School of Nursing associate dean and professors win Book of the Year awards

Book Awards
Leslie Neal-Boylan

Jan. 23, 2014 - Leslie Neal-Boylan, associate dean of the School of Nursing, has won a Book of the Year award from the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) for "Nurses with Disabilities: Professional Issues and Job Retention."

Neal-Boylan said the book is based on her research of registered nurses with physical and/or sensory disabilities and discusses the discrimination these nurses frequently face when seeking employment and on the job. 

"It is clear from the research that nurses with disabilities find ways to safely compensate for what they may have difficulty doing using typical methods," she said. "I hope that the book will help the nursing profession, schools of nursing and prospective employers recognize that nurses with disabilities should be assessed based on their ability to think critically rather than on their physical capabilities."

Neal-Boylan is one of four Quinnipiac faculty members honored with Book of the Year awards. Cynthia Barrere, professor of nursing and chair of faculty development, and Mary Helming, professor of nursing, were recognized for their work as associate editors for "Holistic Nursing:  A Handbook for Practice (6th edition)" by Barbara M. Dossey and Lynn Keegan.

The book is a foundational text for holistic nursing that has been used in practice, education, research and health care policy. 

"I was thrilled to learn our book received this recognition," Barrere said. "This book is intended for nursing students and nurses in practice as a guide for learning basic holistic content or for exploring advanced concepts of caring and healing. Holistic nursing emphasizes compassionate and respectful care in a safe, healing environment. The book also addresses how individuals can care for themselves to improve life balance in alignment with current trends in promoting healthy behaviors."

Helming, an advanced practice registered nurse and board-certified advanced holistic nurse, said she was "delightfully surprised" that the book she co-edited was an award winner, especially in the category of Advanced Practice Nursing. Prior editions of the textbook have also won awards, she said.

"It is a classic and it is the primary textbook promoting the practice of holistic nursing," she added. "Quinnipiac University School of Nursing is holistically endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, which means faculty strive to integrate holistic care of the body, mind and spirit into all nursing education and  students can more easily seek holistic nurse board certification."

Additionally, Mary Ann Cordeau, assistant professor of nursing and BSN track coordinator, also received a Book of the Year award for contributing a chapter titled "Care of the Hospitalized Older Adult with Abdominal Surgery for Colon Cancer" in the book "Simulation Scenarios for Nursing Educators."  

"I was very excited when my submission was accepted into such a useful text," Cordeau. "The text is used internationally. I developed the scenario over several years of using clinical simulation to teach the cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills needed for nursing practice. Clinical Simulation is increasingly being used to promote the transition to professional nursing. I have published several articles on clinical simulation as a teaching/learning strategy for nursing education."

Barrere Helming Cordeau
Cynthia Barrere
Professor of nursing and chair of faculty development
   Mary Helming
Professor of nursing
   Mary Ann Cordeau
Assistant professor of nursing and BSN track coordinator