I have just read "Books of the Year" (Nursing Resources, January) and noted with some dismay that not a single book in the category of psychiatric nursing is a psychiatric nursing book. Given the fact that a number of very fine psychiatric nursing books were published in 1998, it's hard to understand the selections in this category. In addition, one might question the selection of two pediatric books in a field of four. Clearly, it would be helpful if readers were given some information about selection criteria.
I think it's sad that AJN did not give prominence to texts written by nurses, for nurses. I hope you will review the issue and recommend changes to better represent the nursing discipline in its scholarly endeavors.
Gail W. Stuart, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN
Editor's note: The selections for the 1998 Book of the Year Awards were made by nurse reviewers in each category. We concur with Dr. Stuart's position that AJN should give attention to texts written by nurses; however, we do not believe that this should exclude publications by non-nurses if these resources inform nursing practice. The new vision for the journal includes the broader health care and public communities as secondary audiences, and we're exploring ways to bring this perspective into the awards program.