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!


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

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


April 1, 2013

Congratulations to Valerie Aarne Grossman for her publication “Hot Topics: CT Contrast and Intraosseous Lines: Friends or Enemies?” in the March 2013 issue of Journal of Radiology Nursing!

Access Journal of Radiology Nursing from our subscribed E-Journals list

Happy Nurses Week!

May 6, 2011

The American Nurses Association celebrates National Nurses Week May 6 through May 12th. The week ends on the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, who was born on May 12th in 1820. During this week at Highland Hospital we recognize and celebrate our nurses’ achievements.  

We’d like to congratulate the nurses who are receiving excellence awards this week, particularly our own Pam White, MLS, MS, RN  who will be given an award for Nursing Innovation!


Print of Florence Nightingale Pledge from the 1930’s.

New Standards of Practice from the Infusion Nurses Society

January 28, 2011

The Infusion Nurses Society (INS ) has released their 2011 edition of Infusion Nursing Standards Practice. New content includes standards on central vascular access device malposition, air and catheter embolism and more. All standards are reviewed, revised and updated with references from their supporting evidence base. The standards are issued as the January/February supplement to the INS official journal, Journal of Infusion Nursing.

This supplement can be found in the library on the new journal issue shelf under Journal of Infusion Nursing.

Celebrating Florence Nightingale

May 4, 2009

National Nurses Week is held every year from May 6th-12th to honor Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of modern nursing – and to celebrate the dedication and accomplishments of today’s nurses. The staff of the Williams Health Sciences Library joins Highland Hospital in wishing all nurses a Happy Nurses Week!

Born into a wealthy family, Florence Nightingale rebelled against tradition by following a calling about which she felt strongly – caring for the suffering.  Social and family rules dictated that she should marry, but she felt a commitment to nursing despite its reputation for being a career served by poor,  uneducated women. She was struck by the appalling medical conditions for the poor, and studied under nuns in Germany where she was impressed with their ability to provide better quality medical care as well as their commitment to caring for the sick.

Florence Nightingale is most well-known for her work during the Crimean War, where, in the mid-nineteenth century, she revolutionized patient care. Faced with an untenable situation, she replaced the existing model of care delivery with one that emphasized methods to decrease the incidence and spread of infection – and mortality rates were reduced from 40% to 2%. She devoted the remainder of her life developing and organizing the nursing profession, establishing schools and reforming hospital sanitation methods.

Nightingale’s philosophy is still evident in nursing today.  Her approach to patients was both holisitc and individualized. In her classic book, Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not, she wrote not only about nutrition and hygiene, but about the importance of making precise and accurate patient observations. She believed nurses should be “clear thinkers and independent in their judgments.”  (Bolton, 2006) She also believed in collecting and analyzing data – not just for the sake of recording, but to improve patient care! Research and evidence guided her practice; documenting care and evaluating the impact of changes were keys to her success. (Miracle, 2008)

Florence Nightingale deserves our gratitude for the intellect, courage and dedication which eased suffering and saved lives. And this week, in this spirit, we take special notice of nurses exhibiting these same qualities all around us.  So thank a nurse this week!

Be sure to stop by the library and check out our portrait of Florence Nightingale, painted by one of the Works Progress Administration’s artists in the 1930’s and donated to Highland Hospital by the Nursing Class of 1941. We also invite you to check out our archive display in honor of Nurses Week including memorabilia, photos, and yearbooks from Highland’s rich nursing history. The display will be on view Wednesday-Friday, May 6th -8th.

Bolton, K.  (2006). Nightingale’s Philosophy in Nursing Practice. In Alligood, M.R. & Tomey, A.M. Nursing Theory: Utilization & Application (3rd ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby, p. 91.

Miracle, V. A. (2008). The life and impact of Florence Nightingale. Dimensions in Critical Care Nursing, 27(1), 21-23.

Schulz, A.A. (2008). Evidence-Based Practice. Preface. Nursing Clinics of Nurth America, 44 (1), xv-xvii.

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