Reckoning the Collaborative Power of Nurses & Celebrating a Force for Positive Change: “Toxic Nursing” Wins Book of the Year Award in 2 Categories!

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Toxic Nursing:  Managing Bullying Bad Attitudes, and Total Turmoil, by Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP and Rebecca Volpe, PhD published by Sigma Theta Tau International just received some very exciting and honorable news!    Toxic Nursing has won two American Journal of Nursing 2013 Book of the Year awards!  FIRST PLACE for categories in:  Medical Surgical Nursing AND Nursing Management and Leadership!  There are some really incredible signs of collaboration going on in this book and I have to shout our about them!


1.  The authors used an ingenious method of research to tap into real-life and honest experiences that nurses have.  Using google search data on ‘bullying’ and some stringent criteria for nurse blogging they reviewed numerous stories which led to the development of themes, chapters, and vignettes that all nurses will recognize.  (Scroll down this link to get a look at the Table of Contents.)  There is more about their process in the introduction and it is very exciting to see this bridge from academia to nursing practice.

2.  The two categories of awards confirm the above!  Just think Med-Surg Nurses, Leaders, and Managers are exploring the same conflicts and solutions!  The problem solving dialogues this opens up and  collaborative pathways that may emerge are infinite!

3.   The authors invited Nurse Leaders to write commentary on vignettes from the perspective of preventing, minimizing, or addressing the consequences of conflict.  There are 27 commentators who use their expertise and intuitive skills to offer practical advise on 1-3 of  over 50 vignettes.

Brava to authors Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP and Rebecca Volpe, PhD for this Nursing Milestone and to the list of commentators that follow, of which I am very honored to be among!

G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, Clinical Professor and Director-Office of Multicultural Affairs, University of North Carolina at Chapill Hill School of Nursing

Lori S. Bechtel, RN, MSN, Nurse Manager Critical Care Unit, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Peggy Ann Berry, MSN, RN, COHN-S, SPHR, PhD Candidate, University of Cincinnati

Beth Boynton, RN, MS, Organizational Development Consultant, Author, and Speaker, Beth Boynton Consulting Services

Theresa Brown, BSN, RN, OCN, Staff Nurse and Writer, Urban Teaching Hospital; The New York Times

Cheri Clancy, MSN, MS, RN, NE-BC, Director of Ambulatory Nursing, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and BSN Leadership Instructor, Rutgers University School of Nursing

Katherine M. Curci, PhD, CRNP, CNM, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Co-Medical Director, Penn State Hershey Medical Group at Fishburn

Deana Deeter, CRNP, CHPPN, CPON, Hummingbird Program Director, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Children’s Hospital

Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, RN, CRNP, Professor of Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine, Professor of Women’s Studies, Penn State University

Kelly K. Dineen, RN, JD, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Instructor of Health Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

Cole Edmonson, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, Vice President, Patient Care Services; Chief Nursing Officer, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow

Patricia Artly Hart, MS, RN, CPN, NE-BC, Director of Nursing, Children’s Hospital and Women’s Health, Penn State Hershey Medical Center

Kathleen Merrill Jackson, DEL, MSN, RN, Doctoral Fellow and Consultant, Mountain State University and ITT Educational Services

Susan Johnson, MN, RN, Instructor; Doctoral Student, University of Washington

Mary Lou Kanaskie, MS, RN-BC, AOCN, PhD,  Clinical Nurse Educator-Oncology, Nurse Resideny Program Coordinator, Nursing Education and Professional Development, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Donna Kandsberger, MSN, RN, CPHON, PCNS-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine

Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Kerfoot & Associates, Inc.

Sherry Kwater, MSM, BSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, enn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Mary T. Meadows, MS, MBA, RN, CENP, Director, Professional Practice, AONE, Executive Director, AONE Foundation

Eric R. Messner, PhD, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, enn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine

Victoria Schirm, PhD, RN, Director of Nursing Research, enn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Shellie Simons, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Melissa J. Snyder, DEd, CRNP, Campus Coordinator of Nursing Programs, Penn State Harrisburg

Isabell St-Pierre, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, Universite du Quebec en Outaouais, Canada

Carol Tringali, MS, RN, AOCNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hematology/Oncology, enn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Dilek Yildirim, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Gazi University, Health Science Faculty, Nursing Department, Besevler/Ankara/Turkey

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