It's summertime! Whether you are relaxing on a deck, in a hammock, by the lake, on the beach or simply in the comfort of your own home, summer is the perfect time to enjoy a good book! With so many books to choose from and so little free time, we put together a list of our top recommendations for nurses.
Bed Number Ten
By Sue Baier and Mary Zimmeth Schomaker
The timeless piece is told through the eyes of a patient with Guillain-Barre syndrome--a rare disease caused by viral infection often resulting in temporary paralysis. Bed Number Ten takes you through the psychological and physical pain of the patient's 11-month hospital stay, and the ICU staff who learned to communicate with her and those who did not bother. This novel is a moving read to help remind nurses and healthcare professional that patients are first and foremost humans with feelings and needs.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death
By Jean-Dominique Bauby
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a one-of-a-kind book that should never be forgotten. In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, a 44-year old man and editor-in-chief of French Elle, was the victim of a rare stroke to his brainstem. After spending 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke in "locked-in syndrome." Only his left eye was functioning and allowed him to blink. By communicating through blinking, Bauby made it clear that his mind was not impaired. Miraculously, Bauby was still able to express himself in the richest detail to create this book by dictating one word at a time by blinking to select a letter as the alphabet was slowly recited to him again and again. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly provides a haunting look inside locked-in syndrome from an individual with an impassioned spirit of life.
Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between
By Theresa Brown
This powerful memoir, written by New York Times "Well" blog contributor Theresa Brown, sheds light on her experience during her first year as an oncology nurse. This is a perfect read for any nurse, whether you've just started practicing or have been in the field for 20 years, as you'll find a connection and inspiration from the stories. Beyond her personal encounters, Brown sheds light on mortality and the overall meaning of life.
Small Great Things
By Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult's latest and highly-anticipated novel, Small Great Things, tells the story of Ruth Jefferson, an African American labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital. Following her checkup on a newborn patient, Ruth was informed that she had been reassigned as the baby's parents were white supremacist and would not allow Ruth to touch their child. The hospital complied with the parents' demands. However, the following day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is the only one in the nursery. Ruth decided quickly to intervene, going against her orders in an attempt to save the newborn's life, only to find herself being charged with serious crimes for doing so.
The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing
By Mira Jacob
Seattle-based photographer Amina received a phone call from her mother, Kamala, telling her that her father, a celebrated brain surgeon, Thomas Eapen, has been sitting on their porch talking to their dead relatives. Confused and concerned, Amina returns home to find that the situation was much more complicated than her mother initially described. Confronted by strange looks from hospital staff, her father's unwillingness to explain himself and a series of items found in her mother's garden, Amina comes to the realization that the only way to help her father is to come to terms with their family's painful past. The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing is a testimony of love, hope and the power of finding peace with life’s uncertainties.
Dancing in the Rain
By Kelly Jamieson
Drew Sellers is former hockey player wo retired early from a knee injury. He now spends his days drowning in his broken dreams and empty beer bottles. He soon learns that he's the father of a preteen daughter with significant health issues, who is cared for by her Aunt Peyton. Auntie P takes care of not only her niece but also her sister, all while working full-time. While Drew isn't the father of the year nor does he have a job, Peyton beings to see the genuine man behind his tough-guy façade and there's no going back. Dancing in the Rain is a heartfelt romance novel that sheds light on the challenges of being a caregiver and the power of love.
Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospitals
By David Oshinsky
Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, David Oshinsky, this book tells three centuries worth of stories from Bellevue Hospital--America’s oldest public hospital in New York City’s East Side. Known for treating crime victims, vicious psychopaths, assorted, exotic-disease sufferers, lunatics and everything in between, there hasn’t been an epidemic or catastrophe that Bellevue hasn’t seen.
What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear
By Dr. Danielle Ofri
Despite modern medicine's advancements in technology, the most powerful tool for diagnostic is simply doctor-patient conversation. However, this communication can be missed as doctors are often under pressure to work efficiently and multi-task, not to mention unconscious bias, fear of lawsuits and the risk of misdiagnosis. What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear dives into the high-stakes world of doctor-patient communication and how it can lead to better health for all of us.
I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse
Edited By Lee Gutkind
This collection of true narratives of real-life experiences from nurses reflects the dynamism and diversity of being a nurse and providing the first vital line of patient care. From their first "sticks," first births and first patient deaths, these are real-life nurses’ stories about what gets them through their long, demanding shifts and helps them to continuously find joy in their profession. This collection of stories are all connected by the passion and strength of the nurses who struggle to overcome burnout and bureaucracy.