Top Nursing Thought Leaders Offer Model for Care Beyond the Disease

Updated on June 12, 2014

New STTI book helps nurses effectively care for and work with patients and their families

While nurses have always focused on the patient, contemporary health care delivery requires us to remember that the patient is a person first, and that the person is part of a family, however defined by the individual.

Person- and Family-Centered Care, published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), examines these issues and provides a practical guide to help nurses and other clinicians engage individuals and their families as partners in the care process.

Authors Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN; Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Mary K. Walton, MSN, MBE, RN, have created a resource that invites the reader to rethink previously held assumptions about patient-centered care. Through a variety of patient-care scenarios, frameworks and recommendations for action, the book addresses aspects of nursing such as ethical dilemmas, cultural differences, and high-intensity situations. Person and Family Centered Care draws from the experiences and wisdom of contributors from nursing, medicine, anthropology, ethics, sociology and psychology, offering new ways to think about these issues, as well as pragmatic strategies for addressing them.

According to the authors, “Health care today is so very different from even 25 years ago: the sites, the personnel, technology, treatment options, and resources.Yet the goal of nursing remains constant. We hope that this book reminds all nurses of the powerful work that they do on a daily basis, offers encouragement and recognition of their successes, and provides a resource for achieving person- and family-centered care.”

Person and Family Centered Care
Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN; Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN; and Mary K. Walton MSN, MBE, RN
ISBN-13: 9781938835070. Published by STTI, June 2014
Price: US $59.95, Soft cover and e-book, 504 pages. Trim size: 8 x 10”
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About the authors:
Jane Barnsteiner, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor Emerita of Pediatric Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Editor for Translation Research and Quality Improvement for the American Journal of Nursing. She is one of the developers of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses competencies and a member of the Joint Commission Patient Safety Advisory Committee.

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor ad Honorem at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and immediate past president of the American Academy of Nursing. She is board chair of Chamberlain College of Nursing, past chair and board member of AARP, board member of Aurora Health Care, and past president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Mary K. Walton MSN, MBE, RN, is the Nurse Ethicist and Director, Patient- and Family-Centered Care, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is responsible for organizational initiatives focused on clinical ethics and improving the patient and family experience of care.

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