Friday, December 3, 2021

The Good Part About Waning Immunity - From The Atlantic

Confused about waning immunity and why we need boosters for the Covid vaccines?

This article by The Atlantic's science writer Katherine J. Wu, does a great job of explaining for the rest of us:

  • How the immune system works
  • Why waning immunity is a natural part of the process
  • and Why we shouldn't necessarily be afraid of it.  If we do get infected with with Covid, B-cells and T-cells will take over the attack to minimize the infection.  

Wu, K., 2021. The Good Part About ‘Waning’ Immunity. [online] The Atlantic. Available at: <> [Accessed 3 December 2021].

Brought to you by Ascension Wisconsin Library Services.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - November 2021


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November 2021

See what your fellow nurses are reading!
Browse this month's round-up of 10 top articles from Lippincott's prestigious list of nursing journals. Special Feature:
Building Resilience as a Nurse
Read experiences from your fellow nurses, as well as suggested resilience-improvement strategies and tools

The Nurse Practitioner

Zero tolerance starts now: Making nurses' safety a priority
Nursing Management, November 2021

Greater Compliance With Early Sepsis Management is Associated
With Safer Care and Shorter Hospital Stay

Journal for Healthcare Quality, November/December 2021

Depression hurts: Compassionate care delivery for African American women
Nursing made Incredibly Easy!, November/December 2021

Ischemic Stroke Risk Among Adult Brain Tumor Survivors:
Evidence to Guide Practice

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, October 2021

Group Prenatal Care and Maternal Outcomes: A Scoping Review
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, November/December 2021

Approach to a patient with hypertensive urgency in the primary care setting
The Nurse Practitioner, October 2021

Understanding Skin Failure: A Scoping Review
Advances in Skin & Wound Care: The Journal for Prevention and Healing,
October 2021

Alphabetical Mnemonic to Assist in the Treatment of an Acute Ischemic Stroke
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, October/December 2021

Identifying and tackling racial disparities in healthcare
Nursing2021, September 2021

Using the Nurse Coaching Process to Support Bereaved Staff
During the COVID-19 Crisis

Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, October 2021

* Questions about access, contact your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians
 Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Friday, November 19, 2021

Aaron Carroll on How Clinicians Can Combat Medical Misinformation

Radio Advisory, a podcast for busy health care leaders.

Listen to the Radio Advisory episode

Medical misinformation has been a significant problem for a long time, but amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the problem has become even more widespread. In this episode, host Rachel Woods sits down with Dr. Aaron Carroll, author, professor, and Indiana University chief health officer—to discuss what all clinicians should do to combat medical misinformation.

Plus, Advisory Board experts Solomon Banjo and Pam Divack offer their take on clinician’s role in online spaces (with patients and with each other) and translate those same principles for the rest of the industry.

[The podcast is about 45 min.]

Listen NowBrought to you by Ascension Wisconsin Library Services.From Advisory Board's Daily Briefing.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Get Your GED with Learning Express High School Equivalency Center through Badgerlink

LearningExpress Library High School Equivalency Center

LearningExpress Library High School Equivalency Center

Guided support and preparation to help you earn a high school equivalency credential.


  • Practice for the GED® Test (English and EspaƱol), HiSET®, and TASC exams
  • Build reading, writing, math, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling skills


View LearningExpress Library: Info Sheet Training

  • Learn how to search and navigate LearningExpress as well as find information about the full-text content, permalinks, citations, and the copyright of this resource

Adult Education Resources

  • Learn how to take advantage of the skill building and test prep materials for adults available in LearningExpress Library. (from 6-18-2020)

Learn more ...

Badgerlink is a series of fulltext databases for citizens of Wisconsin, made available through Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction.   Our tax dollars at work!
Questions or comments, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians
 Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Saturday, November 13, 2021

NCLEX Study Resources through Learning Express on Badgerlink

Did you know that Badgerlink* offers FREE online NCLEX study materials for Wisconsinites?

Badgerlink * > Test & Career Prep > Learning Express Library Career Preparation  

   >  Scroll down to Prepare for Nursing Exams  

Learning Express offers the following tools in prepping for nursing exams:

Note: You will need to sign up for a personal account to take a test or download a book from Learning Express .  A personal account also allows you to keep track of your progress.

Recommendations for working through the   NCLEX test prep materials:

 Video guides for using Learning Express, include the following: 
  • Full Length Video
  • Welcome
  • Homepage
  • Registering a New User
  • Signing In and Out
  • About Centers
  • Searching for Resources
  • How to Take  Tutorial
  • How to Take a Test
  • Download an eBook or Article
  • My Center

Video Tutorial for using Learning Express (includes navigating through Badgerlink)

Badgerlink is a series of fulltext databases for citizens of Wisconsin, made available through Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction.   Our tax dollars at work!

Questions or comments, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians
 Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Friday, November 12, 2021

5 New Nursing eBooks

Ascension Wisconsin Library Services purchased online access to the following NEW nursing eBooks through the R2 Digital Library and StatRef, respectively.

Follow the direct links below to take a look, or bookmark them for future reference.

You can also access these (and many others) anytime through our AW Library Catalog  or the A-Z List.

They are also linked in context on the respective Nursing LibGuides as noted below.

R2 Search Tips              

StatRef Search Tips

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Ascension Authors Publish Covid Study in BMJ Quality & Safety

Congratulations to our very own Ascension Clinical Network Services Leaders:

Dr. Mohamad Fakih,
Dr. BalighYehia, 
Dr. Richard Fogel, 
and Dr. Joseph Cacchionone,
working with other Ascension data science professionals, 
for publishing a timely and relevant article relative to the ongoing pandemic
in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Thank you for sharing you expertise, knowledge, and commitment to with the wider world.

COVID-19 hospital prevalence as a risk factor for mortality: an observational study of a multistate cohort of 62 hospitals

BMJ Quality & Safety

2021 Oct 5;bmjqs-2021-013721.
 doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2021-013721. Online ahead of print.
  • PMID: 34611041
  • PMCID: PMC8494532
  • DOI: 10.1136/bmjqs-2021-013721 
  • Link to Article

    Background: The associated mortality with COVID-19 has improved compared with the early pandemic period. The effect of hospital COVID-19 patient prevalence on COVID-19 mortality has not been well studied.

    Methods: We analysed data for adults with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection admitted to 62 hospitals within a multistate health system over 12 months. Mortality was evaluated based on patient demographic and clinical risk factors, COVID-19 hospital prevalence and calendar time period of the admission, using a generalised linear mixed model with site of care as the random effect.
    Results: 38 104 patients with COVID-19 were hospitalised, and during their encounters, the prevalence of COVID-19 averaged 16% of the total hospitalised population. Between March-April 2020 and January-February 2021, COVID-19 mortality declined from 19% to 12% (p<0.001). In the adjusted multivariable analysis, mid and high COVID-19 inpatient prevalence were associated with a 25% and 41% increase in the odds (absolute contribution to probability of death of 2%-3%) of COVID-19 mortality compared with patients with COVID-19 in facilities with low prevalence (<10%), respectively (high prevalence >25%: adjusted OR (AOR) 1.41, 95% CI 1.23 to 1.61; mid-prevalence (10%-25%): AOR 1.25, 95% CI 1.13 to 1.38). Mid and high COVID-19 prevalence accounted for 76% of patient encounters.

    Conclusions: Although inpatient mortality for patients with COVID-19 has sharply declined compared with earlier in the pandemic, higher COVID-19 hospital prevalence remained a common risk factor for COVID-19 mortality. Hospital leaders need to reconsider how we provide support to care for patients in times of increased volume and complexity, such as those experienced during COVID-19 surges.

    Keywords: COVID-19; hospital medicine; mortality (standardised mortality ratios).

    Wednesday, November 10, 2021

    Clarification on The Librarian's Role in Helping with Student Research Assignments


    Question : What is the Ascension Wisconsin Librarian’s role in helping with student research assignments?

    Health Science Librarians are experts in :
    ·         Formulating answerable clinical questions
    ·         Knowing which literature databases to search
    ·         Constructing successful search strategies, and
    ·         Limiting search results to relevant literature topics. 

    We’re here to assist nurses, physicians, and other health care providers with access to evidence-based  practice as it relates to patient care.  We know your time is short, and searching is what we do best. 

    The Librarians will also take the time to teach nursing and health care students HOW to do their own library research; however, it is beyond our scope to actually complete research assignments for students.  Since it is part of your education to learn the research process, it would not be ethical, or honest for the Librarians to complete research assignments for school projects.  In short, if it's a school assignment, we cannot do your work for you.

    Whether you are an RN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, or DNP student,  the Librarians can help you LEARN the research process.  That said, we are happy to teach you how to find the information for yourself.  We’ll actively play a role in your education so that you learn the skills you need to be an effective and continuous learner in your work life.

    Here’s what you can expect from your Ascension Wisconsin Librarian when you bring us a student research assignment.  We will :
    • Set up a research consultation appointment in person or via Google Meet
    • Lead you through the research process
    • Help you refine your search strategy
    • Introduce you to appropriate databases (PubMed, CINAHL), or other resources.  
      • Take advantage of the databases and fulltext AW Library Services offers.  It may differ from what your school library offers.
    • Teach you how to use the databases effectively and efficiently with subject headings, appropriate search terms, filters & limits to arrive at a focused set of search results
    •  Demonstrate how to access full-text articles
    •  Show you how to request articles when not available in fulltext.

    Your AW Medical Librarians have a great deal to offer students.  We enjoy teaching you how to do your own library research.  

    Most people who take the time to meet with a Librarian appreciate the personalized care and special attention.  
    Even better : They are amazed and delighted at what the Librarians can pull up on their particular topics, not to mention the search tips and tricks we can offer!

    Research takes time, so plan ahead.  Make an appointment with your Librarian, and learn how to maximize your research efforts.  Even if you’re at a site without a physical Library/Librarian, we can set up a virtual meeting and share desktops to help you remotely. 

    * For an appointment, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians

    Michele Matucheski, MLIS, AHIP  and  Kellee Selden, MLIS