From Academic to Clinical, STTI Book Offers Insider Writing and Publishing Tips

Updated on April 10, 2014

Second edition of how-to writing guide provides expanded insight from nurse author and editor

While nurses are accountable for the care and well-being of their patients, their responsibilities don’t end there, says award-winning author Cynthia Saver, MS, RN.

Saver identifies writing as another one of nurses’ core responsibilities, although insecurity keeps many nurses from sharing their knowledge through writing.

In Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses, Second Edition, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Saver works to break down these psychological barriers and empower nurses with the tools necessary for effective writing.

Equipped with more than 25 years of publishing experience and having spent more than three decades in the nursing field, Saver combines her insight with the expertise of an array of contributors in the publishing field to reveal what publishers look for when selecting manuscripts for print. The resulting text is designed to aid everyone from the nursing student to the established nurse drafting his or her first book.

Instead of adhering to the rigid style of traditional textbooks, Saver presents a lively, easy-to-understand guidebook that covers topics ranging from dissertation, clinical, and peer-review writing to tips for properly documenting sources, how to effectively utilize illustrations, and advice for marketing your finished work.

The fully revised second edition includes an expanded exploration of topics such as:

  • How to transform a school assignment or presentation into a published article.
  • How to write a quality or evidence-based project report — a task that nurses are increasingly being asked to complete.
  • The growing popularity of Web-based articles and how to write effectively for this platform.
  • Additional forms of writing, including letters to the editor, newsletters, books reviews, and editorials.

“Our goal is to show you that although it takes some work to write effectively, it is within every nurse’s reach to do so — and you can even have some fun while doing it,” Saver said.

Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses, Second Edition
By Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
ISBN-13: 9781938835421. Published by STTI, March 2014
Price: US $44.95. Soft cover, 480 pages. Trim size: 7⅜ x 9 ⅛
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About the author:

Cynthia Saver, MS, RN, is an award-winning author with more than three decades of experience in nursing and 25 years of publishing experience as a writer, editor, and editorial executive. Before leaving to found her own company, CLS Development, Inc., Saver was executive vice president of editorial for Nursing Spectrum/Gannett, Inc. She has written for and edited many nursing publications including Nursing Management, Nursing Spectrum, American Nurse Today, AORN Journal, Nurse Week, OR Manager, Journal of Nursing Regulation, and the American Journal of Nursing. She is president of CLS Development, Inc.

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