Online Nursing Resources Project

April 26, 2012 at 8:38 am

Mayo Clinic Libraries was fortunate to receive additional funding in our 2012 budget to obtain access to more online nursing resources. We formed a task force to assess and identify these resources in the late fall of 2011 with the goal of having recommendations ready to submit to the Library’s Collection Development Committee by January 2012. The task force membership included the following librarians: Kelly Arp, Tara Brigham, Karen Larsen, Mona Stevermer, and Kay E. Wellik.

One goal of the task force was to identify key nursing journals that are needed in an online version in order to support the thousands of nurses located throughout Mayo Clinic. Our final list of journals included many standard nursing journals such as the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Nursing Clinics of North America, and Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. The list also included titles from the Joint Commission and other “quality” titles like the American Journal of Medical Quality and BMJ Quality and Safety. These are titles that support Mayo’s Commitment to Safety efforts and are important for all Mayo staff and students to have immediate access to, no matter what their role or where they are located at Mayo. For a complete list of the recently-added online titles, contact your local Mayo Clinic library [Mayo Clinic only].

The second goal of the task force was to evaluate other online nursing resources for possible licensing including the various versions of the CINAHL database from EBSCO Publishing, EBSCO’s NursingReferenceCenter, and JBI COnNECT+ (Clinical Online Network of Evidence for Care and Therapeutics) from the Joanna Briggs Institute. After considerable evaluation and discussion of these resources, the task force recommended upgrading our basic version of the CINAHL database to the CINAHL with Full Text database. This database upgrade gives our users immediate access to more online journals and newsletters directly from within the database. The database is searched exactly the same as the basic version, but note that if you have previous set up alerts or RSS feeds with a personal account in the basic version, you will need to transfer the alerts over to the CINAHL with Full Text version. Any folders that you have set up in the basic version will automatically transfer to the new version. For your convenience, the basic version will continue to be available on the Library’s web site [Mayo Clinic only] until April 30, 2012. For information about the CINAHL database including an overview, searching tips and tutorials, check out our CINAHL guide [Mayo Clinic only] which is part of the Library’s Effective Database Searching guide[Mayo Clinic only]. Questions about the CINAHL with Full Text database can be directed to your local Mayo Clinic library [Mayo Clinic only].

Submitted by Karen Larsen
Chair, 
Online Nursing Resources Task Force

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