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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.

computer and databases

Bonnie Bullough Lecture: American Nursing

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Place this on your calendar!

Patricia D’Antonio, Killebrew-Censits Endowed Term Chair in Undergraduate Education and chair of the Department of Family and Community Health in the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will present the UB School of Nursing’s annual Bonnie Bullough Lecture at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in 125 Kapoor Hall, South Campus.

The lecture, titled “American Nursing: A History of Knowledge, Authority and the Meaning of Work, is free and open to the public. Space is limited; those wishing to attend should register at

D’Antonio is a nurse, historian and the editor of the Nursing History Review, the official journal of the American Association for the History of Nursing. Her research positions nurses as absolutely central to the larger interdisciplinary histories of institutions, clinical practice, health care policy and women’s care work. In 2012, she received the President’s Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing.


Labor Day – free online CE course

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honorMedcom Trainex, a nursing and physician CE provider, is offering a free online CE course: How the Body Ages

Find it here and mention promo code EM694

Best wishes to you this Labor Day weekend.  Please note that the Health Sciences Library is closed in observance of the holiday on Monday, September 2.