Some books a nursing student should read include "Your 1st Year As A Nurse" by Donna Cardillo, RN, "Bedlam Among the Bedpans: Humor In Nursing" by Amy Y. Young and "Who Moved My Cheese" by Spencer Johnson, M.D. A few other books to consider are "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch and "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist" by Michael J. Fox.
In "Your 1st Year As A Nurse," Cardillo walks new nursing graduates through what it takes to be a staff nurse and how to deal with hard days. It includes many stories from working nurses and provides insight and inspiration not just to new nurses, but to any nurse at any level. In "Bedlam Among the Bedpans," Young uses humor and short stories to help nurses know that they are not alone in the career journey they are taking. Dr. Johnson uses "Who Moved My Cheese" to address the issue of change in the medical profession. Johnson writes about four characters who represent the different personalities found in the profession.
"The Last Lecture" is a reflection on life written Randy Pausch, who died from pancreatic cancer. It contains excerpts from his last lecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked as a professor. It is a lesson in never giving up and living life with goals and dreams. Actor Michael J. Fox wrote "Always Looking Up" about how his life has been affected by Parkinson's disease. He describes the gifts the disease has brought him and how he refuses to give up on having a good life.