STTI Provides Straightforward Guide for Academic Writing

Updated on August 28, 2023

Step-by-step guide helps nursing students with their dissertation or capstone project

All But Dissertation, or ABD — the dreaded term no PhD or master’s student trying to complete his or her dissertation or capstone project wants to hear. Writing a final paper to earn an advanced degree is a daunting task, even for the most confident candidate. Nurses are no exception.

Karen Roush, PhD, APN, knows more than a thing or two about writing one of these final papers. Her new book A Nurse’s Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Your Dissertation or Capstone, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), is a straightforward how-to guide that will help students plan and write the perfect finale to their education. She delves into the fundamentals of exactly what the student needs, with a short, concise guide.

Roush knows that the nursing field rarely prompts students to focus on their writing skills. Her role as a writing mentor with years of experience as an editorial director and clinical managing editor encouraged her to create this clear, highly practical step-by-step guide for the busy student nurse, coaching readers through the scholarly writing process in an engaging, conversational style.

“While working on my doctorate, I was often asked to help other doctoral students with writing up their dissertations, and oftentimes their professors recommended they contact me,” Roush said. “Through working with them I realized how unprepared students were for the writing aspect of dissertation work and how that often impeded their progress and resulted in a lot of frustration. It was rewarding to help them overcome that, and writing this book is a way of reaching many more doctoral students who are struggling with the writing.”

The book is available at

A Nurse’s Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Your Dissertation or Capstone

By Karen Roush, PhD,  APN

Published by STTI, 2015

ISBN-13: 9781940446080

EPUB ISBN: 9781940446097

PDF ISBN: 9781940446103

MOBI ISBN: 9781940446110

Price: US $34.95

Trade paperback, 168 pages

Trim size: 53/8 x 83/8

About the author
Karen Roush, PhD, APN
, is an assistant professor of nursing at Lehman College in New York. She founded The Scholar’s Voice, which works to strengthen the voice of nursing through writing mentorship for nurses. A previous editorial director and clinical managing editor for the American Journal of Nursing, Roush is widely published, having authored multiple consumer health care books, nursing articles in peer-reviewed journals, essays, and poetry.


About the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 130,000 members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. STTI’s 499 chapters are located at 695 institutions of higher education throughout Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at

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