Recommended reading: 3 books by inspiring nurses

January 27, 2017

Ready to take your nursing career to the next level?

Picking up one (or all) of these three books by forward-thinking nurses could help motivate you to take the steps needed.  These authors are inspiring other nurses to grow in their careers through education and advanced degrees.

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP


  • The Book: Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional
  • Why You Should Pick It Up: This book prepares new nurses for the challenges of their first year. Her goal is to ensure they experience the best that nursing has to offer, straight out of the gate.
  • Why We Love Her: In her blogs and advice columns, Cardillo encourages nurses to advance their careers by taking whatever path they feel most passionate about. She believes “there is no one right degree to have” and supports nurses looking outside of nursing degrees—such as public health, ambulatory care, and nursing informatics—in order to advance their careers.
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Inspired by Donna Cardillo’s message? Explore Capella degree programs that can help you move your career forward, including the Master of Public HealthMBA in Healthcare ManagementMSN in Care CoordinationMHA in Healthcare Informatics, and DHA in Health Administration.

Kati Kleber, RN, BSN


  • The Book: Becoming Nursey: From Code Blues to Code Browns, How to Care for Your Patients and Yourself
  • Why You Should Pick It Up: Using humor and honesty, Kati tells stories from the bedside and provides real-world tools that will help nurses become safe, caring, and efficient as quickly as possible. This book will take overwhelmed nursing graduates and guide them through the process to become successful bedside nurses.
  • Why We Love Her: Because of increased demands on the nursing field, many hospitals have started requiring RNs with an associate’s degree to obtain their BSN degree. Kati is a strong proponent for online RN to BSN programs due to their flexibility. She encourages full-time nurses to pursue advanced degrees online while maintaining a good work-life balance.
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See for yourself why Kati recommends online degrees for career advancement in nursing. Explore Capella’s RN-to-BSN degree program .

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Brittney Wilson, RN, BSN


  • The Book: The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology
  • Why You Should Pick It Up: Get the tools you need to improve your practice, further your career, and solidify yourself as a true asset to your employer. This reference guide gives nurses the practical application tools they need to embrace technology and be successful, using humor and manageable chunks of information.
  • Why We Love Her: As the title of her award-winning book suggests, Brittney is all about technology. She recommends nurses study health care informatics to improve patient care and increase efficiencies in their workplace.
  • Learn More:

An MSN in Nursing Informatics or MHA in Health Care Informatics from Capella can give you the tools you need to use technology to further your nursing career.

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