Florence Nightingale’s Ambulance and Other Sights

October 3, 2014

Want to see Florence Nightingale’s ambulance carriage?

There is an intriguing new exhibit up at http://apps.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/digitalgallery/index.cfm from the Zwerdling Postcard Collection at the National Library of Medicine. The exhibit has over 500 postcards from the US and around the world, featuring nurses. Some are from advertisement campaigns, others black and white candid photographs. Hope you enjoy!


Tip: Finding Full Text

June 11, 2014

One question we hear frequently is:  how do I get the full text of an article? The two main things to remember are:

1. Always start from the library website
2. From the article citation, always select the red “Find Text @ UR” button

Example of Citation in CINAHL

Example of Citation with Find Text button in CINAHL

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Why start from the library website? Because when you access databases using library links, you will be connected to our journal subscriptions – otherwise you will be limiting yourself to what’s available for free online.

Most of the time you will be linked directly to the article. Find and select the “PDF” icon and the article will open.
Sometimes…
You will be taken to the library catalog. Look in the center of the Find Text @UR window for:
• A link to the electronic journal, OR
• Special instructions, OR
• Text indicating the article is NOT available electronically.
NOTE: If the article is not available electronically, you can order it through interlibrary loan. Happy searching!


Kudos to Bonnie Archer and Lorraine Porcello: Nominees for Excellence in Service and Support of Nursing Award

May 20, 2014

Williams Health Sciences Library:

Happy belated Nurses’ Week! Lorraine and I were so proud to be considered for this award. Working with Highland nurses and the Nursing Research and EBP Council has been both rewarding and enriching.

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Lorraine Porcello and Bonnie Archer Bonnie Archer and Lorraine Porcello, our friends and colleagues at John R. Williams Health  Sciences Library, were nominated for the 2014 Highland Hospital Excellence in Service and Support of Nursing Award.

This award is given annually to an individual or individuals who provide consistent support to the Department of Nursing’s efforts to improve practice and achieve goals that reflect excellence in patient care. Highland nursing staff hold Lorraine and Bonnie in high regard and truly appreciate their collaboration and support. Of course, we do too!

Lorraine and Bonnie were recognized at the Awards of Excellence Ceremony on May 12.

Pictured above, on location at Williams Library: Lorraine Porcello (Librarian) (L) and Bonnie Archer (Library Assistant) (R)

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healthfinder.gov – FDA Wants to Update Food Labels

January 24, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration is overhauling food and nutrition labeling. healthfinder.gov – FDA Wants to Update Food Labels.


High Noon at Miner on 1/29: Medicine in Movies & Television

January 23, 2014

High Noon at Miner on 1/29: Medicine in Movies & Television

Dr. Kildare. MASH. Scubs. Grey’s Anatomy. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Call the Midwife.

These are just a few of the hit movies and TV shows that have captured the funny, dramatic, and mysterious sides of medicine.
Please join us at Miner on Wednesday, January 29 at HIGH NOON when librarians Linda Hasman and Valorie Hallinan will take you on a whirlwind tour of medical drama on the screen and how it has changed to reflect the times.

Sit back, relax (bring your lunch or popcorn if you’d like) and enjoy scenes from classic and ground-breaking drama, and some of the latest and greatest shows still in production. We’ll solve a few medical mysteries and watch a medical “blooper” or two, when the writers and directors obviously forgot to consult the experts.

Everyone is welcome to this free event. For more information, contact Linda Hasman at 275-3399 or Valorie Hallinan at 275-6873.


National Library of Medicine Releases Digitized Collection of Its Publications and Productions

January 8, 2014

Are you interested in the history of medicine?  If so, you’ll be pleased to know that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has added over 500 items to its Digital Collections.

You can read more about what is available here: NLM Releases Digitized Collection of Its Publications and Productions.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of medicine right here at Highland, please visit the Historical Collections website at Williams Health Sciences Library. Our Finding Aid details what is available from the  historical archives of Highland Hospital. We’ve also been digitizing selected images from the collection, making them accessible on New York State’s research portal, New York Heritage.


New Tool From AHRQ: Risk Assessment of Surgical Site Infection in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

December 11, 2013

While cleaning out my inbox today, I came across an email about a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), published in April 2013.

According to their website, a recently completed AHRQ-funded study explores the use of a proactive risk assessment to identify hazards that can lead to surgical site infections (SSIs) in the ambulatory surgery center (ASC) setting.

The report, “Proactive Risk Assessment of Surgical Site Infection in Ambulatory Surgery Centers” describes the use of a tool, the Socio-Technical Probabilistic Risk Assessment (ST-PRA), to estimate the risk of SSI in the ambulatory surgery environment, examines single point failures as well as combinations of events that lead to the outcome of interest, and proposes an intervention for future deployment.

The entire report can be read at http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/stpra/stpra.pdf


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