Sigma titles recognized by American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards

2022 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 in six categories as some of the most valuable titles published in 2022 for their annual Book of the Year Awards. 

Against Medical Advice: Addressing Treatment Refusal by Luanne Linnard-Palmer, EdD, RN, CPN, and Ellen Christiansen, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, PHNA-BC, received first place in the Child Health and History and Public Policy categories. The book provides proven strategies and step-by-step examples that guide providers to consider the patient’s and family’s point of view, share concerns with other healthcare team members, and negotiate the best possible outcome for all involved. AJN History and Public Policy reviewer Katheren Koehn, MA, RN, FAAN, called Against Medical Advice “a book for our times.”

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, received first place in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education/Professional Development category. Reviewer Natasha Nurse-Clarke said, “This book is enlightening and easy to read, an invaluable tool for nurses who are making or considering the transition to academia.” In her book, Mumba provides a road map with the necessary tools and guidance for a successful career change from the practice setting to higher education and research.

Take Charge of Your Nursing Career, Second Edition, by Lois Sarah Marshall, PhD, MN, RN, received second place in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education/Professional Development category. In Take Charge of Your Nursing Career, Marshall recognizes that the notion of career is a fluid process and helps nurses at all stages of their career journey to maintain, sustain, and advocate for their careers. 

Visionary Leadership in Healthcare: Excellence in Practice, Policy, and Ethics by Holly Wei, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, and Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF, received first place in the Nursing Management and Leadership category. Visionary Leadership in Healthcare emphasizes collaboration and partnerships along with a call to move away from hierarchical forms of leadership to more engaged, open, equitable, inclusive, authentic, and caring leadership styles. Reviewer Karen H. Morin, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, says that “While grounded in nursing, this book is relevant to all leaders in healthcare.”

Evidence-Based Practice in Action: Comprehensive Strategies, Tools, and Tips From University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Second Edition, by Laura Cullen, DNP, RN, FAAN; Kirsten Hanrahan, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC, FAAN; Michele Farrington, BSN, RN, PMGT-BC; Sharon Tucker, PhD, APRN-CNS, PMHCNS-BC, NC-BC, FAAN; and Stephanie Edmonds, PhD, MPH, RN, received second place in the Nursing Research category. Evidence-Based Practice in Action is the only book that encompasses the EBP process, provides frameworks for EBP evaluation and implementation, and incorporates patients throughout. It is sure to inspire readers to use the EBP process, think creatively, and engage patients in co-design for improved outcomes.

“We are humbled to receive these awards and proud of the authors and editorial teams who worked so hard to bring them to life. This year's winners reflect the needs of a broad range of nurses, from students to bedside clinicians to nurse managers and CNOs. We're grateful for this recognition by the judges at AJN and the opportunity to serve such an important community,” said Sigma Publisher Dustin Sullivan. All of Sigma’s titles can be found on

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 600 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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