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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Tools You Can Use: FlipQuiz – Gameshow-Style Boards for Educators

Written by: Tony Nguyen, Outreach/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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Looking for a creative way to gamify your class? Check our FlipQuiz!

Flip Quiz Logo







FlipQuiz is a tool created to provide educators with a quick way to create their own gameshow-style boards for test reviews in the classroom (think Jeopardy). These boards may have been created previously on poster board, chalkboard, overhead slides, or even post-it notes. Questions are displayed on-screen with answer reveals and saved for later use. Using FlipQuiz offers another opportunity to interest and engage students during class or review content previously taught.


Using this tool gives you the opportunity for the following:

  • Easily edit quiz questions to engage participants.
  • Recall and repeat use of your quiz board when needed.
  • Access from any location with proper technology.
  • Add both questions and answers to your game board allowing students to use the board as an alternative to flash cards.

FlipQuiz provides a demo for potential users to see how their tool works. You can learn new tips regarding their product by following them on Twitter, Facebook or blog.


FlipQuiz offers both Free and Pro Membership Accounts. Pro Membership is fairly affordable at $7/month or $70/year which is cheaper than a monthly Netflix subscription. A comparison chart between Free and Pro Membership was recently created on their blog and is posted below:

Free vs Pro

Usage and Observations

I decided to test out this product and determine ease of use with a free account. Creating a quiz board is easy and straight-forward. Six categories are available to label. Within each category, five questions and answers are open for users to fill. Users can include links, images, and embed video in either field. This may be helpful in order to provide teachable moments for students during class or to review something previously taught.

Create a Quiz Board






After the Quiz Board was created, you have the ability to Edit or Present the board in class.

Edit BoardPresentation View




If you return to FlipQuiz at a later time, your Profile Page will list the Boards you’ve created with options to edit, present, or delete.





Overall, I found this tool incredibly easy to use. The only time consuming part involves determining the category titles, questions, and answers for each of the categories (and if there could be multiple answers for a question). I encourage you to check out FlipQuiz and share your thoughts as well.

Inspiring People In Our Region: Nakia Woodward, Senior Clinical Reference Librarian, Quillen College of Medicine Library, East Tennessee State University







Nakia Woodward, Senior Clinical Reference Librarian

Quillen College of Medicine Library, East Tennessee State University

1. What is your position?

I am the Senior Clinical Reference Librarian at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine Library in Johnson City, TN. We have a small staff, so I get to do a little of everything from clinical reference, outreach (both consumers and clinicians) and instruction, to research. One thing I really love about my job is that there is no such thing as a typical day.

2. How long have you been a librarian? Your current position?

I have been a librarian for 10 years and I have been in my current position 3 ½ years.

3. What was the path that led you to your current position?

I was fortunate enough to find a job in my hometown working part-time as a paraprofessional and part-time for an NN/LM funded project as a consumer health librarian. I was then able to move into a reference librarian position when one became available.

4. What made you decide to be a librarian?

I first wanted to be a librarian at age 3 when I decided checking out books looked like fun. As I grew up I bounced around majors and career plans before realizing that librarianship is a wonderful profession for people who love being generalists.

5. What do you love most about your outreach work?

The impact I get to have as a medical librarian is mind-blowing. We, as health science librarians, are fortunate enough to see a direct impact of the work we do. I have had physicians tell me that because of searches I have conducted they changed treatment plans and it extended patients’ lives. That is such a humbling thing when you think about it.

6. What do you consider your biggest work related challenge?

Educating people outside the field about what we do and the myriad of services that librarians can provide. This challenge is especially hard when librarians are confronted with people and administrators who feel they already know what we do. We have to break their preconceptions and work to be considered part of an integrated team and not an ancillary service.

7. What do you consider to be the most fulfilling part of your job?

I love that feeling when a student, clinician, or consumer gets exactly the information they needed. I like the connections made between people and information at that point. When I have a patron who wants information for a medical condition and leaves feeling calmer and more in control because of what I helped them find, that makes me feel fulfilled. When we have a rural physician call for information on a condition and we can provide her with the same level of service that we do our on-campus physicians, I know that my work is worthwhile.

8. What do you see as the biggest health concerns in the communities you serve?

Access to care, prescription drug abuse, and obesity are huge issues in east Tennessee. We have had to adapt classes for our students, training for the public, and consumer handouts to reflect these issues. Many of our researchers focus on these areas and we’ve had to stay on top of these developments and initiatives.

9. What do you see as the biggest concerns in hospital and/or health sciences librarianship?

Libraries constantly have to prove their relevance and justify their cost. I think some administrators have the naïve view that databases can take the place of a library. It is crucial for us to get better at promotion and marketing our profession and our libraries to address this issue.

10. How did you first come to know NN/LM SE/A?

I was first hired by ETSU on a project funded by an award from NN/LM SE/A which was the start of my library career. This project was the beginning of the Simple Plan project that went on to train public library workers across the state of Tennessee with 12 hours of continuing education focusing on consumer health.

11. In what ways has NN/LM SE/A benefited you or your organization?

NN/LM SE/A is a priceless resource. Our library would not have been able to do most of its outreach efforts without support from NN/LM SE/A. They have provided us with project funding, training opportunities, ideas for future projects, and program development support. We are very fortunate to have assistance from the NN/LM SE/A.

12. Can you share a success story about the impact of health outreach in your community?

We just finished an NN/LM SE/A funded project which provided mini-iPads to clinicians in 8 faith-based clinics for the working uninsured and a desktop computer to go in the lobby for registering for the Affordable Care Act and to provide consumer health information. The clinic workers are determined that their patients will not receive a lower quality of service because they are uninsured. The equipment and training were well received and the clinics are all now using as their go-to consumer education resource.

13. What advice would you give others who are interested in doing health outreach work in their communities?

Partnership and collaboration are crucial to outreach success. The main reason so many of our projects have been successful over the years is because of strong partnerships. Partnering with NN/LM SE/A provides a fantastic foundation for a plan, but also partnering with local groups such as churches, faith-based clinics, public libraries, community centers, etc., can lead to many successful initiatives. Look for people who may be interested in outreach since health is an issue that impacts everyone. Some of our successful partnerships include the following:

  • We began a project a few years ago which provided consumer health information at Remote Area Medical clinics in our region. Members of our local health sciences library consortium partnering with public libraries would show up at 6:30 in the morning for the event. We performed on-site consumer health information searches for the uninsured attendees. We provided our contact information and many attendees contacted us to receive further health information. (NN/LM SE/A funded)
  • We have collaborated with Preston Medical Library at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and the Tennessee State Library and Archives to provide extensive training on consumer health to all non-metro library workers across the state of Tennessee. (NN/LM SE/A funded)
  • We partnered with the Tennessee Hospital Association to provide handheld devices to rural clinicians. We have provided hundreds of devices to rural clinicians to assist them in getting access to health information so they are not penalized for choosing to be rural practitioners. (NN/LM SE/A funded)

News You Can Use: Trusted Resources on Ebola

Written by: Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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The Ebola virus is all over the news these days; the World Health Organization (WHO) has now declared the outbreak in West Africa an international health emergency. As always, we urge everyone to use authoritative resources for information and common sense when evaluating news and reports. Remember, there have not been any cases of human illness or death due to Ebola reported in the western hemisphere. Good information can be your best defense.

For basic information about the virus, MedlinePlus is the best starting point for research. Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) and learning about the category is a great place to begin: (also available in Spanish). MedlinePlus provides links to other great resources, such as the World Health Organization, covering the overall VHF category, and Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in particular, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is our primary research organization and they are working overtime addressing this crisis; learn about it from them at and The CDC also provides a helpful guide to assist health professionals when evaluating patients suspected of having the Ebola virus: A perhaps less known government organization, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), is another great source of information, as they are working together with many other organizations and colleagues to develop vaccines and treatments:

Learning the facts before becoming overly alarmed remains good advice regarding all illnesses. With Ebola, receiving intensive treatment as soon as possible is key. Untested, rumored treatments and cures are dangerous because they provide false hope and often prevent or delay people from seeking medical treatment. Major health organizations work hard to provide and disperse good information along with treatment; knowing where to send colleagues and friends for quality information is important and we should all learn what we can before the virus ever reaches our shores.

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What I Learned – Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI) 2014, Baltimore

Written By: PJ Grier, Outreach/Access Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region

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Last month I attended The University of Maryland, Baltimore – School of Nursing’s conference entitled the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI): Informatics enabling patient-centered care across the continuum. This event is a nationally recognized forum that is focused on the informatics needs of nurses. This conference interested me as nurses represent a significant outreach population for the Regional Medical Library. This action-packed conference is in its 24th year and the planning committee was stacked with leaders in the nursing profession. The SINI educational tracks and objectives were fourfold:

  • Describe ways of using informatics tools to support patient engagement and patient-centered care.
  • Identify new and evolving roles for clinicians and informaticians in providing patient-centered care across the continuum.
  • Address ongoing challenges in achieving interoperability, with consideration for devices and apps individuals and families use to monitor and manage their health.
  • Address ongoing challenges in using data from diverse sources to improve patient care and health outcomes and to control costs.

Those familiar with the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) initiative will be pleased to know that during the general session it was announced that the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) would now lead TIGER’s efforts. TIGER’s vision was to enable nurses to use informatics and emerging technologies to make healthcare safer, more effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable by interweaving evidence and technology seamlessly into practice, education and research.

The opening plenary speaker was Philip Fasano – Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente (KP), who spoke on “Teaming to transform healthcare.” He felt that consumers demanded transparency, affordability and convenience using accessible e-tools such as secure messaging and desired a care-anywhere experience in their homes, schools, hospitals, etc. Some technologies that addressed consumers’ needs included telehealth, mhealth, predictive analytics and EHR real-time analyses. Notably 84% of U.S. hospitals were still implementing EHRs, however, all KP hospitals were at Stage 7 of EHR adoption (a HIMMS electronic medical record adoption model).

I attended a session that featured Patricia Dykes – Senior Nurse Scientist from Brigham and Women’s Hospital who presented “Participatory design and development of a patient-centered toolkit…in their plan of care.” Her program included a distillation of the research question, aims of the study, a review of the design methods used for the patient-centered toolkit, results and challenges. An outside foundation provided the demonstration funds used to develop and deploy the toolkit in the intensive care and acute care oncology units of the hospital. Interestingly, Dr. Dykes mentioned MedlinePlus in a positive way multiple times during her session. Engaging patients in the design process, having an awareness that patients wanted to be knowledgeable about their health conditions, plus a desire to have the appropriate tools for communication were valuable lessons learned.

Susan Matney – Informaticist from 3M Health Information Systems gave a talk on “Coding nursing assessments using Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine – Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) and Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) to support national standards for interoperability.” Because Meaningful Use drove the adoption of comprehensive terminologies, Dr. Matney’s approach crystallized the need to use the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) approved standard terminologies to bridge nursing vocabularies in various healthcare settings. As a useful tool to assist with terminology mapping, she discussed the Nursing Problem List Subset of SNOMED CT, which is available through National Library of Medicine’s Unified Medical Language System.

Several speakers delivered their perspectives on “Health IT adoption in home health agencies”. Home health agencies (HHAs) did not receive financial incentives through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. As a result, many struggled to adopt new health information technology solutions. HHAs must correctly identify challenges to reduce costs, improve quality, and optimize health outcomes. It was also important for HHAs to define clear procedures that enumerated their IT needs and created structured assessments for evaluating vendor products and services.

Lastly I listened to Heather Carter-Templeton’s presentation “Using mobile devices to access evidence-based information in a rural health clinic.” According to Heather, the literature contained few reports of systematic roll-outs of mobile devices providing evidence-based resources and offered little guidance for teaching nurses how to use mobile devices within the clinical setting. Thus the need for this qualitative descriptive study conducted in a rural Alabama health clinic with seven nurses recruited as subjects. Preliminary findings suggested: (a) perceptions that nurses demonstrated limited use of electronic evidence-based information programs (EEIBP) via mobile devices, (b) differences in interpretations of information literacy and evidence-based practice, and (c) past experience with mobile devices was an indicator of how enthusiastically EEIBP was embraced.

I gained a better understanding of the challenges nurses undergo while adopting new approaches to patient-care delivery and in furthering their reporting and research needs. I observed that their challenges and opportunities are not that different from our own. For network members having nursing constituencies, you may want to put the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics on your “to-do” list (funds permitting) or make sure that institutional nurse “champions” are aware that this conference exists. If you, or your colleagues desire greater detail on any of these sessions please let me know, as I am happy to share.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland