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Home : Media

January 2012

Rachael McLaughlin
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

STTI announces new book for grantwriting
Step-by-step guide helps nurses understand the grantwriting process

INDIANAPOLIS – More than US $70 million in grant money is available for nursing education, training and workplace development for current and prospective nurses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

To aid nurses in the highly competitive field of grantwriting, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) has released The Nurse’s Grantwriting Advantage: How Grantwriting Can Advance Your Nursing Career by Rebecca Bowers-Lanier, EdD, MSN, MPH, RN.

Grantwriting can be an intimidating concept, but The Nurse’s Grantwriting Advantage provides a step-by-step guide for nurses who are writing a grant proposal for the first time or for nurses who want to improve their skill and results. While a few other books exist for nurses or health care professionals who write grants on a routine basis, there is nothing for first-time grantwriters or nurses who may only write a few key grants during their careers.

Written in the Q&A style of STTI’s popular Nurse’s Advantage series, The Nurse’s Grantwriting Advantage features lists, tips, tricks and quick references.

Content includes:
1. Grantmaking in reverse: Awarding grants through giving circles
2. Finding a solution for your practice pet peeve
3. Searching for money
4. Project planning
5. Making the “ask” or responding to a request for proposals
6. Evaluating the project
7. The budget
8. Putting on the final touches
9. Excelling at a site visit
10. Awaiting the decision and planning next steps

About the author
Rebecca Bowers-Lanier, EdD, MSN, MPH, RN, has a broad and varied career that includes staff nursing and supervision; nursing education and educational administration; program development and evaluation; and grantsmanship, including grantwriting, grants administration and technical assistance for grantees. She currently is president of B2L Consulting in Richmond, Va., where she works as a legislative advocate consultant at the state level for nonprofits in health care and public education. Bowers-Lanier is the former Deputy Director of Colleagues in Caring: Regional Collaborative for Nursing Work Force Development, a national program funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Nurse’s Grantwriting Advantage: How Grantwriting Can Advance Your Nursing Career
By Rebecca Bowers-Lanier, EdD, MSN, MPH, RN
Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
ISBN: 9781-935476733
Price: US $24.95
Trade paperback, 224 pages
Trim Size: 6x9
Available at

Praise for The Nurse’s Grantwriting Advantage
“Grantwriting can be a daunting task for the novice and experienced nurse alike. In The Nurse’s Grantwriting Advantage, Dr. Bowers-Lanier takes the nurse through the entire process of grantwriting—from problem identification, to concept pape, to searching for grantwriting opportunities, to actually submitting the application—in a way that demystifies the process. Full of tips, checklists, and take-away points, this text is the only guidebook any nurse needs to navigate the grantwriting process.”

–Cynthia Armstrong Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Associate Dean 
West Virginia University School of Nursing

“Dr. Bowers-Lanier clearly demonstrates her skill as a teacher, leader, collaborator, and joyful companion through adventures in successful fundraising for nursing! And I love her quotes! I am looking forward to sharing this very motivating and instructive book with colleagues committed to attracting funding to support innovations and research in nursing.”

–Ellen Canepa Brzytwa, MSN, MPH, RN
Health Consultant

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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at
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