Nursing professor's book wins national award
Carlton Brown
Brown's book, A Guide to Oncology Symptom Management.

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1:41 p.m., July 7, 2010----A book written by Carlton Brown, assistant professor in the University of Delaware's School of Nursing, has received an Award of Excellence in the 22nd annual APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, sponsored by Writing That Works.

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Brown's book, A Guide to Oncology Symptom Management, provides detailed coverage of symptoms and conditions affecting people with cancer. According to the foreword, the book “evolved naturally from the Oncology Nursing Society's forward-thinking initiatives related to evidence-based practice.”

“Oncology nurses everywhere care for people experiencing multiple and varied symptoms and conditions that are cancer related, treatment related, or related to non-cancer issues,” Brown says. “These nurses require information that is based on highest-level evidence and focused on responses to these symptoms.”

The book has been well received by the oncology care community. One reviewer wrote, “This book is an important acknowledgment of the important part that nurses play in helping people with cancer to manage the often devastating symptoms and problems related to their disease. It is an important and timely contribution to the oncology nursing literature.”

Brown is the current president of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), a professional organization of some 36,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers. He has been a member of the society for more than 18 years and is using his platform as president to lobby for better legislation to assist patients and the nurses who care for them.

A Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN), Brown joined the faculty at the University of Delaware in September 2008. He earned his doctorate at the University of Utah. Brown's research focuses on adverse symptoms during cancer treatment.

“The School of Nursing here at the University has an incredible group of faculty members who both teach oncology nursing and conduct research in the area of cancer care,” he says.

Brown's APEX Award came in the Books and eBooks category. The awards were based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the success of entries in achieving overall communications effectiveness and excellence.

Article by Diane Kukich

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