A Nurse's Story

on Apr 19, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

For some reason I've never really been able to pick up a book and just read. I'd lost interest or think of something else to do that seemed more exciting. Then one day last week, a friend of mine asked me what I enjoy reading the most. I told her my nursing textbooks! I enjoy when I have to study them. They're interesting and I learn something from them that I can apply and often can (at least try) to answer friends' questions about health and illnesses and also things that I can apply to my patients in clinical. That's when it hit me! Maybe what I need to read is a REGULAR book about nursing (so I am less nerdy). It's like getting indirect advice.

So I googled "books for nurses" and came across quite a few great titles. I just finished reading A Nurse's Story: Life, Death and in-Between in an Intensive Care Unit by Tilda Shalof. It's written by an ICU nurse (I want to work in the ICU!) and she wrote down many of her experiences from a student to where she is today. I loved it, couldn't put it down. And I was so encouraged to read that how she felt during nursing school is exactly how I feel now! The night before a clinical day, you wake up every hour on the hour. Terrified of sleeping past your alarm - which is very likely because you were up until 12:30 doing patient research. You eventually force yourself to get up 5 minutes before the alarm is to go off, probably right around 5:30am. Still terrified of the day to come. So much to learn and to prove. But yet you know there's a patient who needs you that day and your sense of compassion and dedication overrides the terror.

This book is great for nursing students, nurses, and those who would like to see what a day in scrubs is like.

What is it you like to read? Novels, biographies? Please share!

6 Replies

I wish I could read more! on Apr 20, 2011 @ 02:42 pm

I get so busy with life and school that I often go month without reading a book just for the enjoyment of reading. When I do get a chance I often choose really simple trashy romance novels or anything a friend recommends. I find that my taste in books is often the same as my taste in movies - if it's cheesy and easy I love it and if it's been raved about by critics I don't care for them.

Last summer I did start my goal of reading the "classics". I read Catcher In the Rye and absolutely loved it! I'm going to try and read more this summer.

Tess of the d'Urbervilles on Apr 20, 2011 @ 02:52 pm

If you're reading classics then I definitely recommend Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. It can be a little bit of a challenging read with all the symbolism, etc (so you could try just doing a little bit at a time) but it is classic literature and absolutely a tragedy. I read it in high school and read the whole book in about a week (it's quite a big book!). It's heartbreaking but amazing! One of my favorites.

Classics on Apr 20, 2011 @ 03:49 pm

Yes, Tess is a great book! I'm also a big Jane Austen reader and love Margaret Atwood. Atwood's Handmaid's Tale is a good starting point; the rest are much heavier and better for established fans. Jane Eyre is another favourite for romance meets creepy!

Mostly non-fiction but I love a good story..... on Apr 20, 2011 @ 08:19 pm

I love information so I tend to read non-fiction books-non fiction in my world means anything not located in the fiction section of the bookstore. I read tons of books, so much so that my husband cut me off from the bookstores and I now have a Kindle.

However, I love a good story so if there is a book that is well written I will go for it!

Wish I have more time on May 31, 2011 @ 05:09 pm

I love to read so much but with school and work it is really hard. I don't actually have a specific genre of books that I like to read. I like the book if it is good. I do think that I am not into autobiography. Idk why but the ones that I have gotten I never finished reading them. Maybe it was just bad judgement. Other than autobiographies, I love all genres of books.

my first love on May 31, 2011 @ 06:30 pm

My absolute first love is books. I read all the time, and never have trouble finding time to read. As I walk around in the office I read, when I go to the bathroom I read, I read before going to bed, when I wake up in the middle of the night and if I wake up too early in the morning. Oh and I love to read while I eat, if I'm eating alone.

My favourite reads are romance novels and chicklits, but I'm open to any good writing.

@beachbabe, Tess of D'U is an awesome read!!
@mamaluv, Jane Austen & Margaret Atwood are also great writers.

My favourite of all romances is Withering Heights *sigh*

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