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Media Contact: Vincent Joseph Dollard 17 January 2006    
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Director of Oncology Nursing and Transplant Services Wins Book of the Year Award
The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) announced that the textbook "Nursing Management: Principles and Practice" has earned its prestigious 2005 AJN Book of the Year Award. Edited by Mary Gullatte, RN, MN, Director of Nursing, Oncology and Transplant Services for Emory's Winship Cancer Institute, and published by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), the book is described by AJN as an "outstanding resource." It is the first publication by ONS's Publishing Division to receive such an honor.

The "American Journal of Nursing" is the nation's oldest and largest circulating nursing journal and one of the most highly respected. Its AJN Book of the Year Award competition draws hundreds of submissions by authors from various fields in the nursing profession. A distinguished panel of judges selects those considered the most valuable texts each year. "The AJN Book of the Year competition is the nursing profession's premiere review of the best books related to nursing and healthcare, and the announcement of the awards is an eagerly anticipated event each year," says AJN Editor-in-Chief Diana Mason, RN, PhD. "The books chosen represent the highest standard of excellence in writing and publishing."

Ms. Gullatte's "Nursing Management: Principles and Practice" provides an in-depth review of general and oncology nursing management principles to guide the practice and development of nurse leaders and managers. The text includes practice tips, guidelines, and real world examples of management tools such as letters and charts, with a forward by Lois Capps, RN, United States Congresswoman 23rd Congressional District of California.

Ms. Gullatte recruited a number of nationally and internationally known expert nursing and healthcare leaders as contributors to address a diverse and comprehensive collection of nursing management issues across multiple practice settings. Topics include leadership development, financial management, mentorship, nursing research, quality and performance improvement, and health policy advocacy.

"I am truly humbled and honored to be a recipient of the 2005 AJN Book of the Year Award. The textbook is a reflection of teamwork, collaboration and commitment to the profession of nursing and the patients we serve, from all the contributing authors and the ONS Publishing Division staff and leadership," says Ms. Gullatte.

A 27-year employee of Emory University Hospital, Ms. Gullatte has served in roles from staff nurse to various management positions. She is currently Director of Nursing for Inpatient Oncology and Transplant Services and Director of the Oncology Data Center for Emory Hospitals and the Emory Winship Cancer Institute. She has served on the boards of the American Cancer Society and the National Oncology Nursing Society. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, in 2004, she was named Nurse of the Year by the Georgia Nursing Association. In addition, an advocate of community service, she volunteers with countless organizations, such as the American Red Cross, American Heart Association and the Georgia Special Olympics.

"This book is a wonderful addition to both oncology nursing and the profession at large. Far too little attention has been paid to how nurse leaders can create a context that promotes good care," says Marla Salmon, ScD, RN, Dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. "Mary Gullatte and each of the book's contributors should be very proud of this well deserved award. Their work will have a positive and far reaching impact on cancer prevention, treatment and care."

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