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Nurses’ Health Study Seeking Participants

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

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Blood Pressure MonitorThe Nurses’ Health Study, a long-running study of health and wellness, is seeking participants for the third phase of its program (NHS3), the latest expansion since the study began in 1976. NHS3 will be completely web-based, and marks the first inclusion of male nurses in the study.

Conducted by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Nurses’ Health Study utilizes brief, technical questionnaires and depends on the health expertise of nurses to gather accurate information about long-term risk factors for disease as well as diet and lifestyle factors. Some of their key research findings examine correlations between activities such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity to breast cancer, coronary heart disease (CHD), eye disease, and other conditions.

NHS3, launched in 2010 by Drs. Jorge Chavarro, Stacey Missmer, Janet Rich-Edwards, and Walter Willet, represents the third generation of the study, with the first two cohorts from 1976 and 1989 still going strong. Research on the new cohort aims to explore more diverse backgrounds and will consider health issues related to lifestyle, fertility/pregnancy, environment, and nursing occupational exposures.

To be eligible for the study, participants must be nurses or nursing students between the ages of 19 and 51. Both male and female participants will be accepted from the United States and Canada. The time commitment is minimal; enrollees will be asked to complete a 30-minute survey once every six months. Further eligibility requirements can be found on the NHS3 website. Those who are not eligible for the study are encouraged to share the information with others.

For more information about the Nurses’ Health Study and how to become a participant, visit or email

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Written by Sarah Miles, Health Professions Coordinator, NN/LM SCR



PubMed for Nurses: New Tutorial Available

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

The PubMed for Nurses Tutorial is available now from the PubMed Online Training page on the National Library of Medicine Web site. This tutorial was created specifically to help nurses efficiently find literature using PubMed. Its concise, targeted content consists of five videos with exercises to test your knowledge. The tutorial was designed to be completed in less than 30 minutes.

The PubMed for Nurses Tutorial was researched, designed and developed by Megan Kellner from Maryland’s iSchool, the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, in consultation with nurses and librarians who serve nurses around the United States.

nurse sitting at computer

SCR Exhibiting at NCCHC in Dallas October 18-20, 2015

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

NN/LM SCR Community Health Coordinator Marcus Spann and Associate Director Jon Goodell are promoting National Library of Medicine resources at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care this week in Dallas, TX. NCCHC provides educational and professional development opportunities for nurses, physicians, and other correctional health care professionals at the national level. Approximately 1,500 attended the conference this year.

Some of the National Library of Medicine resources that attendees have found most helpful include PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Household Products Database. MedlinePlus’s health information in multiple languages feature is particularly popular. Attendees have also shown interest in MedlinePlus Connect, the National Library of Medicine’s service that integrates MedlinePlus content with patient portals and electronic health records (EHRs).

Marcus and Jon

Marcus and Jon

New NLM Resource for Nursing Standards and Interoperability

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

From NLM:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new web page – Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability. The page is a resource for nurses, students, informaticians and anyone interested in nursing terminologies for systems development. It describes the role of SNOMED CT and Laboratory Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) in implementing Meaningful Use in the United States, specifically for the nursing and care domain.

NLM has provided this resource in response to the position statement released by the American Nurses Association (ANA) that reaffirms support for use of recognized terminologies in coding nursing problems, interventions and observations (SNOMED CT) and in nursing assessments and outcomes (LOINC). In addition to SNOMED CT and LOINC, the Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability page provides information about other highly utilized Nursing Terminologies. The resource page provides a new video tutorial that describes how to use the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Metathesaurus Browser to find Concept Unique Identifiers (CUIs) and extract concept-level synonyms between SNOMED CT and other nursing terminologies. Additionally, links to other NLM Terminology resources and helpful resources are provided.