Archive News: What’s on the menu?

November 5, 2014

“There’s a meat shortage.” Menu from Highland Hospital School of Nursing during World War 2.

Recently we acquired materials that belonged to Esther Statskey, a Highland School of Nursing Graduate. They include her blue and white striped uniform, school handbooks on anatomy, physiology and charting, and her New York State nursing license.

Esther Edith Statskey graduated from The Highland Hospital in 1945; the archives have an original bulletin from her graduation, and she graduated alongside 31 other SON students and additional students from Rochester’s nursing schools – there were six hospital schools at the time.

She was here at Highland during World War 2, you can catch glimpses of what that was like in our online collection: Highland Hospital 1940-1949: The School of Nursing During World War 2. We hope to add more to this collection once we process the materials.


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 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!

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

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