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Reviews and ratings of books and stories featuring nurses

Novels

Poetry

Short Stories

Non-Fiction

Children's Books

Rating guide:
excellent = 4 stars
good = 3 stars
fair = 2 star
poor = 1 star

 

Novels
Nursing rating
Artistic rating

Atonement

Ian McEwan (2003)

3 stars
4 stars

Sins of the Wolf

Anne Perry (1994)


Harry Potter series

J.K. Rowling (1997-2008)

4 stars
4 stars

Poetry

RATTLE

Editor Tim Green (2007)

3 1/2 stars
3 1/2 stars

Short Stories

The Blow

J.M. Coetzee (2005)

2 1/2 stars
3 1/2 stars

Chicxulub

T. Coraghessan Boyle (2004)

1/2 star
2 1/2 stars

Non-Fiction

No Good Deed

Lewis Cohen (2010)

4 stars
4 stars

Save the First Dance for You

Doris Young (2006)

4 stars
3 1/2 stars

Nursing Against the Odds

Suzanne Gordon (2005)

3 1/2 stars
3 1/2 stars

A Nurse's Story

Tilda Shalof (2005) (excerpt review)

deferred -- excerpt review

Nursing America

Sandy Balfour (2004)


Code Green

Dana Beth Weinberg (2003)

3 1/2 stars
3 1/2 stars

Open Heart

Jay Neugeboren (2003)

1/2 star
3 1/2 stars

Chidren's Books

Fanny

Holly Hobbie (2008)

1/2 star
2 stars

Maisy Goes to the Hospital

Lucy Cousins (2007)

1 1/2 star
2 1/2 stars
2 1/2 star
3 stars
2 stars
2 1/2 stars
 
 

 
Also see the great research by Stacey Carroll and Katherine C. Rosa (2016) "Role and Image of Nursing in Children's Literature: A Qualitative Media Analysis," published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 2016 Mar-Apr;31(2):141-51, where the authors examine 30 books for children preschool - 8 years old and find nursing stereotypes as they labeled them: Nurse unlikely, Nurse minimal, Nurse subordination, Nurse caring, and Nurse skillful. The authors found the representations generally positive but lacking in showing the planning, advocacy and education that nurses do--basically the work requiring college. The depictions were also filled with so many inaccuracies and ommissions that they feared that children would likely develop "an erroneous impression of who nurses are and what nurses do." because of "role-based discrepancies." Great reading!

 

 

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