- Alignment (A) is the foundational component that explores the what and why of the partnership and its targeted product.
- Balance (B) focuses on the need for author partners to respect their work-life responsibilities and ensure this critical element is incorporated into their production process.
- The seven Cs include Commitment, Contract, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Commerce, Creativity, and Call to Action.
The included workbook provides activities to help partners craft their strategies and maximize their collaborative efforts. The A, B, & Cs of Author Partnering presents a meaningful sequence of topics that can be read cover to cover or selectively to meet specific needs. Working collaboratively brings a diversity of strengths and skills to the project. As a team, partners provide a broader platform to address the variety of tasks involved in writing, publishing, and marketing. Their commitment to one another and to the project keeps them focused on their work while enjoying the process and celebrating accomplishments throughout the writing journey.
Joy Don Baker, PhD, RN-BC, CNOR, CNE, NEA-BC, FAAN served AORN as a Board member, Vice President, and Editor-in-Chief of the AORN Journal. She is currently serving on AORN's national Research Committee. Dr. Baker continually meets the writing diversity challenge of authoring in both the scholarly and creative fiction worlds. She is a co-founder of the Baker & Goodman women's fiction Nurseketeers Series, and co-author of their award-winning book, A, B, & Cs of Author Partnering. She states she comes from the same vintage as her characters in the Nurseketeers women's fiction series.Joy Don presents frequently on a variety of topics at the International AORN Surgical Conference and Expo. She was an invited speaker at the VPNG conference in Melbourne, Australia, and the keynote speaker for the JONA Annual Congress in Chiba, Japan. Additionally, Dr. Baker holds certifications in Perioperative Nursing, Informatics, Executive Nursing Administration, and Education.
Terri Goodman, PhD, RN, CNOR's 20-year clinical practice in the perioperative environment including staffing, management, administration, education, and consulting. At every level, she found herself teaching. Currently, she owns and operates Terri Goodman & Associates, an approved provider of continuing nursing education credit. Dr. Goodman has authored a variety of textbooks, has published numerous articles in professional journals, and has presented at nursing and other health care conferences nationally and internationally. She is co-author with Dr. Joy Don Baker of the Nurseketeers series of novels, and the non-fiction book, The A, B, & Cs of Author Partnering. Dr. Goodman is a lifetime member of AORN and has held offices in AORN chapters and chaired many committees at the local and national level. She has served on the AORN Editorial Board, several national committees, and is currently on the Dallas AORN Boards of Directors.
Jennifer Gray, RN, PhD, FAAN is Associate Dean, College of Natural and Health Sciences at Oklahoma Christian University and Professor Emeritus at The University of Texas at Arlington.
Back at school, the Nurseketeers band around Robin to embrace women’s issues, gender discrimination, cultural diversities, and plan a March Against Violence. A chance meeting motivates Robin to question her sexuality in an era when homosexuality is illegal in every state but one - and that one wasn’t Texas. Her roommate’s homophobia challenges the need for secrecy as Robin explores her emerging lesbian impulses. Exposure could turn her nursing career into an impossible dream or worse, she could land in jail.
Adding fuel to the fire, Frannie pursues a relationship with a sophomore hunk whom Robin insists is pond scum. She ignores her suitemates' pleas to join their study group, insisting her high school achievements will guarantee her success in college.
Frannie's wake-up call comes after nearly two semesters of disastrous decision-making. She finds herself flunking out and her nursing career ending before it begins. With support from an unexpected source, she faces the biggest decision of her life - one that no matter the outcome will upend her future.