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

May 20, 2014

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.

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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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

Highland Family Medicine Receives Award for Successfully Treating Depression

December 9, 2013

Highland Family Medicine Receives Award for Successfully Treating Depression – News Room – University of Rochester Medical Center.

Congratulations to Dr. Campbell, and all the staff at Highland Family Medicine on receiving the Robert Oppenheimer Impact Award on December 5, 2013.

Well done, and well deserved!

Poster at UNYOC

November 19, 2013

Lorraine Porcello, Joanne Layton, and Bonita Archer presented a poster on October 17, 2013 at the Upstate New York and Ontario  Chapter of the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting.


Titled, “Knowledge Is Power: Health Science Librarian and Advanced Practice Nurse Collaboration to Strengthen Nurses’ Evidence Based Practice“, the poster reports on our nurse/librarian collaborative effort, the Knowledge Is Power sessions for Highland nurses and Nursing Research and EBP Council. These are held quarterly, with all Highland staff welcome to attend.

Curious about the poster? See our submitted abstract below:

Background:  Nurses are expected to incorporate Evidence Based Practice (EBP) into their clinical practice. Barriers nurses identify that impede incorporating EBP into practice are substantiated in the extant literature.

Objective: Present education program, “Knowledge Is Power” developed collaboratively by Health Sciences Librarian (HSL) and Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) to increase nurses’ use of EBP resources and processes.

Implementation:  An EBP education program was developed collaboratively by HSL and APN to increase nurses’ knowledge and ability to search, access, critically appraise evidence, and apply to practice.  Nurses provide current clinical practice scenarios and questions.  HSL provide expertise conducting searches, retrieving literature, and identifying EBP resources that are readily accessible to nurses.  APN provides knowledge and expertise in research processes and translating evidence to practice.  HSL and APN lead interactive discussions with nurses and critically appraising the evidence.

Evaluation:  Increased number of nurses requesting searches and appraisal of evidence consults to assist with research projects, implement and evaluate practice change, continue interactive education sessions.

Conclusion: The collaborative education offering by HSL and APN in a Magnet community hospital has increased nurses’ knowledge, exposure, access, and use of EBP processes and resources. The integral partnership between HSL and APN addresses and removes some barriers to implementing EBP.

Implications: Partnerships between HSL and nurses are integral to validating or changing practice that is evidence based.  Community hospitals seeking Magnet status or renewal can develop or use this education program to educate staff about EBP.

Come to the December workshop!
We’re excited about Knowledge Is Power, and look forward to the next cycle, starting in December 2013! Nurse feedback is positive, and participation lively as we consider the evidence for practice, and build our toolset. Our vision: foster research champions! If you’d like to hear more about Knowledge Is Power, contact your unit Research Council member, or Ask a Librarian.

Note: this was also published in the November 2013 edition of Nursing Newsletter

Dietary Supplement Label Database from NIH

July 10, 2013

NIH in a cooperative effort between the National Library of Medicine and the Office of Dietary Supplements, has unveiled a new Dietary Supplement Label Database.

The Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) contains information taken from the labels of approximately 17,000 dietary supplement products available in the U.S. marketplace. Launched June 17, 2013, this free database will grow to include an estimated 55,000 different dietary supplement products.

…the DSLD consolidates product information in one database for customized organization and searching. Research scientists might use the DSLD, for example, to determine total nutrient intakes from food and supplements in populations they study. Health care providers can learn the content of products their patients are taking.

You can read the entire press release here.


Eight Types of Nurses You Never Knew Existed

June 5, 2013

Eight Types of Nurses You Never Knew Existed | PBS NewsHour.

I was directed to this PBS article by a post on a Medical Librarians list serv and I’m so glad I followed the link!

Not only did I get to see my own love of roller derby featured (I know many nurses who play roller derby!), but I got to learn about so many other unsung heroes of the nursing profession.

It’s a fantastic piece, worth your time to read.


Posted by: Lorraine Porcello

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