Thursday, February 28, 2008

Nevis Historical Tour

The History of the Caribbean class will take a Nevis Historical Tour on
Saturday, March 22th.
We will meet at Port Zante at 7:45 am & take the 8:00 am ferry to Nevis.
The itinerary is chock-full of historical sites and our tour guide will be Mr. John Guilbert, an official of the Nevis Historical Society.
The tour starts with a walk to the Museum of Nevis History and then a short walk around Charlestown. After that we board a bus for a three-hour tour around the island. Tour ends by 1:00 pm.
The cost for the ferry is $40 EC round-trip, the tour is $20 EC.
If you are interested in joining us, please see Prof Mark Bernstein ASAP with your tour fee, and reserve your place. Places are limited so first come first served.
Click on title to link for more information on Nevis.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Drug Digest

DrugDigest is a noncommercial, evidence-based, user-friendly health and drug information site dedicated to empowering consumers [& valuable for the nurses who care for them] to make informed choices about drugs and treatment options.
Accredited by HON the site includes some very handy features such as a tool for checking drug and herbal interactions, treatment options, pill images; care path and drug and side-effects comparisons; etc.
Create your own 'Medication Card' in the "Interactive Tools" section, or check yourself for health risks, and find available, cost-saving, generic drugs for popular brand-named medications.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

NLM Drug Information Portal

NLM announces the release of the NLM Drug Information Portal, designed to provide the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers a gateway to current, accurate and understandable drug information from the National Library of Medicine and other key government agencies.

Included are more than 12,000 drug records and links to the following resources: MedlinePlus®, AIDSinfo®, Medline/PubMed®, LactMed, HSDB®, Dietary Supplements Labels Database, TOXLINE®, DailyMed®,, PubChem, NIAID Anti-HIV/OI Database, ChemIDplus®, Drugs@FDA, DEA, and .
[The permanent link has also been added to the sidebar.]

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Framework for Global Adaption of Practice Guidelines

The ADAPTE framework is a systematic tool to aid in the adaptation of clinical practice guidelines across organizations, cultures and even countries.

Since the development and updating of high-quality practice guidelines requires substantial resources, a streamlined adaptation framework can be useful for customizing to suit the local context and increase the quality and applicability of recommendations.The ADAPTE framework is supported by training resources [with registration] and is intended to be used by guideline developers, health care providers and policy makers alike; at local, national and international levels.

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Senses Challenge

Test your neurological skills with this revealing ten minute interactive
Senses Challenge from the BBC.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Using RSS Readers in Education

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Medical Vocabulary Test

Thanks to David Rotham's Blog for pointing me to this quick little online quiz [only 25 questions] developed by Roger Amidon & Samuel Baker from the University of South Carolina. To test your knowledge of medical vocabulary just click on the title and give it a go!

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The Human Brain Atlas

In this atlas of the human brain from Michigan State University you can view MRI sections through a living human brain as well as corresponding sections stained for cell bodies or for nerve fibers.
"Differing techniques used to study the anatomy of the human brain all have their advantages and disadvantages. We here present an electronic anatomically labeled three-dimensional atlas of the human brain created from MRI images. In conjunction we present anatomically labeled stained sections that correspond to the three-dimensional MRI images. In this way we utilize the advantages of both methods."
Quick time movies of each section, screensavers and other funstuff are all available on the website.

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Excursion to Brimstone Hill

The History of the Caribbean class is planning an excursion to
Brimstone Hill Fortress
Saturday February 23nd.
We will board buses at the campus at 3 p.m.(sharp) and return by 5:15pm.
If you are interested in joining the class for this fascinating, historic excursion, please let me know by this Friday noon.
Transportation, entrance fee, and a guide will all be provided for $10 EC each.
Please come and join us! First come, first served!
Prof. Mark H. Bernstein

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Simulation & Practice Learning Project

Conclusions of the NMC Study:
"The findings are overwhelmingly positive and suggest strongly that simulated learning: helps students to acheive clinical learning outcomes, provides students with learning opportunities which are not possible in the clinical setting, and helps to increase students confidence in approaching clinical situations."
Simulation allows the attention and focus to sift away from the patient, to the nursing student and their learning.

"The latest development enables universities to use up to 300 hours previously set aside for learning with patients, to learn instead in a safe simulated practice learning environment, where mistakes can be made without risk of causing harm to patients."

Click on the title to read the news report from Medical News Today
& access the full text document from the Nursing & Midwifery Council - UK [NMC] website.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Stay Dry at Beach ~ Spare Your Stomach?

FRIDAY, Feb. 8 (HealthDay News) -- When you're at the beach, you may want to stay on dry sand as much as possible, suggests a University of Florida researcher who conducted a two-year study of three Florida beaches to assess possible health effects of beach sand.
The study found that longer exposure to water, wet sand boosts your risk for gastrointestinal illness.
Click title to read more from MedlinePlus ...
The study was recently published in Marine Pollution Bulletin.

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Health Services Research (HSR) Methods

HSR Methods is a new Web site for health services researchers from AcademyHealth.
The site provides key links, resources and current information on health services research methods and seeks to promote dialogue among health services researchers.

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Keeping up-to-date with RSS

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Annie's Walking Tour of Historic Basseterre

The Caribbean History class invites you for an historical 2 hour walking tour of Basseterre on Sunday February 10th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.
Annie is famous for her tours and she has agreed to substancially reduce her usual fee for IUON personnel to $10 US per person!
Hear the detailed background of the exciting and often tragic history of the capital of this wonderful island. Visit the site of the first company, stroll through the old village of Irish Town, learn about Pall Mall (presently called Independence Square) where slaves were sold on arrival and goods exchanged or battered.
Please come pay me by Friday 3:00pm to reserve your place.
Prof Mark Bernstein

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Mental Health Nursing Assessment Tools

Of particular interest to NUR 313 students,
Prof. McClane has gathered various mental health assessment tools into a kit for students to access in the library.
The kit is available at the library circulation desk.
It includes assessment tools for depression, mental status, heritage assessment [culture], risk assessment, etc.
Sheets may be photocopied.

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Friday, February 01, 2008

IUON Writing Center Opens

The Student Services department, in collaboration
with the English department, announces the opening
of an IUON Writing Center
located in the Anne Ross Library.

You can sign up at the library circulation desk.
Appointments are for 30 minutes during the following hours:

Monday 4:00—6:00
Tuesday 8:00—10:00 & 4:00—6:00
Wednesday 8:00—10:00 & 4:00—6:00
Thursday 8:00—10:00 & 4:00—6:00
Friday 8:00—10:00 & 12:30—2:30
Saturday 4:00—6:00

Our goal is to improve you as a writer, not improve a specific paper.
We ARE NOT an editing service.

Steve Clark
Associate Professor of English/ESL

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MedMaster Patient Drug Information

Another excellent patient drug information resource is now
freely accessible from the NCBI Bookshelf from PubMed.
Check it out & while you are on the site peruse the other
full text ebooks available on health and medicine.

Find a permanent link to the NCBI Bookshelf in the right sidebar.

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