Welcome to our list of essential audiobooks for the travel nurse. When you’re not rushing to the aide of a patient, it can be relaxing to lose yourself in a book on your days off. But sometimes you’re post-shift exhaustion makes the thought of reading seem too difficult. Thankfully we now have audiobooks! Listen to your favorite novel while on a nice walk or while cooking a meal. Instead of dreading the drive to work, turn off NPR and consider these travel nurse audiobooks to keep you entertained. We’ve included links to each book on Audible.com so you can start listening today!
I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse
by Lee Gutkind
Travel nurses remember their first “sticks”, first births, and first deaths. The stories in this book reveal many voices from nurses at different stages of their careers: a nurse-in-training longs to be trusted with more “important” procedures, an young ER nurse finds his life and career irrevocably changed by a car accident. A NP wonders whether she has violated professional boundaries in her care for a homeless man with AIDS. What connects these stories is the passion and strength of those who struggle against burnout and bureaucracy to serve their patients with skill, empathy, and strength.
The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital
by Alexandra Robbins
Nursing is more than a career; it’s a calling and one of the most important, fascinating, and dangerous professions in the world. As the frontline responders battling traumas, illnesses, and aggression from surprising sources, nurses are remarkable. The Nurses peers behind the staff-only door to write a fast-paced story of investigative journalism. Robbins followed real-life nurses in four hospitals and interviewed hundreds of others in a captivating audiobook filled with joy and violence, miracles and heartbreak, narrow victories, and unsung heroism.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
by Ken Kesey
This book has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. The novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. It is a frank look at the state of institutional care and a must-read for anyone interested in psychiatric nursing.
If you work with a “Nurse Ratched”, hopefully this book will give you a glimpse into what makes that person ticks.
Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul: Stories to Celebrate, Honor, and Inspire the Nursing Profession
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Nancy Mitchell-Autio, LeAnn Thieman
This collection of true stories champions the daily contributions, commitments, and sacrifices of nurses and portrays the compassion, intellect, and wit necessary to meet the challenging demands of the profession. Stories from student nurses recall why they entered the profession; seasoned nurses reveal why they stay; and stories reflect on the “good old days”. Regardless of age or area of practice, health-care workers the world over will find their own hearts and souls in these stories as they discover the universality of what they do, and the power of their skillful hands and devoted hearts.
by Diana Gabaldron
Mix equal parts historic fiction, adventure, and romance. Add a dash of time travel. Blend with pitch-perfect narration for the former WWII nurse Claire Randall, you’ll understand why Outlander is a favorite among nurses.
In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in an ancient stone ruin and is instantly transported to 1743 Scotland, a place torn by war and raiding border clans. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is she forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser?
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The English Patient
With ravishing beauty and intelligence, this novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip. Each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminates this audiobook like flashes of heat lightening.
Shroud for a Nightingale
by P.D. James
The young women of Nightingale House are there to learn to nurse and comfort the suffering. But a student is horribly killed when she plays patient in a demonstration of nursing skills, she is horribly, brutally killed. Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard must unmask a killer who has decided to prescribe murder as the cure for all ills.
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