In 2016, the Holiday Gift of Books was awarded to The Livengrin Foundation, Inc. in Bensalem which has inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment programs specifically geared for nurses.

Award winners of prior years have been:

2015 - all attendees at the 12th Annual Caring Across Cultures Conference: The Culture of Addiction at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as well as area treatment programs received complimentary books free-of-charge.

2014 - The Indiana State Nurses' Peer Assistance Program (ISNAP) shared the Gift of Books with the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists' Peer Assistance efforts, in memory of Art Zwerling, DNP, CRNA, who remains to this day a great advocate for nurses in need of peer-assistance.

2013 - The Kansas Nurse Assistance Program.

2012 - The Minnesota Health Professionals Service Program and The Professional Recovery Network Of Oregon.

2011 - The Mississippi Recovering Nurse Program.

2010 - The Indiana State Nurses Assistance Program (ISNAP) and the Maine Nurse Monitoring Program.

2009 - The Recovering and Monitoring Program (RAMP) in New Jersey.

This annual commitment of donating new, unused books demonstrates our acknowledgement that nurses in peer support and monitoring programs are facing the greatest personal and professional challenge possible. Our firm belief is that these nurses deserve our unfailing support throughout the year, but especially during the holiday season. It is our way of recognizing and encouraging their ongoing recovery efforts and affirming our conviction that these nurses are very important to us, as well as the nursing profession and society.

Be well!



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Author Paula Davies Scimeca and independent publisher Sea Meca, Inc. were honored when selected "From Unbecoming A Nurse to Overcoming Addiction: Candid Self-Portraits of Nurses in Recovery" as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Health: Addiction and Recovery category of the "BEST BOOKS 2010" AWARDS on October 26th, 2010. is the premier online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses. With over 140 categories representing print and audio books, Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of, said this year's contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries which were then narrowed down to over 500 winners and finalists.

Ms. Scimeca responded to the announcement by saying: "This award honors the twenty-nine nurses who graciously contributed their stories of long-term recovery from addiction to the book. Such public recognition acknowledges their courageous efforts and transmits the hope of sustained, uninterrupted recovery to thousands of other nurses who are striving for their own recovery from addiction, one day at a time."