5 New Must-Reads for Nursing Students

A variety of books were released in 2013 that highlight the scientific, psychological, and personal aspects of nursing that make this field so unique. Whether you are looking to advance your clinical knowledge or renew your sense of motivation, these nursing books can help set your professional direction for the upcoming year.

Taking the time to read just one of these books may bring you new insights, a moment to laugh, or inspiration to try new techniques and interventions with your patients.

1. What I Wish I Knew about Nursing: Real Advice from Real Nurses on How to Deeply Care for Patients While Still Caring for Yourself by Allie Wilson and Marty Wilson (November 28, 2013)

Any nurse will probably tell you that the nursing profession has thrown them some curveballs. While there is no way to prepare for every situation, British nurse-turned-author Allie Wilson gathered real-life stories from nurses around the world for compilation in this heartwarming and comical book. As a $2.99 e-book download from Amazon, this easy-reading text brings encouragement and inspiration that even a busy nurse will have time to read.

2. Care Coordination: The Game Changer – How Nursing Is Revolutionizing Quality Care edited by Gerrie Lamb, PhD, RN, FAAN (December 1, 2013)

Exploring the benefit and necessity of quality care coordination and how the Affordable Care Act will influence its use, editor Gerri Lamb, PhD, RN, FAAN, and a team of more than 20 contributors from the nation’s leading health systems and academic institutions weigh in on the issue. Focusing on the nurse’s role in care coordination, this text offers insights and case studies plus full-circle analysis of issues that include the nurse’s role, effective models for implementation, quality and safety issues, health IT, and more.

3. I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse, edited by Lee Gutkind (April 9, 2013)

In this book, nurses provide their own narratives of the many nursing firsts — first sticks, first births, and first deaths — and they offer honest perspectives on what keeps them coming back for more. Their candid stories reflect the joys and struggles of nursing and tackle burnout, bureaucracy, and what it takes to care for others with empathy and professionalism.

4. Operation Flight Nurse: Real-Life Medical Emergencies by David Kaniecki (July 24, 2013)

The rush of adrenaline isn’t the only driving force that pushed acute care nurse practitioner and author David M. Kaniecki to write this personal reflection of life-flight nursing. Using examples from his own time as a member of the Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Transport Team, Kaniecki connects each situation to a unique teaching moment. Designed for readers with or without a medical background, the book takes the time to explain the medical conditions and diseases associated with each story.

5. Research for Advanced Practice Nurses, Second Edition: From Evidence to Practice by Magdalena Mateo, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Marquis Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN (October 28, 2013)

Advanced practice nursing emphasizes the application of evidence-based approaches and analysis. In this second edition, authors and nursing research educators Magdalena Mateo, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Marquis Foreman, PhD, RN, FAAN, provide nurses with the tools needed to properly analyze and interpret research data for safe implementation in their own patient-care environment. The book is designed for use by graduate students, administrators, and managers. Research for Advanced Practice Nurses comes with an interactive PDF that offers reusable templates, and the e-book version provides question-and-answer audio/video formats.