Category Archives: Nursing

Trial Nursing Database: UpToDate

UpToDate is the premier evidence-based clinical decision support resource for health practitioners. The library is trialing this database right now — if you are a nursing student or in a health related major, take a look and let us know what you think.

From the UpToDate Website: More than 6,000 world-renowned physician authors, editors, and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality. More than 1 million clinicians in 174 countries and almost 90% of academic medical centers in the United States rely on UpToDate to provide the best care.

Find UpToDate on top of the Nursing Subject Guide.

Read more about it here.

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Now available for Nursing students: the AJN Books of the Year

LargeThumb.00000446-201501000-00026.FF3The 2014 American Journal of Nursing Books of the Year are now available at the Macdonald-Kelce Library. Every year, a panel of judges from AJN picks the most valuable texts, and we make sure to offer them to you. Titles cover the range of nursing disciplines, including consumer health, nursing research, child nursing, and more.

A list of titles can be found here.

Check back in February for the annual AJN display at the library entrance.

New Nursing Database: Joanna Briggs Evidence Based Practice

Attention Nursing Students! Check out this newly acquired database that will help you with your  research.

Sponsored by the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI),  the Joanna Briggs Evidence Based Practice database is a comprehensive resource which focuses on evidence-based practice information. The reviews, guidelines, and technical reports found in JBI EBP cover a wide range of medical, nursing, and health science specialties and include a unique suite of information that’s been analyzed, appraised, and prepared by expert reviewers.

Resources include over 3,000 records across seven publication types: Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Best Practice Information Sheets, Systematic Reviews, Consumer Information Sheets, Systematic Review Protocols, and Technical Reports.

The JBI EBP database has ten tools that you can use for appraisal and implementation, quality improvement, and research. Examples include:

  •  JBI Journal Club – a tool for storing and appraising articles for journal clubs.
  •  JBI PACES – an online program that assists with clinical audits and practice changes.
  •  JBI Rapid – a process to analyze articles using a checklist.
  •  Manual Builder – tool for creating evidence-based manuals based on the needs of your organization.
  •  Pamphlet Builder – tool to develop evidence-based pamphlets for your patients.

Sign into Esearch to begin browsing.

40 titles receive special recognition from the American Journal of Nursing

Every year, in its January issue, the American Journal of Nursing or AJN, recognizes the most valuable texts published the field of nursing from the previous year. A panel of judges look for the best of the best in 19 different categories across the nursing spectrum. This year, the judges selected 40 titles.

The Macdonald-Kelce Library is lucky enough to own many of these award-winning titles. Special thanks goes out to librarian Elizabeth Barron whose job is to make sure we have the award winners in the library’s collection. By the way, Elizabeth works tirelessly selecting and acquiring ALL new books for the library in the fields of nursing, criminology, and education (FYI: if you are a student in any of these fields, I recommend you get to know Elizabeth sooner, rather than later).

Right now, the Book of the Year Award titles are found either in the display case next to the circulation desk or on the new book shelf. Always remember, you can check out any of the books on display, just ask one of the attendants at the circulation desk to get a book out for you.

Finding the entire award-winning list is easy. Just log on to Esearch, select the Ovid database from the list of databases, and then clicking on the ‘Journals’ tab. From there you can either enter the journal name in the search box, or scroll down the alphabetical list to find AJN, American Journal of Nursing. Then you can search within the journal for the article using the following title: “Book of Year Awards 2013.”

Here are of a few of the titles that caught my eye:

Where Night Is Day, from the summary in the online catalog: “This book describes the hour-by-hour, day-by-day rhythms of an intensive care unit in a teaching hospital in New Mexico. Written by a nurse, Where Night Is Day reveals the specialized work of ICU nursing and its unique perspective on illness, suffering, and death. It takes place over a thirteen-week period, the time of the average rotation of medical residents through the ICU. As the author, James Kelly, reflects on the rise of medicine, the nature of nursing, the argument of care versus cure, he offers up an intimate portrait of the ICU, the patients who live and/or die there, and the medical professionals who work there.” Call number: RT 120.I5 K45 2013.

Smart but Scattered Teens from the book cover: “Despite high intelligence, adolescents with executive skills deficits can be frustratingly disorganized, distractable, forgetful, and moody…Drs. Guare and Dawson are leading experts on executive skills…grounded in the state-of-the-art scientific research, this book provides crucial skills (teens need) for success.” Call number: HQ 799.15 G83 2013.

See Me as a Person: Creating Therapeutic Relationships with Patients and Their Families, according to Amazon this work “offers guiding principles and a practical methodology that facilitate a clinician’s ability to form authentic relationships which improve patient safety and the overall experience of care.” Call number: R727.3 K 656 2012.

Essential of Nursing Research: Appraisal Evidence for Nursing Practice, Amazon states, this work provides “a unique learning-teaching package that is designed to teach students how to read and critique research reports, and to appreciate the application of research findings to nursing practice.” RT 81.5 P63 2014.

The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia, author, Joyce Simard states on her webpage that “it is my hope that publication of this book will stimulate many more nursing homes and hospices to pay greater attention to individuals with advanced and terminal dementia. The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia may serve as an important road map in this effort because it describes in detail how the program can be implemented, how the Namaste Care team is established, how an appropriate Namaste Care environment is created, and what the day’s activities could be.” Call number: RC 521.S57 2013

Finally, here is your Information Literacy Tip of the Day: knowing that experts in the career of nursing selected 40 titles as the best out of all the nursing book published in 2013, is one way to evaluate the credibility and authority of a resource that you might want to use for research and or general information.

Wishing you happy reading in the field of nursing and beyond!

Presentation on Evidence-Based Practice in the Library on June 18 – Implementing Evidence into Practice

Join us this Tuesday, June 18, for a presentation about implementing evidence into practice. The presentation will begin at 11:30am in AV2 on the second floor of the Macdonald-Kelce Library.

“The biggest challenge in healthcare today is providing cost-effective, evidence-based quality care that improves practice and patient outcomes. Creating an evidence-based organization is more than providing healthcare providers with evidence-based information. A true evidence-based organization generates and synthesizes evidence, implements it into practice, and then evaluates the practice changes and patient outcomes. This session will explain the definition, purpose, and methodology of evidence-based practice and translational science as well as how to implement evidence into practice and overcome the barriers to implementation for healthcare institutions and academic centers.”

Our presenter will be Chief Nurse Anne Woods.

“Anne Dabrow Woods is the Chief Nurse of Wolters Kluwer Health Medical Research Division which includes Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Ovid Technologies. Anne has over 15 years of publishing experience, 29 years of experience in nursing and healthcare and has been a nurse practitioner for 15 years. Anne still practices as a nurse practitioner in acute care and is adjunct faculty. In her role as Chief Nurse, she is responsible for developing the nursing and evidence-based strategy for the company. Anne received her Bachelor’s Degree from West Chester University, her Master’s Degree from LaSalle University and is completing her Doctoral Degree at Texas Christian University.”

The American Journal of Nursing 2012 Book of the Year Award-Winners at the Library

The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) 2012 Book of the Year Awards are an important guide to the best works published in nursing. The Macdonald-Kelce Library has nearly every single one of the 2012 winners, and this year more than ever are available in electronic editions.

Listed below are the categories and the winners. Bolded titles are titles we have in the library. Note that you must be logged into Esearch to read the electronic versions of these books (when they are available). If there is a nursing book you need that is not in our catalog we may be able to obtain a copy through interlibrary loan. (Thanks to our Nursing/Criminology/Education librarian Elizabeth Barron for acquiring these titles!)

You can read issues of AJN, American Journal of Nursing by logging into Esearch, selecting the Ovid database from the list of databases, and then clicking on the ‘Journals’ tab. From there you can either enter the journal name in the search box, or scroll down the alphabetical list to find AJN, American Journal of Nursing.

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Your University of Tampa Librarians – Part II

Time for part II of Your University of Tampa Librarians. If you are an education student you may already know librarian Elizabeth Barron.

Elizabeth, in addition to being the librarian who collects education materials for the library, she also is responsible for criminology and nursing.

Elizabeth did her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. While living in Laramie, Wyoming she worked in a Carnegie Public Library and discovered her love of libraries and soon returned to school to earn a Master’s degree in library and information science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

UT’s students are what inspire Elizabeth day and day out. It makes her work day rewarding.  She would advise all students to always attend class, take notes, and keep up with the required reading. At the same time she also encourages everyone to get out and enjoy all the great food you can find in Tampa! Maybe you should stop by the reference desk and find out Elizabeth’s favorite Tampa restaurant…. She has a varied schedule on the desk – just ask for her, she can usually be found most days Monday thru Friday.

Learning vs. Education

A colleague and I have an on-going discussion about the impact online education will have on traditional universities. I recently stumbled across this interesting post which suggests ‘education’ should be distinguished from ‘learning’.

“With the advent of open education resources, social networking technologies and new pedagogies for online and blended learning, we are in the early stages of a significant disruption in current models of education. ‘Learning’ is beginning to peel away from ‘Education’ as a separate market, with its own set of opportunities and challenges for practitioners, technologists, and entrepreneurs. While ‘education’ is driven by schools, colleges, and governments, ‘learning’ focuses on empowering the individual to take charge of their learning.”

Unfortunately the entire talk by Dr. Ashwin Ram is not available online, but he’s posted the slides he used during his talk. He gave his talk to the UC Berkeley School of Information on April 11, 2012. He argues that online learning tools will disrupt traditional systems of education as online health tools will disrupt traditional systems of healthcare.

The American Journal of Nursing 2011 Book of the Year Award-Winners at the Library

The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) 2011 Book of the Year Awards are an important guide to the best works published in nursing. The Macdonald Kelce Library has nearly every single one of the 2011 winners, and this year more than ever are available in electronic editions.

Listed below are the categories and the winners. Bolded titles are titles we have in the library. If they are available in an electronic version I’ve added a link. Note that you must be logged into Esearch to read the electronic versions of these books. If there is a nursing book you need that is not in our catalog we may be able to obtain a copy through interlibrary loan. (Thanks to our Nursing/Criminology/Education librarian Elizabeth Barron for acquiring these titles!)

(You can read issues of AJN, American Journal of Nursing by logging into Esearch, selecting the Ovid database from the list of databases, and then clicking on the ‘Journals’ tab. From there you can either enter the journal name in the search box, or scroll down the alphabetical list to find AJN, American Journal of Nursing.)

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Evidence Based Practice

For nursing students researching Evidence Based Practice, be sure to check out the Evidence Based Practice link under the Subject Portals link. In addition to listing the databases that might be useful you’ll also find a list of helpful links under the Internet tab.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AGREE Collaboration
AHRQ Evidence Reports
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Assessing the Impact of Research
Bandolier – Evidence based thinking about health care
Center for Disease Control
Center for Evidence Based Medicine
Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research
Centre for Clinical Effectiveness (AUS)
Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health (UK)
Centre for Health Evidence (CA)
ClinicalTrials.gov
Clinician Examination Research and Education Interest Group (SGIM)
Cochrane Collaboration
Evidence Based Nursing (Health Sciences Library (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Evidence Based Practice Resources | Health Sciences Library McMaster University
Evidence-Based Medicine – BMJ Journals
Evidence-Based Mental Health – BMJ Journals
Evidence-Based Pediatrics (UMich)
Evidence-based Practice Centers
Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health (UMass Med School)
Evidence-Based Teaching (UK)
Finding Evidence in PubMed (Yale University)
Finding Measurement Tools
Health Services/Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT) – NCBI Bookshelf
health-evidence.ca
ICN – International Council of Nurses
Improvement Science Research Network
Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice
Joanna Briggs Institute (Aus)
Joint Commission : Helping Health Care Organizations Help Patients
National Guideline Clearinghouse
National Institute of Nursing Research.
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
Nursing Center(Martindale)
Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses
PubMed
Quality Indicators (AHRQ)
Research Instruments Developed (Stanford University School of Medicine)
SUMSearch 2 (EBM Search Engine)
Trip Database (clinical search engine)
Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

A similarly useful set of links can be found under the link for Nursing.