In the Media: New Books Hit Shelves in Time for Summer

    • June 29, 2012

Summer’s here, and with it the summer reading season. Nurses looking to settle down with a book about their own profession have plenty to choose from in a range of new titles.

Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, PhD (hon.), the godmother of the natural birth movement, published a polemic in 2011 about natural birth and the important role midwives play in labor and delivery. In “Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta,” Gaskin calls for an end to “the hyper-medicalization of birth” and for new partnerships between mothers and midwives.

In “Nursing Ethics in Everyday Practice,” Connie M. Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, probes ethical challenges in real-life settings. In it, Ulrich, an associate professor of bioethics and nursing at the school of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, aims to help staff nurses resolve common ethical dilemmas in everyday practice. It was published this year by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the honor society of nursing.

Ulrich’s book comes on the heels of another book about ethics that was released in 2010. “The Making of Nurse Professionals: A Transformational Ethical Approach,” is a short, philosophical tome about virtue and ethics in the nursing profession. Authors Nancy Crigger, PhD, APRN, NFR-BC, and Nelda Godfrey, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, hope to raise what they argue are slipping standards of professionalism in the field.

Looking for a more utilitarian read? Try “The Nurse’s Grantwriting Advantage: How Grantwriting Can Advance Your Nursing Career,” by Rebecca Bowers-Lanier, EdD, MSN, MPH; “Volunteering at Home and Abroad: The Essential Guide for Nurses,” by Jeanne Leffers, PhD, RN, and Julia Plotnick, MPH, RN, FAAN; or “When Nurses Hurt Nurses: Recognizing and Overcoming the Cycle of Bullying.” All were published within the last two years by STTI.

Also on STTI’s list of new releases is a weighty discussion of the major challenges facing the nursing profession today. In “The Power of Ten,” 30 international nurse leaders identify and explore 10 of the profession’s most pressing issues in a series of essays.

Another new book—“To Err is Common”—falls in the gray area between fact and fiction. In it, author Margot Terrence, BA, RN, writes about a fictional nurse who grapples with real-life medical mistakes. She hopes her book, dubbed a “truvel” and published last November, will raise awareness about an epidemic of medical errors.

In the fiction category, nurse, poet and prizewinning author Mary Jane Nealon, RN, MFA, recounts her early dreams of saving the world, the guilt she felt after leaving her beloved brother when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and the challenges of caring for patients in homeless shelters and AIDS clinics in New York City. Her book, “Beautiful Unbroken: One Nurse’s Life,” was published last year.

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