Capstone International Nursing Book Award

2019 Award Recipient

Advancing relationship-based cultures_2019 Capstone Award recipient
Advancing Relationship-Based Cultures
Mary L. Koloroutis and David Abelson
Published by Creative Health Care Management
Illinois, USA

Advancing Relationship Based Cultures addresses often-ignored aspects of health care – who we are, how we relate to one another, healing connections, caring for self, and compassion at all levels of an organization, and challenges the reader to engage in serious self-reflection. The judges commented that this book is insightful and clear in its writing but more importantly very engaging. The vision of this book is to inspire meaningful conversations about what it takes to create cultures in which each person is held with dignity and respect, aspiring to promote cultures in which leaders work together with those remarkable people at the point of care to provide the best experience possible for patients, families, and all who work in health care.

2017 Award Recipient

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Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice

Janice Hoffman PhD, RN, ANEF
Nancy Sullivan DNP, RN
F. A. Davis Company
Pennsylvania, USA

As the subtitle, ‘Making Connections to Practice’, suggests, this book describes the integrated approach and pedagogy that drive students’ learning—the writing style supports comprehension and the features help students learn and apply complex content, promote critical thinking and clinical decision making, and make explicit correlations between concepts and patient care. Judges agreed the case studies and approach to learning used in this book were useful and engaging while catering to today’s learning environment.

2015 Award Recipient

Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care

Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Teddie M Potter, PhD, MS, RN Clinical Associate Professor, Coordinator of the DNP in Health Innovation and Leadership, Director of Diversity and Inclusivity University of Minnesota Minnesota, USA Zeta Chapter #005

Dr. Potter has a rich practice history, including over 25 years as an acute care nurse, a home care and hospice nurse, and 16 years as a nurse educator. She has also shown a long-term commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Dr. Potter was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award for creating respectful and inclusive living, learning, and working environments. Dr. Potter speaks nationally and internationally about Partnership-Based Health Care and The BASE of Nursing, new theories to guide nursing practice, education, and research. She co-authored with Riane Eisler the award-winning book, Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care. Potter is Executive Editor for the newly launched Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal designed to promote a world in which all relationships, institutions, policies, and organizations are based on partnership principles.

Creative Communication Award

2019 Award Recipient

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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Marketing and Communications Team

Nursing #WeGotThis

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Marketing and Communications
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Maryland, USA

“Nursing WeGotThis” is a social media and video campaign produced to show nursing as a dynamic and innovative profession. The videos are succinct, captivating, and explain through testimony the complexities of how and why one gets into nursing. The video campaign doesn’t simply focus on the caregiver dimension of nursing, but also illustrates its dynamic, raw, and edgy sides, showing how one may combine interests, programs and populations to develop a unique practice. These videos reveal the excellence, diversity, rigor, determination, and strength it takes to be a nurse.

2017 Award Recipients


Inside an Ebola Treatment Unit: A Nurse’s Report

American Journal of Nursing

We view this award from Sigma as a significant achievement - it is recognition from nursing's scholarship group for high quality and fact-based content that serves the nursing profession and informs all. We view this as support for our efforts to ensure high standards of journalism.

Inside an Ebola Treatment Unit interweaves Deborah Wilson’s personal journey and on-the-ground experiences in Liberia with the challenges presented in fighting our most recent potential pandemic. It sensitively frames the worldwide response to the crisis within the historical, socioeconomic and cultural contexts of Liberia. This article demonstrates Sigma’s mission of advancing world health by highlighting service during an epidemic.

Media Other- Essence of Healing

Essence of Healing: The Journey of American Indian Nurses

University of North Dakota School of Nursing, Kat Communications, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, University of North Dakota Recruitment and Retention of American Indians into Nursing
North Dakota, USA

This award recognizes American Indian nurses and empowers them to share their unique perspectives of nursing. Further, partner collaboration is an excellent example of what can be accomplished; to quote Sitting Bull, Lakota, “Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”

This documentary highlights the journeys of 14 American Indian nurses from the Northern Plains of the United States as they follow their calling. With a goal to promote the recruitment of American Indians into the nursing profession, the Essence of Healing lets viewers know that positive experiences outweigh the negative and portrays a positive image of nursing and the excellence of American Indian nurses across many different roles in the nursing profession.  

2015 Award Recipients

DUHS Nursing Leadership Team
(L-R) Sylvia Alston, Mary Ann Fuchs, and Jana Alexander

Duke University Health System Nursing Leadership

North Carolina, USA

Duke University Health System Nursing Leadership set out to make a recruitment video in 2013, then quickly realized that the scope of the project needed to be increased. The catalyst – the eloquent examples provided by Duke nurses about their professional practice and what it means to be a “Duke nurse.” The nurses interviewed for the video were at different points in their careers and worked in varied roles. They spoke candidly about their professional practice within the framework of the DUHS Nursing Professional Practice Model (PPM). “The Duke Nursing Experience” is a powerful video about how Duke nurses live the concepts of advocacy, caring, collaboration, empathy, innovation, leadership, professional growth, and professionalism. Since premiering the video during 2014 National Nurses Week, Duke Nursing has incorporated “The Duke Nursing Experience,” either in its entirety or in segments that address specific PPM concepts, into nursing orientation, training sessions, meetings, and events.

Pamela Triolo, PhD, RN, FAAN

Contemporary Medical Mystery Series Featuring Nurses
Author and Chief Executive Officer
Principled Leadership Solutions
Texas, USA
Zeta Pi Chapter #158

After a successful international nursing career, bridging service and academe, Triolo career shifted, channeling her mission of improving the image of nursing with her passion for writing mysteries. The medical mystery series, featuring a Latina RN protagonist with a multicultural team, was born with Death Without Cause (2013) and The Impostor: A Medical Mystery (Wyatt-MacKenzie, Inc., 2014). The characters face contemporary clinical, workplace, and life issues packaged in a mystery. The books, designed to engage, teach and entertain, are highly recommended reads for libraries, student nurses and high school students considering health science. They are well regarded in the public domain. Foreword Reviews reported, “Triolo’s second novel about nurses could easily be ripped from the headlines.” Suzanne Gordon said, "Anyone in nursing ... will not have to read far, before experiencing a shudder of recognition: this fictional tale is rooted in workplace reality that can be no less scary."