Earlier this year, the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) awarded its Book of the Year honors to outstanding nursing and health care publications of 2008. Forty-two winners were named in 15 separate categories, chosen by a panel of experts in the field. Many of the publications address controversial consumer health topics and nursing industry issues, including medical-surgical nursing, psychiatric-mental health nursing, maternal and child health, and other areas.
“AJN is committed to providing nursing and health care professionals and the public with cutting-edge information, grounded in credible science, and we are pleased to honor this year’s award recipients,” said Diana Mason, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., and editor-in-chief of AJN. “Authors who cover new and informative material can dramatically improve the quality of life for nurses and the quality of care that patients receive.”
This year’s winners included:
- Safety in Numbers: Nurse-to-Patient Ratios and the Future of Health Care, by Suzanne Gordon, John Buchanan and Tanya Bretherton. The book, says AJN, “includes a clear well-researched account about the struggles of nurses in California and Australia examining the many perspectives of the debate on nurse–patient ratios,” and “argues that improving working conditions for nurses is a vital step in addressing the international nursing shortage.”
- Nurse: A World of Care, by Peter Jaret. Per AJN, the book “is a candid moving book of photographs and text depicting the wide range of the nurse’s work and nurse-patient interactions.”
- Clinician’s Guide to the Soul, by Veneta Masson. The book “is a heartfelt and evocative collection of poems exploring the intensely personal side of nursing including patient interactions, health care interventions, illness and death,” writes AJN’s reviewer.
- Human Centered Nursing: The Foundation of Quality Care, by Susan Kleiman. “Students are often attracted to the high-tech aspects of nursing,” says AJN’s reviewer. “This book reminds them and us that as practicing nurses, the focus of our nursing care should be the human being who is the recipient of what we do. After spending many years in nursing, it reminded me why I became a nurse in the first place: to make a difference in someone’s life.”
- Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses, edited by Ronda G. Hughes. Writes AJN, “[T]he entire content of the three volumes is directly and inherently relevant to research and evidence-based practice. Nationally recognized experts wrote chapters on every possible topic related to patient safety and quality. Given the paramount importance of patient safety and quality, this vast treatise could have a profound, far-reaching impact on our profession.” The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) prepared this comprehensive, 1,400-page, handbook for nurses, with additional funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.