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Home : Media

June 2012

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

Reflection: Key to learning and improving patient outcomes
New STTI book asks critical questions that lead to improved care

INDIANAPOLIS – For nurses, the chance to reflect on experiences translates into improved learning and greater knowledge in their field – and, perhaps more importantly, into greater safety and satisfaction among their patients.

While most nursing educators use reflection as a research and evaluative tool, few have models to help guide reflective learning experiences. A new publication from the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is the first to focus on reflection in all aspects of the learning process, providing a rich resource for nurse educators in academic and clinical settings, nurses interested in developing leadership capacity, and nurses seeking to advance their professional development.

Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes, by Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, provides an entirely new framework for educators and students on the reflective practice process that can lead to new awareness, insights and behavior to improve nursing care.

The book uses examples from the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, that provide readers with practical approaches, tools, techniques, and exercises that are adoptable in most work settings. These exercises can help guide interactive group work as well as individual reflection shared with a coach or mentor. Reflective Practice can be used alone or in conjunction with the International Textbook of Reflective Practice in Nursing, also published by STTI.

“At last! A book that provides a comprehensive framework for understanding reflective practice and its potential as an educational pedagogy, for practice improvements and for self-development.”
Carol Huston, MSN, MPA, DPA, FAAN
Director, School of Nursing
California State University, Chico

Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes
By Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS
Published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International
ISBN-13: 9781-935476-79-5
Price: US $39.95
Trade paperback, 320 pages
Trim Size: 5 3/8 X 8 3/8
Available at  

About the authors
Gwen D. Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, is professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Her work examining patient satisfaction with pain management outcomes, the spiritual dimensions of care and teamwork as a variable in patient safety has spanned education and practice. Sherwood is co-investigator for the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to transform curriculum to prepare nurses for working in and leading quality and safety in redesigned health care systems. She works with the  University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine as a senior faculty at the Telluride Science Institute Roundtable on Redesigning Health Professions Education to improve patient safety. She served as vice president for two terms on STTI’s international board of directors.

Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, is an associate professor and coordinator of the graduate psychiatric/mental health nursing program at Indiana University School of Nursing. A senior faculty member, she teaches nursing leadership, psychiatric clinical management and health promotion, and advanced psychiatric/mental health nursing clinical practicum. Over the past three years, she has served as principal investigator of an advanced nursing education grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, aimed at increasing the number, diversity and distribution of advanced practice psychiatric nurses in rural and underserved regions of Indiana by making advanced education available through the development of a distance-accessible program.

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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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