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Nursing faculty authors establish successful collaboration (12-28-99)

A shared interest in gerontology and education led Mary Ann Matteson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, and Adrianne Linton, Ph.D., RN, of the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, into a remarkably productive collaboration. It resulted in the books Gerontological Nursing: Concepts and Practice, 2nd Edition, and Introductory Nursing Care of Adults, first and second editions. Both books have been extremely successful. Gerontological Nursing is used in hundreds of nursing schools, and Introductory Nursing Care is the text of choice for licensed vocational nurse (LVN) education.

Dr. Matteson, Thelma and Joe Crow Endowed Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Nursing Care, co-authored the first edition of Gerontological Nursing while a clinical nurse specialist in gerontology at Duke University. Six years later is was published by W. B. Saunders.

After joining the Health Science Center in 1988, she and Dr. Linton, associate professor in the Department of Chronic Nursing Care, at Saundersí request, wrote the introductory text for LVNs and Gerontological Nursing, 2nd Ed. "The hardest part of writing is getting started," Dr. Linton said. "But once you get done with Chapter 1, you get on a roll."

The gerontology book is sold all over the world and has been translated into Japanese and Chinese.

Both women were surprised by how much work was involved in writing a second edition. "We were surprised it was just as hard as the first," said Dr. Matteson, "You have to review everything, update, rewrite and reorganize to keep up with changes in the field."

Nonetheless, they both said, the benefits far outweigh the "agony you go through," as Dr. Linton put it laughingly. "Itís so rewarding to have the book. It gives you a sense of accomplishment to influence something you care about," she said.

Contact: Will Sansom or Jennifer Lorenzo