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International Nurses Day is celebrated on the 12th of May to commemorate Florence Nightingale's birthday. This day also celebrates the contributions of all the dedicated and hardworking nurses in our community and around the world.

Now more than ever, nurses and health care workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic deserve every recognition and commendation for their lifesaving efforts and their many personal sacrifices amidst increased medical risk.

Below are some biographical books, mostly for adults, that offer an honest look at the challenges and joys of the nursing profession.

The Making of a Nurse book jacket The Making of a Nurse by Tilda Shalof

Tilda Shalof is an intensive care unit nurse with twenty years of experience in Israel, New York, and Canada.  With humour, unflinching honesty, and skilled storytelling, Shalof describes her experiences becoming the capable nurse she is today.   We have several of her titles in our collection.

Call the nurse book jacketCall the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle
by Mary J MacLeod

Being a nurse can be challenging at the best of times but being a nurse on a remote Scottish island is something else altogether. In this charming memoir, MacLeod recounts her adventures as a nurse in the Hebrides in the 1970s.


I wasn't strong like this book jacketI Wasn't Strong like this When I Started out; True Stories of becoming a Nurse

An audio book collection of stories from nurses at all stages of their careers as they discuss their experiences and offer a view into their individual struggles and the larger truths about medicine and health care.


Agnes Warner and the nursing sisters book jacketAgnes Warner and the Nursing Sisters of the Great War by Shawna Quinn

Letters, diaries, and published accounts of the experiences of New Brunswick's nursing sisters and the gruelling conditions of work and the brutal realities they faced from possible attacks and bombings during World War I.


Florence Nightingale book jacketFlorence Nightingale by Demi (Children’s title)

This picture book biography of Florence Nightingale portrays the story of her life and how she revolutionized the world of medicine by focusing on cleanliness, food that was hot and nutritious, and organization in hospitals. Nightingale's work inspired the creation of the International Red Cross. A real-life superhero and a fantastic role model for young readers.