Nursing

Blog spotlight: Book clubs help nurses connect with patients

Nurse Leader Insider, April 5, 2010

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When the phrase “book club” comes up, one thinks of a group of people, meeting at a coffee shop or a member’s home, discussing the most recent best seller showcased on Oprah Winfrey’s daytime television show. However, the definition of a book club will now have to include nurses reading medical-themed literature to better connect with their patients.

The first hospital to institute the idea of a nurse/physician-based book club did so in 1997, and over the past decade, similar ideas and book clubs have become more popular across 25 states, including California, Massachusetts, and New York.

By reading medical-themed literature—such as The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy or The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by French Elle Editor-in-Chief Jean-Dominique Bauby—nurses and physicians can develop a better understanding of what the patient is going through.

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