News | December 20, 2004

Making A Difference II Promises To Make A Difference

Second volume boasts more stories, international appeal

Indianapolis - Making a Difference: Stories from the Point of Care, Volume II is a collection of 91 stories from nine countries compiled by best-selling nursing author Sharon Hudacek, RN, EdD, CS. The author of both Making a Difference: Stories from the Point of Care. Volume I, and A Daybook for Nurses: Making a Difference Each Day, Hudacek both expands and deepens her themes of nurses and the care they provide, adding chapters with stories from nurses about cultural competence and care in the community. All three books are published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.

"This work was a logical extension of the original Making a Difference," says Hudacek. "The more nurses see and read stories of themselves and the questions and issues that arise from their daily work, the deeper they explore those issues and the more broadly they define the context in which they see those issues. It has been a privilege to watch my colleagues define and redefine what it is to be a nurse and mature both in their work and their writing."

Collecting stories of nurses has been a passion of Hudacek's for more than two decades. It seemed to her that whenever she would prepare to do scientific research, she would hear yet another poignant story about a nursing, and once again be drawn into collecting and analyzing their stories and common themes in their work and work places.

"What is clear in the way that Sharon compiles these memorable stories is that she listens and hears things in a way that few people do," says Nancy Dickenson-Hazard, chief executive officer of the honor society. "Her unique filter adds a delicacy and poignancy that the most gifted of nurses bring to the profession."

The 325-page volume has eight chapters and includes a preface, introduction, afterword and notes by Hudacek, an associate professor of nursing and director of the LPN to BSN program at the University of Scranton. Hudacek donates all royalties from both volumes of Making a Difference: Stories from the Point of Care to the Making a Difference Foundation, an organization that funds nursing scholarships for LPN students returning for a bachelor's degree in nursing.

"We are proud to publish another volume from an author who has struck such a chord with nurses," says Jeff Burnham, publisher at the honor society. In November, the honor society published A Daybook for Nurses: Making a Difference Each Day, a book of days with aphorisms and observations by and about nurses collected by Hudacek for each day and month of the year. And.there are plans to issue a revised and expanded version of Making a Difference (Volume I), which was first published in 2000 early in 2005," adds Burnham. "Because of strong continued sales, the first volume of Making a Difference has been reprinted several times, and we are at a point that we need to reprint more copies of the book, so we are taking advantage of the opportunity to update and expand the book with some new stories," adds Burnham

Making A Difference: Stories from the Point of View of Care, Volume II is available at, as are A Daybook for Nurses: Making a Difference Each Day and Making a Difference, Stories from the Point of Care, Volume I.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of people worldwide through leadership and scholarship in practice, education and research. Founded in 1922, the honor society currently has 360,000 inducted and 125,000 active members in more than 90 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. The honor society's 431 chapters are located at 515 institutions of higher education throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, South Africa, Swaziland, Taiwan and Tanzania. More information about the honor society can be found online at

Source: Honor Society of Nursing