Bernadette Melnyk and Tim Raderstorf
January 12, 2021

Melnyk and Raderstorf’s leadership and innovation book wins top award

Publication wins first place in Nursing Management and Leadership category

The book Evidence-Based Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nursing and Healthcare, edited and organized by leaders at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, placed as the top publication in the Nursing Management and Leadership category of the American Journal of Nursing’s 2020 Book of the Year Awards.

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN and Tim Raderstorf, DNP, RN edited the book from Springer Publishing Company and engaged a wide range of leaders and thought partners to collaborate and co-author chapters. According to the description, the book “provides a practical leadership approach for today’s healthcare environment. Rooted in AACN essentials for DNP and master’s education, this textbook focuses on best practice applications for healthcare and non-healthcare industries to improve outcomes in real-world settings. It provides innovative and evidence-based leadership strategies that build creative, high-functioning and sustainable organizations.”

Rose O. Sherman, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who serves as editor-in-chief for Nurse Leader, reviewed the category and chose Melnyk and Raderstorf’s book because “the authors made complex leadership and business topics accessible and interested by sharing leaders’ personal stories. This book provides actionable and practical strategies students can use to further their own development.” Sherman also called the personal narrative shared by Melnyk “one of the most authentic … I have ever read by a contemporary nursing leader. She does not sugarcoat the challenges of being a leader and an entrepreneur.”

“Dr. Sherman highlighted exactly why we chose to write and edit this book: to share real-world, evidence-based information and successful strategies that motivate and inspire people to bring their innovations and dreams to fruition,” said Melnyk, who serves as vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and College of Nursing dean at Ohio State. “Our goal with this publication is to help build that pipeline of exceptional, innovative healthcare leaders and entrepreneurs who are not afraid to dream, discover and deliver a healthier world.”

“Our book was written with the student in mind; we wanted to create a new genre of textbooks that read more like a great piece of nonfiction. We are thrilled that Dr. Sherman agrees that it ‘is sure to be a favorite among students,’” said Raderstorf, who serves as chief innovation officer for the College of Nursing. “We are so proud that this book is making a mark and so grateful to all of our collaborators who lent their personal stories and expertise to support future generations of healthcare leaders.”


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