Every year, in its January issue, the American Journal of Nursing or AJN, recognizes the most valuable texts published the field of nursing from the previous year. A panel of judges look for the best of the best in 19 different categories across the nursing spectrum. This year, the judges selected 40 titles.
The Macdonald-Kelce Library is lucky enough to own many of these award-winning titles. Special thanks goes out to librarian Elizabeth Barron whose job is to make sure we have the award winners in the library’s collection. By the way, Elizabeth works tirelessly selecting and acquiring ALL new books for the library in the fields of nursing, criminology, and education (FYI: if you are a student in any of these fields, I recommend you get to know Elizabeth sooner, rather than later).
Right now, the Book of the Year Award titles are found either in the display case next to the circulation desk or on the new book shelf. Always remember, you can check out any of the books on display, just ask one of the attendants at the circulation desk to get a book out for you.
Finding the entire award-winning list is easy. Just log on to Esearch, select the Ovid database from the list of databases, and then clicking on the ‘Journals’ tab. From there you can either enter the journal name in the search box, or scroll down the alphabetical list to find AJN, American Journal of Nursing. Then you can search within the journal for the article using the following title: “Book of Year Awards 2013.”
Here are of a few of the titles that caught my eye:
Where Night Is Day, from the summary in the online catalog: “This book describes the hour-by-hour, day-by-day rhythms of an intensive care unit in a teaching hospital in New Mexico. Written by a nurse, Where Night Is Day reveals the specialized work of ICU nursing and its unique perspective on illness, suffering, and death. It takes place over a thirteen-week period, the time of the average rotation of medical residents through the ICU. As the author, James Kelly, reflects on the rise of medicine, the nature of nursing, the argument of care versus cure, he offers up an intimate portrait of the ICU, the patients who live and/or die there, and the medical professionals who work there.” Call number: RT 120.I5 K45 2013.
Smart but Scattered Teens from the book cover: “Despite high intelligence, adolescents with executive skills deficits can be frustratingly disorganized, distractable, forgetful, and moody…Drs. Guare and Dawson are leading experts on executive skills…grounded in the state-of-the-art scientific research, this book provides crucial skills (teens need) for success.” Call number: HQ 799.15 G83 2013.
See Me as a Person: Creating Therapeutic Relationships with Patients and Their Families, according to Amazon this work “offers guiding principles and a practical methodology that facilitate a clinician’s ability to form authentic relationships which improve patient safety and the overall experience of care.” Call number: R727.3 K 656 2012.
Essential of Nursing Research: Appraisal Evidence for Nursing Practice, Amazon states, this work provides “a unique learning-teaching package that is designed to teach students how to read and critique research reports, and to appreciate the application of research findings to nursing practice.” RT 81.5 P63 2014.
The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia, author, Joyce Simard states on her webpage that “it is my hope that publication of this book will stimulate many more nursing homes and hospices to pay greater attention to individuals with advanced and terminal dementia. The End-of-Life Namaste Care™ Program for People with Dementia may serve as an important road map in this effort because it describes in detail how the program can be implemented, how the Namaste Care™ team is established, how an appropriate Namaste Care™ environment is created, and what the day’s activities could be.” Call number: RC 521.S57 2013
Finally, here is your Information Literacy Tip of the Day: knowing that experts in the career of nursing selected 40 titles as the best out of all the nursing book published in 2013, is one way to evaluate the credibility and authority of a resource that you might want to use for research and or general information.
Wishing you happy reading in the field of nursing and beyond!