8 Best Books for Travel Nurses

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Travel Nurses: Find Your Next Book

Travel nurses not only get to experience new cities and meet new people but also gain valuable experience in different healthcare settings. However, life on the road can also be challenging, with extended hours and limited resources. That's why having a good book to turn to can be a helpful way to unwind and recharge during your downtime. 

In this blog post, we'll look at some of the best books for travel nurses. From inspiring memoirs to informative guides, these books will help you make the most of your travel nursing experience.  

"The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives" by Theresa Brown

This memoir provides an intimate look at the life of an oncology nurse. Brown takes readers through a day in her life, highlighting the challenges and rewards of the profession. She also provides insight into the emotional toll of nursing and the importance of human connection in the healing process. 

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The Shift Nursing Book

“Travel Nurse's Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing)” by David Morrison, RN

This practical guide is essential for anyone considering a travel nursing career. It covers everything from finding assignments to managing finances and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. The authors draw on their experiences as travel nurses to provide real-world advice and tips.  

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Travel Nurse's Bible A Guide

"The House of God" by Samuel Shem

This satirical novel follows a group of medical interns navigating the grueling world of medicine. While it is not specifically about travel nursing, its portrayal of medical professionals' intense pressure and ethical dilemmas is still relevant today. Its honesty and insight make The House of God a classic among medical professionals.  

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The House of God

"The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

This international bestseller tells the story of a shepherd boy who embarks on a journey to fulfill his dreams. While it is not specifically about nursing or travel, its personal growth and self-discovery themes are universal. The Alchemist is an excellent read for any travel nurse who wants to find inspiration in following their dreams. 

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The Alchemist

"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love chronicles Gilbert's year-long journey of self-discovery and spiritual exploration, during which she travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia. This memoir is a remarkable example of the transformative power of travel. Gilbert's journey takes her out of her comfort zone and exposes her to new experiences and perspectives, leading to personal growth and self-discovery. Travel nursing is a similar opportunity to explore new places and cultures, which can broaden your understanding of the world and yourself. 

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Ear Pray Love

"The Best American Travel Writing"

This annual anthology features some of the best travel writing from the previous year. The collection includes pieces from seasoned writers and up-and-coming voices, offering diverse perspectives and styles. The Best American Travel Writing is a resource for inspiring your travels and learning more about the places you'll visit as a traveling nurse.

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The Best American Travel Writing

"The Art of Possibility" by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander

The Art of Possibility offers a fresh perspective on approaching challenges and opportunities in your personal and professional life. It emphasizes the importance of creativity, positivity, and attitude in achieving your goals and can assist in unlocking your full potential in your healthcare career.

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The Art of Possibility

"The Happiness of Pursuit" by Chris Guillebeau

In The Happiness of Pursuit, Guillebeau exhibits stories of pursuing a personal adventure to find purpose and happiness. Filled with inspiring stories of people who have embarked on their own experiences, The Happiness of Pursuit provides a valuable resource for travel nurses looking to find meaning and fulfillment in their work and travels.

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The Happiness of Pursuit

Whether you're looking for practical advice or thought-provoking memoirs, there are numerous books to add to your reading list that can enrich your travel nursing experience. So, next time you're packing for your next assignment, remember to pack a good book or two!

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