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New Sigma book is a roadmap for healthcare professionals to care for those with disability

INDIANAPOLIS—Disability is a universal aspect of the human experience. Sigma Theta Cover of Delivering Quality Healthcare for People With DisabilityTau International Honor Society of Nursing’s (Sigma’s) newest title, Delivering Quality Healthcare for People With Disability, provides a road map for nurses, nursing students, and other healthcare professionals to deliver quality healthcare for individuals with disability. From social determinants of health to disability models to an understanding of different types of disability, author Suzanne C. Smeltzer helps nurses take the lead in redefining education and addressing the needs of people with disability.

One in four people in the US has one or more disabilities, making the population of people with disability the largest minority group in the country. “Healthcare for many people with disabilities is of poor quality and fraught with barriers to care,” author Suzanne C. Smeltzer, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, said. “Many national and international organizations have called for the healthcare professions to better prepare their graduates to care for individuals with disability. This book is intended to address those calls.”

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The book is available to purchase at

Delivering Quality Healthcare for People With Disability
By Suzanne C. Smeltzer, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Published by Sigma, 2021
ISBN-13: 9781948057455
EPUB ISBN: 9781948057462
PDF ISBN: 9781948057479 
MOBI ISBN: 9781948057486
Price: US $49.95
Trade paperback, 316 pages
Trim size: 6x9

About the author:

Suzanne C. Smeltzer, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, is the Richard and Marianne Kreider Endowed Professor in Nursing for Vulnerable Populations at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. She has received several awards for her work related to disability, including the 2016 Foundation Lectureship Award for Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability in Nursing Education from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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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