Summer Reading for Nurses 2016

If you caught my last blog post, you know that we are voracious readers around here!  I stumbled on this great list of summer reading suggestions for nurses and thought it was worth sharing. It's not that nurses don't like to read the same things the rest of us do...but these books speak to nurses, according to Medscape readers and Medscape Nurses Editorial Advisory Board members. 

They recommended books that affected them profoundly, inspired them as nurses, or changed the way they viewed healthcare or patients. That being said, I think it is definitely worth taking a look at, whether you are a nurse or not!  Here are a few selections from their full list, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Happy Summer!  Happy Reading!

1.  The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, by Anne Fadiman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1997), is a "must-read eye-opener for cultural competency and compassion for those whose cultures are very different from our own." A reader describes the book as "a true story about the culture clash between US healthcare providers and a Hmong family, each of whom wanted the best for a little girl with a seizure disorder but had vastly different ideas on how to accomplish this. The resulting impasse led to tragedy. The lessons of understanding and incorporating a patient's views and cultural mores, where possible, into care are invaluable for nurses and other healthcare professionals."

2.  The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, by Anne Fadiman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1997), is a "must-read eye-opener for cultural competency and compassion for those whose cultures are very different from our own." A reader describes the book as "a true story about the culture clash between US healthcare providers and a Hmong family, each of whom wanted the best for a little girl with a seizure disorder but had vastly different ideas on how to accomplish this. The resulting impasse led to tragedy. The lessons of understanding and incorporating a patient's views and cultural mores, where possible, into care are invaluable for nurses and other healthcare professionals."

3.  Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese (Vintage; 2010), is perfect for readers who seek a novel rather than a memoir or true story. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother's death and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Medscape readers call Cutting for Stone "a wonderful story with great characters" and "the best book I have read in a long time."

4.  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Medscape Nurses Advisory Board member Gail M. Kieckhefer describes The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (Broadway; 2011), as a "fascinating book about the woman whose cells became known as HeLa, the immortal cell line that allowed for such scientific developments as the polio vaccine. Yet, while researchers -- and Americans with access to healthcare -- have benefitted from HeLa's discoveries, Henrietta's family continues to suffer from the inequities of our healthcare system."

5.  The Hospital at the End of the World

According to Medscape Advisory Board member and author Carolyn Buppert, The Hospital at the End of the World, by Joe Niemczura (Plain View Press; 2009), was written by a nurse/faculty member in Hawaii who teaches nursing students and nurses in Nepal during summer breaks. The book is part travelogue, part philosophy, and very entertaining. The author also has a blog where he writes on topics of interest to nurses, such as "How to Succeed at a Summer Nursing Internship."

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-RV

"book image courtesy of Plain View Press