Thursday, December 15, 2016

Nursing Journal Literature: Incorporating Librarians into Your EBP Process

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) is widely recognized as the standard in nursing care.  It is important for nurses to understand how to:

  •  Find relevant information
  • Evaluate its credibility
  • Apply it to practice

The Ascension Wisconsin Librarians know that nurses are busy with patient care and find it difficult to make the time to dedicate to research and reviewing the information.

The solution?  Talk to your Ascension Wisconsin Librarian!  Your Librarians:
  • Are expert literature database searchers
  • Are knowledgeable about the EBP process
  • Have the time, talent, and resources to help you incorporate EBP into your practice

Take a look at the nursing literature that supports partnerships with librarians:

Eresuma, E., & Lake, E. (2016). How do I find the evidence? Orthopaedic Nursing, 35(6), 421-423. doi:10.1097/NOR.0000000000000299

Stielstra, J. (2014). Hospital librarians to the rescue...Hastings, C., Fisher, C.A., Searching for proof: Creating and using an actionable PICO question. NURS MANAGE 2014 aug; 45(8): 9-12. Nursing Management, 45(10), 8-8. doi:10.1097/01.NUMA.0000453940.77781.ab

McGrath, J. M., & Brandon, D. (2014). Searching the literature is not for the faint of heart! Advances in Neonatal Care (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins), 14(4), 229-231. doi:10.1097/ANC.0000000000000111

Attwood, C. A., & Wellik, K. E. (2012). Collaboration, collegiality, and cooperation. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16(5), 487-490.

Newland, J. (2012). Celebrating medical librarians. Nurse Practitioner, 37(10), 5-5. doi:10.1097/01.NPR.0000419301.77137.1a

Määttä, S., & Wallmyr, G. (2010). Clinical librarians as facilitators of nurses' evidence-based practice. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19(23), 3427-3434. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2010.03345.x

Miller, L. C., Jones, B. B., Graves, R. S., & Sievert, M. C. (2010). Merging silos: Collaborating for information literacy. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 41(6), 267-272. doi:10.3928/00220124-20100401-03

Krom, Z. R., Batten, J., & Bautista, C. (2010). A unique collaborative nursing evidence-based practice initiative using the Iowa model: A clinical nurse specialist, a health science librarian, and a staff nurse's success story. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 24(2), 54-59. doi:10.1097/NUR.0b013e3181cf5537

Hallyburton, A., & St John, B. (2010). Partnering with your library to strengthen nursing research. Journal of Nursing Education, 49(3), 164-167. doi:10.3928/01484834-20091118-04

There’s plenty more literature (from other sources) that illustrates the importance/advantages to including your librarian in finding evidence-based research.  Your Librarian is always happy to provide you with literature!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Nurse's Choice Recommended Reading - December 2016

December, 2016

Foundations of Pharmacotherapy for Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction: Evidence Meets Practice, Part II
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, November/December 2016

Facing Death: A Critical Analysis of Advance Care Planning in the United States
Advances in Nursing Science, October/December 2016

Evaluation and treatment of vitamin D deficiency
The Nurse Practitioner, November 20 2016

Alarm Fatigue: Use of an Evidence-Based Alarm Management Strategy
Journal of Nursing Care Quality, January/March 2017

Pressure Ulcers in the Intensive Care Unit: An Analysis of Skin Barrier Risk Factors
Advances in Skin & Wound Care: The Journal for Prevention and Healing, November2016

Medication Safety: Using the AGS Beers Criteria
Home Healthcare Now, November/December 2016

Preventing Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury
AJN The American Journal of Nursing, December 2016

The Relationship Between Nurse-Reported Safety Culture and the Patient Experience
Journal of Nursing Administration, December 2016

An Evidence-Based Infant Safe Sleep Program to Reduce Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, November 2016

The Design and Redesign of a Clinical Ladder Program: Thinking Big and Overcoming Challenges
Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, November/December 2016

* List and links courtesy of Anne Chaney at Wolters-Kluwer/Ovid.
* Questions about access, contact Your Librarians : 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Interlibrary Loan


Argh!  I really wanted that article!


You’ve come across a citation for the perfect article that appears to address everything you need to provide the best care for your patient… but your Ascension Library doesn’t have access to it.  Frustrating, right?  Don’t worry.  Your Librarian can probably get the article for you through interlibrary loan. 


  • Interlibrary loan is the method your Librarian uses to send out article requests for materials not accessible through your Ascension Library. 
  • While interlibrary loan used to be a time consuming process, nowadays your Librarian will email you a PDF of the article. 
  • It generally takes only a day or two for the Librarian to receive the requested article. 

Contact your Ascension Wisconsin Librarian to request an article or for additional information about interlibrary loan.


Mary Pat Gage



Elissa Kinzelman-Vesely



Michele Matucheski



Kellee Selden


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Nurse's Choice - Recommended Reading : November 2016

November, 2016

Leadership, defined: What's your style, and how's it actually perceived?
Nursing Management, October 2016

Caring for hospitalized patients with celiac disease
Nursing, November 2016

For Advanced Cancer, What Treatment Is Next?
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, October 2016

How to take a sexual health history
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, November/December 2016

Herbal supplements for health promotion and disease prevention
The Nurse Practitioner, October 20 2016

Acute kidney injury: Limiting the damage
Nursing Critical Care, September 2016

Model for a Healthy Work Environment
Journal of Christian Nursing, October/December 2016 

Aromatherapy for Postoperative Nausea in Acute Care-Evidence and Future Opportunities
Clinical Nurse Specialist, November/December 2016

What Nurses Do During Time Scarcity—and Why
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration, September 2016

The protective role of self-efficacy against workplace incivility and burnout in nursing: A time-lagged study
Health Care Management Review, Publish ahead of print

* List and links courtesy of Anne Chaney at Wolters-Kluwer/Ovid.

Introducing The Ascension Wisconsin Librarians

Ascension Wisconsin Librarians
L-R : Mary Pat Gage, Kellee Selden, Elissa Kinzelman-Vesely, Michele Matucheski

Ascension Wisconsin Library Services
Statewide Phone Number

As of August 2016, four professionals are part of the statewide Ascension-Wisconsin Library Services team, with two of the Librarians in the Milwaukee area, the third is in Racine and the fourth in Oshkosh.  Together, we are here to serve the entire state to meet your knowledge and information needs.

While you have patients, family members and others to serve, YOU are our patrons.  Please contact us for assistance with:
  • Library research/Expert Searching
  • Training to use Library Resources (including specific databases, orientations etc.)
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Retrieving Articles

Librarians - One Ascension Wisconsin:

Mary Pat Gage, BSN, RN, MLIS

Mary Pat has a BSN from Marquette University College of Nursing and an MLIS from UW-Milwaukee. She has been at the St. Joseph Hospital Medical library and formerly, the WFH-North Market, since 2003 and is a member of the Nursing Research Committee since 2007. Mary Pat promotes expert patient care by offering expert information.

Elissa Kinzelman-Vesely, MA, MLIS

Elissa holds a master’s degree in Anthropology from Western Michigan University.  Her love of research led to a position as library assistant at All Saints in 2003.  She completed her MLIS at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in 2008 and subsequently became the site librarian.  Elissa enjoys the challenge of literature searches and providing health information tailored to meet each individual’s needs.

Michele Matucheski, MLS, AHIP

Michele earned her Masters of Library and Information Studies degree from The University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has been working in health science libraries for the last 20 years.  She started working for Affinity Health System in 1999 at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh.   In 2012, she broadened her scope to cover Ministry Health Care, and now in 2016, she is a member of the Ascension-Wisconsin Library Services Team.   She worked with The STAR Team at Ministry to develop a very popular and useful Patient Experience Tool Kit.  She enjoys collaborating to make sure people have the knowledge and information they need to make well-informed decisions in health care. 


Kellee Selden, MLIS, MSMI

Kellee earned her masters of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis in Special Libraries. Following graduation, Kellee spent more than 20 years working in various Law Libraries. She then returned to school and earned her second master’s degree in Medical Informatics from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Kellee joined Columbia St. Mary’s as a Medical Librarian in the fall of 2013. In her new position, Kellee will oversee the Library team and Learning Management Services-Clinical Education team.

Our physical Library locations with Librarians on site include: 
     All Saints Hospital –         Racine, WI
     St. Joseph Hospital –       Milwaukee, WI
     Columbia St. Mary’s –     Milwaukee, WI
     Mercy Medical Center – Oshkosh, WI

All four Libraries provide:
  •  Computers away from the busy patient care areas
  •  Collaborative spaces
  •  Quiet areas
  •  Printers

The Librarians can be reached at their individual emails or the new statewide phone number: (414) 585-5085. The Library Team services extend beyond the physical libraries to ALL Ascension associates across the state of Wisconsin through the use of telephonic and electronic resources. 

Please continue to use the legacy Library intranet sites until we build a new unified Ascension Wisconsin Library Website.

          Columbia-St. Mary's Library Intranet

          Ministry Health Care's Library Without Walls (includes Affinity)

          Wheaton-Franciscan Library Intranet