SON's Sister Roy Wins Jesuit Book Award

SON's Sister Roy Wins Jesuit Book Award

A book by Prof. Callista Roy, CSJ (SON), analyzing studies based on a holistic nursing philosophy she developed has won an Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Award.

The Roy Adaptation Model-Based Research: 25 Years of Contributions to Nursing Science was awarded first place in the health sciences category by Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. This is the 21st year Alpha Sigma Nu has recognized the scholarly contributions of faculty from Jesuit institutions.

Sister Roy's 1999 book was the first-ever winner in the discipline of health sciences, a new sub-division in the awards' science category this year.

The book is a synthesis and examination of 25 years worth of studies based on the Roy Adaptation Model, a philosophical methodology Sister Roy developed to enhance the way health care professionals treat patients. The model, which can be applied both to individuals and groups, centers on four key concepts, she explained: physiological needs, self-perception, sociological factors and human relationships.

"For clinical practice, the model has a holistic way of describing the patient and developing a wider understanding," said Sister Roy.

-Stephen Gawlik


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