Friday, May 30, 2008

7 Steps to Exercising Safely in the Heat

Learn how to avoid heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

In support of the “Exercise is Medicine” initiative, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association [NATA] has prepared a list of 7 important tips for enjoying physical activity and exercise while reducing the risk of heat illness.
Also read NATA’s complete Position Statement on Exertional Heat Illnesses posted on the site.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

New Pallative Care Knowledge Network

A new gateway to palliative care information and knowledge launched today in Australia called CareSearch.
This free Pallative Care resource is endorsed by HealthInsite [Australian government health website], accredited by HON [the key international health website accrediting body based in Switzerland] and designed for health professionals, patients, families and friends.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Compare the Quality of US Hospitals

"This new web site offers information about 26 quality-of-care measures -- including quality of clinical care for specific procedures and what patients say about their experiences -- in almost 4,000 hospitals across the United States."

"The survey results included on Hospital Compare cover 10 main areas of patient experience, including how often doctors and nurses communicated well with patients, how often patients received help quickly, and patients' overall rating of hospitals."
Check today's news clip on the Nursing Reference Center homepage for more information.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Depression & Nursing Students

"First-year nursing students' accounts of reasons for student depression."
Author(s): Dzurec LC; Allchin L; Engler AJ
Source: The Journal Of Nursing Education [J Nurs Educ]
2007 Dec; Vol. 46 (12), pp. 545-51.

"This study examined 53 first-year nursing students' to surmise the reasons for their own or their peers' experiences of feeling down or depressed. Analysis revealed seven themes characterizing student experiences of depression."
Available online throught our EBSCO databases,
or in hard-copy in the Library.

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Advanced Searching for PubMed

A more user-friendly Advanced Search interface is now available for PubMed.
Click on the title for more information on features and capabilities
from the NLM Technical Bulletin No. 362, May/June 2008.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Spanish for Nurses: Lesson 1

Take a few minutes & add a little Spanish to your repertoire ~

Spanish for Nurses: Lesson 1 from Spanish for Nurses on Vimeo.

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Access the World of Ideas with UChannel

The UChannel (University Channel) provides free public access to videos and podcasts of academic lectures and events from all over the globe.
The aim of UChannel, an initiative of Princeton University, is to move 'television' into the role of 'academic tool' by literally developing a 'channel' for important thought.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

DynaMed available on your PDA

Attention students and faculty ~
Please let us know at the Library if you would like access to the DynaMed point-of-care database via your PDA. I will be putting in the request early next week [by May 20, 2008] ~ so if you desire access in this format PLEASE let us know ASAP

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Intute: Health & Life Sciences

Under the Health and Life Sciences pages of Intute [formerly known as BIOME] you will find searchable links to excellent online resources in medicine and nursing. A free online service from the UK, this 'internet catalogue' provides access to the very best web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists. There are over 31,000 resource descriptions listed here that are freely accessible for keyword searching or browsing.
A permanent link is included in the sidebar to the right.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

MedlinePlus goes Multilingual

"Today MedlinePlus released a multilingual feature, providing access to high quality health information in languages other than English and Spanish. This new service benefits people who prefer to read consumer health information in their native language.The new collection contains over 2,500 links to information in more than 40 languages and covers nearly 250 Health Topics." Although not meant to be comprehensive, as with the English and Spanish collections, MedlinePlus staff select the materials according to their quality guidelines.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Want to see what you are looking for?

SearchMe takes visual searching to a whole new level!
This new search engine [still in beta] allows you to visually thumb through your search results pages. It also allows you to narrow your hits by type of information, adjust your settings to suit [screen can be set to 'night' or 'day'], switch on the built in 'adult content' filter, etc.
Click on the title or sidebar link to check it out...

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Communicating with Patients from HRSA

Free online course from the Health Resources and Services Administration:
Unified Health Communication 101: Addressing Health Literacy, Cultural Competency, and Limited English Proficiency.

This course is designed to:
~improve your patient communication skills
~increase your awareness and knowledge of the three main factors that affect your communication with patients: health literacy, cultural competency and low English proficiency
~implement patient-centered communication practices that demonstrate cultural competency and appropriately address patients with limited health literacy and low English proficiency
The 5 modules take about 5 hours to complete and you can move at your own pace.

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