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The results are in, and the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Awards for 2020 offer a fascinating snapshot of the nursing profession as we assimilate the impact of the pandemic.

Springer Publishing Sweeps the AJN 2020 Book of the Year Awards.

DailyNurse is proud to note that Springer Publishing (our parent company) swept this year’s Book of the Year awards, with 19 titles singled out for honors by AJN’s expert judges! (Including all three awards in the Gerontologic Nursing category). Eight Springer Publishing books received First Place awards, five titles earned Second Place awards, and another five books placed Third among the titles chosen by the AJN judges. One book, the Handbook of Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care, was even chosen by two judges as the first-place selection in two different categories. So, why hide one’s light under a bushel? Here are the 18 winning Springer Publishing titles of 2020, with comments by the judges…

Awarded First Place: ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING

Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology: Essentials for Clinical Practice

Edited by Nancy C. Tkacs, Linda L. Herrmann, and Randall L. Johnson. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“Masterfully links normal physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical practice…. This new foundational text has advanced practice nurses covered.”

Margo A. Halm, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Advanced Pediatric Assessment - First Place AJN Book of the Year, 2020

Awarded First and Third Place: CHILD HEALTH

1. Advanced Pediatric Assessment, Third Edition

By Ellen M. Chiocca. 3rd edition. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“An excellent reference for the pediatric NP student or other nurse clinician working to gain expertise in pediatric assessment…. [With] excellent photographs and illustrations.”

Jessica Spruit, DNP, CPNP-AC

3. Pediatric Emergent/Urgent and Ambulatory Care: The Pocket NP

By Sheila Sanning Shea, Karen Sue Hoyt, and Kathleen Sanders Jordan. 2nd edition. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“A concise reference for the busy emergency or urgent care clinician… Clinicians facing a less-familiar patient complaint can easily reference this text, which can be carried in a lab-coat pocket.”

Jessica Spruit, DNP, CPNP-AC

Awarded Second and Third Place: COMMUNITY/PUBLIC HEALTH

2. Population-Based Nursing: Concepts and Competencies for Advanced Practice

Edited by Ann L. Cupp Curley. 3rd edition. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“This engaging text… is very well written, and its narrative flows seamlessly…. It also promotes the utilization of research evidencethis is vital, as advanced practice can serve a pivotal role in the translation of research into practice and can positively impact individual and population health.”

Katherine H. Lawson, DNP, RN
Social Work and Mental Health

3. Social Work and Mental Health: Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

By Sylvia I. Mignon. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“I recommend it for public health nurses to gain insight into mental health carean often underserved area within public health practice and the health care system… An excellent presentation of current issues surrounding mental health…. Uses enlightening real-world case examples… Provides a complete overview of mental health issues, including history, current status, and recommendations to promote health.”

Katherine H. Lawson, DNP, RN

Full-Category Sweep! GERONTOLOGIC NURSING

1. Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course

By Frank J. Whittington, Suzanne R. Kunkel, and Kate de Medeiros. 2nd edition. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“An excellent introduction to major issues in societal and global aging… This is an important text both for students interested in global health and those who want to understand the cultural aspects of aging in their own country.”

Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN
Pharmacological Considerations in Gerontology

2. Pharmacological Considerations in Gerontology: A Patient-Centered Guide for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and Related Health Professions

By Abimbola Farinde and Megan Hebdon. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“This excellent guide provides useful information for prescribers, including a comprehensive overview of age-related considerations in prescribing medications and evaluating their effectiveness… Well organized, comprehensive, and presented in an accessible and helpful way to support busy clinicians… An excellent resource for practicing prescribers and educators.”

Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN
Evidence Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols

3. Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice, Sixth Edition

Edited by Marie Boltz, Elizabeth A. Capezuti, DeAnne Zwicker, and Terry Fulmer. 6th edition. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“A must-have for all practicing clinicians who care for older adults. Written by an outstanding group of authors who are leaders in the field of gerontological nursing, it provides a comprehensive guide to high-quality, person-centered care.”

Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN

Awarded First Place: INFORMATICS

1. Emerging Technologies for Nurses: Implications for Practice

Edited by Whende M. Carroll. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“An excellent text for nurses who have expertise in informatics topics. The inclusion of important contemporary topics makes this book stand out…. Includes practical and clinically relevant topics for nurses at all levels… Very inspiring for the nurse who wishes to learn more about informatics in health care.”

Susan Alexander, DNP, ANP-BC, ADM-BC

Awarded First and Second Place: MATERNAL–CHILD HEALTH/PRENATAL NURSING/CHILDBIRTH

Handbook of Perninatal and Neonatal Palliative care

1. Handbook of Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care: A Guide for Nurses, Physicians, and Other Health Professionals

By Rana Limbo, Charlotte Wool, and Brian S. Carter. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“This book should be required reading for anyone who works in perinatal and neonatal care.”

Rachel Blankstein Breman, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN

2. Comprehensive Neonatal Nursing Care

Edited by Carole Kenner, Leslie B. Altimier, and Marina V. Boykova. 6th edition. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“A great resource for neonatal nurses. The information is easy to read, follow, and understand… The graphics and tables were superior to those found in most other nursing textbooks.”

Rachel Blankstein Breman, PhD, MSN, MPH, RN

Awarded Second and Third Place: NURSING EDUCATION/CONTINUING EDUCATION/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

An Educator's Guide to Humanizing Nursing Education

2. An Educator’s Guide to Humanizing Nursing Education: Grounded in Caring Science

By Chantal Cara, Marcia Hills, and Jean Watson. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“It is fitting and timely that a well-established nursing theory emphasizing caring be applied to improving the climate and practices of nursing education…. The book exemplifies [the characteristics of Jean Watson’s theory of caring and her 10 Caritas Processes]… as the underpinning of the nurse educator’s work and reminds us that the individuality of the student is as important as the individuality of the patient.”

Gloria Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCPP
Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education

3. Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education, Sixth Edition

By Marilyn H. Oermann and Kathleen B. Gaberson. 6th edition. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“Having this book on every faculty member’s desk might increase the success rate in nursing education programs.”

Gloria Donnelly, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCPP

Awarded First Place: NURSING MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

1. Evidence-Based Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Nursing and Healthcare: A Practical Guide for Success

By Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk and Tim Raderstorf. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“What I loved about this book is that the authors made complex leadership and business topics accessible and interesting by sharing leaders personal stories…. Provides actionable and practical strategies students can use to further their own development… Readable and clear, it is sure to be a favorite among students.”

Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Awarded First Place (sole category winner): NURSING RESEARCH

Translation of Evidence Into Nursing and Healthcare

1. Translation of Evidence Into Nursing and Healthcare, Third Edition

Edited by Kathleen M. White, Sharon Dudley-Brown, and Mary F. Terhaar. 3rd edition. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“The authors of this text capture why we need to translate evidence into practice, and they present an unbiased collection of translation roadmaps for any nurse to use. Just reading the table of contents alone demonstrates the breadth of knowledge that academicians need to teach tomorrows nurse leaders about translation… Would be useful as core reading for DNP and Ph.D. programs.”

Rodney W. Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Awarded First and Second Place: PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE

1. Handbook of Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care: A Guide for Nurses, Physicians, and Other Health Professionals

By Rana Limbo, Charlotte Wool, and Brian S. Carter. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“An outstanding book that addresses a very important and underserved population… Comprehensive and clinically sound.”

Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FHPN, CHPN

2. Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) Exam Review: A Study Guide with Review Questions

By Patricia Moyle Wright. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“Excellent… thorough… In addition to serving as a study tool, it would make a great general resource for all palliative care clinicians.”

Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FHPN, CHPN

Awarded Third Place: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

3. The Rebel Nurse Handbook: Inspirational Stories by Shift Disruptors

By Rebecca Love, Nancy Hanrahan, Mary Lou Ackerman, Faith Ann Lawlor, Amy Rose Taylor, and Elizabeth Toner. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“We all need to be inspired right now. This is the perfect book to read as we consider the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, both temporary and permanent.”

Katheren Koehn, MA, RN, FAAN

Awarded First Place: PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH NURSING

1. Fast Facts for the Nurse Psychotherapist: The Process of Becoming

Edited by Jeffrey S. Jones and Kathleen R. Tusaie. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

“In a concise, easy-to-read, and resource- and example-rich text, Jones and Tusaie, both experienced nurse psychotherapists, present information for both novice and experienced psychiatric advanced practice nurses who wish to provide psychotherapy.”

Donna Sabella, PhD, MEd, MSN, PMHNP-BC

To see the full list of all 2020 AJN Book of the Year Awards, click here. To see the judges’ reviews of all of the 2020 Book of the Year titles, click here (PDF file).

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