4 Book Recommendations for Professional Development in Nursing

1. Invaluable by Maya Grossman

Do you have audacious career goals and no idea how to take the first step? Despite having earned a degree or two, have you found it hard to transition from theory to practice and make things happen in the “real world”? If so, you are not alone. You were not provided with the proper skills to reach success―until now.

In Invaluable, marketing expert and career coach Maya Grossman uncovers the 10 soft skills that every professional needs to master to evolve from a “typical employee” to an “invaluable employee” ―the top talent every company wants to attract and retain.

2. How To Lead When You’re Not In Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority by Clay Scroggins

In How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge, author and pastor Clay Scroggins explains the nature of leadership and what’s needed to be a great leader, even when you answer to someone else.  In this book, Clay will walk you through the challenge of leadership and the four basic behaviors all great leaders have and how to cultivate them:

  1. Leading Yourself
  2. Choosing Positivity
  3. Thinking Critically
  4. Rejecting Passivity

3. Words That Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear by Dr. Frank Luntz

In Words That Work, Luntz offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the tactical use of words and phrases affects what we buy, who we vote for, and even what we believe in. With chapters like “The Ten Rules of Successful Communication” and “The 21 Words and Phrases for the 21st Century,” he examines how choosing the right words is essential.

4. Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities, 6th edition by Carol J. Huston 

Reflecting both enduring professional considerations and the most pressing contemporary issues facing the nursing profession, Professional Issues in Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities, 6th Edition, equips readers with proven, expert insight essential to success in today’s nursing practice.

This straightforward, engaging text challenges the reader to critically analyze issues and form their own assessments about the state of nursing and their role as a professional nurse, building the critical thinking and clinical judgment to effectively manage workplace considerations, workforce issues, legal and ethical concerns, nursing education challenges, and issues related to professional power and advancing the nursing profession.