Friday, February 5, 2016

Recognizing the best in nursing literature

AWARD-WINNING AUTHORS: From left, Smith, Sabia, Ives Erickson, Ditomassi and Jones

The American Journal of Nursing recently announced its prestigious Book of the Year Awards, recognizing the best in nursing publishing.Two MGH-authored texts were honored with awards for 2015.

Receiving second place in the Medical-Surgical Nursing category is Fostering Clinical Success: Using Clinical Narratives for Interprofessional Team Partnerships from Massachusetts General Hospital, written by Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, chief nurse and senior vice president for Patient Care; Marianne Ditomassi, RN, DNP, executive director of Patient Care and Magnet Recognition; Susan Sabia, executive editor ofCaring Headlines; and Mary Ellin Smith, RN, professional development manager in the Institute for Patient Care. In this book, the authors share their model for creating, embedding and fostering a narrative culture, ultimately creating a safer environment with improved patient outcomes, inter-professional communication and patient and staff satisfaction.

Also awarded second place in the Nursing Research category was Fostering a Research Intensive Organization: An Interdisciplinary Approach for Nurses from Massachusetts General Hospital. This text was authored by Ives Erickson, Ditomassi and Dorothy Jones, RN, EdD, director emeritus and senior nurse scientist in the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research. The book addresses how a strong nursing research agenda can impact patient care delivery and influence the redesign of services needed to effectively respond to a changing health care environment.

The books – part of a trilogy with the first written in 2014 – were a collaborative effort, says the group, guided by practice, education and research in nursing. They not only affect nursing but other health care disciplines and are currently used in the classroom influencing the next generation of clinicians. “Sharing our experiences in cultivating a culture of storytelling and inquiry fills a void in the changing landscape of health care,” says Ives Erickson. “Hopefully our work will guide others as they advance their narrative and research-driven care environments.”



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