publication Date: June 27, 2003
    • Connect: Website
  2. Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses Working with disAbilities

    This book is an inspiration as well as a practical guide for nurses living and working with disabilities and for students with disabilities pursuing careers in nursing. While our country is experiencing a national nursing shortage, many nurses who are able and want to work are being denied the opportunity due to their disabilities. Eleven nurses tell their personal stories of courage and resolve in the face of discrimination, showing that nurses with disabilities have the ability to successfully fill jobs that are needed today.

    • Author: Donna Maheady
    • Publication Date: May 26, 2006
    • Connect: Website
  3. Conspiracies of Kindness: The Craft of Compassion at the Bedside of the Ill

    This book proposes that compassion is a craft that can be learned and refined by working hard. The transition to caring for the ill is a very emotionally tolling profession. From listening to the stories of doctors and nurses, three intertwining themes emerge that define the struggle to keep the heart open.

    • Author: Michael Ortiz
    • Publication Date: Current Issue: November 1, 2010
    • Connect: Website
  4. Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between

    Former English professor and author, Theresa Brown, chronicles her first year as a registered nurse in medical oncology. She focuses on the unique role of nurses in health care, giving us a profoundly moving portrayal of the day-to-day work nurses do: caring for the person who is ill, not just the illness itself.

    • Author: Theresa Brown
    • Publication Date: Current Issue: April 26, 2011
    • Connect: Website
  5. Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses

    Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses has been called the most comprehensive, up-to-date book for nurse writers today. In this book, Cynthia Saver, along with 15 of nursing’s top writing experts, takes you through the journey to becoming an author. Divided into two parts, it covers everything from generating an idea to the different types of writing, including academic journals, books, blogs and research papers.

    • Author: Cynthia Saver
    • Publication Date: Current Issue: July 13, 2010
    • Connect: Website