Yvonne DArcy, RN, MS, CRNP, CNS, a pain management and palliative care nurse practitioner at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., recently was notified that her book, Compact Clinical Guide to Cancer Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach for Nurses, has been awarded second place in the 2013 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards in the Palliative Care and Hospice category.
DArcy has worked at Suburban Hospital for more than 11 years. Since 1969, the American Journal of Nursing has designated an annual list of the best in nursing publishing. Featured in the January issue of the journal, the AJN Book of the Year competition garners attention from more than 100,000 readers, librarians and faculty, many of whom base their key book purchasing decisions on this award program.
Experts serve as judges in 19 categories and select the top three in each category.
DArcys award-winning book, published by Springer Publishing Company, is one in a series of books she has written about pain management. It is being sold in Canada, England, China, India and other international markets, including South America, as well as the U.S. DArcy, a certified nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist, co-authored the book with Pam Davies from the University of Washington Cancer Center.
This is the second AJN Book of the Year Award for DArcy. Her first one was for the book How to Manage Pain in the Elderly published by Sigma Theta Tau in 2010. Her final book in the series, Compact Clinical Guide to Womens Pain Management: An Evidence-Based Approach for Nurses, will be a candidate for the 2014 award.
While working for Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, DArcy saw many patients with a wide variety of pain conditions and knew that having an evidenced-based clinical guide for problem-solving in pain management was something nurses really could use.
Cancer pain presents a clinical challenge in that the patient is facing a disease that can cause pain, but also requires complex disease management, DArcy said in a news release.
DArcy is column coordinator for the Pain Solutions column in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, column coordinator for Controlling Pain in Nursing 2013 and serves on both editorial boards. She also has written numerous articles for journals and chapters for nursing textbooks.