Nurses Who Read Book Club is a joint event of Zeta Chapter with Chi-at-Large Chapter
The book club meets approximately 4 to 5 times per year. Nurses and nursing students are welcome to attend even if they have not completed reading the book selections.
Meets 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Parking in Washington Avenue Parking Ramp. Room locations may vary.
Contact: Renee Kumpula, EdD, RN, PHN at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The December 11 session is cancelled. The next meeting is Thursday, Jan. 25 at 5:30 pm in 6-194 Weaver-Densford Hall. See the Selections link for more information.
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
Thursday, January 25, 6-194, Weaver Densford Hall
Guests and DNP students are welcome to join this important discussion of how nurses may contribute to understanding the opioid crisis and finding equitable solutions right here in Minnesota.
Review of the book: The rise of OxyContin addiction and subsequent heroin use has been much in the news lately as we try to make sense of what is happening in suburban and small town America. Sam Quinones’ Dreamland takes a multifaceted approach to the subject, profiling people from all walks of life, ranging from citizens of impoverished Mexican ranchos to young affluent white athletes, all cogs in the wheel of the latest drug epidemic. Unlike the crack cocaine phenomenon of the 1980s, today’s widespread opiate addiction has roots in the prescription pads of certified physicians and the marketing machine of Big Pharma. When the addict, forced by availability and economics, transitions to heroin he is met by a new breed of entrepreneurial drug dealers who are only too happy to take calls and make deliveries. The changing landscape of small town America, along with science, opportunity, shame, and of course greed, all play a role here and to see the puzzle come together, one comprehensible piece at a time, is as fascinating as it is unsettling.-- Seira Wilson. Note: Sam Quinones is a journalist, former LA Times reporter, author and storyteller.
The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch
Meets in 6-194 Weaver-Densford Hall, University of Minnesota, 5pm - 6:30pm. Parking in Washington Avenue Parking Ramp.
"The Last Lecture book review. Seems easy enough to do. But this book has haunted me, making the task of reviewing it slippery and elusive.
Cynicism is hip and it’s trendy to be jaded. I’m not immune to it. I learned recently, however, that I’m also not immune to inspiration. There are things that don’t make me roll my eyes. Events that give me perspective. I wouldn’t call The Last Lecture a book. I would call it an event. So many people say that a book has changed their life. They never change. Me either. But this is something very different.
Few things are indescribable. The Last Lecture is really, really, really hard to describe, and I’m pretty good with words. Just typing this out brings the book back to me and I’m sitting here with goosebumps trying not to let my eyes tear up. I have never been this affected by a book. I doubt I ever will be again, unless one of his children decides to write a book about their dad. Actually, I hope I am never more affected a book: I’m not sure I could survive it." - Josh Hanagarne
by Dr. Atul Gawande
"Books by physicians tend to be either advice for the layperson, memoirs of poignant or funny encounters with patients, or discourses on disease as the interface between life and death. Atul Gawande's new book has elements of all these, but it's also something more startling and radical. The modesty of its title, Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance, doesn't even hint at how controversial some parts of the book are.
"The paradox at the heart of medical care is that it works so well, and yet never well enough," Gawande asserts. A surgeon who teaches at Harvard Medical School, Gawande insists that in his profession, "good enough" is not good enough. After all, doctors, nurses and hospitals deal with questions of the quality of life, and often with matters of life or death. They must cultivate "a science of performance," a constant striving to improve the way they use the techniques, instruments, medicines and facilities available to them." - Charles Matthews, a reviewer and writer based in Northern California.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Dr. Atul Gawande
"Being Mortal, Atul Gawande's masterful exploration of aging, death, and the medical profession's mishandling of both, is his best and most personal book yet." (Boston Globe)
". . . For more than a decade, Atul Gawande has explored the fault lines of medicine . . . combining his years of experience as a surgeon with his gift for fluid, seemingly effortless storytelling . . . In Being Mortal, he turns his attention to his most important subject yet." (Chicago Tribune)
We Know How This Ends
by Cathy Wurzer and Dr. Bruce Kramer
"Security and immortality are both superstitions; the best we can do is make an adventure of our lives. In this exquisite book, Bruce H. Kramer finds adventure the most unlikely of places: the death sentence that is ALS. We Know How This Ends is a moving tale that teaches us more about living well than any self-help book ever can."—Dan Buettner, New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest
"The revelatory journey that Bruce H. Kramer and Cathy Wurzer take us on is full of insight, wisdom, sorrow—and joy. This beautiful book should be required reading for all patients, caregivers, and clinicians to better understand that there can be growth and peace and exuberant life even while dying."—Jon Hallberg, M.D., University of Minnesota
The Nazi and the Psychiatrist
by Jack El-hai
304 pages, Publisher: PublicAffairss 2014, ISBN-10: 1610394631
"Journalist El-Hai’s haunting historical account raises questions about the human capacity to cause harm.... In this thoroughly engaging story of the jocular master war criminal and the driven, self-aware psychiatrist, El-Hai finds no simple binary."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Jack El-Hai’s biography of Army psychiatrist Douglas Kelley provides a riveting look at the top Nazis awaiting trial — and reveals the dangerous power of intimacy with evil."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
Sand Castle Girls
by Chris Bojalion
320 pages; Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (April 16, 2013); ISBN-10: 0307743918, -13: 978-0307743916
“Telescopic . . . Because of Bohjalian’s writing style, which never rings a false note as it moves from present-day New York to the tragedy of World War I, his characters are as real as our own relatives. The well-researched history that forms the background informs, intrigues and enchants—even as recollections of horror mount . . . [A] story of love, world history and the human condition.” —Brandy Hilboldt Allport, The Florida Times-Union
From Harvard sociologist, Matthew Desmond, [this is] a landmark work of scholarship and reporting that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America.
In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge…Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.
Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.
by Ron Glasser
292 pages; Publisher: George Braziller (December 8, 2003); ISBN-10: 0807615277; -13: 978-0807615270
"I have read scores of books about the Vietnam war and witnessed countless movies. I have found no one who can capture, with such poignant clarity, the horror of the war and the nobility of those who fought it quite like Dr. Ronald Glasser. Through a series of deeply affecting vignettes, Dr. Glasser reveals the experiences of men who struggle with the personal and private moral conflict that only those who have taken a life can understand. These men did not, as later accused, lose a war; rather, their loss was their own youth and innocence."..."The book is a haunting tribute that evokes images that are raw and bleeding...and yet bestows a sense of peace and understanding. I reread this book every year. It is a book about courage...the courage of the warriors who populate its pages...and the courage of the man who wrote their stories at a time when a Nation was not prepared to know a truth their sons could not convey."
Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds
by Ron Glasser
280 pages; Publisher: History Publishing Company, LLC; 1 edition (June 15, 2011); ISBN-10: 1933909471; -13: 978-1933909479
Library Journal Review: Pediatrician Glasser, whose best-selling 1971 memoir, 365 Days, recounted his experiences as an army physician during the Vietnam era, updates his earlier observations with this disturbing exploration of the medical aspects of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, where explosives are the enemies' weapons of choice. Survivors of these improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and suicide bombs may suffer massive injuries, amputations, and brain damage, requiring years, if not lifetimes, of expensive treatment. Other explosive injuries to the brain are subtle and difficult to detect without advanced imaging equipment. Glasser argues convincingly that the effects of surviving repeated shock waves contribute to soldiers' and veterans' high rates of prescription drug addiction, suicide, and debilitating post-traumatic stress syndrome...General readers will find themselves engrossed in his accounts of the spirit, creativity, and heroism of our soldiers and the medics, nurses, and physicians who care for them.
Collaborative Caring: Stories and Reflections on Teamwork in Health Care
by Suzanne Gordon, David Feldman, and Michael Leonard
"Collaborative Caring makes a unique contribution in the scope and breadth of teamwork it considers. It is an important book."―Audrey Lyndon, PhD, RNC, FAAN, University of California San Francisco
"Collaborative Caring tells the human side of health care through a clever collection of frank essays and personal accounts on teamwork. While it candidly acknowledges the personal, cultural, and political tribulations faced by health care teams every day, it also inspires perseverance and fortitude by arming readers with stories that can be retold to drive meaningful teamwork in their own workplace."―John Chuo, MD, MS, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania.