I am an avid reader and try to absorb as much information I can about health and social care with the aim of increasing my knowledge and improving my practice. I try to read at least one book a month but sometimes it can be two or three (especially if I am on a lot of night shifts!)
Living in the digital age, access to literature has become immeasurably easier and I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, which gives me free access to a select library of books that change regularly.
What is Kindle?
Amazon Kindle was originally a lightweight device with a screen on it that could be used for storing and reading books digitally. They look like the one shown below (click the image for more details).
However, these days you can install the Kindle app on your phone, tablet or laptop and use it to purchase, download and read digital books from the Amazon store (this is what I do).
What is Kindle Unlimited?
Kindle Unlimited is a subscription-based service from Amazon, which gives you access to a massive library of literature, that you can download for free. It’s a bit like Netflix for books.
If you want to try it out, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here.
NOTE: If you don’t want to continue your subscription after the 30 day free trial, make sure you make a note or set a reminder to cancel it before the 30 days is up or you will be charged on a monthly basis.
Once you’ve signed up for your free trial, you can download a plethora of books related to health and social care or otherwise. Here are some books that I would recommend.
Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare
Although written with a US-based audience in mind, the principles of EBP are universal. NHS nurses use EBP, alongside statistics and professional expertise/experience to make decisions about treatments that will result in the best possible outcomes for their patients.
Working with individuals with Autism, I found this very interesting, particularly as I have worked with several young adults that have transitioned from children’s to adult’s services. It gives an insight into the experiences of families with autistic children and gives hope that they can be overcome.
Surviving Schizophrenia: A memoir
Without giving too much away about the ending, I was a little shocked about how it concluded as it could be very dangerous for anyone with schizophrenia that is encouraged to do the same through reading this story.
As stated earlier, if you would like to read any or all of these books, you can do so for free by signing up for a trial of Kindle Unlimited – just remember to cancel before the 30 days is up if you do not want to continue with the service.
As I read a lot, I am considering including much more in-depth book reviews on the website in the future. Do let me know if this is something that you think I should do.