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Archive for 2014

Announcing New Funding Opportunities!

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Hear Ye!The NN/LM PNR invites proposals for a new suite of funding opportunities for projects carried out  between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016.   If you are a Network member in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, we want to support your good ideas and encourage you to submit a proposal!

Consider proposing plans to learn, utilize, and deploy new software or hardware via the Technology Improvement Award.

If you want support to educate, advocate, and promote the value of health information services you offer, propose your plan via the Health Information Services Award.

For projects that promote health equity, such as training on resources or data about the social determinants of health in your community, consider the Health Disparities Information Outreach Award. (more…)

PNR Rendezvous for December 10 (rescheduled)- Integrating Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) Skills into a Case-Based Medical School Curriculum

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Well, oops!   We had to reschedule our November 19 PNR Rendezvous event due to technical difficulties.

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to reschedule our speakers, Jane D. Saxton, Director of Library Services, and Jennifer Beardsley, Senior Librarian, of Bastyr University, who will present on Integrating Evidence-Informed Practice (EIP) Skills into a Case-Based Medical School Curriculum.

Rescheduled for December 10, 2014 at 1 PM Pacific (noon Alaska, 2 PM Mountain). 

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November is National Diabetes Month

Monday, November 24th, 2014

turkeyThanksgiving is soon approaching, a time when many are giving thanks for food, family and health. Many favorite dishes are loaded with sugars and it is tempting to overeat. This can be a health issue for those with diabetes. Whether we have a family history or not, we shouldn’t deprive ourselves but rather, consider eating in moderation while enjoying a great feast.

The Diabetes Educator website provides a nice visual on how to divide your plate along with some healthier recipes: https://www.diabeteseducator.org/export/sites/aade/_resources/pdf/general/ThanksgivingPlateResource.pdf

The American Diabetes Association includes tips on Navigating the Thanksgiving Feast and other holiday tips:

http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/tips/2012-11/navigating-the-holiday-feast.html
http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/holiday-meal-planning/

So go ahead and enjoy the feast but remember that if you’re thankful for your health, stuff that turkey and not yourself! (more…)

2014 Medical Librarians Month – Magnet Recognition

Monday, November 24th, 2014

In our last entry for 2014 Medical Librarians Month, Dana Kopp describes her role in her institution’s journey to receive Magnet Recognition.  Although this brings us to the end of our contest, we are always interested in hearing your stories! Please let me know if you would like to do a guest post for Dragonfly.

by Dana Kopp, MLS
Manager – Library Services
The Learning Center
Providence St. Patrick Hospital
Missoula, MT

My involvement with our Magnet Journey began in 2009 when I was one of three people sent to a Magnet Journey to Excellence workshop in San Diego. The Nursing Shared Governance Advisory Council and Professional Development Councils had determined that they thought our nurses were ready to begin the Journey and deserved recognition for the fantastic work they do every day. The Advisory Council had begun a gap analysis and found that they really weren’t sure where we stood because there were so many unanswered questions about each Component. The gap analysis was put on hold while we educated ourselves on the process and requirements. I was chosen to attend the workshop because I had taken the MLA Getting Magnetized course a few months earlier and had more knowledge about the Magnet Components than many others. (more…)

2014 Medical Librarians Month – Making a Difference in Swaziland

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Janet Schnall’s experience as an Invited Lecturer to a newly open nursing school in Swaziland and a return trip to teach  students and faculty preparing to open a medical school is next in our stories about librarians making a difference.

By Janet Schnall, MS, AHIP
Information Management Librarian
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Have I as a librarian changed lives? I believe YES!

Last year as University of Washington Health Sciences Library liaison to the UW School of Nursing I received an email from a former UW PhD nursing student, Gloria Nam, whom I had previously assisted with her dissertation, asking for book donations for a new nursing school opening in Swaziland.

Dr. Nam, PhD, MSN, FNP, RN was to become the Head of Department of Nursing Science and Dean of Student Affairs at Swaziland Christian University (SCU). Although I did not have nursing texts to donate, I did inform Dr. Nam about HINARI, the World Health Organization program that enables low and middle income countries to gain access to a large collection of health-related journals, eBooks and databases, such as PubMed.

Shortly after, I was asked to come for several weeks as Invited Lecturer to this newly opened nursing school in Swaziland to introduce online health information resources to the faculty and students, train them on the HINARI World Health Organization program, and assist the new librarian in establishing a health sciences library at the University. (more…)

2014 Medical Librarians Month – A Journey

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Jackie Wirz’ entry in our contest for Medical Librarians Month tells the story of her journey from a PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology to Biomedical Sciences Information Specialist. It all started one night in the ER when she knew that Google was not the right tool.

by Jackie Wirz
Biomedical Research Specialist
Oregon Health & Science University

Portland, OR

Sitting in the emergency room, I felt a surprising sense of calm. Going to the ER in the middle of the night was an extreme precaution – although the chemical to which I was exposed could be potentially very dangerous, I was feeling normal (well, as normal as one could feel while doing a 36 hour protein purification). No burning lungs, no severe nausea, just a sense of mild boredom while I was waiting to be seen.

I was told that it was my lucky night, as one of the attending physicians happened to be an expert in chemical exposure. He bustled into the room, firmly shaking my hand while giving me a critical once over. Having ascertained there was no immediate danger; he turned to the computer and asked me to name the chemical I was exposed to. I replied, and watched with mounting horror as he opened up Firefox, and proceeded to Google the name of the chemical. (more…)