The field of nursing has generated a wide selection of literature, which can make it difficult for a nurse to sort through and decide which ones are worth your time. This is our FlexRN list of great books for nurses that we believe to be truly indispensable.
1.) Your 1st Year As A Nurse – Donna Cardillo, RN, MA
Cardillo, known as The Inspiration Nurse, talks about all of the nitty-gritty real world issues a new graduate needs to know. This book does a wonderful job in preparing new nurses for the challenges of their first year. Terrific graduation present for any new nurse!
2.) Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul: Stories to Celebrate, Honor and Inspire the Nursing Profession (Chicken Soup for the Soul) – Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Nancy Mitchell-Autio
The Chicken Soup for the Soul books are well-loved, and this version for nurses is no exception. All healthcare employees will find inspiration in these stories as they discover the power of their skill and devotion.
3.) Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not – Florence Nightingale
Few books by or about nurses have been as influential and widely read as this one. The legendary Florence Nightingale was the first nurse to document her findings, present evidence and make a change in the struggling world of nursing. This book will enlighten and edify all readers, whether a new or older nurse. Still relevant after all these years!
4.) Bring Back the ART of Nursing – Elizabeth Scala
This is an empowering short read and most likely relatable for today’s nurses who might not be feeling great about their careers or jobs at the moment. Author Elizabeth Scala inspires nurses everywhere to reconnect with the passionate and fulfilling joy that once called them to their roles.
5.) Bedlam Among the Bedpans: Humor in Nursing – Amy Y. Young
For nurses looking for a little relief from the dry and dense reads. Inspired by the experiences of real nurses, this book puts a humorous take on not-so-funny situations nurses face every day. The stories are mainly set in the 1990s and early 2000s, but for those in the nursing profession, humorous medically related stories rarely go out of date.