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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)

3 stars 3 stars

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 stars 3 1/2 stars

A Nurse's Story

Tilda Shalof (2005) (excerpt review)

deferred -- excerpt review

Nursing America

Sandy Balfour (2004)

2.5 stars 2.5 stars

What Nurses Know And Doctors Don't Have Time to Tell You

Patricia Carroll (2004)

3 stars 3.5 stars

Code Green

Dana Beth Weinberg (2003)

3 1/2 stars 3 1/2 stars

Born in the USA

Marsden Wagner (2006)
1 star deferred -- excerpt review

Open Heart

Jay Neugeboren (2003)

1/2 star 3 1/2 stars

Children'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

Clarice Bean: Guess Who's Babysitting?

Lauren Child (2000)

2 1/2 star 3 stars

The School Nurse from the Black Lagoon

Mike Thaler (1995)

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 examined 30 books for children from preschool to 8 years old and found that nurses tended to appear in the following roles, most of which reflect harmful stereotypes: 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 plagued with so many inaccuracies and omissions that the researchers feared children reading the books would likely develop "an erroneous impression of who nurses are and what nurses do."

 

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