Archive for the ‘Nursing’ Category

Introducing CINAHL Plus Video Tutorials

Friday, July 29th, 2011

CINAHL Plus is a database containing literature focused on nursing and allied health, but it does more than just basic article searching.  A new set of video tutorials designed by UCLA librarians will introduce you to CINAHL tips and tricks that will make your searches more powerful and allow you to share articles and searches with colleagues.

Each brief tutorial covers how to use a particular CINAHL feature, including setting limits, refining results, saving and sharing searches, using the search history, and exporting citations to EndNote. Rather than read through long instructions, follow along as the tutorials take you step by step with video that shows you exactly where to click on the screen and how to find the information you need.

To access the set of eight tutorials, visit the Nursing Subject Guide. In the Article Databases tab, scroll down to box labeled “Database Tutorials.” The videos require Flash software, which can be downloaded for free from Adobe’s web site.

 Have an idea for a video tutorial you’d like to see for CINAHL or any other Biomedical Library resource? Email us with your requests.

<submitted by Lisa Federer>


Wiley-Blackwell Nursing e-Books Now Available!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the Biomedical Library has purchased about 140 Nursing e-books from Wiley-Blackwell. This e-book collection includes titles published between 2000 and 2009 and covers a wide variety of nursing disciplines and topics. They are currently available via the Wiley Online Library. We subscribe to those titles marked with the “unlocked” image. Eventually, they will also be separately listed and searchable within the UCLA Library Catalog.

As with all Library subscriptions, for off-campus access, use the VPN client or the BruinOnline proxy servers.

The Wiley-Blackwell Nursing e-books are now accessible through our Key Resources web page.

<submitted by Cathy Brown>

An Introduction from the Biomedical Library’s Newest Librarian

Friday, November 5th, 2010

My name is Adele Dobry and I am the new Health and Life Sciences Librarian in the Research, Instruction, and Collection Services (RICS) division of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. I recently graduated from UCLA with a Master’s in Library and Information Science. During my last year of graduate studies, I was an Information Literacy Instruction/Reference Intern and Reference Desk Assistant at the College Library. Prior to studying at UCLA, I was an Algebra Supplemental Instruction Leader, at Riverside Community College. I am beginning as one of the liaisons and subject specialists for the UCLA School of Nursing. Later on I will be the liaison and subject specialist for the UCLA School of Public Health, Biology, Botany, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Nephrology, Oncology, Plant Sciences, Psychology, Urology, and Zoology. I am looking forward to creating information literate learners here at UCLA!

I am an avid bird watcher and enjoy learning about the latest discoveries in animal behavior.   I am also fascinated by Korean language and culture.  As a result, I am teaching myself the Korean language.

<submitted by Adele Dobry>

Consensus Report: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

The Future of Nursing explores how nurses’ roles, responsibilities, and education should change significantly to meet the increased demand for care that will be created by health care reform and to advance improvements in America’s increasingly complex health system.

At more than 3 million in number, nurses make up the single largest segment of the health care work force. They also spend the greatest amount of time in delivering patient care as a profession. Nurses therefore have valuable insights and unique abilities to contribute as partners with other health care professionals in improving the quality and safety of care as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enacted this year.

Nurses should be fully engaged with other health professionals and assume leadership roles in redesigning care in the United States. To ensure its members are well-prepared, the profession should institute residency training for nurses, increase the percentage of nurses who attain a bachelor’s degree to 80 percent by 2020, and double the number who pursue doctorates. Furthermore, regulatory and institutional obstacles — including limits on nurses’ scope of practice — should be removed so that the health system can reap the full benefit of nurses’ training, skills, and knowledge in patient care.

In this book, the Institute of Medicine makes recommendations for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing. The report is available for free download at the IOM web site.

<submitted by Paul Camp>

Mosby’s Nursing Skills: Over 800 different nursing skills

Friday, October 15th, 2010

mosby-nursing-skills.jpgMosby’s Nursing Skills provides information on over 800 different skills, consolidated from diverse publications such as:

  • Perry & Potter, Clinical Nursing Skills & Techniques, 6e
  • Proehl, Emergency Nursing Procedures, 4e
  • AACN, Procedure Manual for Critical Care, 5e
  • AACN, Procedure Manual for Pediatric Acute and Critical Care
  • Wong, Nursing Care of Infants and Children

In addition to searching for a specific skill, you can browse skills by specialty (such as critical care nursing) or by category (such as diagnostic testing). Each skill contains a variety of information, such as check lists, supplies needed and demonstration videos.

The resource also contains patient education information. It is accessible from the “Nursing – Staff Information” page on Mednet or by using the Search for Online Resources box (select “all electronic materials”) on the Biomedical Library Homepage. You can either search for material directly from the same search box used for skills or link directly to relevant documents from the skills.

<submitted by Cathy Brown and Paul Camp>

Changes to CINAHL Plus!

Friday, August 6th, 2010

CINAHL via EBSCOhost released new search interface changes on Thursday, August 5th:

  • Limiters and the date slider will move from the right to the left column beside the Result List. 
  • Detailed record pages will be more streamlined, and links to full text, customer’s link resolvers, ILL, etc. will be more prominently displayed on the left.
  • Users will be able to select multiple clusters and source types when managing results.
  • There will be an enhanced PDF Viewer, Content Viewer, HTML Full Text, etc.
  • A “breadbox” will show users which limiters, expanders and source types have already been selected.
  • Streamlined subject headings functionality: if you wish to build a search using CINAHL subject headings, all terms and subheadings will be clearly shown on the right portion of the screen in the new Search Box Builder tool.

<submitted by Cathy Brown>

Looking for County Health Statistics?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

The County Health Rankings are a key component of the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) project. MATCH is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

This web site provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.

<submitted by Tania Bardyn>

Journal Cancellation Project

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The UCLA Library is repeating an annual project to review print journal subscriptions. In addition, in an effort to respond to this year’s growing financial crisis, collection managers have identified a number of uniquely held print journal titles for cancellation.

The list of proposed journal cancellations is available on an interactive Web page that allows you to browse lists by selecting librarian or holding library or to search for individual titles. Each title has an interactive button that enables you to email comments directly to the librarian responsible for that subject area. The list of proposed journal cancellations will be available for review and comments through June 15, 2010.

Reducing format duplication, or cancelling a print journal subscription when electronic is available, is one action that the Library is taking to stretch its collections budget as far as possible; it also saves on bindery and personnel costs.

Your support and feedback are essential in this process. Contact Janet Carter, Collection Coordinator for the Biomedical Library, by email or by telephone at 310.825.5802 or Sharon E. Farb, Associate University Librarian for Collection Management and Scholarly Communication, by email or by telephone at 310.825.1201 if you have any concerns or questions.

<submitted by Janet Carter>

Do you have questions about Fair Use for Educational Purposes? If so, this free workshop is for you!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Fair Use for Educational Purposes

Thursday, April 22; 10 a.m.-noon
Charles E. Young Research Library

Do you provide copies of entire articles to students in your classroom? How about on your course Web site? Do you post materials on your course management system? Do you use your CMS or Web site as a virtual classroom? Simply because the content is for educational purposes does not mean that you can copy and distribute it without considering whether that is consistent with the U.S. Copyright Act.

With the continually emerging classroom experience and expanded use of the virtual classroom, the appropriate use of copyrighted materials is more important than ever before. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from campus legal and copyright experts how you can provide the best experiences for your students without violating copyright.

Admission is free, but reservations are required.
Register Online

<submitted by Janet Carter>

PubGet – an even faster way to get to full text

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Need the fulltext of an article quickly?  Try Pubget.  Pubget, a new life science search engine, brings you fast access to PDFs.

Pubget doesn’t replace  PubMed or BIOSIS for searching the health and life science literature.  It is a complimentary tool that links you to fulltext directly bypassing abstracts of article.

Pubget works with UCLA Library subscriptions to electronic journals.  When searching, you’ll see PDF icons when fulltext is available.  Clicking on the article titles will display the pdf directly.  When we don’t have access to fulltext online, Pubget will give you the option to “FindIt @ UCLA” .  This will link you to options for finding a print copy in our library or requesting a copy through Interlibrary Loan.  In a few instances, the PDF icons do not display for items that we do own online.  Using the “FindIt @ UCLA” button will provide you access to those resources.

More details about Pubget and it’s special features, like PaperPlane are available on the Pubget website.

<submitted by Rikke Ogawa>