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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Archive for the ‘Outreach’ Category

Registration open for August online course – Chemicals, Drugs, and Genetics: Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond.

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Registration is now open for the online course “Chemicals, Drugs, and Genetics: Oh My!: Searching PubMed and Beyond.”

Date: August 18th to September 12th.

This specialized class will help improve your effectiveness in searching PubMed and related NLM and NIH databases for literature and information on chemicals, drugs, and genetics. The course begins with searching PubMed for drug information with MeSH terms, Supplementary Concept Records (SCR), and Pharmacologic Actions (PA). Additional topics include searching related databases for drug information (Week 2), searching for chemicals and chemical nomenclature (Week 3), and locating literature related to genetics and genomics (Week 4). This course assumes a strong working knowledge of PubMed including an understanding of automatic term mapping, the importance of reviewing the Details box after searches, using the Advanced search page, and the MeSH database.

For more information about the objectives and some of the course materials, please visit:

This class will be offered for free via Moodle. Moodle does not require a software download.

To register, please visit:

Please contact Tony Nguyen at for more information or questions.

Upcoming Funding Deadlines, Webinars, and Online Classes

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We recently discovered a technical error preventing many of our subscribers from receiving e-mail notifications of our SEA Currents articles. We encourage you to visit SEA Currents and browse through several of the articles published over the last several weeks. Here are a few highlights that may interest you:

Funding Opportunities

Upcoming Free Webinars

Upcoming Online Classes

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) have chosen the theme Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow in recognizing April as Alcohol Awareness Month. Find their toolkits, resources and outreach ideas on Healthfinder.

These additional resources are designed to educate children and teens about the dangers of alcohol abuse:

Alcohol, Peer Pressure, and Teenage Under Age Drinking; The Cool Spot

FTC Consumer Information: Dangers of Teen Drinking

Too Smart to Start 

Underage Drinking resources for Teachers (including classroom materials and lesson plans)

Registration open for 2014 NN/LM SE/A Consumer Health Online Classes

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The new 2014 online consumer health schedule is now available at: Along with the dates and descriptions of the classes, there is a link on the page to register online. Each class provides continuing education contact hours from the Medical Library Association (MLA) and counts toward the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). A link is also available on the page to learn more about MLA’s CHIS program. Please contact Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, for more information or questions.

What We Learned: Exhibiting at a Nursing Conference

Friday, June 28th, 2013

By David Midyette, Outreach and Communications Coordinator

SE/A coordinators exhibit at over 20 conferences every year, and many of those are for nursing associations and groups. Personally, I find these groups very interesting and quite diverse. Recently, while exhibiting at a nursing conference in Nashville, TN, I had the pleasure of speaking with many nurse educators about NLM and the resources we offer. While it was great to hear how much they love us and how they frequently use MedlinePlus and Pubmed, it was even more rewarding to help them discover new resources for their students.

To a person, they all commented on how their students lack awareness about toxic substances their incoming patients might have encountered. The discussions centered on teaching new nursing students about collecting patient histories and other intake information. I showed them ToxTown ( and they were rather excited to have such a well-developed resource to share with their students and incorporate into their own curricula. They really appreciated having teacher resources to easily incorporate into their classes, the ability to direct students to an interactive website, and the wealth of supporting information at an accessible level.

Naturally, this led to a second discussion about another valuable resource, GeneEd ( Again, they loved the resources for teachers and the clear, accessible layout of the site. In particular, they liked that they could use the site to provide a refresher for their students, and in some cases, expose their students to the basics of genetics. The majority of their students are coming straight from high school and they felt that the site meshed well with the educational levels of incoming students without overwhelming them. One particular segment of GeneEd that they particularly liked was the section on Biostatistics. More than one of them remarked that they could benefit from the section in refreshing their own understanding of the topic.

I had the pleasure of speaking to nearly 100 people at this conference, and with over 300 visitors to the booth it was a very successful event for SE/A. The nursing community has a wide range of interests and it is very rewarding to show nurses in clinical practice how we can help them with databases like LactMed (, LiverTox (, and DrugInfo ( Additionally, there was great interest in MedlinePlus Connect ( and Clinical Trials (

MedlinePlus Connect is becoming increasingly important to nursing as Electronic Health Records have become ubiquitous in clinical settings. Many of the nurses I spoke with were familiar with EHRs but had little knowledge of where the patient care resources were coming from in the systems used by their institutions. Connecting a familiar resource (MedlinePlus) with direct patient care through an EHR system really resonated with them, and they had questions about how to make it happen. Having cards on the topic made it much easier to provide them with basic information that they could take back to their administrators and IT groups.

Clinical Trials is evolving into a well-rounded research database as more and more results are added. The attendees appreciated the ability to connect their patients to potential trials related to specific conditions, and those who were conducting research appreciated being able to connect to results and data in such a direct fashion.

It is truly amazing to get out of the library and into the places where practitioners, researchers, and educators gather to discuss issues crucial to their profession. Being able to help them at a place and time when their minds are focused on their practice and profession in such a directed manner is a unique opportunity for sharing the wealth of resources and services from NLM. If you would like to get involved in exhibiting, we offer exhibit awards throughout the year ( If you have any questions, want to exhibit with us, or just want to drop in at an exhibit, check with me ( and I can provide you with more information.


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