Ever stay in the hospital? Or have a friend or family member in the nursing field? Then you realize how hard these people work! Whether in a rural area or a big city, nurses care for people in ways that bring comfort and save lives. They are present for people’s greatest joys and sorrows. This week is National Nurses Week, so take some time to appreciate their dedication—and enjoy some fiction and nonfiction that highlights the profession.
If you’re in the mood for a historical thriller, try The Wonder. Lib Wright trained under Florence Nightingale and is convinced that the religious “wonder” in a tiny Irish town is a hoax. She tries to save the young girl who is slowly fasting to death and finds that there is a dark secret behind the miraculous.
Before her accident, Amelia Winn was a dedicated nurse who loved her job. Now deaf, she is rebuilding her life when she finds a former colleague strangled. Unable to stop investigating, she unwittingly becomes the target of the killer. Not A Sound is a page-turner that will have you hoping the next page won't be Amelia's last!
In We Are All Made of Stars, hospice nurse Stella, who finds escape in her work from a husband suffering from PTSD, sends letters for her patients. Usually she waits until after the patient's death, but when she decides to mail one before, she sets a chain of events in motion that brings out a story filled with light and hope.
Before becoming a novelist, Christie Watson spent 20 years as a nurse in London. Her memoir, The Language of Kindness, explores the ways nurses help beyond physical healing and sheds light on how even in different countries, the profession remains universal.
Looking for more? Check out Kimberly's blog post, Bring Nurses a Treat During Nurses’ Week.