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Top 4 books to read if you're a nurse

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If you’re fresh out of nursing school, the last thing you want to do is read another book. However, putting off those feelings to indulge in just a few more books can prep you mentally and physically for your first days of working at a hospital. Not to mention, reading gives you a fresh perspective on the different people you’ll encounter every day. Whether you’re scouring the shelves for a good read to enjoy on vacation, on your way to work or on the weekends, include one or all of these four books relevant to nurses.

1. “Always Looking Up: The Adventures of An Incurable Optimist” by Michael J. Fox 
In his memoir, Michael J. Fox shares the challenges that he faced once he made an exit from the spotlight to a life where he had to learn how to find enjoyment each day despite living with Parkinson’s disease. His passages are enough to help readers find light in the toughest situations, and it could teach nurses to learn how to appreciate gratitude amidst the chaos that often unfurls over the course of a shift.

2. “Bed Number Ten” by Sue Baier and Mary Zimmerth Schomaker 
This harrowing tale is told from a paralyzed patient’s perspective. In some hospitals around the U.S., this book is required reading material because it teaches an important lesson that can be so easily forgotten in the context of work: Patients are human beings.

3. “Who Moved My Cheese” by Dr. Spencer Johnson 
Although medicine might seem straightforward, you’ll find that the rules often don’t apply to many situations because life is not black and white. Cope with unruly patients, terminal illness and evolving healthcare technology by giving “Who Moved My Cheese” a shot. This self-help book can rid you of fears and anxiety and help you deal with changes to get ahead in your work.

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4. “Your First Year As A Nurse” by Donna Cardillo 
If you’ve just graduated, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed with the road that lies ahead. You may even find that you’re questioning your choice to become a nurse in the first place, which is totally natural, assured Cardillo in her hard-to-put-down book. Pick up a copy of “Your First Year As A Nurse,” for actionable advice that can propel you forward during your first few years in a clinical setting, as it offers advice specifically to new nurses.

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