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Recent & Recommended Books on Nursing, Black Nurses and Midwifery

“Jump-Starting a Career in Nursing”
By Jeri Freedman
This indispensable volume explores the range of jobs and settings in which one can work in the nursing field with two years or less of training, including certified nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, licensed visiting nurse, registered nurse, clinical nurse, cardiac care nurse, labor and delivery nurse, neonatal nurse, and pediatric nurse, among others. It examines each job’s activities, academic needs, and certification and licensing requirements. Illuminating sidebars describe actual aspects of a nurse’s work, such as that of a pediatric nurse and that of an army nurse. Practical tips for the job search, writing a resume, and interviewing are also presented.

“The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career”
By Donna Wilk Cardillo

No matter where you are in your career, The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses will help you get the most out of your career and love what you do. Donna Cardillo takes you step by step through career advancement and both career and personal development. Written in her customary down-to-earth and humorous style, this book will help you get the most out of your current position; identify transferable skills; discover and develop your own unique talents and skill set; write a winning resume and interview like a pro; build professional support systems and explore career options.

“Caring for Equality: A History of African American Health and Healthcare”
By David McBride

African Americans today continue to suffer disproportionately from heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems. In Caring for Equality David McBride chronicles the struggle by African Americans and their white allies to improve poor black health conditions as well as inadequate medical care — caused by slavery, racism, and discrimination — since the arrival of African slaves in America. Black American health progress resulted from the steady influence of what David McBride calls the health equality ideal: the principle that health of black Americans could and should be equal to that of whites and other Americans. Including a timeline, selected primary sources, and an extensive bibliographic essay, McBride’s book provides a superb starting point for students and readers who want to explore in greater depth this important and understudied topic in African American history.

“Delivered by Midwives: African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South”
By Jenny M. Luke

Using evidence from nursing, medical, and public health journals of the era; primary sources from state and county departments of health; and personal accounts from varied practitioners, Delivered by Midwives: African American Midwifery in the Twentieth-Century South provides a new perspective on the childbirth experience of African American women and their maternity care providers. Author Jenny M. Luke moves beyond the usual racial dichotomies to expose a more complex shift in childbirth culture, revealing the changing expectations and agency of African American women in their rejection of a two-tier maternity care system and their demands to be part of an inclusive, desegregated society.

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