Straightforward guide for academic writing is fully revised

New edition of step-by-step guide helps nursing students with their dissertation or scholarly project

INDIANAPOLIS — All But Dissertation, or ABD — the dreaded term no PhD or master’s student trying to complete his or her dissertation or scholarly project wants to hear. Writing a final paper to earn an advanced degree is a daunting task, even for the most confident candidate. Nurses are no exception.
Karen Roush, PhD, APN, knows more than a thing or two about writing one of these final papers. Her fully revised book A Nurse’s Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Your Dissertation or Scholarly Project, Second Edition, published by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma), is a straightforward how-to guide that will help students plan and write the perfect finale to their education. She delves into the fundamentals of exactly what the student needs within this short, concise guide.

Roush knows that the nursing field rarely prompts students to focus on their writing skills. Her role as a writing mentor with years of experience as an editorial director and clinical managing editor encouraged her to create, and now update, this clear and highly practical step-by-step guide for the busy student nurse. She coaches readers through the scholarly writing process in an engaging, conversational style. Added to this book is  a new chapter on writing manuscript option dissertations.
“While working on my doctorate, I was often asked to help other doctoral students with writing up their dissertations, and oftentimes their professors recommended they contact me,” Roush said. “Through working with them I realized how unprepared students were for the writing aspect of dissertation work and how that often impeded their progress and resulted in a lot of frustration. It was rewarding to help them overcome that, and writing this book is a way of reaching many more doctoral students who are struggling with the writing.”

The book is available at

A Nurse’s Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Your Dissertation or Scholarly Project, Second Edition
By Karen Roush, PhD, APN
Published by Sigma, 2018
ISBN-13: 9781945157127
EPUB ISBN: 9781945157134
PDF ISBN: 9781945157141
MOBI ISBN: 9781945157158
Price: US $39.95
Trade paperback, 200 pages
Trim size: 53/8 x 83/8

About the author
Karen Roush, PhD, APN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She founded The Scholar’s Voice, which works to strengthen the voice of nursing through writing mentorship for nurses. A previous editorial director and clinical managing editor for the American Journal of Nursing, Roush is widely published, having authored multiple consumer healthcare books, nursing articles in peer-reviewed journals, essays, and poetry.


The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 530 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales.
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