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American Journal of Nursing Announces 2008 Book of the Year Awards


For immediate release
Date:    January 13, 2009

Awards Honor Outstanding Cutting-Edge Health Care Books in 15 Categories


New York, NY (January 13, 2009) – The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) recognized the best nursing and health care publications of 2008 with an announcement today of its Book of the Year Award recipients.

One of the award winners was Nurse: A World of Care, by Peter Jaret and edited by Marla E. Salmon, the Robert G. and Jean A. Reid Endowed Dean of Nursing at the University of Washington.











Winners in 15 separate categories appear in the journal’s January issue. Many of the winning publications address a variety of controversial consumer health topics and nursing industry issues that span medical-surgical nursing, psychiatric-mental health nursing, maternal and child health, and other areas. 

AJN is committed to providing nursing and healthcare 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, PhD, RN, FAAN 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 recipients covered a wide range of topics. Among the winners:

  • Nurse:  A World of Care, by Peter Jaret, is a candid moving book of photographs and text depicting the wide range of the nurse’s work and nurse-patient interactions.
  • Helping Teens Who Cut:  Understanding and Ending Self-Injury, by Michael Hollander, which brings to light the serious and potentially devastating issue of self injury which affects the quality of life of teens and their parents.  The author suggests interventions for families to use. 
  • What Works for Bipolar Kids:  Help and Hope for Parents, by Mani Pavuluri, takes an optimistic, evidence-based “how to” approach to help parents and children manage a bipolar child’s behavior, understand medications and therapies and reduce family stress.
  • Safety in Numbers:  Nurse-to-Patient Ratios and the Future of Health Care, by Suzanne Gordon, John Buchanan and Tanya Bretherton, 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.  The book argues that improving working conditions for nurses is a vital step in addressing the international nursing shortage. 
  • Clinician’s Guide to the Soul, by Veneta Masson, is a heartfelt and evocative collection of poems exploring the intensely personal side of nursing including patient interactions, health care interventions, illness and death.

View all winners online at

Book of the Year Awards

Since 1969, the AJN has been announcing its annual list of the best in nursing publishing.  The AJN Book of the Year program is a prestigious competition that garners the attention of its 285,000 subscribers and others who read the journal.  The most valuable texts of each year are chosen by AJN’s panel of judges.  Only books published between August of the prior year and August of the award year are eligible.

This year, awards were given in the following categories:

  • Public Interest and Creative Works
  • Consumer Health
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Critical-Emergency Nursing
  • Electronic Media
  • Gerontologic Nursing
  • Health Policy and History
  • Leadership and Management
  • Maternal and Child Health

About American Journal of Nursing

Founded in 1900, the American Journal of Nursing is the largest and most established nursing journal in the world.  It is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ( a leading international publisher for health care professionals and students with nearly 300 periodicals and 1,500 books in more than 100 disciplines publishing under the LWW brand, as well as content-based sites and online corporate and customer services. LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading multinational publisher and information services company.

About Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is a leading international publisher for healthcare professionals and students with nearly 300 periodicals and 1,500 books in more than 100 disciplines publishing under the LWW brand, as well as content-based sites and online corporate and customer services. LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information and business intelligence for students, professionals and institutions in medicine, nursing, allied health, pharmacy and the pharmaceutical industry. 

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The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently the nation’s No. 1-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service.