Starting a book club on your nursing unit will open the lines of communication, shed light on some of the issues you face in the workplace and even boost camaraderie. Better yet, invite some of your co-worker docs along to help nurture those relationships and promote a greater degree of teamwork.
These five picks are a good place to start when choosing your very first book club read. Or if you already have a book club, one of these might be a refreshing change from the kinds of books you’ve been reading.
5 Nurse Book Club Reads
1. “Critical Conversations, Scripts and Techniques for Effective Interprofessional & Patient Communication”
By Cheri Clancy, MSN, MS, RN, NE-BC
There is no better way to change the workplace culture than to read a book like this one together. Coming together to discuss chapters, practice the techniques, and raise collective awareness can make your work environment happier and healthier than you ever thought possible.
2. “Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators”
By Donald McCown, Diane Reibel and Mark S. Micozzi
Mindfulness has garnered positive attention in Western Medicine by leaps and bounds over the last decade. Incorporating mindfulness into your work life can incite powerful change, both personally and professionally. This book holds information for practitioners and teachers of mindfulness-based interventions.
3. “Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: Real-Life Success Stories”
By Bernadette M. Melnyk and Ellen L. Fineout-Overholt
Every nurse has the potential to influence nursing practice. But without examples that illustrate how, it might seem impossible. “Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: Real-Life Success Stories” will inspire you and your co-workers to incorporate EBP into a daily routine and make the changes you want to see.
4. “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down”
By Anne Fadiman
This tells a compelling story of a Hmong family living in the United States and their daughter Lia, who was diagnosed with epilepsy. It is a rich illustration of culture clash, where both the loving parents and the well-intentioned medical community wanted what was best for her, but each party was universes apart.
5. “Voice for the Mad: The Life of Dorothea Dix”
By David L. Gollaher
A nursing pioneer, Dorothea Dix was an influential figure in the reform of mental healthcare. Although she never received accolades like that of Florence Nightingale or Clara Barton, the story of her advocacy deserves attention.