Dr Mary Jo Cannon, a professor at the University of Medicine & Health Sciences
/ International University of Nursing
, had an interesting article published last week in the "Health"
section of our local SKN Vibes
(St. Kitts news) which examines the question "Is Alcoholism a disease?"
Have you every considered the people you know in your life who always seem to be 'under the influence'
as actually 'patients'
who are suffering from a terrible disease?
Dr. Cannon states,"Alcoholism meets the standard definition of a disease better than multiple sclerosis or schizophrenia, two diseases for which the pathophysiology is far less clearly understood.Yet people with these diseases are recognized as qualifying to be ‘patients."
I challenge you to read this article and think about this issue as it does effect you, and those around you, in many more ways than you may realize. As for our nursing and medicine students, being vigilant and cognizant with regards to alcoholism and other possible addictions when serving your patients, will result in a more satisfatory health outcome. Three simple screening tests to help you identify patients with an alcohol problem are available on the NIAAA
website (The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).
Labels: addictions medicine, alcohol consumption, alcoholism, Dr. Mary Jo Cannon, IUON, mental disorders, mental health, NIAAA, UMHS-SK
Take your searching skills to the next level with MeSH!
What is MeSH? MeSH simply means Me
eadings and is a taxonomy of medical subject terms compiled and maintained by the National Library of Medicine. Searching the medical journal literature via our EBSCOHost
platform utilizing specific medical subject heading terms rather than keywords, can result in a more efficient, productive, and successful search. Please invest a few minutes of your time viewing this tutorial and then do a practice search or two in our full text EBSCO databases. UMHS / IUON subscribes to these online resources with full text for the benefit of our students and faculty.
Raising your level of expertise in essential information searching skills will serve you well throughout your medical career. Remember ~ dynamic evidence-based medical practice depends first on finding
the current best evidence!
Labels: database searching, information literacy, IUON, journal databases, keyword searching, medical information search, MeSH, searching skills, subject searching, UMHS-SK
MEDLINE® Complete is Here!
, the latest product offering from EBSCO
and described as "an unprecedented full-text collection of the most sought-after medical journals",
is now available to our faculty and students! "This exceptional database provides full text
for the most prominent journals used in the field of medical research. MEDLINE Complete
is the largest full-text companion to the MEDLINE index, containing full text for more than 2,060 journals." This upgrade to our EBSCO subscription provides access to an additional 500 medical journals. Check it out on your computer or mobile devise utilizing your EBSCO login.
Please pop in to see me in the library for further instruction on how to search this, or any of our other great library resource databases.
Labels: Anne Ross Library, EBSCO, International University of Nursing, IUON, journal database, Medline Complete, new library resources, UMHS-SK, University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Enjoy Your Summer Semester Break!
As another semester draws to a close, the Library Staff
would like to say 'good-bye'
and 'all the best'
to those students who are moving onward and upward! It has been a sincere pleasure serving you all over this past semester, and we look forward to hearing of your continued success!
With the semester end, also comes the time to return all your checked out items to the library and settle your accounts
. We very much appreciate your full and prompt cooperation.
Every semester, both students and faculty generously donate materials to the library. Please accept our gratitude and thanks! All donations are very much appreciated!
During the semester break the Library will be CLOSED
from Saturday August 20th until Monday August 29
. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
We will reopen Monday August 29
until Friday September 2
between the hours of 8am~6pm, and CLOSED Saturday & Sunday ~ Sept 3 & 4. Normal library hours
will resume Monday September 5th
Labels: Anne Ross Library, International University of Nursing, IUON, library hours, library materials, semester break, UMHS-SK, University of Medicine and Health Sciences
The Library Addition is now OPEN!
The new study room addition to the Anne Ross Library
is now open to students with 32 private study carrels!
Your cooperation is needed to maintain this space, along with the rest of the library, as a SUPER QUIET & FOOD FREE ZONE!
We are also making a special request
that you all take great care to not allow the furniture to get wet!
In addition, take note that any items left unattended
are left at your own risk
, and may be moved if the carrel is wanted by another student!
The power bars need to remain 'ON'
at all times.
The hours for the Library Annex
are the same as for the rest of the library:
Mon~Fri: 7:00am~10:00pm Sat/Sun: 9:00am~9:00pm
The Library Staff extends its thanks to President Warren Ross
for approving this welcome addition to campus &
to Dan Vitalo
and the Facilities Crew
for a job well done!
Labels: Anne Ross Library, Caribbean Medical School, International University of Nursing, IUON, library addition, study carrels, study space, UMHS-SK, University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Attention IUON Nursing Pharmacology
students ~ please remember the online supplementary tutorials that we subscribe to on your behalf from EDGT [Educational Global Technologies Inc.]. The Basic Principles of Pharmacology is on online tutorial designed to help you learn the basic concepts and principles related to the field of pharmacology including the safe administration of medications.This resource is divided into five modules:
Module 1: Introductory Concepts
Module 2: Drug Facts
Module 3: Principles of Drug Action
Module 4: Responses to Drugs
Module 5: Test Bank
[Ask at Library Desk for login.]
Labels: administration of medications, International University of Nursing, IUON, nursing, nursing education, nursing pharmacology, online tutorials, pharmacology
Now when you login to our EBSCOhost databases
you will notice a new button to access a mobile friendly version of the search interface!So now you should all be good to go!
You have mobile access to our Library Catalogue
and now all the other EBSCO journal databases such as Medline & CINAHL with Full Text
Check out the Toolkits
as well for links to information on mobile 'Apps'
for medicine and nursing.
Labels: Caribbean medical education, database searching, hand-held computer applications, IUON, mobile access, mobile applications, mobile medicine, UMHS-SK, University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Now you can browse the holdings of the Anne Ross Library
on your mobile device with the added feature of a new mobile-friendly interface!
has added this new interface option to give you the flexibilty of browsing the physical and electronic resources of our library from wherever you happen to be.To login:
1) Click on the post title.
2) Enter our Library's name ~ AnneRoss Library
~ [no space between Anne and Ross
3) No password is required so leave it blank!NOTE:
Online materials that have been added to the catalogue include seamless linking to the full text ~ just click on the field 'Electronic Location and Access'
in the item record.
Labels: Anne Ross Library, Caribbean Medical School, International University of Nursing, IUON, mobile access, mobile devices, OPAC, UMHS-SK, University of Medicine and Health Sciences, web catalogue
Student Nurse Association Election Results
Dear Students & Faculty,
I would like you to join the SNA Officers and myself in congratulating the newly elected Officers for IUON’s Student Nurse Association (SNA) Fall Semester 2009
President: Amanda Barnes
Vice President: Rachita Patel
Secretary: Kristen Foster
Treasurer: Chris French
I am certain that with the support of their fellow student nurses, this team will accomplish great things next semester! Congratulations again to Amanda, Rachita, Kristen and Chris.
I would like to encourage all nursing students to become a member of the association. Our officers are quite competent, but will certainly still need YOUR help to achieve their goals.
Thank you,Juliet Battice
, RN, B.Soc.Sc, BSN
Clinical Nurse Instructor
Labels: Caribbean Nursing School, executive election, International University of Nursing, IUON, SNA, student nurse association executive election
Anne Ross Library Receives Donation of Fiction Books
to a wonderful group of American fiction writers for their generous donation to the Anne Ross Library!
A special thanks to our own IUON nursing student, Jack Allison
for all his effort to make this happen, and best-selling author Jo-Ann Mapson
for calling on her author friends and coordinating the donation state-side! Thanks also to Dr. Ross
for providing shipping to St. Kitts!The collection is now available for check out, so come and see the display.
Labels: Anne Ross Library, donation, fiction writers, International University of Nursing, IUON, Jo-Ann Mapson, leisure reading collection
Join us in St. Kitts on February 13 ~ 15, 2009, for the 1st Interdisciplinary Clinical Simulation Symposium
. Hosted by the University of Medicine & Health Sciences ~ St. Kitts
and the International University of Nursing
, this symposium will hold workshops designed for nurses, physicians and medical faculty.Check out the ICSS website for further details and online registration.
Labels: clinical simulation, interdisciplinary healthcare, iSTAN, IUON, medical conference, medical education, nursing education, SimMan, St. Kitts, UMHS-SK, University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Mark your Calendars!
Tuesday, October 7th
You are all invited [students & faculty ; medicine & nursing] to attend a training seminar on searching our online journal & point-of-care databases.Eric Block
, our EBSCO Rep., will be conducting 2 sessions, demonstrating the various features of DynaMed, CINAHL, Medline, the Nursing Reference Center,etc.You are welcome to attend one or both sessions.
Labels: Anne Ross Library, database training, EBSCO, information literacy, International University of Nursing, IUON, library workshop, UMHS-SK, University of Medicine and Health Sciences
Researchers Say Mediterranean Diet May Lower Risk of Cancer, Other Major DiseasesBy Kelley Colihan
WebMD Health News
Sept. 11, 2008 -- More accolades are being heaped on the Mediterranean diet. This time, researchers say the diet may actually help prevent certain chronic diseases...
Our Healthy Women, Healthy Nation
Project here in St. Kitts is promoting the right formula!
Labels: health promotion, Healthy Women Healthy Nation, International University of Nursing, IUON, Mediterranean Diet, nursing research, St. Kitts, womens health
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
Labels: clinical medicine, DynaMed, International University of Nursing, IUON, mobile applications, mobile medical information, mobile medicine, PDA software, UMHS-SK, University of Medicine and Health Sciences
The History of the Caribbean class will take a Nevis Historical Tour onSaturday, 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.
Labels: Caribbean history, extracurricular activities, historical tour, history of Nevis, International University of Nursing, IUON, Nevis
The History of the Caribbean class is planning an excursion to
Brimstone Hill FortressSaturday 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!
Regards,Prof. Mark H. Bernstein
Labels: Brimstone Hill Fortress, Caribbean history, extracurricular activities, International University of Nursing, IUON, St. Kitts, student excursion
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
Labels: Basseterre, Caribbean history, Caribbean nursing students, historical sites, historical tour, International University of Nursing, IUON, slavery, St. Kitts
Mental Health Nursing Assessment Tools
Of particular interest to NUR 313
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.
Labels: Anne Ross Library, assessment tools, Caribbean nursing students, International University of Nursing, IUON, mental health nursing, new library resources