Book of the Year Awards 2022 : AJN The American Journal of Nursing

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Book of the Year Awards 2022

AJN, American Journal of Nursing 123(1):p 58-63, January 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000911528.44845.32


Chosen by Leslie Neal-Boylan, PhD, APRN, NP, CRRN, Mansfield Kaseman Health Clinic, Rockville, MD.


First-place winner: Edmunds' Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider

By Constance G. Visovsky, Cheryl H. Zambroski, and Rebecca M. Lutz. 5th edition. St. Louis, Elsevier.

Specifically written for the primary care provider, this book helpfully organizes content by body system and covers prescribing considerations and health promotion. The medication information is updated and current. The “Practice Pearls” boxes are especially enlightening. As a full-time primary care provider, I plan to use this book on a daily basis—it is readily accessible and accommodates the busy clinician.

Second place: Pathophysiology, Physical Assessment, and Pharmacology: Advanced Integrative Clinical Concepts

By Janie T. Best, Grace Buttriss, and Annette Hines. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Company.

Third place: Textbook of Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing: Evidence-Based Patient Care for Adolescents to Older Adults

Edited by Debra J. Hain and Deb Bakerjian. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.


Chosen by Nadine M. Aktan, PhD, APN-BC, professor and assistant dean, Advanced Nursing Practice Division, Rutgers University School of Nursing, Newark, NJ, and family NP.


First-place winner: Advanced Practice Nursing: Essentials for Role Development

By Lucille A. Joel. 5th edition. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Company.

This book is an essential guide to transitioning into the advanced nursing practice role. Its expert contributors outline key nonclinical concepts related to the role, such as prescriptive authority, credentialing, policy, information technology, and practice management. Legal aspects of the role, including principles of malpractice avoidance, are succinctly addressed. The contributors also thoughtfully and thoroughly discuss leadership, conflict resolution, and culture.

Second place: Formulating a Differential Diagnosis for the Advanced Practice Provider

Edited by Jacqueline Rhoads and Julie Penick. 3rd edition. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

Third place: Seidel's Guide to Physical Examination: An Interprofessional Approach

By Jane W. Ball, Joyce E. Dains, John A. Flynn, Barry S. Solomon, and Rosalyn W. Stewart. 10th edition. St. Louis, Elsevier.


Chosen by Marni B. Kellogg, PhD, RN, CPN, CNE, assistant professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


First-place winner: Against Medical Advice: Addressing Treatment Refusal

By Luanne Linnard-Palmer and Ellen Christiansen. 2nd edition. Indianapolis, IN, Sigma Theta Tau International.

For nurses and other health care providers, addressing treatment refusal with families—from vaccinations to life-saving treatment—can be emotionally challenging. Treatment refusal often conflicts with the provider's values, society's standards or morals, and professional ethics.

This text provides information to help readers broaden their views and to encourage respect for families making difficult decisions. The authors consider cultural, religious, legal, medical, and social viewpoints related to treatment refusal. Perhaps most importantly, they present professional interventions health care providers can use to educate families on treatment options and to help families explore their own ideas about decision-making. The authors do not pass judgment on choices or beliefs. Instead, they guide clinicians to consider family views and work toward the best outcome for the patient, family, and provider.

Second place: Maternal and Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family

By JoAnne Silbert-Flagg. 9th edition. Philadelphia, Wolters Kluwer.

Third place: OB/GYN Peds Notes: Nurse's Clinical Pocket Guide

By Brenda Walters Holloway, Cheryl Moredich, Amanda Kratovil, and Taralyn McMullan. 4th edition. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Company.


Chosen by Katherine Fornili, DNP, MPH, RN, CARN, FIAAN, visiting academic, Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Middlesex University, London.


First-place winner: Practical Implementation Science: Moving Evidence into Action

Edited by Bryan J. Weiner, Cara C. Lewis, and Kenneth Sherr. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

This book meets a particularly problematic unmet need for nurses and other students of implementation science: how to support implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP). The authors provide practical solutions for narrowing the research-to-practice gap. Each chapter addresses how to conduct complex tasks involved in EBP planning, execution, and evaluation using implementation science theories, frameworks, models, and tools. Theoretical concepts are clearly defined and key points and common pitfalls are summarized. Importantly, the authors do not overlook how to scale up and sustain effective practices, nor how to “de-implement” ineffective practices.

Second place: Introduction to Health Behavior Theory

By Joanna Hayden. 4th edition. Burlington, MA, Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Third place: Evaluating and Valuing in Social Research

By Thomas A. Schwandt and Emily F. Gates. New York City, The Guilford Press.


Chosen by Chasity Burrows Walters, PhD, RN, senior director, patient and community education, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City.


First-place winner: Standing at Water's Edge: A Cancer Nurse, Her Four-Year-Old Son and the Shifting Tides of Leukemia

By Janice Post-White. Jefferson, NC, Toplight Books.

In this memoir, author Janice Post-White shares her story as a cancer nurse, educator, researcher, and mom. She artfully describes how these roles intertwine as she navigates her son's battle with cancer. She uses clinical terminology in detailing her son's experiences, but in most instances takes care to explain medications and concepts so as not to lose the reader. Her writing is captivating—the reader goes on her journey with her.

Second place: The Complete Family Guide to Dementia: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Parent and Yourself

By Thomas F. Harrison and Brent Forester. New York City, The Guilford Press.


Chosen by Hui-wen Sato, MPH, MSN, RN, CCRN, pediatric ICU nurse, Children's Hospital Los Angeles.


First-place winner: An Otherwise Healthy Woman

By Amy Haddad. Lincoln, NE, the Backwaters Press.

In this book, nurse and poet Amy Haddad shares her vulnerability and her intimate insights on the experiences of various individuals in the health care system: the overwhelmed patient, the grieving family member, and the nurse in all her strengths and imperfections. Her poems take readers to the places of hope, fear, confusion, and clarity we experience when serious illness and death disrupt our everyday reality. They are serious enough to be deeply meaningful without feeling overwhelmingly heavy. While Haddad's poetry is strong in artistic creativity, its language is also clear and accessible. Her work is subtle, relatable, and sometimes surprising.

Second place: Daughter

By Cortney Davis. West Hartford, CT, Grayson Books.

Third place: Standing at Water's Edge: A Cancer Nurse, Her Four-Year-Old Son and the Shifting Tides of Leukemia

By Janice Post-White. Jefferson, NC, Toplight Books.


Chosen by Bridgid G. Joseph, DNP, RN, CCNS, director of patient experience, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, New London, CT.


First-place winner: AACN Core Curriculum for Progressive and Critical Care Nursing

Edited by Tonja M. Hartjes. 8th edition. St. Louis, Elsevier.

This text from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses offers an excellent review of critical care topics for nurses, including many common—and some less common—cases that critical care nurses experience daily. It is thoughtfully written, based on current evidence, and has beautiful graphics that reinforce the content. The key concepts and expert tips highlighted throughout are not only informative, but truly help readers understand the “why” and “how” behind each topic. The inclusion of information on quality and patient safety provides additional perspectives to bring into practice. This book is a superb reference for nurses in critical care and will support readers in successfully completing CCRN and PCCN certification examinations.

Second place: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Exam Review Plus Practice Questions

By Anthony M. Angelow. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Company.

Third place: Manual of Critical Care Nursing: Interprofessional Collaborative Management

By Marianne Saunorus Baird. 8th edition. St. Louis, Elsevier.


Chosen by Melody Bethards, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE-A, simulation coordinator and nursing simulation faculty, Des Moines Area Community College, Des Moines, IA.


First-place winner: Davis Advantage for Basic Nursing: Thinking, Doing, and Caring

By Leslie S. Treas, Karen L. Barnett, and Mable H. Smith. 3rd edition. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Company.

This user-friendly online program is a great resource to help students apply information from the accompanying text, Basic Nursing: Thinking, Doing, and Caring. The practice questions are at an appropriate level for beginner nursing students. The dashboard offers a comprehensive overview of the student's learning assignments and performance, including confidence-boosting “thumbs up” indicators, as well as feedback on areas to further study and review. The best feature of this resource is the “Clinical Judgment” component, which provides students with concrete case examples and helps them hone their clinical judgment skills.

Second place: Davis Edge for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Exam Review Plus Practice Questions

By Anthony M. Angelow. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Company.

Third place: Davis Advantage for Maternal-Child Nursing Care

By Meredith J. Scannell and Kristine Ruggiero. 3rd edition. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Company.


Chosen by Barbara J. Polivka, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and associate dean of research, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City.


First-place winner: Family Health Care Nursing: Theory, Practice, and Research

By Melissa Robinson, Deborah Padgett Coehlo, and Paul S. Smith. 7th edition. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Company.

The revised edition of Family Health Care Nursing includes a new chapter, “Environmental Health and Families,” that serves as an introduction to environmental health. This chapter comprehensively addresses key concepts like environmental health risks, disasters, environmental justice, and the built environment. Diverse case studies illustrate the impact of environmental exposures on family health.


Chosen by Sharon Stahl Wexler, PhD, RN, FNGNA, Amelia A. Gould Endowed Professor and chairperson, Department of PhD in Nursing, Lienhard School of Nursing at the College of Health Professions, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY.


First-place winner: Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults

By Carol A. Miller. 9th edition. Philadelphia, Wolters Kluwer.

Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults provides comprehensive coverage of gerontologic nursing. It addresses key considerations in the care of older adults, from age-related changes to theoretical perspectives to health inequities. It is written from a wellness perspective; there is an upbeat tone to the entire book. I also like that it includes older adults across the continuum of care, not just in the hospital or long-term care settings.

The case studies in this text are well written, thorough, and interesting. The content is contemporary (for example, technology to promote wellness is discussed) and integrates current literature. The layout of the book is logical, moving from the general to specific systems. As a long-time faculty member who teaches gerontology, that is the way I have always taught, as it makes the content easier for students to understand and learn.


Chosen by Katheren Koehn, MA, RN, FAAN, executive director, Minnesota Organization of Registered Nurses, St. Paul.


First-place winner: Against Medical Advice: Addressing Treatment Refusal

By Luanne Linnard-Palmer and Ellen Christiansen. 2nd edition. Indianapolis, IN, Sigma Theta Tau International.

This book is a practical guide to addressing some of the most challenging situations health care workers face. The authors discuss several contexts: vaccine refusal or delay, the possible causation of a patient “going AMA,” parents refusing medical advice for their children, and adults refusing or delaying medical advice. These contexts are especially important as we address social determinants of health and racism in health care. The practicing nurse will appreciate this book's clear information, guidance for thoughtful conversations, and suggested interventions.

I wish I had read this book before the COVID-19 vaccines were rolled out. I would have been more informed about the personal, legal, political, and ethical factors affecting debates over vaccination and the individual's right to choose, and I would have been more prepared for discussions on this topic. This is a book for our times.

Second place: A History of Public Health: From Past to Present

By Jan Kirk Carney. Burlington, MA, Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Third place: Health Equity and Disparities

By Anita Finkelman. San Diego, Cognella Academic Publishing.


Chosen by Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, LFHIMSS, FAAN, nursing executive and health information technology leader, Minneapolis.


First-place winner: Nursing Informatics for the Advanced Practice Nurse: Patient Safety, Quality, Outcomes, and Interprofessionalism

By Susan McBride and Mari Tietze. 3rd edition. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

This comprehensive book addresses key topics in nursing informatics, including point of care technology, data management, patient safety and quality, population health, and emerging technologies. Well organized and well written, it features chapters by leading nursing informatics experts in academia, research, and practice. As such, it is a great reference book for nurses and other professionals practicing in the health informatics field today.

Second place: Population Health Analytics

By Martha L. Sylvia and Ines Maria Vigil. Burlington, MA, Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Third place: Digital Health Care: Perspectives, Applications, and Cases

By Phillip Olla and Joseph Tan. Burlington, MA, Jones and Bartlett Learning.


Chosen by Kathleen Rice Simpson, PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN, editor-in-chief, MCN: the American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing; perinatal clinical nurse specialist, St. Louis.


First-place winner: Maternal Child Nursing Care

By Shannon E. Perry, Marilyn J. Hockenberry, Mary Catherine Cashion, Kathryn Rhodes Alden, Ellen Olshansky, and Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk. 7th edition. St. Louis, Elsevier.

The revised edition of this text is updated to reflect current evidence, standards, and guidelines. It provides comprehensive coverage of essential aspects of maternity and pediatric nursing—including physiology, supportive evidence, and clinical practice—and extensive references. Color illustrations, photos, and tables complement the text, while special features such as nursing alerts, safety alerts, medication guides, and case studies enhance the content's clinical applicability. Beyond the basic clinical principles, there is a focus on family and community nursing. Nursing students and faculty will find this text easy to use and helpful in integrating knowledge of maternity and pediatric nursing care into practice.

Second place: Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence

By Marsha Walker. 5th edition. Burlington, MA, Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Third place: Introductory Maternity and Pediatric Nursing

By Nancy T. Hatfield and Cynthia A. Kincheloe. 5th edition. Philadelphia, Wolters Kluwer.


Chosen by Giang Martinez, DNP, MPA, APRN, AGCNS, clinical nurse specialist.


First-place winner: Davis Advantage for Basic Nursing: Thinking, Doing, and Caring

By Leslie S. Treas, Karen L. Barnett, and Mable H. Smith. 3rd edition. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Company.

I highly recommend this text for being comprehensive, culturally competent, evidence based, and inclusive, and for promoting critical thinking. Most impressive is its inclusivity in defining sexual health and filling in essential knowledge gaps on related health barriers and health concerns, such as gender transitions. The primary value of this text is its use of concept maps for complex and abstract knowledge and decision-making. It stands out for preparing nursing students in alignment with evidence-based practices, as well as for its potential to help advance the nursing profession.

Second place: Nursing: A Concept-Based Approach to Learning, Volumes I, II, and III

By Pearson Education. 4th edition. Hoboken, NJ, Pearson Education, Inc.

Third place: Nursing Diagnosis Manual: Planning, Individualizing, and Documenting Client Care

By Marilynn E. Doenges, Mary Frances Moorhouse, and Alice C. Murr. 7th edition. Philadelphia, F.A. Davis Company.


Chosen by Natasha Nurse-Clarke, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing, Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, NY.


First-place winner: A Nurse's Step-by-Step Guide to Transitioning to an Academic Role: Strategies to Jumpstart Your Career in Education and Research

By Mercy Ngosa Mumba. Indianapolis, IN, Sigma Theta Tau International.

This book is enlightening and easy to read, an invaluable tool for nurses who are making or considering the transition to academia. Author Mercy Ngosa Mumba provides clear and concise information on a range of topics, including creating a curriculum, managing a research project, writing manuscripts, giving presentations, and working with colleagues. She shares a variety of templates, tips, examples, and resources to help readers along the way, making this book an all-in-one guide. Additionally, she focuses on helping nurses develop both personally and professionally by discussing issues like stress management, networking, and time management.

Second place: Take Charge of Your Nursing Career: Open the Door to Your Dreams

By Lois Sarah Marshall. 2nd edition. Indianapolis, IN, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Third place: Fast Facts About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Nursing: Building Competencies for an Antiracism Practice

By Sandra Davis and Anne-Marie O'Brien. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.


Chosen by Karen H. Morin, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, professor emerita, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.


First-place winner: Visionary Leadership in Healthcare: Excellence in Practice, Policy, and Ethics

By Holly Wei and Sara Horton-Deutsch. Indianapolis, IN, Sigma Theta Tau International.

This book challenges nurse leaders to look to the future to create an environment reflective of excellence—and also provides strategies for addressing the challenge. Importantly, the authors approach leadership from a global perspective. In fact, the focus of the second chapter concerns global perspectives on how nursing leadership has evolved.

The authors discuss current leadership issues such as fostering a resilient workforce and mitigating organizational trauma. Unique to this book is acknowledgment of leadership beyond a physical entity: the authors address both environmental and planetary health leadership. They highlight the value of leadership in times of disaster, the significance of wisdom as a product of the leader's developmental journey, and the importance of effective leadership. While grounded in nursing, this book is relevant to all leaders in health care.

Second place: Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Boardroom

Edited by Rebecca M. Patton, Margarete L. Zalon, and Ruth Ludwick. 3rd edition. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

Third place: Financial Management for Nurse Managers: Merging the Heart with the Dollar

By J. Michael Leger. 5th edition. Burlington, MA, Jones and Bartlett Learning.


Chosen by Alexa Colgrove Curtis, PhD, MPH, FNP, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, associate dean, University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions.


First-place winner: Literature Review and Synthesis: A Guide for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals

Edited by Susan Weber Buchholz and Kirsten Dickins. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.

This text is a new and important resource on guiding nursing scholarly inquiry. The authors clearly and succinctly demystify the literature review and synthesis process. They include ample exemplars and activities to navigate the nursing scholar through the process, from conceptualization to dissemination. This text will be a valuable resource for experienced clinical scholars and learners across the health professions who are interested in research and QI practices.

Second place: Evidence-Based Practice in Action: Comprehensive Strategies, Tools, and Tips from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

By Laura Cullen, Kirsten Hanrahan, Michele Farrington, Sharon Tucker, and Stephanie Edmonds. 2nd edition. Indianapolis, IN, Sigma Theta Tau International.

Third place: Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses: Appraisal and Application of Research

By Nola A. Schmidt and Janet M. Brown. 5th edition. Burlington, MA, Jones and Bartlett Learning.


Chosen by Kaveri M. Roy, DNP, RN, CNE, Distinguished Teaching Assistant Professor of Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston.


First-place winner: Palliative Care Nursing: Caring for Suffering Patients

By Kathleen Ouimet Perrin, Caryn A. Sheehan, Mertie L. Potter, and Mary K. Kazanowski. 2nd edition. Burlington, MA, Jones and Bartlett Learning.

This text is a great resource for nurses, nursing students, and nurse educators. It thoroughly discusses suffering, advance directives, hospice, grief, and special populations, and includes case studies and reflection questions. It is a very handy book to have on hand and a useful tool to teach the topic of palliative care.

Second place: Love and Loss

By Jocelyn Brown and Ramune Luminaire. Self-published.


Chosen by Heather Fitzgerald, DBe, MS, RN, HEC-C, clinical ethicist, senior resilience and wellness consultant, Stanford Medicine Children's Health, Palo Alto, CA.


First-place winner: Leadership Laboratory for Nurse Leaders

By Barbara Mackoff. San Diego, Cognella Academic Publishing.

Leadership Laboratory for Nurse Leaders provides invigorating scaffolding to ensure a transformational process in the leadership journey. This workbook's approach of helping readers learn through application and reflection is designed not only to cultivate skilled, artful nurse leaders, but to develop leaders who truly champion humanity—their own as well as that of those they serve.

Author Barbara Mackoff activates the truth that we are all in a constant state of becoming. The book's laboratory approach, centered on evidence-based literature and leaders' lived experiences, is rooted in a growth mindset. The adage that “We don't learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience” rings true on every page. The workbook deepens leaders' connection to meaning and purpose, self-stewardship, and the core values of the nursing profession, and supports nurse leaders in sustaining themselves and others in the vital work of health care. There is no more pressing need in the profession than for magnetic, authentic nursing leaders. This work is a multiplier in service to that end.

Second place: An Otherwise Healthy Woman

By Amy Haddad. Lincoln, NE, the Backwaters Press.

Third place: Fast Facts about LGBTQ+ Care for Nurses: How to Deliver Culturally Competent and Inclusive Care

By Tyler Traister. New York City, Springer Publishing Company.


Chosen by Donna Sabella, PhD, MEd, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, practice professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia.


First-place winner: Varcarolis' Manual of Psychiatric Nursing Care: An Interprofessional Approach

By Margaret Jordan Halter and Christina A. Fratena. 7th edition. St. Louis, Elsevier.

Varcarolis' Manual of Psychiatric Nursing Care is compact, engaging, and loaded with important and straightforward information to help students and practitioners work with patients. While much smaller in size than many other nursing textbooks, this little gem packs just as much of a punch as its bigger counterparts—and can be easily kept on hand. The content is current, comprehensive, succinct, and evidence based. This manual is one I will keep on my desk for future reference.

Second place: Keltner's Psychiatric Nursing

By Debbie Steele. 9th edition. St. Louis, Elsevier.

Third place: Behavioral Activation for Depression: A Clinician's Guide

By Christopher R. Martell, Sona Dimidjian, and Ruth Herman-Dunn. 2nd edition. New York City, The Guilford Press.

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