Jones & Bartlett Learning Awarded Nine Prestigious American Journal of Nursing Awards: Places for COVID-19 Interactive Case Studies in the Digital Products Category

Burlington, MA, January 24, 2022 – Jones & Bartlett Learning, a division of Ascend Learning, today announced that nine products from its nursing and public health portfolios have been awarded the prestigious American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Awards. Each year the AJN conducts a peer-reviewed process of newly published textbooks and digital resources across nursing and healthcare selecting three best-in-class products per category. Since 1969, this annual awards competition has been highly regarded by professionals, faculty and librarians in both healthcare and academia.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a leading learning partner of nurses and healthcare professionals, especially at a time when these heroes are most in need of support,” said Matt Kane, Director of Product Management, Jones & Bartlett Learning. “I am proud of our authors and publishing team’s commitment to scholarship and quality and thrilled they are being recognized in this way. Congratulations to our authors and all award recipients!”

As leaders in the nursing education market, Jones & Bartlett Learning is honored to accept so many awards across the categories, particularly for the timely COVID-19 Global Lessons Learned: Interactive Case Studies by Richard Riegelman. This digital collection of seven interactive case studies is designed for online or classroom discussion or as graded assignments and includes links to websites and videos, discussion and interactive questions, plus a full package of instructor resources. Jones & Bartlett Learning is also grateful to accept awards for two first edition books: Lactation: A Foundational Strategy for Health Promotion by Suzanne Hetzel Campbell in the History and Public Policy category andAppreciative Leadership: Building Sustainable Partnerships for Health by Kathy Malloch and Tim Porter-O’Grady in the Nursing Management and Leadership category.


“We are extremely excited that our COVID-19 digital case studies product was recognized in the digital products category,” commented Estelle Mense, Vice President of Marketing, Ascend Learning. “It demonstrates our ability to pivot and respond to our customer’s needs by developing and delivering exceptional online learning resources to both faculty and students at the time they are needed.”

Awarded second and third place, respectively, in the 2021 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Adult Primary Care category: Gynecologic Health Care: With an Introduction to Prenatal and Postpartum Care, Fourth Edition by Kerri Durnell Schuiling and Frances E. Likis and Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery and Women’s Health, Sixth Edition by Nell L. Tharpe, Cindy L. Farley, and Robin G. Jordan

Awarded second place in the 2021 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Community/Public Health category: Global Health Care: Issues and Policies, Fourth Edition by Carol Holtz.

Awarded third place in the 2021 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Digital category: COVID-19 Global Lessons Learned: Interactive Case Studies by Richard Riegelman

Awarded first place in the 2021 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Environmental Health category: Maxwell’s Understanding Environmental Health: How We Live in the World, Third Edition by Deborah Alma Falta.

Awarded second place in the 2021 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the History and Public Policy category: Lactation: A Foundational Strategy for Health Promotion by Suzanne Hetzel Campbell

Awarded second place in the 2021 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Informatics category: Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge, Fifth Edition by Dee McGonigle and Kathleen Garver Mastrian.

Awarded third place in the 2021 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Medical-Surgical Nursing category: Pathophysiology: A Practical Approach, Fourth Edition by Lachel Story

Awarded third place in the 2021 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Nursing Management and Leadership category: Appreciative Leadership: Building Sustainable Partnerships for Health by Kathy Malloch and Tim Porter-O’Grady.

About Jones & Bartlett Learning

Jones & Bartlett Learning is a world-leading provider of instructional, assessment, and learning-performance management solutions for the secondary education, post-secondary education, and professional markets. Jones & Bartlett Learning develops educational programs and services that improve learning outcomes and enhance student achievement by combining authoritative content written by respected authors with innovative, proven, and engaging technology applications that meet the diverse needs of today’s instructors, students, and professionals. www.jblearning.com

About Ascend Learning

Ascend Learning is a leading provider of online educational content, simulation, software and analytics serving students, educational institutions and employers. With products that span the learning continuum, Ascend Learning focuses on high-growth careers in a range of industries, with a special focus on healthcare and other high-growth, licensure-driven professions. Ascend Learning products, from testing to certification, are used by frontline healthcare workers, physicians, emergency medical professionals, nurses, certified personal trainers, group fitness instructors, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers. Learn more at www.ascendlearning.com.

National Academy of Sports Medicine Announces New Certified Wellness Program to Support Overall Mental and Physical Growth

New program fuses innovation with evidence-based strategies, empowering coaches to create a holistic health and wellness experience.

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a global leader in fitness certifications, has announced its newest program, Certified Wellness Coach (NASM-CWC). The 100 percent online program will integrate state-of-the-art tools with expert guidance backed by a deep understanding of nutrition, fitness, recovery, mindfulness and meditation – equipping fitness professionals and health & wellness enthusiasts with the knowledge and resources to help others live healthier and happier lives.

“As a forward-thinking company, we are constantly striving to address the current and future goals of our community,” said Laurie McCartney, President of NASM. “It was important to our team to develop a one-of-a-kind program that presents many real-world scenarios. NASM-CWC empowers coaches with key insights and evidence-based tools to better position clients for optimal wellbeing in order to live a balanced and fulfilling life.”

NASM developed the CWC program to equip individuals with the necessary tools and knowledge to create and maintain physical and emotional well-being. The new program takes a two-tiered approach; educating individuals on the key components of wellness while providing innovative coaching strategies at every level.

“The NASM-CWC program provides a holistic approach to common life challenges,” said Jaime Tartar, Psychology Professor and Research Director at Nova Southeastern University who was part of the team of experts that developed the program with NASM. “Many individuals struggle with maintaining a proper exercise and nutrition regime, which then leads to increased stress levels and an overall poor physical and mental state. Certified Wellness Coaches are able to identify these barriers and set customized goals based on all the pillars that support optimal health and wellbeing.”

In addition to providing in-depth knowledge across five focus areas; movement, nutrition, mental & emotional wellbeing, regeneration & recovery, and coaching, the CWC program works to equip the Certified Wellness Coach with a broad range of strategies and perspectives. The evidence-based program focuses on providing a deeper understanding of fitness and nutrition, something other health coach programs do not provide. The wellness coach functions as the hub that connects all aspects of health, fitness, and wellness.

For more information about Certified Wellness Coach, click here.

About NASM: The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is a global leader in fitness education and certifications. Building on over 34 years of expertise, NASM programs create a roadmap for fitness professionals to help their clients achieve better physical and mental performance in athletics and everyday life. NASM provides an industry-first training system, with the Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model, creating robust courses and content based solely on scientific, evidence-based research. NASM has educated over 1.3 million fitness professionals in over 80 countries, creating a global space for optimal wellbeing and fitness.

Ascend Learning Named One of Phoenix Business Journal’s 2021 Best Places to Work

Ascend Learning continues to be an innovator in the fitness industry, creating a positive work culture for its employees and stakeholders.

GILBERT Ariz., December 21, 2021 — Ascend Learning, the leading provider of integrated learning solutions which includes three Phoenix-based fitness and wellness brands, was recently named one of Phoenix Business Journal’s best places to work among midsize companies. Over 100 honorees were awarded during a celebratory program sponsored by the Phoenix Business Journal and CornerStone Staffing.

Ascend Learning’s fitness and wellness brands are the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and ClubConnect, LLC. Headquartered in Gilbert, AZ, these industry-leading brands provide training and certifications to millions of fitness and wellness professionals around the world while providing ongoing learning opportunities to their program graduates.

“For a second year in a row, we are honored to accept this award and recognize our teams as they maintain a positive work culture while navigating a global pandemic,” said Laurie McCartney, President of Fitness & Wellness for Ascend Learning. “We are dedicated to finding creative and innovative solutions that enable fitness and wellness professionals to continue the important work of making the world a healthier and happier place.”

The employees at NASM, AFAA and ClubConnect produce and support some of the world’s most respected certifications and continuing education courses, including a new Certified Wellness Coach program that provides evidence-based knowledge and tools to help improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Ascend Learning and other awarded companies will be recognized in the December edition of the Phoenix Business Journal.

About Ascend Learning:

Ascend Learning is a leading provider of online educational content, simulation, software and analytics serving students, educational institutions and employers. With products that span the learning continuum, Ascend Learning focuses on high-growth careers in a range of industries, with a special focus on healthcare and other high-growth, licensure-driven professions. Ascend Learning products, from testing to certification, are used by frontline healthcare workers, physicians, emergency medical professionals, nurses, certified personal trainers, group fitness instructors, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers. For information on career opportunities at Ascend Learning, visit www.ascendlearning.com/careers.

About NASM:

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is a global leader in fitness education and certifications. Building on over 34 years of expertise, NASM programs create a roadmap for fitness professionals to help their clients achieve better physical and mental performance in athletics and everyday life. NASM provides an industry-first training system, with the Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model, creating robust courses and content based solely on scientific, evidence-based research. NASM has educated over 1.3 million fitness professionals in over 80 countries, creating a global space for optimal wellbeing and fitness. Learn more at www.nasm.org.

About AFAA:

The Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) has led the way in certifying group fitness and personal trainers for over 35 years. AFAA pioneered the first nationally standardized guidelines for fitness professionals and has educated over 350,000 instructors and trainers in 73 countries. AFAA’s Group Fitness Instructor Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Learn more at www.afaa.com.

About ClubConnect:

With products and services supporting over 8,000 health clubs and gyms across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the Middle East. ClubConnect is the market leader in health club software, supporting gym employee onboarding, educational development, and credential verification. Learn more at www.clubconnect.com.