Friday, March 1, 2024

The Legacy of Freedom House: The Black Men who became America's First Paramedics


Unsung History: Freedom House Ambulance: The First Paramedic & EMT Service [2 min.]

Zoom Meeting Recording [1 hour 4 min.] Sponsored by JEMS in February 2024.

Ascension WI Librarian, Kellee Selden highly recommends this JEMS webcast:
I attended this very interesting webinar. It was entitled: 
The Legacy of Freedom House: The Black Men Who Became America's First Paramedics. 
The speaker was John Moon, a member of the original group from the Freedom House 
with an eye opening story to tell about the men, the female doctor who sponsored them, 
their journey through the years of existence and how they wrote the first EMT manual. 
The story is amazing in many ways and well worth viewing.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

AW Library Newsletter - February 2024: AI in Medicine - Art in Medicine - NCCN Guidelines - NRC Plus Remote and Mobile Access - New Library Catalog


Ascension Wisconsin Librarians support your health care decisions with evidence-based research and full text resources.  

Contact us for research, articles, training, or online access.   Just ask!
  • The easiest way to find AW Library Services is to Google "Ascension Wisconsin Library."    

Catch up on the latest news from Ascension Wisconsin Library Services:

2 Articles-of-Interest on AI in Medicine

DynaMed - Latest Update - Cardiovascular Risks

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - February 2024

Questions, comments, or search requests, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians:

 Michele Matucheski   &   Kellee Selden

 Use the Request Form if you need research or articles.

Our AW Library website is available 24/7.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - February 2024


In Recommended Reading for Nurses, we offer access to the hottest topics in nursing and healthcare, as well as other “must-read” content.

View this page as a PDF

February 2024

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.

Nursing Quizzes

The Nurse Educator Multiplier: Mobile-friendly, Bite-sized Training
Nursing Management, February 2024

Caring for Patients with Life-Threatening Hemoptysis
Nursing2024, February 2024

Original Research: A Real 'Voice' or 'Lip Service'?
Experiences of Staff Nurses Who Have Served on Staffing Committees

AJN, American Journal of Nursing, February 2024

Updates on Thyroid Disorders in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
The Nurse Practitioner, February 2024

Building Clinical Leadership Competencies
When Caring for Hospitalized Adults Experiencing Dementia

Clinical Nurse Specialist, January/February 2024

The Differences between Palliative Care and Hospice Care
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, January/February 2024

The Impact of Nursing Education on Ventilator-Associated
Pneumonia Prevention Bundle to Reduce Incidence of Infection:
A Quality Improvement Project

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, January/February 2024

Hospital-Level Care at Home for Acutely Ill Adults in Rural Settings
Home Healthcare Now, January/February 2024

Associations of Delirium to Posthospital Outcomes After Acute Stroke: A Scoping Review
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, February 2024

The Role of Shear Stress and Shear Strain in Pressure Injury Development
Advances in Skin & Wound Care, January 2024

* Questions about access, contact your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians

 Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Friday, February 16, 2024

DynaMed - Latest Update - Cardiovascular Risks

As February is the month dedicated to raising awareness about heart health, I thought you'd be interested in seeing DynaMed’s latest evidence-based updates on cardiovascular risk assessment. 

To never miss vital clinical updates from DynaMed, set up a personalized alert in two easy steps (see below).

Recent Updates
Guideline Notation Updated 5 Jan 2024

American Heart Association (AHA) novel prediction equations for absolute risk assessment of total cardiovascular disease incorporating cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic health (Circulation 2023 Dec 12)

Evidence Updated 4 Jan 2024

Sex-specific Cardiovascular Health in Ambulatory Care Research Team (CANHEART) Lab Models moderately predict 5-year risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in male and female adults aged 40-75 years (Ann Intern Med 2023 Dec)


race-free, sex-specific PREVENT equations accurately predict 10-year risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in male and female persons aged 30-79 years (Circulation 2023 Nov 10 early online)

Click here to view DynaMed topic: Cardiovascular Risk Assessment

Staying current on the latest evidence is easy with DynaMed alerts.
Step 1: Sign in to your personal account.
  • Visit
  • Click on Sign In
  • Enter your email and password
Step 2: Within a topic or specialty click the Follow icon
Customize alerts: Choose email alerts, email only Potentially Practice-Changing updates,
or just receive alerts on the DynaMed home page.

Need a personal user account?
  1. Access DynaMed through your institution and click on "Create Account" to add your details.
  2. You will be prompted to read and accept the data retention and usage policy to complete the setup.

Use your personal account in the DynaMed mobile app for a quick view of recent evidence updates personalized for you.


More helpful links about DynaMed:

Updated DynaMed User Guide. (Rev. November 2023)

The User Guide will lead you through signing up for a personal account.  

DynaMed (Direct link)

DynaMed Off-Site or Remote Access (for Ascension users only)

Includes info on signing up for a personal account.  

Questions? Contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians

 Michele Matucheski   &   Kellee Selden 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Q&A: How do I get to the fulltext article listed in NRC Plus?

Question: How do I get to the fulltext article listed in NRC Plus?

Answer:  Since NRC Plus is a national subscription, it does NOT integrate with our local library resources in that we are NOT able to include a find-full text link within NRC Plus that leads to the full text in our local Ascension Wisconsin collections. 

So my suggestion is to copy the article title [Use quotes] and paste it into the Discover box on the AW Library home page  (Google "Ascension WI Library"):  

Then click on View Full Text link underneath the citation.  

If we do not have the fulltext, you'll see a link to Request Item instead.  Click on that and it will pull the citation info into a form where you can add your contact info, and submit to your AW  Librarians.  In most cases, we can order it through our ILL system for you.  

Then you can view fulltext or download the pdf as desired.

It's an extra step, but it will allow you to link in to our fulltext offerings in WI.

Questions, comments, or article requests, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians:

 Michele Matucheski   &   Kellee Selden

Our AW Library website is available 24/7.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Mercy Library Seed Exchange

The Mercy Library in Oshkosh is offering a Seed Exchange, where garden enthusiasts can share seeds that grow well in their own local gardens.  This practice not only builds community, but also promotes sustainability among plants and pollinators.

So far, we are offering the following flower seeds in The Mercy Library Seed Exchange:

  • 4 O'Clocks (pink and yellow)
  • Hollyhocks (mixed)
  • Marigolds
  • Moon Flower
  • Pink Hibiscus
  • Purple Cleome
  • Purple Tall Balloon
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Sweet Peas

Stop in to check out the offerings, and take a packet of seeds.

Do you have seeds to donate?   We will accept partially used or new purchased seed packets.

If you want to donate seeds from your own garden, please contact Michele Matucheski, the AW Librarian at Mercy.  

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

2 Articles-of-Interest on AI in Medicine

The following articles are available to Ascension Wisconsin associates, courtesy of AW Library Services

Ostrer I, Aronson L.
The Perils of Artificial Intelligence in a Clinical Landscape. JAMA Intern Med. 2024 Feb 12. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2023.7962. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38345809. Link to article.

This editorial explains how AI could negatively affects the clinical setting. In summary,
1) AI's assistance with inbox management and documentation may dehumanize the clinician-patient relationship
2) The volume of documentation that is generated by AI may contribute to clinician burnout.
3) AI's output is only as good as the training data that it receives; this may lead to critical information being overlooked.
4) AI has the potential to fabricate information or confabulate, as well-described limitation of AI, in a way that may alter the course of a patient's care.

Goodman KE, Yi PH, Morgan DJ. AI-Generated Clinical Summaries Require More Than Accuracy. JAMA. 2024 Jan 29. doi: 10.1001/jama.2024.0555. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38285439.  Link to article.

Plain language summary:   This Viewpoint discusses AI-generated clinical summaries and the necessity of transparent development of standards for their safe rollout.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

New AW Library Catalog: Update your links!

Question: How do I get to the AW Library Catalog?

Answer: Direct link for our NEW AW Library Catalog.

Update your links!  We have a NEW Ascension Wisconsin Library Catalog.

The old AW Library Catalog will be retired in March 2024, and will no longer be available.

Option B: There is also a link for our AW Library Catalog on our AW Library home page.

The easiest way to find The AW Library web page is to Google "Ascension Wisconsin Library."

Direct link:

Beyond that, there are multiple ways to navigate to the AW Library home pages through the Good Day Ascension intranets. See this document for screenshots and breadcrumbs.

On the AW Library home page, you can easily search our Library Catalog by choosing the AW Library Catalog (circled in red in the snippet above) tab on the Discover search engine.

Choosing the AW Library Catalog tab will allow you to search just the AW Library catalog, without everything else in our Discover Search engine.  

  • Use the field drop-down menu to search by title or author.    
  • Our catalog includes eBook listings and links for Clinical Key, AccessMedicine, R2 Digital Library , Ebsco eBooks and StatRef.  Our eBooks are available to AW Associates statewide, no matter what site you work at.
  • Note: the catalog does NOT search the fulltext of our ebooks.
  • The catalog also lists print holdings in the 3 physical libraries at Mercy (Oshkosh), St. Joe's and Columbia-St Mary's in Milwaukee.  

Questions, comments, or search requests, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians:

 Michele Matucheski   &   Kellee Selden

Our AW Library website is available 24/7.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Q&A: How do I access NCCN Guidelines if they keep asking for a login?

Q: How do I access National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines?  They keep asking for a login ...

A: You can sign up for a FREE login on the NCCN website.  

This will allow you to access NCCN guidelines and other content.  They just want to have a better idea of WHO is using their content.

Questions, comments, or search requests, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians:

 Michele Matucheski   &   Kellee Selden

Our AW Library website is available 24/7.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Art in Medicine: Brigid - Goddess & Saint

Tempera on canvas by John Duncan 
Courtesy of 

The February 2024 Art In Medicine topic is about Brigid: Goddess & Saint of Ireland.

Lucinda Bennett, the Medical Librarian at Ascension St Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD,  publishes a regular series on Art in Medicine and The Health Humanities.    

It's only 1-2 pages with gorgeous images, so it won't take you long to read ... and just might enrich your life.   

This month, Lucinda is featuring Brigid, Goddess & Saint of Ireland.

World religion is a fascinating subject as it provides such a
unique window into the ways in which humanity internalizes
archetypes and symbols into understandable concepts.
Every faith has its own mythologies explaining why the
earth exits, dedicating legends to natural phenomena and
then exchanging those ideas over centuries. The blending
of concepts both artistic and philosophical is known as
syncretism. Among the most respected female figures in
Irish mythology is Brigid, a perfect example of this cultural
exchange. As it so happens, February 1st is her feast day,
so who better to study this month than this charismatic
patroness of healers and poets?

Read more ...


Reprinted with the generous permission of Ms. Bennett.