5 Incredible Books Written by Nurse Practitioners

Like all medical professionals, nurse practitioners can benefit from ongoing education. One of the best ways to stay up to date with the healthcare industry is to explore the published works of peers. There are a plethora of fantastic books written by nurse practitioners, from anecdotes and memoirs to textbooks and guides for new graduate nurse practitioners. Here are some of our favorites!

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Unforgettable Faces: Through the Eyes of a Nurse Practitioner
Unforgettable Faces is a fascinating series of case studies by Elizabeth D. Tate and Michael R. Pranzatelli that details experiences with patients in a variety of major New York City clinics. The stories explore the bond between a nurse practitioner and her patients, the challenge of balancing work and professional life, and the challenges that must be overcome in the clinical world. As if that wasn’t enough, each story also includes a relevant section of up-to-date health information for each patient type.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice: A Guidebook for Role Development and Professional Issues
This comprehensive guide by Lisa Astalos Chism is essential reading for any student or recent doctor of nursing practice (DNP) graduate. Ethics, health policy, education, and a wide variety of other pertinent topics are all here as well as sections on professional issues and helping others to understand the role of a DNP. Although jam-packed with fantastic content, this guidebook is written in an appealing conversational tone that makes it almost impossible to put down!

NP Notes: Nurse Practitioner’s Clinical Pocket Guide
NP Notes is an absolute gem of a book, expertly authored by nurse practitioners Ruth McCaffrey and Humberto Reinoso. This guide is full of screening tips, assessment tools, instructions for prescription billing and coding, and differential diagnosis aids. Whether a nurse practitioner student or a practicing NP clinician, you’re sure to find excellent value in the resource. On top of all that, it fits in the pocket of your scrubs!

Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide
Carolyn Buppert’s Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide is a must-have for all nurse practitioners. This text includes reference materials such as state-by-state scope of practice laws, a guide of common legal issues faced by nurse practitioners, as well as educational content that details common malpractice lawsuits against nurse practitioners. This latest edition of the publication also includes information on how the DNP degree relates to nurse practitioners from a legal perspective and a section on emerging issues in modern health policy.

Confronting America’s Health Care Crisis: Establishing a Clinic for the Medically Uninsured
This excellent text by Anne Parish explores the state of healthcare in America and addresses issues like pre-existing conditions, clinical funding, and care for patients who lack health insurance. Regardless on where you stand on these issues, this is a fantastic and educational read for any nurse practitioner or simply anyone who has a personal interest in the politics of healthcare coverage.

And, because it’s hard to pick only five, here are a few more:

What is your favorite book written by a nurse practitioner? Share your thoughts below!

By Melissa DeCapua, DNP, PMHNP
Dr. Melissa DeCapua is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from Vanderbilt University. Her background is in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as psychosomatic medicine, and she currently works as a researcher Microsoft. She is a strong advocate for empowering nurses, and she fiercely believes that nurses should play a pivotal role in shaping modern healthcare. For more information, visit melissadecapua.com and follow her on Twitter @melissadecapua.

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