The future of nursing needs a reality shift

19 November 2014
Julie Adams, Director, Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

The future of nursing needs a reality shift
Examining historical nursing issues to transform our future
INDIANAPOLIS — An ageing nursing workforce, an ageing patient population, and an increasing demand for nurses contribute to a call for a change in the nursing field. Unfortunately, these challenges are not unique to today’s nursing profession. Dr. Leslie Neal-Boylan points out trends and issues that have been consistent in nursing throughout history in her latest book.
InThe Nurse’s Reality Shift: Using History to Transform the Future, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Neal-Boylan, PhD, CRRN, APRN-BC, FNP, directly addresses the similarities between nursing issues in the past and today. Despite dramatic scientific and technological advances since the advent of professional nursing in the 19th century, a close analysis shows that modern nurses face many of the same challenges as earlier nurses, including excessive patient loads, staffing shortages, and poor working conditions.
While analyzing the past and using modern survey techniques to give voice to current issues,The Nurse’s Reality Shiftsheds light on why nurses are where they are and, more importantly, how nurses can approach the future in a different way. This book asks the hard questions the nursing profession must answer to move past its recurring challenges and offers practical solutions and a road map for moving forward.
“I have selected key events in our history to show that many of the issues we started out with have remained with us and require resolution,” Boylan said. “We should not continue to ignore them or use Band-Aid solutions. My goal in writing this book was to help myself and others see, all in one place, the present and past issues that repeat themselves time and time again. If it is plainly written in black and white, then perhaps we will be better positioned to see the broad picture and truly fix or eliminate these problems once and for all. While the profession may have changed in some ways and stagnated in others, nurses share the common experience of being nurses and a passion for this most special profession.”
The book is available
The Nurse’s Reality Shift: Using History to Transform the Future
By Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, CRRN, APRN-BC, FNP
Published by STTI, 2014
ISBN-13: 9781938835629
EPUB ISBN: 9781938835636
PDF ISBN: 9781938835643
MOBI ISBN: 9781938835650
Price: US $34.95
Trade paperback, 172
Trim size: 6 x 9
About the author
Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, CRRN, APRN-BC, FNP, is associate dean and professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., USA. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Rutgers University, her Master of Science in Nursing degree from San Jose State University, her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree from George Mason University, and a post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner (FNP) from Marymount University in Arlington, Va., USA. She is a board-certified FNP and is also certified in rehabilitation nursing, home health nursing, and rheumatology. She works at Care Medical Family Practice and Internal Medicine in her FNP role. Dr. Neal-Boylan has more than 30 years of direct clinical experience and 15 years in nursing education. She has held various leadership positions in nursing and has authored and/or edited almost 100 peer-reviewed publications, including seven books. Her research focus has been on the nursing workforce, including areas such as registered nurses with disabilities, retired volunteer nurses, geriatric patient care, the nurse practitioner role, and chronic illness.
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission isadvancing 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