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100 page turners

100 page turners

We’ve compiled a list of 100 books that have made a difference to nursing lives.


The Research Process

The Research Process in Nursing

Dave O'Carroll, Programme Manager (Information and Resources)

Moving Mountains

Moving Mountains

Lesley Hands, Travel Nurse Advisor

Woodrow, P. (2011) Intensive care nursing: a framework for practice. 3rd edn. Abingdon: Routledge

Intensive Care Nursing: A Framework for Practice

Stuart Cox, Senior Charge Nurse ICU Southampton / Senior Nurse CEGA Air Ambulance

The Unpopular Patient

The Unpopular Patient

Peter Griffiths, Professor of Health Services Research

The Philosophy of Nurse Education

The Philosophy of Nurse Education

Anne Corrin, Professional Lead Education Policy and Practice

Still Alice

Still Alice

Cathy Burke, Nurse Consultant Safeguarding

Still Small Voice

Cecilia Anim, Clinical Nurse Specialist and RCN President


Inequalities in health: The Black Report and The Health Divide

Inequalities in Health

Karen Webb, RCN Regional Director for the Eastern Region

Dear dementia: the laughter and the tears

Dear Dementia: The Laughter and the Tears

Liz Champion, Lead Nurse Dementia Care

Information: A Prescription Against Pain

Susan Kirk, Professor of Family and Child Health

Ross and Wilson anatomy and physiology in health and illness

Ross and Wilson: Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness

Colin Parish, Editor, Mental Health Practice and Learning Disability Practice

Time to think: listening to ignite the human mind

Time to Think: Listening to Ignite the Human Mind

Val Bailey, Professional Practice Coordinator

Shadows of the Workhouse

Holly Smith, Staff Nurse

Being mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the end

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

Nicola James, Nurse Consultant in prostate cancer

Policy and politics in nursing and health care

Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care

Theresa Fyffe, Director, RCN Scotland


Have the men had enough?

Have the men had enough?

Tony Arthur, Professor of Nursing Science

Health promotion: Planning and strategies

Health promotion: Planning and strategies

Gill Coverdale, RCN Professional Lead for Education Standards and Professional Development

Reflective practice in nursing

Reflective practice in nursing

Sian Wade, District Nurse

The Birth of the Clinic

The Birth of the Clinic

Maurice Nagington, Lecturer

The diving-bell and the butterfly

The diving-bell and the butterfly

Elizabeth Hall, Infection Prevention Advisor

Three and a half heartbeats

Three and a half heartbeats

Evelyn Prodger, Matron


Angels and citizens: British women as military nurses 1854-1914

Angels and citizens: British women as military nurses 1854-1914

Teresa Doherty, RCN Library and Archive Services Joint Manager

How to read a paper: The basics of evidence-based medicine

How to read a paper: The basics of evidence-based medicine

Caroline Lynch, Information Literacy Specialist, RCN Library

Interpersonal relations in nursing

Interpersonal relations in nursing

Stephen Tee, Interpersonal Relations in Nursing

Nightingales: The story of Florence Nightingale and her remarkable family

Nightingales: The story of Florence Nightingale and her remarkable family

Mary Hutchinson, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Senior Lecturer

 Notes on nursing: What it is and what it is not

Notes on nursing: What it is and what it is not

Andrea Childe, Learning and Development Co-ordinator RCN Scotland

Nursing the orthopaedic patient

Nursing the orthopaedic patient

Catherine Tranter, Paediatric Rheumatology Nurse Specialist

Stories of Children's Pain

Stories of childrens pain: Linking evidence to practice

Bernie Carter, Professor of Children’s Nursing

The philosophy and practice of psychiatric nursing

The philosophy and practice of psychiatric nursing

Ian Hulatt, Professional Lead for Mental Health

What makes a good nurse: Why the virtues are important for nurses

David Pontin, Aneurin Bevan Chair of Community Health


A history of mental health nursing

A history of mental health nursing

Chair of the RCN’s History of Nursing Society, Claire Chatterton

A nurse's war

Area business manager, Cath Comley

Being human: Ordinariness in nursing

Dr Jacqueline Metcalfe, Consultant nurse

Do you sleep with that leg on? The story of Erskine Hospital

Rod Thomson, RCN Deputy President and Director of public health for shropshire

Health: The foundations for achievement

Health: The foundations for achievement

Brendan McCormack, Professor, head of the Division of nursing and head of QMU graduate school

Nursing as Therapy

Nursing as Therapy

Dr Helen McGarvey, Lecturer in nursing

The last days of Rabbit Hayes

The last days of Rabbit Hayes

Janet Rose, Nurse duty manager

The primacy of caring: Stress and coping in health and illness

Kay Caldwell, Professor of nurse education


A handbook for the nursing of sick children

Children and Young People's Nursing Student, Jacqueline Ann Hobson

Brick Lane

Principal Lecturer, Jacky Price

Clinical Epidemiology: A Basic Science for Clinical Medicine

Head of School and Professor of Nursing, University of Manchester, Nicky Cullum

Medicine for nurses

Parish nurse, Lesley Williams

Nurses: Power and politics

Patricia Bottrill FRCN

Sharing the darkness: The spirituality of caring

Registered General Nurse, Alison Moss

The Nurse

Professor of Ophthalmology and Emergency Care, Janet Marsden


Ayliffes control of healthcare-associated infection A practical handbook

Head of Standards, Knowledge and Information Team, Rose Gallagher

Before I say goodbye

Triage and Practice Nurse, Anna Sidelnik

More from the Primeval Forest

Chief Executive & General Secretary, Janet Davies

Polar Stroke

Staff Nurse, Jacki Aston

Reflections on care

Ward sister, Lynne James

The Lovely Bones

Final Year Student Nurse, Rachel Cheney Price

Waterbugs and dragonflies: Explaining death to young children

Consultant editor, Nursing Children and Young People, RCNi, Doreen Crawford


Medical Dictionary

Black's Medical Dictionary

Julie Key, Literature Search Specialist

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s

Katharine Baumgartner, RCN Customer Services Information Assistant

Called to Care?

Marion Grace Hands, Staff Nurse

Elements of Research in Nursing

Kate Seers, Professor

Macleod's Clinical Examination

Macleod's Clinical Examination

Susan Harris, Advanced Practitioner

Minds, Mothers, and Midwives: The Psychology of Childbirth

Carmel Bagness, Professional Lead Midwifery & Women's Health

Woman Rebel

Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story

Daniel Simkin, Information Resources Co-ordinator


Bed Number 10

Anne-Marie Paulin, Health Visitor and Children's Nurse

Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife Trilogy

Emma Hankin, Staff Nurse

Luna's Red Hat

Orla McAlinden, Children and Young People's Nurse

On Nursing. Toward a New Endowment

June Clark, Professor Emeritus of Community Nursing

The Alienated: Growing Old Today

Jacqueline Parkinson, Sexual Health Nurse


Bury me in my boots

Irene Mabbott, Practice Development Co-ordinator

Devices and Desires

Siobhan O'Connor, Lecturer in Nursing

Hospitals in Trouble

June Andrews, Director Dementia Services Development Centre and RCN Fellow

Learning and working

Frances Gordon, Professor of Interprofessional Education

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Lyndon Borrill, Evidence Based Council Facilitator

Physiology of Disease

Rosario Baxter, Lecturer in Nursing

Primary Nursing

Jan Dewing, Sue Pembrey Chair in Nursing and Director Centre for Person-centred Practice Research


Beyond the Glass

Judith Devine, Mental Health Lecturer

Dementia Reconsidered

Lorraine Haining, Specialist Nurse Practitioner

English Patient

Tim Spring, Graduate Trainee

No Time for Romance

Helen Parry, Nurse Practitioner

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Steven, Community Palliative CNS


Dealing with Difficult People

Marilyn Martin, RCN Officer – Eastern region

Freedom from Addiction: The Secret Behind Successful Addiction Busting

Sybilla Parkhil, Customer Services Information Specialist

Nursing before Nightingale, 1815-1899

Rachel Sully, Collection Development Specialist

Nursing Research: Principles, Process and Issues

George Kernohan, Professor of Health Research

Reasons to Stay Alive

Lisa Gardner, Customer Service Information Assistant

The Tidal Model: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Jayne Elton, Community Mental Health Nurse

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