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New STTI book helps nurses reach their greatest potential

Julie Adams, Director, Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

INDIANAPOLIS — A career in nursing is an ever-evolving learning experience, and graduation alone does not make a student a professional nurse. All nurses are required to prove their knowledge on NCLEX and hold a state license to practice. Additionally a continually steep learning curve in the clinical space progressively challenges nursing professionals at all levels, which can be a shock for nurses new to the field.

To help ease the transition into specialized roles, authors Cynthia M. Thomas, Constance E. McIntosh, and Jennifer S. Mensik have written A Nurse’s Step-By-Step Guide to Transitioning to the Professional Nurse Role, a straightforward, concise, how-to-guide packed full of practical steps and tools that will help nursing students, new registered nurses, and experienced nurses look beyond the original entry degree to the vast opportunities available in their field.

“We believe it is so important to have effective mentors and coaches, but equally to be one,” said Thomas, McIntosh, and Mensick. “You may never know the influence you have on another person by simply exhibiting your caring nature, attitude, and willingness to help and encourage someone.”

Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), this book aims to provide a resource for information about topics including the NCLEX, professional practice, legal and ethical issues, continuing education, and advanced practice opportunities.

Divided into 10 chapters, this book benefits all nursing professionals, regardless of their current education or experience level, and aims to help them reach their greatest potential for themselves and their patients.

The book is available at
A Nurse’s Step-By-Step Guide to Transitioning to the Professional Nurse Role
By Cynthia M. Thomas, EdD, MS, RNc; Constance E. McIntosh, EdD, MBA, RN; and Jennifer S. Mensik, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Published by STTI, 2015
ISBN-13: 9781940446226
EPUB ISBN: 9781940446233
PDF ISBN: 9781940446240
MOBI ISBN: 9781940446257
Price: US $39.95
Trade paperback, 208 pages
Trim size: 53/8 x 83/8

About the authors

Cynthia M. Thomas, EdD, MS, RNc, is an associate professor at Ball State University’s School of Nursing, teaching leadership and management. A nurse for 40 years, she focuses on the transition from student to professional RN role.
Constance E. McIntosh, EdD, MBA, RN, is an assistant professor at Ball State University’s School of Nursing, teaching leadership and management and financial management. Prior to teaching, she held senior leadership roles in hospitals and healthcare organizations.

Jennifer S. Mensik, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is the executive director of On Nursing Excellence and the Institute for Staffing Excellence and Innovation, is a faculty member at the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and assists as a director of professional practice at Banner Ironwood Medical Center and Banner Goldfield Medical Center in Arizona.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at




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