CNO Reading List
Is there a book on nursing, healthcare or organizational leadership that you enjoyed and would recommend?
Lori Burnell, RN, Ph.D., NEA-BC
Sr. Vice President / Chief Nursing Officer
Valley Presbyterian Hospital
Recently, I received a copy of Shining the Light on All the Right: Celebrating the Art of Nursing Around the World by Mark and Bonnie Barnes, cofounders of the DAISY Foundation. After losing their son to an autoimmune disease, Mark and Bonnie channeled their grief into gratitude by creating one of the most prestigious forms of nursing recognition, the DAISY Award. This book chronicles their story and presents several true stories about DAISY honorees across the world As a CNO who implemented the DAISY program in two hospitals, I have experienced the profound significance of this award firsthand. I highly recommend this book. It is heartwarming and helps us remember why we are nurses.
Robyn M. Nelson, RN, Ph.D., MSN
Dean, College of Nursing
West Coast University
Hot off the press is Shining the Light on All the Right: Celebrating the Art of Nursing Around the World by Mark and Bonnie Barnes, just published in 2020. I cannot think of a timelier publication that thanks nurses for the compassion given patients and families every day! The authors founded the DAISY Award to recognize extraordinary nurses: student nurses, staff nurses, faculty and nurse-led teams.
Linda Sarna, RN, Ph.D., FAAN
Dean / Professor / Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Chair
UCLA School of Nursing
I highly recommend the award-winning book Educated, by Tara Westover. Educated is the memoir of a woman who overcame the survivalist life of her fundamentalist family and ultimately received a Ph.D. from Cambridge. It’s a story about beliefs about health and healthcare, and about overcoming tremendous odds to receive the kind of education that so many of us take for granted. The message is a strong reminder that nurses need to understand and take into account that their patients can come from very different backgrounds that shape their views about health and illness. Nurses must always assess beliefs about health using a holistic, nonjudgmental approach.