CNHS Student Survey Results: “The atmosphere focuses me….”

In the spring of 2013, Librarians Frances Delwiche and Gary Atwood surveyed students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS). The eleven-question survey asked students about how they spent their time in the library as well as their level of satisfaction with library space, services and resources. Generally speaking, results show that CNHS students have a very positive view of the physical library and the resources and services that are offered.

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Students were also asked to submit comments about the library. One of the major themes to emerge from these comments is the idea of the library as a refuge for serious study. In many cases, students cited specific attributes like the “comfy chairs” or the study tables as factors that contributed to this sentiment. Others referred to more intangible factors such as the lighting or the “sense of openness.” Students were equally pleased with the library’s resources with several mentioning online journals and e-books as important. They were also complimentary about library services such as the “incredibly helpful and patient” librarians at the Reference Desk and the staff who are, “ALWAYS willing to help.”

You know you mean business when you walk in. No messing around at the Dana. You can always get work done there.

Even when students did register complaints, they were usually tied to something that they liked about the library. In other words, students would cite a positive library characteristic and then request more of the same when asked about what they would change. Several respondents, for example, stated that they preferred to use the individual study carrels located near the back of the library and wished that they library would install more to ensure availability. From the library’s point of view, this is actually a very positive statement, because it shows that we are providing access to resources that students need and want to use.

Although we only heard from a sample of CNHS students, the results were very important. They show that the library is having a positive impact by providing students with a space conducive to serious study and the resources and services to help them complete their work. Of course, they also show areas where we need to continue improving, which we are committed to doing in the months and years ahead.

Gary Atwood, MSLIS
gary.atwood@uvm.edu

Featured Resource: PsycTESTS

surveyBy George Krikorian, Dana Medical Library

Need the latest on psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys and other assessments? The new PsycTESTS database, powered by EBSCO, provides all of this information and more, from test development to administration in one repository from the American Psychological Association (APA).

This database is comprehensive and organized, allowing users to access thousands of test instruments and records worldwide through a number of different search features. While the main focus of the database is on unpublished, research-only tests, the information available through PsycTESTS also spans over a century of detailed records, and provides links to many commercial tests that are available for purchase.

Detailed information is updated monthly, and provides information concerning:

  • Test summaries and histories
  • Reliability and validity data
  • Test formats
  • Peer-review citations from sources such as the APA and Hogrefe Publishing Group

PsycTESTS is a useful resource for studies in psychiatry, education, medicine, business, social work, and beyond. It offers a range of subject areas such as:

  • Developmental measures
  • Racial and ethnic identity scales
  • Physical health assessments
  • Intelligence tests
  • Military tests

All information and test instruments are available over a number of multilingual formats. Textual information is printable in PDF formats, and occasionally includes elements of multi-media.

Be aware that most of the coverage (74%) is from 1990 or later, and that some tests may require permission from the author and/or publisher before they may be accessed for use.

If you need any assistance with this resource or others, do not hesitate to contact the reference desk at 802-656-2201.

Journals and Databases Provide Continuing Education Opportunities

Browsing the journal literature is a great way to keep up to date in your profession, but did you know it’s possible to receive low-cost continuing education credit from journals available through Dana Medical Library? In addition to being a resource for higher education, research and clinical care information, databases and journals may be used to earn continuing education credit. You can even choose the topic for which you wish to earn credit.

CINAHL, the reference database for nursing & allied health journal literature, has two methods for getting Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit:

  • Identify journal articles that include CNE in a topic of your choice. To do this, first search for a topic – endoscopy nursing, for example – then simply limit the search to CEU as the publication type – at this writing, fifteen articles featuring CNE credit were found, on just endoscopy nursing. Choose one of the articles that interests you, read the article, complete the evaluation form, and follow the instructions at the end to submit for credit, and you’re done. Some journals offer free CEUs and frequently, if you have a personal subscription to the journal, the fee is waived. Sometimes, however, there is a fee for submission.
  • Use CINAHL Education modules. Register at no charge at ceu.cinahl.com to select from a number of different topics, representing a broad selection of practice areas. Review the course materials online, practice with an interactive review program and when you wish, take the online test to demonstrate your knowledge. Certificates may be printed from this web site and a designated person, such as your nurse educator, will receive an email upon your successful completion of the module.

Contact Dana Library Reference for searching tips in CINAHL or other questions about using Dana Library’s resources in earning continuing education credit.

Next issue: Using Dana Library resources for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

Fred Pond, MLS

Nursing Grand Rounds

Nursing Librarian Angie Chapple-Sokol recently delivered a Nursing Grand Rounds entitled “Dana Medical Library: What’s In It for Nurses?” to an attentive group of Fletcher Allen nurses. The program, geared toward all nurses at FAHC, stressed the important role that information plays in maintaining the highest level of quality in patient care. Angie urged nurses to maintain their senses of curiosity, and to ask the question, “But WHY do we do it this way?” as frequently as possible. She also pointed out that in the age of easy electronic access to evidence-based information it is easier than ever to find the answers nurses seek.

Angie’s lecture covered the wide range of resources available to nurses, highlighting a Web site she created that pulls together Dana Library’s nursing resources for a “one-stop shopping” experience for nurses. This website, entitled FAHC Nursing Resources, can be found through the Dana Medical Library home page under Guides, or directly at http://danaguides.uvm.edu/fahcnurses. Using clinical case scenarios, Angie demonstrated the resources found in this guide.

For more information about nursing resources, contact Angie Chapple-Sokol at 656-9396. To schedule a grand rounds or other library-related instruction session, contact the reference desk at 656-2201.

Nursing Reference Center (NRC) Now Available

The Dana Medical Library is pleased to announce the purchase of a point-of-care tool for nurses designed to provide relevant evidence-based medical information geared toward the specific concerns of nurses. Nursing Reference Center (NRC) offers the best available and most recent clinical evidence and reference information.

Among the many features NRC offers are:

  • clinically-organized nursing overviews designed to map the nursing work flow
  • evidence-based care sheets
  • treatment guidelines
  • quick lessons in procedures
  • nursing reference books
  • lab and diagnostic test overviews
  • legal cases
  • point-of-care drug information for nurses
  • customizable patient education information.

Nurses, Nursing Managers, and Nurse Educators can create custom folders especially useful for organizing frequently referenced documents about specific medical conditions. Within each folder you can store as many documents as you need – such as Patient Education Packets, Guidelines, and Quick Lessons.

As FAHC nurses prepare to transform their work flow, patient documentation and evidence-based skills with the new PRISM system, Nursing Reference Center can help in that transition from print-based to electronic resources.

Dana invites you to try this new resource today.

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