ONS Book Takes Top Honor as Book of the Year

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is pleased to announce that In the Shadows: How to Help Your Seriously Ill Adult Child won first place in the prestigious 2013 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the consumer health category. The book, an ONS Hygeia Media imprint, was authored by Patricia Ringos Beach, MSN, RN, AOCN®, ACHPN, and Beth E. White, MSN, RN.

Parents of seriously ill adults are often caught in a complicated situation of conflicting demands and expectations. In the Shadows offers stories from parents, their ill adult children, and professionals on how to navigate difficult familial and medical waters. Chapters provide insight and resources that can help to shed light and guide parents and caregivers out of the shadows to provide the best support possible.

            “Thank you to AJN for the recognition not only of our book, but of the plight of parents of our adult patients,” said Beach, a clinical nurse specialist and patient navigator. “It is these parents’ struggles, stories, and advice that will help others. They have been there.”

            “It is a great professional honor to have our book recognized by AJN,” said White, a pediatric clinical nurse specialist. “Parents of seriously ill adult children are a deeply committed, yet often-untapped resource.  We hope our book may provide some insight and skills to maximize support to our adult patients and their families.”

The AJN is the nation’s oldest and largest circulating nursing journal and one of the most highly respected. Its AJN Book of the Year Award competition draws hundreds of submissions by authors from various fields in the nursing profession. A distinguished panel of judges selects those considered to be the most valuable texts each year.

ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families. Learn more at www.ons.org.