The American Journal of Nursing’s 2014 Book of the Year Awards brought high acclaim to the book-publishing program of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). The honor society’s books garnered eight of the 43 honors, including six first-place awards.
“It is quite an honor to receive an AJN
Book of the Year award,” said STTI Publisher Dustin Sullivan. “To receive eight of these awards, covering such a wide range of topics, is truly amazing. We are extraordinarily fortunate to work with authors who demonstrate such a broad expanse of expertise and quality of knowledge. These awards also reflect positively on the members of our editorial and production teams, who show a similarly high level of skill in working with the initial ideas and bringing them to market in such a successful fashion.”
With eight awards and seven books represented by these prestigious awards, STTI’s book-publishing program stands strong next to the largest nursing book publishers in the world. To put this accomplishment in context, STTI published 14 books in the eligibility period, and half of those books earned an award. Also, the honor society received the most first-place awards of any publisher.
Re/Entry: A Guide for Nurses Dealing With Substance Use Disorder,
by Karolyn Crowley and Carrie Morgan, was awarded first place in the 2014 AJN
Book of the Year Awards in both the History and Public Policy category and the Professional Development and Issues category. The book provides nurses with the knowledge, tools, and courage to overcome their disorder and successfully re-enter the nursing profession.
“The book is resplendent with case studies, notes, first-person narratives called “voices,” and contemporary definitions tied to substance abuse terminology,” said awards judge Michael R. Bleich, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN. “These are all interwoven in a way that compels the reader to remain fully engaged. An uncommon frankness is blended with compassion, pragmatic approaches to treatment, and hope.”
Person and Family Centered Care,
by Jane Barnsteiner, Joanne Disch, and Mary K. Walton, was awarded first place in the Nursing Management/Leadership category. This innovative and practical clinical book offers a different approach to the traditional model of patient-centered care in that it begins with the person, embraces the family, and encompasses all care-delivery locations.
“This comprehensive inspection is an indispensable resource to all nurses, regardless of their experience, skill set, and clinical setting,” said judge Amanda Stefancyk Oberlies, MSN, MBA, RN, CNML. “Barnsteiner and colleagues have created a reference to be read and revisited for its invaluable approach to encouraging active, engaged participation and decision making by the person requiring care.”
Population-Based Public Health Clinical Manual: The Henry Street Model for Nurses
(2nd ed.), by Carolyn Garcia, Marjorie A. Schaffer, and Patricia M. Schoon, was awarded first place in the Community/Public Health category. One of the most important public health texts for both students and practitioners, the book builds on the Henry Street Consortium’s framework of 11 competencies for population-based, entry-level public health nursing.
“Public health nursing is a complicated field with many interlocking layers; the authors simplify those layers and show how to move intention into action,” noted Community-Public Health judge Caroline Dorsen, PhD, FNP-BC.
The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology,
by Brittney Wilson, was awarded first place in the Information Technology/Social Media category. Written with humor and easily digestible information, this reference guide gives nurses practical application tools to embrace technology and solidify themselves as assets to their employers.
In her comments about The Nerdy Nurse’s Guide to Technology, judge Peggy L. Chinn, PhD, RN, FAAN, said, “This is an entertaining and accessible book many nurses will find useful—particularly those who live by the rule ‘When all else fails, read the instructions!’”
Judge MaryAnn Hozak, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, noted that Staff Educator’s Guide to Clinical Orientation is “a must-have for staff educators, preceptors, and nurse managers who are interested in developing clinical orientation models within their organizations. … The authors sprinkle humorous insights into the narratives, making this book an easy and enjoyable read.”
“Unlike anything else in the interprofessional education and practice literature, this book frames how health disciplines—particularly nursing and medicine—evolved from a historical, sociologic, and anthropological perspective,” Bleich said. “This grounding is the foundation for a theory of interprofessional dynamics: Being present, Active caring, Stories and narrative-based evidence, and Evidence from science.”
Mastering Simulation: A Handbook for Success,
by Beth Ulrich and Beth Mancini, was awarded third place in the Information Technology/Social Media category. The book guides interdisciplinary learners of all levels in understanding simulation scenarios, developing clinical competencies, and designing and implementing effective training programs.
“Truth be told, all the technical simulation resources in the world may amount to very little in terms of improving actual patient care if the human elements of simulation are missing,” Chinn noted. “These include sound planning, well-constructed activities, and scenarios designed to meet specific learning goals, and an ongoing evaluation feedback loop. This book provides a map for all of the necessary human elements involved in using simulation technologies.”