A Cure For Nursing Fatigue


As you may know from traveling it may begin to wear you down.  I traveled for 5 years and there were times I wasn’t sure I could do one more trip.  Have you forgotten why you started the journey in the first place? Sometimes, you just need to take a break and find a little inspiration.  A good book is a way to rekindle that sense of adventure you had in the beginning.

Try reading a book to cure nursing fatigue and rekindle a new sense of adventure.

The Travel Nurses Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing) David Morrison

Travel-nurse-bibleThis book is a comprehensive guide to travel nursing.  You will find it is easy to read and manages to provide a wealth of useful information. Every aspect of travel nursing is included. Information on long with qualifications, personality traits, staffing agencies, and of course tax considerations.




I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories Of Becoming A Nurse, Lee GutKind

I-wasnt-this-strongHere, nurses remember their first “sticks,” first births, and first deaths, and reflect on what gets them through long, demanding shifts, and keeps them in the profession. The stories reveal many voices from nurses at different stages of their careers. One nurse-in-training longs to be trusted with more “important” procedures. Another question her ability to care for nursing home residents.

An efficient young emergency room nurse finds his life and career irrevocably changed by a car accident. A nurse practitioner wonders whether she has violated professional boundaries in her care for a homeless man with AIDS.  A home care case manager is the sole attendee at a funeral for one of her patients. What connects these stories is the passion and strength of the writers, who struggle against burnout and bureaucracy to serve their patients with skill, empathy, and strength.

A Dog Walks Into A Nursing Home: Lessons In The Good Life From An Unlikely Teacher, Sue Halpern

A-dog-walksIn late adolescence, Pransky was bored: she needed a job. and so Sue Halpern decided to give herself and her under-occupied Labradoodle a new leash—er, lease—on life by getting the two of them certified as a therapy-dog team. Pransky proved to be not only a terrific therapist, smart and instinctively compassionate but an unerring moral compass as well.

In the unlikely-sounding arena of a public nursing home, she led her teammate into a series of encounters with the residents.  These encounters revealed depths of warmth, humor, and insight Halpern hadn’t expected. Little by little, their adventures expanded and illuminated Halpern’s sense of what goodness is and does—how acts of kindness transform the giver as well as the given-to.

Funny, moving, and profound,  this is the story of how one virtuous—that is to say, faithful, charitable, loving, and sometimes prudent—mutt showed great hope, fortitude, and restraint (the occasional begged or stolen treat notwithstanding) as she taught a well-meaning woman the essence and pleasures of the good life.


More Tales From The Island Nurse, Mary Macleod

Tale-of-Island-NurseMary J. Macleod traveled from the South of England to the Hebrides in search of an escape from the life of a hectic Norwich health visitor.  She wanted to find an idyllic setting in which to raise her young family. The Island Nurse returns with a second volume, exploring memories of life on the Hebridean island of ‘Papavray’.

The book is filled with stories of the troubles, joys, drama and comedies endured by Macleod’s patients and family alike. This makes a charming and humorous account of community life on a small island in a bygone era. Based on the real experiences of Macleod as a district nurse in the Hebrides, the stories are told in a personal and engaging manner.  They’re tales with superstitions and lives of the crofter families on ‘Papavray’.


Now would be a great time to take a break from the chaos of the job.  Spring is around the corner.  As the weather begins to warm up, find a good book and a comfortable chair in a sunny corner to refresh and rekindle.


Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a retired RN and US Army Nurse Major. She has over 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and once to South Korea. Her medical training began during the Vietnam era when trained as an army medic. She went on to train as an OR tech and then as a LVN/LPN. She completed nursing school and was direct commissioned into the reserve Army Nurse Corp. nurse. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and working in other medical facilities. During her career she spent years as an OR nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Hospice Nurse, Forensic Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as being a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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