Five Sigma titles awarded American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards

INDIANAPOLIS—The American Journal of Nursing has recognized five Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) titles as some of the most valuable titles published in 2021 for their annual Book of the Year Awards.

Delivering Quality Healthcare for People With Disability by Suzanne C. Smeltzer received first place in the History and Public Policy category. Reviewer Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, noted that Smeltzer’s book “is one of the first books to systematically address how to care for individuals with disability in ways that respect and, indeed, honor their abilities” that contains “decades of wisdom, research, and practice” in accessible and readable chapters.

Self-Care for New and Student Nurses by Dorrie K. Fontaine, Tim Cunningham, and Natalie B. May, which presents techniques to prepare you for stressors present now and those to come, received second place in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education/Professional Development category. Reviewer Kathryn B. Keller, PhD, RN, CNE, said of Self-Care for New and Student Nurses: “This book and its accompanying workbook can be used throughout the undergraduate nursing student’s academic experience and during the transition to practice, helping to build resiliency and offering invaluable insight and support during this stressful time.”

Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals: Model & Guidelines, Fourth Edition, by Deborah Dang, Sandra L. Dearholt, Kim Bissett, Judith Ascenzi, and Madeleine Whalen is a foundational text on EBP in nursing and healthcare and received a third place in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education/Professional Development category. Reviewer Kathryn B. Keller noted that it is useful for both practice and academic settings and “offers a clear approach to developing a culture of evidence-based practice (EBP).”

High Reliability Organizations: A Healthcare Handbook for Patient Safety & Quality, Second Edition, by Cynthia A. Oster and Jane S. Braaten was awarded second place in the Professional Issues category. “It is easy to see this book as a valuable go-to resource for organizations in many areas of healthcare. Readers will gain understanding of what drives safety and quality as well as the critical factors affecting organizational culture and ongoing commitment to high reliability,” said reviewer Jackie Owens, PhD, RN, CNE.

Improving Nurse Retention & Healthcare Outcomes: Innovating With the IMPACT Model by Judy Thomas and Mellisa Renter helps clinical nurses understand how to elevate their practice as frontline care providers and give executives a new strategic approach to nurse retention. It received third place in the Professional Issues category. In this accessible and readable book, reviewer Jackie Owens, PhD, RN, CNE, noted that “Any healthcare discipline struggling with retention of professional caregivers could apply the framework described.”

“It is an honor to receive these awards—the 13th year in a row Sigma books have received these distinctions from AJN judges. We published some of our most impactful titles in 2021, and I am proud of our authors and editorial team for maintaining their high standards amid the challenges of the past year,” said Sigma Publisher Dustin Sullivan. All of Sigma’s titles can be found on Sigma

About Sigma: The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members and 550 chapters at institutions of higher education and healthcare partners from Armenia, Australia, and Botswana to Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Sigma members include clinical nurses and administrators, academic nurse educators and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others working to fulfill the organization’s vision of connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare. 

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