STTI authors provide road map to a better future for health care

26 February 2014
Julie Adams, Director, Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
STTI authors provide road map to a better future for health care
Revolutionary new book stresses importance of interprofessional partnerships in nursing
INDIANAPOLIS — Health care professionals are experts on healing, but they often lack the necessary tools and guidance to heal the health care system, say the authors of a new book published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI).
Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Healthcare by Riane Eisler, JD, PhD(h), and Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, empowers nurses and health care professionals to re-examine the current state of interprofessional collaboration to build a more effective, caring, and sustainable health care system.
As the first book written from the nursing perspective about interprofessional teamwork in health care,Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships defines and illustrates the full partnership model in practice, education, and research to improve communication and interprofessional collaboration. The book also serves as a template for true partnership-based patient and family-centered care, which empowers patients to take an active role in their health care decisions.
The authors advocate for a paradigm shift that will dramatically change — and improve — the nursing field.
“This shift in paradigms is especially important for the nursing profession, which has for far too long labored under a paradigm in which nursing’s unique contribution to healing has been marginalized,” Potter says.
However, this text has impact far beyond the nursing profession; misconceptions regarding health care also affect our global society as a whole. According to the authors, assumptions guiding the health care system are not only obstacles to progress; they also have a negative effect on patients’ health and safety.
“Today, we are facing a crucial turning point in our health care system,” said Mary Koloroutis, MSN, RN, vice president and senior consultant at Creative Health Care Management. “Eisler and Potter give us the language and inspire the courage to actively deconstruct the old domination paradigm and form the new partnership paradigm.”
The authors hope that this book will begin to change the social consciousness and encourage a movement that will invigorate the nursing profession.
“My hope is that the book can serve as a vanguard to a larger social movement,” Potter says.  Eisler adds, “The time for change is now.”
Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Healthcare
By Riane Eisler, JD, PhD(h), and Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN
ISBN-13: 9781938835261. Published by STTI, 2014
Price: US $54.95. Soft cover, 384 pages. Trim size: 7⅜ x 9⅛
About the authors:
Riane Eisler, JD, PhD(h), is founder and president of the Center for Partnership Studies and teaches in the leadership graduate program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is internationally known for her contributions as a systems scientist, attorney working for the human rights of women and children, and author of several books including The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future, now in 25 foreign editions, and The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics. Eisler has written more than 300 articles and has received numerous awards including the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 2009 Distinguished Peace Leadership Award. A survivor of the holocaust, Riane has been described as a cultural historian and an evolutionary theorist. She consults for businesses and governments on practical applications of the partnership model introduced in her work and keynotes at international conferences, universities, and corporations.
Teddie M. Potter, PhD, RN, is a clinical associate professor and coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership and Director of Inclusivity and Diversity at the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. A practicing nurse for more than 30 years, Potter is internationally known for her collaborative care models and speaks about inclusivity and diversity in health care and the partnership paradigm in nursing education, practice, and research.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active 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