New title from Sigma helps nurses navigate the transition from practice to academia

A Nurse's Step-by-Step Guide to Transitioning to an Academic RoleINDIANAPOLIS—In the first book of its kind, A Nurse’s Step-by-Step Guide to Transitioning to an Academic Role focuses on both clinical and research paths in academia. Readers of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’
(Sigma) newest title will find a road map with the necessary tools and guidance for a successful career change from the practice setting to higher education and research.

Using a conversational tone, author Mercy Ngosa Mumba explains how to understand different types of academic appointments, connect with colleagues and students, juggle various academic responsibilities, manage time and stress, and contribute to a more equitable institutional culture. Mumba provides up-to-date and relatable advice and strategies for transitioning to a new academic role by offering crucial guidance in learning how to balance competing priorities and avoiding burnout so that new academicians do not just survive but thrive in academia.

“My hope is that this book will provide individuals who wish to transition to an academic role or those who have recently transitioned into an academic role the strategies and tools to be successful and to thrive,” said author Mercy Ngosa Mumba. 

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A Nurse’s Step-by-Step Guide to Transitioning to an Academic Role: Strategies to Jumpstart Your Career in Education and Research
By Mercy Ngosa Mumba, PhD, RN, CMSRN, FAAN
Published by Sigma, 2022
ISBN-13: 9781646480296
EPUB ISBN: 9781646480319
PDF ISBN: 9781646480326 
Price: US $39.95
Trade paperback, 316 pages
Trim size: 5 ½ x 8 ½  

About the author:
Mercy Ngosa Mumba, PhD, RN, CMSRN, FAAN, is an Associate Professor in the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama and serves as a United Nations liaison for Sigma. An award-winning scientist, philanthropist, and published author, Mumba conducts research focused on substance use disorders, addictive behaviors, and their comorbid mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety.

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. Learn more at