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The perfect summer read for nurses?


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Already blew through your summer reading list? You’ll love this sweet book that’s full of both inspirational and hilarious moments…perfect summer reading!

Nurse Sue Heacock has more than 12 years of experience in research, pediatrics and occupational health. In 2008, Heacock finally fulfilled her lifelong dream of publishing a book, Inspiring the Inspirational: Words of Hope from Nurses to Nurses.

This compilation is chock-full of inspirational stories for and by nurses. Though you certainly don’t have to be a nurse to enjoy the book, nurses will, of course, get a special meaning from it.

The book has everything you’d expect from a nurse putting pen to paper–hilarious and heartwarming stories that are both unbelievable and yet totally believable if you’ve ever worked in a hospital. From school nurses’ humorous adventures to poignant tales from the emergency room and intensive care, these accounts of real world nursing will touch any reader.

Here’s an excerpt from the book that the author shared online. You can read another excerpt here.

Night Terror

Years ago, while still in nursing school, I worked the overnight shift at a nursing home. More often than not I was the only Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for the 50 residents in one wing of the facility. Some nights I was the only CNA for all 150 residents. As you can imagine, I spent the entire night going from soiled bed to soiled bed, changing sheets, and changing and re-positioning patients.

One of the women living there had night terrors. She was never able to name that which she feared, but woke every few hours screaming in panic. Her confusion and fear touched my heart as I tried to imagine experiencing her quality of life. I immediately discovered that she would calm down and return to sleep if I spent 10-15 minutes talking to her. Soon thereafter, I discovered that if I came to work 20 minutes before my shift started, held her hand, and talked with her she slept peacefully the entire night through. 20 minutes a day, five days a week out of the life of a student nurse was a small price to pay for her peace of mind.

— JT Hayes, RN, PHN in Palm Springs, California

Have you read any nursing books lately that you loved? Tell us about them in the comments!


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