Some view a commute as an inconvenience, but at Utica College’s Accelerated BSN program in Florida, the students who commute from Orlando to Tampa view the extra travel time as an opportunity to spend more time becoming a great nurse! Instead of sitting in traffic listening to the radio, why not switch up your ride with an audiobook? At first, the suggestion of adding another book to your load may not seem appealing, but by listening to an interesting or inspiring audiobook, you can improve your outlook on the day and learn lessons that nursing school doesn’t always teach you.
Here are 5 audiobooks for nursing students suggested as motivational, humorous and interesting “reads” for nursing students:
1. “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne
A realm of positivity and universal consciousness is unveiled in “The Secret.” This highly acclaimed book by Rhonda Byrne references new age and ancient philosophies that focus on the power of positive thinking with an emphasis on the law of attraction. “The Secret” teaches readers that what you put out into the universe (what you think about) is what is returned to you. So if you are studying for a big test and think, “I will pass this test,” you will likely pass. On the contrary, if while studying you think, “I hope I don’t fail”, because you thought of failing, your chances of failing increase. “The Secret” helps condition your mind to think positively, which will immeasurably help your performance in nursing school and as a nurse in the future.
2. “Confessions of a Male Nurse” by Michael Alexander
In this true story, a male nurse recounts his 16 years of experience being the only male in a gynaecology ward. It starts with him just entering in the field, figuring things out as he goes. The audiobook mixes serious situations with some humor and explores aspects of nursing and medicine that are not always pretty, but are definitely inspiring. It goes through a range of emotions giving you, the accelerated nursing student, a realistic look into the nursing profession.
3. “Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul: Stories to Celebrate, Honor, and Inspire the Nursing Profession” by Jack Canfield , Mark Victor Hansen, Nancy Mitchell-Autio , LeAnn Thieman
As with any other “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book, comfort, motivation, life lessons, and occasionally humor are combined in this compilation of stories that warm the heart and soul of the reader. “Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul” is full of stories from multiple industry perspectives, including testimonials from nursing students, as well as new and seasoned nurses. This audiobook offers stories of hope and entertainment during the commute for both nursing students and nurses alike.
4. “A Complaint Free World” by Will Bowen
This audiobook also focuses on the power of positive thinking and the authority you have within yourself to change your way of thinking to make a better life for yourself. The author and narrator of the audiobook, Will Bowen, is a minister who challenged his congregation to go a consecutive 21 days without complaining. Bowen believes that complaints, criticism, gossip and other negative thoughts and statements are toxic and lead to unhappiness for the complainer. This book teaches you how to eliminate that toxicity from your life to make room for a more positive you. Let’s face it, after a hard test or long shift, complaining may come pretty naturally. However, by incorporating this audiobook into your commute, you will be reminded to practice the lessons in “A Complaint Free World” throughout your day, no matter what challenges it may bring.
5. “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
This book is as entertaining and humorous as it is inspiring and heartwarming. Written by Randy Pausch after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, this last lecture for his students at Carnegie Mellon University is about how to live by seizing every opportunity, helping others, and jumping over hurdles in life with stride. This book is excellent for anyone who has ever faced adversity and for nursing students and nurses who need a refresher every now and then about how to live every day like it could be your last. The audiobook edition features a live recording of an interview with the author.
Now that you have good listening material for you commute, are you ready to start your journey to becoming a nurse? Please contact us