5 Must Read Nurse Practitioner Authored Books

Nurse practitioners are multi-taskers. NPs are adept to managing complex clinical cases and communicating with patients to partner with them and make shared health decisions.  This ability to connect with patients and other health care professionals makes authorship of literary works an obvious next step. NPs have authored many book titles ranging from a target audience of non-clinicians to health professionals. Today, I highlight 5 must-read books authored by nurse practitioners.

  1. A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide To Smart Health Choices – Award winning author Carla Mills, NP, presents diet and lifestyle tips for patients looking for a healthier outlook. She presents an easy and adaptable format that patients can use to take concrete positive steps. If there ever was a book to prescribe to your patients, this would be the one.
  2. Nurse Practitioner’s Business Practice and Legal Guide, Fourth Edition – Carolyn Buppert is a renowned attorney, nurse practitioner, and author. She is the guru of all legal aspects of nurse practitioner practice and is frequently consulted for practice issues across the country. This book will help those looking to start their own practice and among other things, offers views on malpractice, negligence, risk management and much more geared specifically to the nurse practitioner. A must read.
  3. Confronting America’s Health Care Crisis: Establishing a Clinic for the Medical Uninsured – NP author Anne Parrish describes her experience in setting up her clinic and offers tips and a business plan for those also wanting to set up a similar type of practice.
  4. Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination and Practice Preparation, 3rd Edition – NP author Margaret Fitzgerald’s practice review courses and books are the gold standard for NP examination certification – whether it is the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Exam or the American Nurse Credentialing Center’s Exam. I had the opportunity of taking her review course in person and it helped immensely in my preparation for the certification exam.
  5. The Doctor of Nursing Practice: A Guidebook for Role Development and Professional Issues – NP author Lisa Astalos Chism takes a look at the genesis of the DNP degree and offers some roles that would be congruent for NPs with their DNP. If you are considering returning to school for the DNP, this book should be on your list.

Of course there are many more nurse practitioner authored books out there. This top 5 list presents some of the great literary work out there!



I’m Dr. Stephen Ferrara, a practicing Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of clinical experience. I’m a senior clinical associate at a large urban hospital system in the Bronx, NY and I’ve owned and operated the largest Nurse Practitioner retail based clinic operation in New York State. I have experience in college, correctional and men’s health.

I have my Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Nursing as well as my Master’s degree, and recently I attained the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree! I’m active within my state’s nurse practitioner association and have lectured at numerous conferences.

In addition to blogging here at OnlineNursePractitionerPrograms.com, for the past 3 years I’ve authored A Nurse Practitioner’s View. I have a passion for health care technology and integrating evidence-based practice into daily practice.Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find the information on this blog useful for your educational and career endeavors into the field of nursing.