By Aubrey Schieuer
Summer is a great time of year to get through your book list. From hopping on a plane for your next assignment to relaxing by the beach when you’re off the clock, nothing passes the time quite like a great summer read. Check out these books for some prime reading material all summer long!
For a book that takes you back in time, look no further. Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not by Florence Nightingale remains surprisingly relevant for being published over a century ago in 1858. Considered the founder of modern nursing, Nightingale’s work made significant strides in establishing practices now considered common sense, like opening the windows for fresh air, proper nutrition, and keeping patients clean. As a bonus, her writing style contains quite a bit of humor.
Nursing has its ups and downs, just like any other profession. Becoming Nursey by Kati Kleber, BSN RN offers practical advice to get you to enjoy the ups, and jokes to get you through the downs. While this is aimed at those new to nursing, nurses of all experience levels will find stories to empathize with. Becoming Nursey is down-to-earth wisdom that goes beyond the classroom.
Looking for an engaging summer escape? Try Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This fantasy novel features a nurse, Claire Randall, who unexpectedly travels back in time from 1945 to 1743. Happily married in her present day, Claire can’t find a way to get back to her husband. Immediately her life is in danger and she’s forced to survive a completely different era.
If you’ve ever wondered what happens when nurses are confronted with natural disasters, Five Days at Memorial offers a story unlike any other. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink, this book takes you to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at a New Orleans hospital. After six years of reporting and over 500 interviews, Fink recreates the conditions and dilemmas faced by the staff at Memorial Medical Center. This engrossing read is sure to make you think.
If you love fiction that isn’t afraid of serious issues like race, class, and privilege, this novel is for you. In That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam, a black nurse named Priscilla becomes a live-in nanny for a white woman, Rebecca, in the 1980’s. The two adult women become especially close friends, until Priscilla dies in childbirth. Rebecca adopts Priscilla’s infant black son, and soon discovers an ugly world of racial discrimination. This beautiful story explores how a woman must confront her own shortsightedness when it comes to race.