"The Innovation Handbook: A Nurse Leader’s Guide to Transforming Nursing" by Dr. Bonnie Clipper is an urgent call for change - this practical guide provides insights and strategies for nurse leaders and direct care nurses to drive innovation in nursing practice. While acknowledging the challenges in nursing - shortages, workloads, complexity of care, nursing culture - this guide frames our struggles through an economic lens. Dr Clipper proposes that nursing is in chaos, and that transformational change is the solution. By creating a culture of innovation within healthcare organizations, we can leverage technologies to improve patient care and empower nurses to lead change, initiatives which Clipper claims are the contemporary work required of nurses. Digital transformation is critical and can revolutionize nursing practice, workflows, and nursing instruction. This leverage, says Clipper, has the potential to increase health equality. The book emphasizes the importance of nurses embracing and leading innovation to work ‘with’ the evolving healthcare landscape to improve outcomes for both patients and nursing professionals.

This book is a must-read for all nurses at all levels to find inspiration, insight and to become skilled in using innovation to create a more forward-thinking profession.

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Nurses Matter, by Jennifer Thietz, assists nurses to transform the experience of ‘crisis’ in healthcare to one of enhancing their resilience. Providing a review of the current issues facing nurses, this author guides a reframing of these issues, and in doing so, supports nurses to find their inner resilience by working through their feelings of crisis. The book contains an overview of the reasons why nursing can be challenging and how the health care landscape that surrounds the profession contributes to these challenges. Thietz proposes that the work of transformational leadership belongs to all nurses: the knowledge of how to deliver care and the model of nursing care-is within the scope of nursing knowledge. It discusses self-care, and how to improve communication with yourself and others in order to both give and receive care. It also emphasizes the concept of resilience as a skill to be learned and exercised; a skill critical to nursing wellbeing. A conversational-style book, it is an accessible read for those looking to understand why nursing feels particularly challenging, and for those who are looking for an uplifting and realistic call to action.

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A guidebook written by Karen Furr, “The Resilient Nurse” is aimed at helping nurses develop resilience in their personal and professional lives. Furr shares from her own experiences as a pediatric nurse and professional coach, offering practical advice, tools, and strategies for coping with the challenges and stresses of the nursing profession. The book emphasizes the importance of self-care, mindfulness, and maintaining a positive mindset to thrive in the demands of the healthcare environment. It provides insights into building resilience through communication, setting boundaries, and fostering supportive relationships.These offerings are framed by the author’s research and her work with The Resilient Nurse Project, and she suggests 6 different areas of resilience that nurses can strengthen in themselves. Overall, "The Resilient Nurse" serves as a manual for nurses seeking to enhance their well-being and effectiveness in their roles.

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The pressures of reaching out to others in need, or ‘secondary stress,’ is a constant and continuous reality for healthcare professionals. In their book, "Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice (Second Ed.)" authors Dr. Robert J. Wicks and Dr. Gloria Donnelly explore the factors contributing to the emotional and psychological toll on doctors and nurses as a result of the work of caring, including patient care responsibilities, organizational dynamics, and personal stress factors. This book provides practical strategies and techniques for healthcare professionals (clinicians and administrators) to recognize, manage, and mitigate the effects of secondary stress in their professional and personal lives.

Drawing on research and using real-life experiences, this book offers insights into building resilience, fostering self-care practices, establishing healthy boundaries, and seeking support from colleagues and mentors. Overall, "Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice'' articulates the challenges in medical workplaces which are felt but not always understood, and it will have you nodding alongside the authors as they describe why this work can feel so hard. This is an invaluable resource; a practice companion for healthcare professionals seeking to enhance their well-being and effectiveness and to find new or renewed joy in the rewards of this work.

Considering work abroad? Then we recommend you read the experiences of Dr. Maureen Mayhew, who shares a decade of work with Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan. In her book, Hand on my Heart: A Canadian Doctor’s Awakening in Afghanistan, Dr Mayhew offers a deeply compassionate perspective of Afghanistan peoples as she finds community, shares in their humanity, and discovers more about herself throughout her experiences. Dr. Mayhew describes how her choice to learn the local language allowed her to treat trauma, teach contraception, and gather public health data by engaging with the community within which she was embedded. Dr. Mayhew’s intimate interactions with this caring and culturally proud people allowed her a very unique and compelling perspective of Afghanistan and its peoples. The author’s precise descriptions of her decision-making in interactions with those she encountered offers poignant insights into how to navigate cultural ‘difference’ in a way that is curious and respectful. In narrating her ability to find similarities despite cultural differences, Dr Mayhew’s book offers an enriching read for anyone interested in global health!

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This is the story of Henrietta Lacks, a black American woman whose cells radically changed medicine. In 1951, Henrietta’s cervical cells were taken without her knowledge or consent, and then discovered as the world’s first immortal human cell line, called ‘HeLa’. Henrietta’s cells are regarded as a scientific breakthrough which has changed the face of medicine, and HeLa are still very much in use today. The story of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot exposes the impact of this sampling and consequent discovery on Henrietta’s family-impoverished black Americans despite HeLa cells’ profit to the biomedical industry-and as well discusses the ethical issues surrounding cell research and the scientific advancements made possible by HeLa. While this is a relevant understanding for medical history, Henrietta’s story has important implications for nursing, including the ethics of healthcare research, the importance of patient education, and the critical nature of cultural sensitivity in our work.

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Dr Helena Harrison is a Lecturer in Nursing at James Cook University, Australia, with an interest in nursing education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is a registered nurse with over 30 years experience in diverse settings both nationally and internationally. Helena is strongly committed to the preparation and growth of the future nursing workforce through quality education. In particular, Helena recognises that investment in the development of nurse educators is critical to the ability of the profession to contribute to safe, high-quality healthcare in the future.This book was inspired by her PhD research, which focused on the practice readiness of registered nurses.

Focused on the differences between Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z, Generations by Jean M. Twenge discusses her research exploring the trends within and across these generations. Twenge delves into the societal shifts, technological advancements, and cultural changes that shape each generation's values and behaviors. With insights into how generational characteristics influence various aspects of life, this book offers a comprehensive analysis of the dynamics evolving across different age groups. It also serves as a resource for understanding how historical events and cultural shifts shape the attitudes, behaviors, and expectations of various generations. Twenge discusses at length how the rise of technology, particularly the internet and social media, has significantly influenced communication styles, social interactions, and mental health across different generations. The book suggests how these technological changes have shaped the perspectives and behaviors of individuals within each generation, and provides an intriguing perspective on the evolving dynamics of society.

Healthcare professionals can take away an understanding of the characteristics and preferences of different generations which can enhance communication and collaboration. Through recognizing the values and expectations of- for example- Millennial or Generation Z nurses, this may contribute to creating more effective work environments. Additionally, insights from the book could be applied to patient care, by considering the diverse perspectives and needs of patients from various generations. This book is worth a read for anyone from any generation.

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None of us can be healthy unless all of us are healthy; this is the lesson of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the emphasis made in the book The Contagion Next Time by Sandro Galea. Marginalization, disparate socioeconomic status, and racism are factors underlying health inequality, which are embedded in global systems and ultimately contributed to the health crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Galea writes that the adversity of the pandemic has offered the world an opportunity to re-prioritize the political, economic, and administrative structures that support health. He suggests that the triumph of vaccines in the pandemic revealed our current, medicine-obsessed approach to health, reliant on systems designed to lavish money and focus on building better drugs and treatments while neglecting the socio-economic conditions which shape health. Through reimagining our society by building better housing, a fairer economy, accessible quality education, environmental cleanliness, social, economic, and racial justice, these conditions build a more cohesive and equitable vision for health, resilient to the threats on global health. This book calls for using the ingenuity, ambition, and collective effort that was applied to Covid-19 to reduce health inequality in order to prevent the outcomes of the next pandemic.

Have you ever wondered why you or another person has reacted in a deep way to something that others haven’t even noticed? Has a situation, either personally or within your workplace triggered you without any understanding of why? Not surprisingly, nurses are more likely to be highly intuitive and sensitive individuals. It may be that YOU experience life more deeply due to this heightened degree of sensitivity. Judy Dyer's 'The Highly Sensitive' explores how to navigate relationships and experiences as a highly sensitive person while providing many practical tips in an empathetic manner.

The book explores the concept and lived experience of being a highly sensitive person, from understanding one's past, reactions to challenges, and ways you may cope to protect yourself. Dyer shares practical insights and advice for thriving in relationships in a world that often can overlook the benefits of such sensitivity.

Dyer's writing is rational and encouraging, making it easy for readers (especially sensitive ones) to relate. The book effectively breaks down complex ideas and excels in providing practical strategies for managing overwhelming situations and encouraging self-acceptance.

Both highly sensitive persons and those that care about, or for them, can benefit from this book. Reading this book may validate your own level of sensitivity and help you as a nurse recognize and understand patients who may be highly sensitive; it can aid in providing more personalized and empathetic care and communication strategies to sensitive persons.

Additionally, nurses may resonate with the traits of high sensitivity themselves. Exploring this book can offer insights into your own reactions, emotions, and coping mechanisms, fostering increased self-awareness. This self-awareness can positively impact your interactions with patients and colleagues, enhancing communication and teamwork techniques.

Should you be a highly sensitive person, or care about others whose deep feelings suggest that they are, prepare to gain a sense of understanding, as the puzzle pieces of many relationships may fall into place!


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