Whether it’s the connections we get to make with patients or the joy of seeing someone recover with our help, nursing comes with many rewards that keep us coming back each day. However, working in healthcare can be emotionally, mentally, and physically draining. So, what do we do when we need to be inspired? We take some time for self-care and curl up with a good book. 

If you’re looking for a good read, check out this list of some fun, inspiring, and meaningful books about nursing:

#1 The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Although this book isn’t solely focused on the healthcare field, The Power of Moments delves into some of the “why” and the “what if” of the human experience. In learning about elevation, insight, pride, and connection, we can gain a deeper awareness of the richness of experience, which can ultimately help us find greater fulfillment in patient care.

#2 I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse by Lee Gutkind

Be inspired and validated with this collection of stories compiled by Lee Gutkind. Hear stories of heartbreak, disappointment, hope, and victory straight from the mouths of nurses on the front lines of patient care. You may just find yourself in the stories of those who have lived through frustration and great reward as they served their patients.

#3 Nurse: The Art of Caring by Carolyn Jourdan

Dig into another collection of narratives told by over 60 nurses from World War II to today. Connect with voices of courage, gain wisdom, and find assurance in the stories of those who have given their all to help others. When you’re feeling burnout and struggling to find the motivation to press forward, these voices will urge you to stay in the fight. 

#4 The Rebel Nurse Handbook: Inspirational Stories by Shift Disruptors

Are you an outside-the-box thinker? An often-squelched voice amidst a sea of routine followers? If so, this is the book for you. Made up of inspirational stories from trailblazers, this handbook shows you how those bent on innovation have shaped the healthcare industry. It may not have been easy, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth doing. 


Want to learn more about a career in healthcare? Ask your local Express Healthcare Professionals recruiters for more information.