Book Club

Welcome to Book Club

Thank you for joining us in the Book Club!

Here we offer a selection of books suggested by students, new graduates and new graduate supporters! We hope that when you find some time to sit down for a good read, you have a selection of nursing related literature from us! If you have read an awesome book that isn't listed here, we would love to hear about it!

We will be adding new books each month and for select books, we will be sharing author interviews in our ‘Featured Book’ section. Have a listen!

Featured Book

Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers

"Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers" by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English was first published in 1973 followed by this second edition in 2010. This historical expose explores the oppression of women healers and how medical practice has since evolved. Ehrenreich and English delve into modern attitudes toward childbirth, alternative medicine, and the resurgence of interest in witchcraft, linking these trends to the long-standing struggle for control over healthcare by male-dominated institutions. The authors argue that this struggle is deeply entwined with broader socio-political dynamics, including class politics and economic motivations. This historical enmeshment led to the persecution of women healers in favor of a male-dominated medical authority.

Despite its tenure, this book remains relevant to current healthcare debates as it provides an historical lens to understanding nursing’s evolution; our history is crucial in understanding the struggles which have shaped modern nursing and appreciating nursing’s journey toward professionalization and autonomy. Finally, this historical accounting encourages reflection on the profession’s ongoing commitment to comprehensive healthcare and nursing’s value of diverse healing practices. This book offers nurses a sense of empowerment in advocating for changes which honor the profession's legacy and ultimately promote gender equity within healthcare.

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