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Home : Media

28 April 2011

Rachael McLaughlin, Director
Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International


New book introduces nurses and students to public health practices
Published by STTI, the book is based on the principles of the Henry Street Consortium and offers practical resources

INDIANAPOLIS –Just in time for National Public Health Week (4-10 April), The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International’s new book introduces nurses and students to important public health competencies.

Public health nursing is less about clinical bedside nursing and more about influencing healthful behavioral changes that will improve individual health and also influence those in the individual’s immediate community (friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors). Health care continues to be one of the hot-button issues everywhere, but public health nursing has a significant role to play in improving health and thus lowering the cost of health care.

The Population-Based Public Health Nursing Clinical Manual: The Henry Street Model for Nurses intuitively guides readers through the principles and competencies of public health nursing—principles and competencies that were collectively developed and honed by a consortium of public health nurses in public and academic sectors. This easy to use book stands out from existing public health textbooks in its affordability but also in its hands-on and friendly approach. Elements include case studies, actual student nurse notebooks, evidence examples, activities, ethical considerations, learning examples, reflective practice, key points, and an interactive activity called “Think, Explore, Do.” 

Marjorie Schaffer, PhD, RN, Carolyn Garcia, PhD, RN, and Pat Schoon, MS, RN, based this new book on the Henry Street Consortium’s framework of 11 population-based, entry-level public health nursing competencies and made evidence-based practice an integral component of the book. Each competency is given a full chapter for thorough learning.
Population-Based Public Health Nursing Clinical Manual: The Henry Street Model for Nurses
Edited by Carolyn Garcia, PhD, RN; Marjorie Schaffer, PhD, RN and Pat Schoon, MS, RN
Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
ISBN: 9781930538979
Price: US $44.95
Trade paperback, 400 pages
Trim Size: 8 x 10
Available at

Advanced praise for Population-Based Public Health Nursing Clinical Manual
“Did you know that the great Lillian Wald, the mother of public health nursing, favored health care reform? Wald worked with destitute immigrants in New York City, and from that work developed what would become the Henry Street Settlement. Today’s public health nurses carry on Wald’s vision of access to quality health care for all. She would be pleased that STTI’s new book teaches her mission of social justice to nursing students and novice public health nurses.”
--Janet Boivin, RN, BSN,
Book Acquisitions Editor, STTI

About the editors
Marjorie A. Schaffer, PhD, MS, RN PHN, is a professor or nursing at Bethel University and recipient of the 2010 Bethel University Professor Award for her scholarly work. A founding member for the Henry Street Consortium and has taught public health nursing for more than 25 years. Schaffer is the author of more than 40 articles and book chapters as well as the co-author of Being Present: A Nurse’s Resource for End-of-Life Communication, also published by STTI.

Carolyn M. Garcia, PhD, MPH, RN, PHN, is assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota and adjunct faculty in the School of Public Health. Her career of public health spans over 15 years and international borders such as serving at refugee camps in Rwanda. Currently, Garcia serves on the advisory committee for the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency and she recently served as president of the Zeta Chapter of STTI.

Patricia M. Schoon, MPH, RN, PHN, is an adjunct associate professor at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a clinical instructor for the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. A founding member of the Henry Street Consortium, Schoon has taught nursing and public health for more than 35 years. She has developed innovative community programs including a foot-care clinic for the homeless and a faith-based program for older adults.

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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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