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Sigma Theta Tau International Publishing honored with seven awards

Julie Adams, Director, Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

INDIANAPOLIS — The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) was awarded seven 2015 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards. STTI Publishing has been recognized by the American Journal of Nursing each year since 2009, often with as many awards as larger publishers.

The 2015 STTI award recipients are as follows:

• B is for Balance, Second Edition: 12 Steps Toward a More Balanced Life at Home and at Work received first place in the Consumer Health category. This second edition from author Sharon M. Weinstein provides ideas, tips, and tricks for rebalancing one’s life and reaching personal and professional goals. In 12 steps, readers are taught how to simplify their lives, reduce stress, and focus on what is most important.

• Four Seasons of Grieving: A Nurse’s Healing Journey With Nature received first place in Palliative Care and Hospice. Author A. Lynne Wagner uses nature as an example to teach others about the “seasons” or stages of grief and to provide a healthier healing environment during the process of loss. She focuses on the universal human experience of grieving through her own unique story.

• The Nurse’s Etiquette Advantage, Second Edition: How Professional Etiquette Can Advance Your Nursing Career received second place in Information Technology/Social Media. In this entertaining and informative second edition book, author Kathleen D. Pagana, a business etiquette expert with a nursing background, provides nurses and healthcare professionals with practical tips, faux pas, and do’s and don’ts for professional conduct online and in person.

• Fostering Clinical Success: Using Clinical Narratives for Interprofessional Team Partnerships From Massachusetts General Hospital received second place in Medical-Surgical Nursing. Massachusetts General Hospital executives and authors Jeanette Ives Erickson, Marianne Ditomassi, Susan Sabia, and Mary Ellin Smith, share their model for creating, embedding, and fostering a narrative culture; ultimately creating a safer environment with improved patient care, interprofessional communication, and patient and staff satisfaction.

 Reflective Organizations: On the Front Lines of QSEN & Reflective Practice Implementation received second place in Professional Issues. Changing an organizational culture requires more than a simple introduction to new activities or tasks. Authors Gwen D. Sherwood and Sara Horton-Deutsch, experts in reflective practice and Quality Safety and Education for Nurses, share the principles and strategies to empower others to successfully affect change and create reflective organizations for the benefit of patients and staff.

 Fostering a Research Intensive Organization: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Nurses From Massachusetts General Hospital received second place in Nursing Research. Authors Jeanette Ives Erickson, Marianne Ditomassi, and Dorothy Jones, all top leaders from Massachusetts General Hospital, address how a strong nursing research agenda can impact patient care and influence the redesign of services needed to effectively respond to a changing healthcare environment.

 A Nurse’s Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Dissertation or Capstone received third place in the Nursing Management/Leadership category. Author Karen Roush, an experienced writing mentor, editor, and nurse, delves into the fundamentals of writing a final paper in this straightforward, highly practical how-to guide.

“We are honored to have been awarded AJN Book of the Year Awards for seven consecutive years, and we are thrilled to have had so many books chosen again in 2015” said STTI Publisher Dustin Sullivan. “The number of awards we have received is a direct reflection of the quality of authors who write for us and the amazing team of professionals who bring these books to market. Their skill and dedication is a benefit to nurses everywhere.”

Nurses regard the AJN Book of the Year Awards as the most important designation of excellence in book publishing. These honors are especially meaningful for STTI publishing because it released just 14 books during the eligibility period, meaning half of the books published in this time were recognized with an AJN Book of the Year Award.

Read more about the winners here. All of STTI’s award-winning books can be purchased at Nursing Knowledge International.
About STTI
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 90 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 700 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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