50 Nursing Books Every Nurse Should Read - Nursing School Hub (2024)

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What’s One Book Every Nurse Should Read? 1. Nursing Care Plans: Diagnoses, Interventions, and Outcomes, 7th edition by Meg Gulanick and Judith L. Meyers 2. Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir by Carol Karels 3. 2009 Lippincott’s Nursing Drug Guide by Amy M. Karch 4. Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness by Anne Waugh 5. The Everything New Nurse Book by Kathy Quan 6. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande 7. The Comfort Garden, Tales from the Trauma Unit by Laurie Barkin 8. Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All At Risk by Sandy Summers 9. Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A Guide to Planning Care by Betty J. Ackley and Gail B. Ladwig 10. Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse by Echo Heron 11. Cardiac Surgery Essentials for Critical Care Nursing by Sonya R. Hardin 12. Think Twice! More Lessons from the ER by Brady Pregerson 13. When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming the Cycle of Bullying by Cheryl Dellasega 14. The Nurse’s Communication Advantage by Kathleen Pagana 15. Rnotes: Nurse’s Clinical Pocket Guide by Ehren Myers 16. Health Assessment & Physical Examination by Mary Ellen Zator Estes 17. Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary edited by Donald Venes, Clayton L. Thomas, and Clarence Wilbur Taber 18. How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman 19. Your 1st Year as a Nurse by Donna Cardillo 20. Bedlam Among the Bedpans: Humor in Nursing by Amy Y. Young 21. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson 22. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch 23. Journal of Nursing Administration by Lisa Burkhart 24. Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care, Single Volume by Priscilla (LeMone) Koeplin 25. Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends, and Management by Barbara Cherry 26. Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice by Connie M. Ulrich 27. Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgement in Nursing: A Practical Approach by Rosalinda Alfaro-Lefevre 28. Too Busy For Your Own Good: Get More Done in Less Time With Even More Energy by Connie Merritt 29. How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Your Life as a Nurse by Kelli S. Dunham and Staci J. Smith 30. How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer, and Healthier by Jan Garavaglia 31. Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business by Michael Gurian 32. A Paramedic’s Diary: Life and Death on the Streets by Stuart Gray 33. Confessions of a Trauma Junkie by Sherry Jones 34. Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER by Paul Austin 35. The Nurse Manager’s Guide to Budgeting & Finance by Al Rundio 36. The Nurse’s Social Media Advantage by Robert Fraser 37. Helping Children Overcome Fear in a Medical Setting by Rob Luka 38. A Daybook for Critical Care Nurses by Ellen Gallen Bademan 39. Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide by Carolyn Buppert 40. Curriculum Development in Nursing Education by Carroll Iwasiw 41. Inspired Nurse by Rich Bluni 42. A Complaint Free World by Will Bowen 43. Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses Working with disAbilities by Donna Maheady 44. Conspiracies of Kindness: The Craft of Compassion at the Bedside of the Ill by Michael Ortiz 45. Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses by Cynthia Saver 46. The Last Adventure of Life: Sacred Resources for Living and Dying from a Hospice Counselor by Maria Dancing Heart 47. Notes on Nursing by Florence Nightingale 48. My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira 49. Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman 50. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot FAQs References
50 Nursing Books Every Nurse Should Read - Nursing School Hub (1)

The best nursing books every nurse should read include inspirational books for nurses, nursing books for beginners, experienced nurses, and also popular books. In the field of nursing, as in most professions, it is incredibly important to stay current on industry information. From critical care to professional development, it is important to read frequently. However, there is so much information available that narrowing down which books are best to read or use for reference can be a rather daunting task.

What’s One Book Every Nurse Should Read?

We couldn’t pick just one, so we’ve listed fifty for you! Start with one of these top 50 books that every nurse should read. And, we’re sure you’ll find more than one you want to check out. The list is given in no particular order, as each book provides its own unique benefit. It was compiled mainly by speaking with nurses and consulting reviews of nurses who have actually read and utilized the books in their careers.

1. Nursing Care Plans: Diagnoses, Interventions, and Outcomes, 7th edition

by Meg Gulanick and Judith L. Meyers

This book provides nurses with over 200 care plans that are designed to treat the most common ailments nurses encounter. It is technical enough for nurses to be able to provide adequate care but is also easy to follow and has a very reader-friendly format, which is unique to most care plan books. It even comes with an online companion. The seventh edition comes with 11 new conditions for which care plans are included, such as Fibromyalgia Solid Organ Transplant, and Cystic Fibrosis.

2. Cooked: An Inner City Nursing Memoir

by Carol Karels

This non-fiction memoir tells the story of a young nurse who worked at a west-side Chicago hospital during a time when drug use was rampant. She tells about her experience with stress and triumph and offers a very interesting look into nursing to which all nurses can relate.

3. 2009 Lippincott’s Nursing Drug Guide

by Amy M. Karch

An excellent resource for the various drugs commonly used by nurses, this book offers a wealth of information to nurses that is still relevant.

4. Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness

by Anne Waugh

This is an interesting and thorough book explaining the anatomy and physiology of the human body, in a traditional sense, and which explains what the body is going through and doing when various illnesses occur. This can provide nurses with a clear understanding of what “breaks”, so to speak, so that fixing it is more simply and easily addressed.

5. The Everything New Nurse Book

by Kathy Quan

This is an excellent resource for new nurses, explaining the typical situations that new nurses encounter and how to handle them.

6. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science

by Atul Gawande

The author recounts actual experiences he has had as a surgeon and comments on the abilities and limitations of the field, offering a very balanced view of the profession.

7. The Comfort Garden, Tales from the Trauma Unit

by Laurie Barkin

Outlining the need for psychiatric support for caregivers routinely exposed to traumatic events, this beautifully touching and informative book uses real-life events from a nurse who worked as a psychiatric nurse for five years in a surgical and trauma ward.

8. Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All At Risk

by Sandy Summers

This is a current and very much needed account of how the unrealistic portrayal of nurses on TV shows, movies, and in the media, in general, can significantly impact how patients see nurses. She outlines how nurses are usually portrayed as pill-givers and supply-gatherers instead of actual medical professionals with a wealth of knowledge, and how this image of nurses, however unintentionally, can inhibit the trust patients have in their nurses. The book also outlines suggestions for improving this image.

9. Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: A Guide to Planning Care

by Betty J. Ackley and Gail B. Ladwig

Another great care planning book, this handbook is a resource every nurse should own and keep on hand for planning the treatments they will be carrying out for their patients. It covers a wide range of illnesses and situations in which careful planning is extremely crucial and walks the nurse through how to develop and carry out these plans. Instead of simply offering pre-written care plans, it helps nurses through the process of how to write their own care plans so that they are equipped to do so to suit nearly any situation.

10. Intensive Care: The Story of a Nurse

by Echo Heron

This book was originally published in the 1980s but still holds amazing relevance for nurses today. Through her description of both her experiences as a nurse and her reflections on the work she did, she still helps nurses today, particularly those working in emergency rooms and other critical care environments.

11. Cardiac Surgery Essentials for Critical Care Nursing

by Sonya R. Hardin

This book is absolutely essential for nurses who are working in cardiac critical care. It is a guide to patients’ first days and weeks after cardiac surgery and is critical for nurses who are caring for those who have just undergone such an operation.

12. Think Twice! More Lessons from the ER

by Brady Pregerson

Although it is certainly a humorous account at times, these stories, told in a conversational manner, do offer nurses an insight into the ER and critical care and are easy to read.

13. When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming the Cycle of Bullying

by Cheryl Dellasega

This book offers a much-needed discussion of the conflicts that can sometimes arise between nurses when working in close quarters for long hours begins to take its toll. Nurse bullying can be a problem, but knowing how to spot it before it gets out of hand and knowing how to handle confrontational situations provides nurses with the necessary steps to diffuse such situations.

14. The Nurse’s Communication Advantage

by Kathleen Pagana

Nurses work long hours with a large variety of people. From different personalities of patients to doctors and other professionals, nurses must communicate with a wide array of people and in varied situations. This is a succinct and helpful guide designed to help nurses effectively communicate in these situations and with these people so their jobs are a bit easier and everyone is accurately informed, ensuring the efficiency of everyone’s job.

15. Rnotes: Nurse’s Clinical Pocket Guide

by Ehren Myers

This great guide is, as the name implies, small enough to fit in your pocket and contains valuable information pertaining to the most basic and common pieces of information you’ll need during your days, such as coagulation formulas and conversions. It is truly a must-have for all nurses.

16. Health Assessment & Physical Examination

by Mary Ellen Zator Estes

This comprehensive guide illustrated with color photos offers nursing students a practical description of basic health assessments that nurses must perform. It includes such information as clinical examination techniques, patient instruction guidelines, and developmental assessment and focuses on the patient as an entire human being, both physical and psychosocial, for the best approach.

17. Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

edited by Donald Venes, Clayton L. Thomas, and Clarence Wilbur Taber

This comprehensive dictionary is a wonderful resource for any nurse and is also helpful for the nursing student, as well. It also includes full-color illustrations, tables, charts, and other references that are helpful to the nurse and nursing student, and it also comes in a thumb-indexed version, making it extremely easy to find the information you’re looking for.

18. How Doctors Think

by Jerome Groopman

While not directly related to nurses, this book gives an in-depth look into life from a doctor’s perspective. Since nurses work closely with doctors, it is valuable information and can help nurses better understand the doctors they work with and better equip them to be of assistance.

19. Your 1st Year as a Nurse

by Donna Cardillo

Nursing is an extremely rewarding profession, but it can be grueling, as well. This book is a great guide by a nurse for nurses on how to survive their first year. This book has become like a best friend to many first-year nurses, guiding them not only on the how-to’s associated with the first year but also providing encouragement for the rough days.

20. Bedlam Among the Bedpans: Humor in Nursing

by Amy Y. Young

If you’re ever having a rough day as a nurse, this book will make you laugh and help you appreciate the humor in the human condition.

21. Who Moved My Cheese?

by Spencer Johnson

Written by a doctor, and carrying a fair amount of humor, this book is very informative and discusses the four basic personality types when it comes to how people deal with change. Nurses have to deal with change on a daily basis, and this book can be an excellent tool to equip you not only to deal with change but to discover what personality type you are and how you can coexist with other personality types, as well.

22. The Last Lecture

by Randy Pausch

If you’ve ever felt the weight of obstacles on the way to achieving your goal, this book will inspire you to jump right over them in a heartbeat. Written by a man who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the book is filled with excerpts from the last lecture he gave at the college for which he taught. The lecture was all about achieving your dreams, and the author certainly lived out that determination in the last years of his life.

23. Journal of Nursing Administration

by Lisa Burkhart

This authoritative journal is the leading resource for academic writing in the field of nursing, providing up-to-date information and new research.

24. Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care, Single Volume

by Priscilla (LeMone) Koeplin

Utilizing many case studies and informative information this book clearly outlines the importance of decision-making in the field of nursing and how to apply critical thinking skills to arrive at the best possible solutions and conclusions.

25. Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends, and Management

by Barbara Cherry

In the ever-changing world of nursing, this book provides a relevant and current look at the issues and trends facing nurses today and suggests ways to address them.

26. Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice

by Connie M. Ulrich

While the physical and medical aspect of a nurse’s job is the most commonly recognized aspect, the ethical side of nursing is also incredibly important. Aimed specifically at those nurses who serve in surgical, outpatient, and hospital settings, this ethical guide to the nursing profession is a must-read for every nurse.

27. Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, and Clinical Judgement in Nursing: A Practical Approach

by Rosalinda Alfaro-Lefevre

Another excellent guide to the importance of critical thinking and reasoning in the nursing profession, this guide should be consulted by every nurse. Not only does it outline the importance of critical reasoning and thinking but it provides practical tips for the implication of such thought, which helps nurses to make the best possible decisions in a variety of circ*mstances.

28. Too Busy For Your Own Good: Get More Done in Less Time With Even More Energy

by Connie Merritt

The author speaks from experience in the area of letting life take over. She was on top of the world, doing everything for everyone, and then one day found herself hospitalized with a panic attack. She realized something had to change, and she learned valuable lessons in prioritizing so that life is less busy, and in this book, she passes that wisdom on to others. For nurses, who spend long hours working and have many different stressors on their plate, this book offers essential advice.

29. How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Your Life as a Nurse

by Kelli S. Dunham and Staci J. Smith

Kelli and Staci both have many credentials as a nurse, Kelli being an RN and BSN and Staci being an RN-C, and together they provide a light-hearted but also very instructive guide on how to manage stress, finances, difficult patients and people, and other aspects of nursing life so that you can enjoy your life and your job.

30. How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer, and Healthier

by Jan Garavaglia

Known simply as “Dr. G” on TV, Jan Garavaglia gives some interesting tips on how people can stay healthier longer and prevent an early demise. Although this book is aimed at the general public, nurses can still learn a lot from it, gain advice for passing on to patients, and simply enjoy the book as a fellow medical professional.

31. Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business

by Michael Gurian

By utilizing the knowledge science has on male and female brain differences and creating practical implications of that knowledge for every area of business life, Michael Gurian offers readers a unique insight into how gender science can open doors of opportunity for both sexes. This knowledge can be applied directly to a medical setting, as well, so it is a suitable suggestion for nurses.

32. A Paramedic’s Diary: Life and Death on the Streets

by Stuart Gray

While most specifically helpful for nurses who work in emergency care, this account of the lessons learned by one paramedic is of much use to medical professionals across the board. It offers a great insight into what patients and paramedics experience and is very useful for nurses who not only work in an emergency capacity but who treat patients of trauma at a later date, as the effect the trauma originally has is better remembered and described by the paramedic than the patient, oftentimes. This first-hand account is a valuable tool for all nurses.

33. Confessions of a Trauma Junkie

by Sherry Jones

There is hardly an emergency or critical care situation that Sherry has not worked in as a nurse. From the emergency room to Hurricane Katrina, she has put her nursing skills to work saving countless lives. In this book, she discusses traumatic situations and critical care from the patient’s and nurse’s point of view and offers an honest look into the life of a critical care nurse. Even for nurses who do not specialize in critical care, this book is a great read.

34. Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER

by Paul Austin

While the author’s experience working in the field of nursing may have made him somewhat of a cynic, this book still offers a unique and interesting perspective into the life of a critical care nurse and is a beneficial read for nurses in all specializations.

35. The Nurse Manager’s Guide to Budgeting & Finance

by Al Rundio

While the main point of this book is to provide nursing managers with essential information on the budgeting and financial management skills required to run a nursing unit, it is a beneficial read for all nurses, particularly if you hope to achieve a management position at some point during your career.

36. The Nurse’s Social Media Advantage

by Robert Fraser

An incredibly relevant and current discourse, this book provides insight into the ways in which nurses can use social media to their advantage. Since social media has infiltrated nearly every profession, and nursing is not exempt, it is not only an interesting read but an instructive guide on utilizing this technological tool to your advantage throughout your nursing career for a variety of purposes.

37. Helping Children Overcome Fear in a Medical Setting

by Rob Luka

Written by an RN, this is a wonderful tool for nurses, particularly those with a pediatric specialization. Children are often fearful of medical environments, scary procedures, and big technical equipment, and even simple procedures can become quite an ordeal. Learning how to calm a child and help them to overcome their fear not only expedites the entire process for everyone involved but provides children with the comfort they need and helps them better deal with frightening situations. This book is a great read for every nurse.

38. A Daybook for Critical Care Nurses

by Ellen Gallen Bademan

Written by an RN and BSN, this critical care book is unique in that it not only provides guidance for the critical care nurse but daily inspiration and journal space, as well, which is incredibly beneficial to nurses.

39. Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide

by Carolyn Buppert

While written specifically for nurse practitioners, understanding the business and legal side of nursing, in general, is helpful for nurses, as well. While nurse practitioners will experience the most applicable benefits from the book, nurses can also gain valuable insight by reading it.

40. Curriculum Development in Nursing Education

by Carroll Iwasiw

This book is specifically aimed at the nursing educator who is faced with the task of developing an interesting, informative, relevant, and current nursing curriculum. While it is helpful for all nurses to read in some way or another, it is most specifically helpful for those in an educational position and offers excellent tips on creating the best curriculum possible.

41. Inspired Nurse

by Rich Bluni

As an RN, Rich knows how wonderful the job of nursing can be and also how stressful it can become. Sometimes nurses face burnout, or perhaps just a very difficult day, and it can be difficult to feel that fire and passion for nursing that was once there. This book was written to remind nurses of why they first began their career, help them to feel that inspiration once more, and provide just enough fire to overcome burnout and nurses back on their feet. This is an excellent book that every nurse should keep on his or her bookshelf.

42. A Complaint Free World

by Will Bowen

Will Bowen, a Kansas City preacher, explains why he thinks that if everyone focused only on the positive things in their lives, there would be a world free from complaints. While clearly neither the author nor anyone else expects that the world will literally be free of complaints someday, the book provides a much-needed focus on positivity. This is a great inspirational book for nurses and can be of great help in focusing on the positive aspects of every day.

43. Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses Working with disAbilities

by Donna Maheady

This book is directed both at nurses who work with disabilities and those who have disabilities, as well. It is inspiring and makes the point that disabilities may exist but it doesn’t mean you can’t achieve your dreams. This is an exceptional book with an inspirational message and is a great read.

44. Conspiracies of Kindness: The Craft of Compassion at the Bedside of the Ill

by Michael Ortiz

While nursing is a very clinical and analytical job, the human touch cannot be neglected, either, particularly when dealing with very ill patients. In this book, the author argues that compassion is not something you either have or don’t but rather it is a skill you can teach yourself and an art form with which you must become intimately familiar in order to be the most effective nurse possible. This is a wonderful book that is recommended by many nurses in all specializations.

45. Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses

by Cynthia Saver

Widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive and helpful books on writing for nurses, this book takes you from writing ideas all the way through publishing for a variety of mediums, such as academic journals or book publications. The author and 15 of the most recognized names in nurse writing offer highly valuable information for those nurses who hope to become published authors.

46. The Last Adventure of Life: Sacred Resources for Living and Dying from a Hospice Counselor

by Maria Dancing Heart

From her many years as a Hospice counselor comes Maria’s elegant and beautiful outlook on death, seeing it not as a scary and fearful thing but as life’s last adventure. Through her writing, she hopes to teach others how to deal with death and how to see it as a peaceful transition rather than a terrifying destination. Since nurses will inevitably have to deal with death during the course of their careers and since it is important to know how to teach patients to deal with death, this book should absolutely be on the bookshelf of every nurse.

47. Notes on Nursing

by Florence Nightingale

Even though this book was penned, literally, by Florence Nightingale in 1859, it is still highly relevant to the career of every nurse today and deserves a place at the top of every nurse’s reading list.

48. My Name is Mary Sutter

by Robin Oliveira

Although this is a work of fiction, it is still highly relevant to and enjoyable for every nurse. The brave story of a woman who struggled to overcome gender discrimination and make a name for herself as a nurse. It is a story of strength, conviction, and determination, and is highly inspiring for nurses especially. While Mary Sutter is not a real person, her story is similar to many historical accounts of women who became nurses and tended to Civil War soldiers, so it is grounded in enough fact to make it relevant.

49. Way of the Peaceful Warrior

by Dan Millman

Though Dan is a New Age writer and has a unique set of spiritual beliefs, the lessons he learned while trying to find his identity in life are still applicable, regardless of your religious or spiritual affiliation, even if that means no affiliation at all. The universal lessons he shares are thought-provoking and inspiring for everyone and nurses can gain a lot of wisdom from his thoughts and conclusions about life.

50. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot

Though Henrietta Lacks was not famous while she was alive, her cells have made her nearly immortal. In the 1950s, Henrietta’s cells were taken without her consent while she was undergoing medical treatment and since then have become the subject of over 60,000 research studies. This story is the story of a patient but it has vast implications for those in the field of nursing and is an incredible read.

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50 Nursing Books Every Nurse Should Read - Nursing School Hub (2024)

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50 Nursing Books Every Nurse Should Read - Nursing School Hub? ›

Notes on Nursing: What it Is, and What it Is Not (Florence Nightingale) Florence Nightingale is credited with inventing modern nursing, training nurses as healthcare professionals, proving the importance of sanitation and fresh air, and advocating for nursing as a vital profession.

What book should I read as a nurse? ›

Notes on Nursing: What it Is, and What it Is Not (Florence Nightingale) Florence Nightingale is credited with inventing modern nursing, training nurses as healthcare professionals, proving the importance of sanitation and fresh air, and advocating for nursing as a vital profession.

What books do you need for nursing school? ›

Required Textbooks - Entry Level BSN
  • Advancing your career : concepts of professional nursing by Rose Kearney-Nunnery. ...
  • Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease by Deborah Roiger; Nia Bullock. ...
  • Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements by American Nurses Association Staff.
Sep 6, 2023

How many hours a day should a nurse study? ›

How many hours a day should I study for nursing school? Everyone is different, but in general, it is recommended that nursing school students study anywhere from 2-4 hours a day. Committing class material to memory is essential to becoming a registered nurse, so the more time studying, the better!

What is the first book in nursing? ›

One of these books, “notes on nursing” was published in 1860 that is the first book in nursing education. She insisted on the importance of building trusting relationships with patients (6). Nightingale believed that nurses' presence with a client is a key stone for making a professional communication.

What is the hardest nursing class to take? ›

Pharmacology, Microbiology, and Anatomy & Physiology each have a well-earned reputation for being difficult to pass. Some students may find Cardiology, Chemistry, or even Mental Health especially trying.

What is the hardest thing to learn as a nurse? ›

Hardest Nursing School Classes
  • Pathophysiology. In this course, students learn how different anatomical systems work and how diseases or injuries affect these systems. ...
  • Pharmacology. ...
  • Medical Surgical 1 (also known as Adult Health 1) ...
  • Evidence-Based Practice.

Do you have to read a lot in nursing school? ›

Nursing school requires a lot of reading, but if you try to retain everything on your first pass, you are just going to be frustrated. Before you read a chapter, skim the material first.

What school subject is most important for a nurse? ›

Minimum Requirements to Become a Nurse
  • Biology.
  • Chemistry.
  • Physics.
  • Applied Science.
  • Health and Social Care.
  • Psychology.
  • Sociology.
  • Physical Education.
Dec 23, 2021

How do I academically prepare for nursing school? ›

Finding your most effective study methods is key

But if you need some study tips, here are a few scientifically proven ways to study better in nursing school: Time-blocking – plan your coursework hours in a calendar. Chunking – break up your course materials into smaller sections or study guides.

How many hours do nursing students sleep? ›

Nursing (RNs)

On average, students in nursing school get 5.69 hours per night. That's probably because they're busy studying enough to get through their four-year degree program for a Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN), an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or a relevant diploma from an approved program.

Why do nurses work 12 hours? ›

Back in the 1970s, hospitals began scheduling nurses for 12 hour shifts. Back then, the nurses preferred working fewer days per week, but still wanted to maintain full-time status. Hospitals also found that 12 hour nursing shifts made scheduling easier for their staff because they can schedule fewer nurses per shift.

How to survive nursing school while working? ›

Here are five tips for being a successful nursing student while working a full-time or part-time job:
  1. Review your priorities. ...
  2. Consider a part-time school or work commitment. ...
  3. Have a support system. ...
  4. Design a schedule and routine. ...
  5. Consider your well-being.
Jul 30, 2023

Is the first year of nursing the hardest? ›

If you become a nurse, your first year on the job is often the hardest. Being in a new environment, suddenly having to use new skills, and the new responsibility of being a nurse hit you all at once. It can be overwhelming. This is how to survive the first (and maybe hardest) year of being a nurse.

Is nursing 1 hard? ›

You're headed for a great career, one that's rewarding, challenging, and always exciting. But nursing school is notoriously difficult. Most nursing programs require high GPAs and impressive scores in math, chemistry, biology, psychology, and other demanding subjects. It's also extremely fulfilling.

What are the four fundamentals of nursing? ›

Nursing has four basic concepts, called metaparadigms. You can call this conceptual framework of nursing theories in general since a metaparadigm consists of a group of related concepts. The four metaparadigms of nursing are person or client, environment, health, and nursing.

What is the number one rule in nursing? ›

Be yourself.” “It may not sound specific to nursing, but it's important,” she explains. Her next tip: “Do the best job that you can—all the time—and not just when people are watching.” Finally, “Treat your patients like you would want to be treated.” Mindy approaches every patient with this golden rule.

Does nursing require a lot of reading? ›

As we've already established, nursing school requires lots of memorization, client care, reading, and practical skills.

What subjects are best for nursing? ›

Education & Training for a Nurse - Registered

Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, physics and chemistry are normally required. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

How do I know I will be a good nurse? ›

Compassion and empathy

Nurses may not always agree with their patients' life decisions, but they must be able to put aside any perceived differences and provide the best care they possibly can. Non-judgmental compassion for every patient is one of the essential characteristics of successful nurses.

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