Bring Nurses a Treat During Nurses Week

The American Nurses Association celebrates National Nurses Week from Nurses Day, May 6, to May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. Nurses work crazy hours, help fight disease and advocate for their patients, making it a caring, but complicated profession.

The Bureau Labor of Statistics estimates employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent between 2014 and 2024, much faster than most other occupations. This growth is due to many reasons including a large emphasis on preventative care and demand for health care services for the baby boom population. Check out some of these nonfiction and fiction titles that highlight exciting and emotional moments in the nursing world.

In her book, The Nurses, Alexandra Robbins describes nursing as a fascinating yet dangerous profession. She follows real-life nurses in four hospitals and interviews hundreds more. Robbins suggests one of the best ways the public can thank a nurse is to bring them treats or send a letter of appreciation to hospital administration.

Practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown wrote The Shift, which helps us experience a day in the life of a nurse on a hospital's cancer ward.

Thinking about joining the nursing profession or just starting a new nursing job? Read some words of wisdom in First Year Nurse.

Find out who murdered the private nurse in Death of A Nurse, the latest in M.C. Beaton's bestselling Hamish Macbeth series.

Of course I have to mention everyone's favorite time-traveling nurse, Claire Fraser from the Outlander series adapted for television on the Starz network.

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