5 Books to Cure Travel Nurse Fatigue
As every travel nurse knows, all that time away from home can begin to wear on you. You may even begin to forget why you started the journey in the first place. Sometimes, you just need a little inspiration, a reminder to rekindle that sense of adventure you had in the beginning.
These five books will not only bring all the romance of the road back, but they’ll make you a better human being. After all, this is literature – the stuff great dreams are made of!
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5 Must-Reads For Every Travel Nurse
Along with our favorite books about the road, we’ve also included a couple that are a bit more practical in nature. These page-turners will help you get through any rough patches you face along the way.
1. On The Road, Jack Kerouac
The quintessential story of the American road trip, Kerouac’s telling of freedom, generosity, and longing established him as the voice of the Beat Generation. His jazz-like prose captured the heart of the 50’s underground movement and proves to be an inspirational work with lasting importance.
2. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Don’t let the diminutive size of this novel fool you, its depth and heart are larger than books ten times its length. A fable about following your dreams, it centers on an Andalusian shepherd boy who longs to travel in search for riches. Ultimately, his journey leads him to something of far greater value.
3. Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), David Morrison
This comprehensive guide to travel nursing manages to provide a wealth of useful information in an enjoyable, easy-to-read manner. It covers every aspect of travel nursing including qualifications, personality traits, staffing agencies, and even tax considerations. The author also offers personalized assistance to anyone seeking a travel nursing career.
4. Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet by Heather Poole
Not surprisingly, flight attendants share a lot of the same experiences as travel nurses. This hilariously charming account will not only give you an insider’s view from the jumpseat, but will keep you entertained as you navigate yourself through the friendly skies.
5. I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse by Lee Gutkind
This incredible collection of personal narratives reveals the diverse and dynamic lives of nurses in many different stages of their careers. Working in the frontline of patient care can be as stressful as it is rewarding, and the reflections of these writers can help you when you’re struggling against burnout or bureaucracy.
Nurses are often an inspiration to those around them — so much so that people tend to forget that they could use a little inspiration themselves. What books help keep you inspired?