6 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.

"When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi 

This profound memoir by neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi delves into life's deepest questions through the lens of facing terminal illness. Kalanithi’s exploration of what makes life meaningful offers poignant insights that are especially resonant for healthcare professionals. Travel nurses will find this book a moving reminder of the impact their work has on patients’ lives. 

"Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir" by Beth Kephart 

While not exclusively for nurses, Beth Kephart's book is an excellent resource for travel nurses interested in documenting their journeys and professional experiences. It offers guidance on telling your own story with authenticity and emotion, which can be therapeutic and transformative. This book is a great tool for nurses who want to reflect on their personal and professional growth. 

"The Nurse's Guide to Innovation: Accelerating the Journey" by Bonnie Clipper 

Innovation in nursing is crucial, particularly in a travel setting where adaptability and problem-solving are part of daily life. This book provides strategies for introducing innovation into your practice, enhancing patient care, and staying ahead in the ever-evolving healthcare landscape. It's perfect for travel nurses who aspire to be change-makers in their field. 

"Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing)" by David Morrison 

David Morrison’s comprehensive guide is the quintessential manual for any travel nurse. Covering everything from the basics of finding the best travel nurse assignments to understanding complex benefits and housing options, this book is a must-have. It's particularly useful for those in the early stages of their travel nursing careers. 

"Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert 

While not specifically about nursing, Elizabeth Gilbert's journey through Italy, India, and Indonesia offers inspiration on self-discovery and embracing change—themes very much applicable to travel nurses. This book encourages you to make the most of your travels and find joy in every new experience. 

"Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth 

Angela Duckworth’s exploration of grit as a key driver of success provides compelling insights that can motivate travel nurses to persist in their challenging yet rewarding career. It's an uplifting read that supports the idea that steadfastness and passion can lead to fulfilling your professional and personal goals. 

Each of these books offers something unique for travel nurses, whether it's practical advice, professional development, or just a compelling story to enjoy during a well-deserved break. Reading is more than entertainment; it’s a way to expand your perspective, gain new insights, and even find inspiration during the most challenging times. So, as you pack your bags for your next destination, don’t forget to include a good book (or two) to keep you company. Happy reading and happy traveling! 

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