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Free nursing resource for the global classroom

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computer and databasesThe Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (Jonas Center), Khan Academy, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that 55 new healthcare lessons in 9 topic areas are now available online to supplement the learning of healthcare students, practitioners, and patients worldwide.

To access the free learning materials, see

The first wave of this innovative content made by partnering organizations can assist nursing students preparing for the national licensing exam – the NCLEX-RN® – since 158 sample exam questions are now included among the material posted.

The 9 topic areas areas are:

  • Emphysema
  • Pneumonia
  • Vasculitis
  • Leukemia
  • Pulmonary diseases overview
  • Lung cancer
  • Pleural effusion
  • Non-cyanotic heart diseases
  • Bleeding and impaired hemostasis

Browse and Enjoy!

Nurses – Virtual Lobby Day 6/12/2014

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Participate from your computer! The American Nurses Association is hosting a “Virtual” Lobby Day in Washington, DC.  Nurses are taking Capitol Hill by storm on June 12, both on foot and through fingertips!  Lobby  with the ANA and  help flood inboxes, blast social media, and phone our Representatives on Nursing issues that matter.  Help make a big impact on this ONE dedicated day. Find out more.

ANA Virtual Lobby Day 6/12/2014

ANA Virtual Lobby Day 6/12/2014

Thank You, Nurses!

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Eugenia Nurses DisplayThe Health Sciences Library is celebrating National Nurses Week, from May 6th until Florence Nightingale’s Birthday on May 12th.

Come see our marvelous display, pick up some freebies, check out our small book sale, and enjoy a little TLC.

Read some heartwarming local stories by the UB Community of how nurses have made a difference.

The public continues to rate nurses as the most trusted profession, according to the 2013 Gallup survey that ranks professions based on their honesty and ethical standards.

“Nurses are on the front lines of health care. We advocate on patients’ behalf whether we are at the bedside or in the boardroom,” said American Nurses Association President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN.

View a wonderful 4 minute video: On being a Paediatric Nurse : I wish I knew how to tell you…

Honor a nurse today.

Free Nursing Webinar 5/7/2014

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In honor of National Nurses Week, consider taking advantage of this educational activity from the ANA.



Free National Nurses Week 2014 Webinar

Transforming Health Care Through Nursing Leadership


Wednesday, May 7, 2014
1:00 p.m. EDT

Health care is constantly changing and evolving. Today, more than ever, nurses are stepping out of their comfort zones and becoming active contributors and innovators in the health care system.

ANA’s Nurses Week webinar explores and discusses both the professional and personal attributes that characterize the creativity and innovation needed to lead the way in transforming the changing state of health care. The presentation will provide important information that contemporary clinical leaders need to deliver exceptional care in today’s changing environments.



Learn how you can use five essential leadership characteristics to be a success in your professional pursuits



Explore how to incorporate four critical attributes needed to lead care innovation



Discover three important personal leadership skills vital for clinical leaders


Is your heart age older than you?

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heartThe Wall street Journal had an interesting article yesterday  in the Personal Journal section.  What’s your heart age? Use this new free web-based risk assessment tool to find out: the Heart Age calculator.

What’s exciting is that the calculator can help people understand their risk in a way that is personally relevant and motivates lifestyle change. The tool was developed in collaboration with Boston University using research from the Framingham Heart Study.

I like the evidence on their site and the ease of use.  Join 6 million people who have taken the test. Hey, make that 6 million plus one.

Here’s to your health and positive lifestyle changes.


Information Literacy Competency Standards for Nursing

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nurses blue scrubsThe Association of College & Research Libraries has made available Information Literacy Competency Standards for Nursing (also here.)

The 5 standards directly address the information skills needed by nursing students at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels.  The document includes outcomes written specifically to support nursing resources, language, and the value of evidence-based practice.

In a nutshell, the 5 standards are the ability to:

  • ·        identify an information need
  • ·        find and evaluate information
  • ·        assess information
  • ·        use information ethically
  • ·        use information for the purpose of best practice

In an earlier document created in July before the nursing specific standards, I compiled some resources for faculty to browse that addressed the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000, now under revision).  See the document here.

As always, I am happy to discuss any aspect of this with you.

new nursing journal

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The newly launched  Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Sciences, an open access online journal, is now available in our E-journal collection.

Also find it directly on the Internet here. Thanks Florida Atlantic University!

Cool quote

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On the order of “I wish I had said that,” I give you a quote lifted from a listserv discussion signature file:

“I’ve got so many resources at my fingertips, I need to dip them in ice to cool ‘em down.”

Pack Matthews

On that note, browse a List of Nursing Databases with links.

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