Wednesday, November 29, 2017


By Elissa Kinzelman-Vesely

Your Librarians have a new mission statement!  We wanted something concise to sum up the services we provide to you – our library users.

Speaking of using the library, have you ever thought “outside the box” in terms of how your librarians might assist you in your work duties?  You know you can come to the library for Librarian assistance, but have you ever considered embedding your Librarian on your team?  Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians possess skills that extend beyond the library environment.  We’re critical thinkers who know how to effectively evaluate research.  We can determine best practice and have the ability to analyze and summarize research findings.

Do you sit on a:
Practice council?
Falls prevention team?
Patient safety committee?
Patient & family experience team?

Consider asking your Librarian to join your team.  We can bring new perspectives to the work you do and provide the latest research evidence you need to move forward on your projects.  Discover the wealth of information your Librarian can contribute to your council or committee!  

In addition to specializing in research, your Librarians are also masters of organizing knowledge and making it available to others.  Check out the Opioid Guideline Toolkit and the Patient & Family Engagement Tool Kits on the Ascension Wisconsin LibGuides site.  Make your knowledge accessible to others via LibGuides!  Consult with your Librarian for planning and assistance.

Even if you don’t have a Librarian at your site, we can connect with you via Skype for Business.  Go ahead; embed your Librarian today!

Comments, questions, requests or suggestions, please contact your favorite Ascension Wisconsin Librarian :

Nursing Reference Center (NRC) Contract Will Expire Dec 31, 2017 : NEW Nursing Point of Care Tool to be Chosen for Ascension Wisconsin

 Ascension Ministry Health Care’s current subscription for
 Nursing Reference Center (NRC)  will expire on December 31, 2017.

Why are we dropping the subscription to NRC?  
  • Since 2014, Nursing Reference Center (NRC) has been a very popular and well-used point-of-care tool for our nurses.  At present, NRC is only available for legacy Ministry and Affinity regions.  The Milwaukee and Racine areas do not currently have access to this or any similar reference package.
  •  It is cost-prohibitive to add the Metro (Milwaukee) and South hospital sites under the current Ascension Resource Group pricing model. 
  • Nursing leaders at Ascension Wisconsin and national Ascension are in the process of evaluating the nursing point-of-care tools currently available on the market.  These include NRC, Lippincott and Clinical Key for Nursing (Elsevier).
  •  We hope to choose a NEW nursing point-of-care tool that will be available statewide throughout Ascension Wisconsin, thereby helping to standardize nursing care resources and contributing to high reliability nursing care.

What you need to do in preparation :
  • Use NRC while we have access!  Get the most out of it while it is still available.
  • See the NRC Search Tips page for more information, including remote access and tutorials.
  • Be aware that links to NRC documents and competencies will NOT be available after December 31, 2017.  This change may impact policies and other internal documents.
  •  CEUs
    • If you have CEUs logged in Cinahl Education (CEUs through NRC), be sure to log in and print out your records and documentation, as we may not have access to this information after the Ministry Health Care Subscription to NRC expires. 

What to use instead :
The Nursing Point of Care LibGuide

          Lippincott eBooks Tutorial (doc)

While legacy Ministry / Affinity may be losing access to NRC in the short-term, we have full intentions of providing a nursing point-of-care tool for ALL of Ascension Wisconsin in the very near future.  Please be patient as we make this transition.

For questions or comments, please contact :

Jill Berg, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Vice President of Clinical Education for Ascension Wisconsin
Michele Matucheski,  MLS, AHIP – Ascension Wisconsin Librarian
Kellee Selden, MLIS – Manager of Learning and Knowledge Management for Ascension Wisconsin  

Friday, November 10, 2017

Ascension Wisconsin Library Services Adds Ovid Society Published Journals Collection to Full-Text eJournals
by Elissa Kinzelman-Vesely

At the beginning of November, 2017, the Ascension Wisconsin Library Services added the Ovid Society Published Journals to its eJournal collection.  That means that regardless of your location in Ascension Wisconsin, you’ll have access to roughly 29 new eJournals through OvidSP.  Your Librarians have added several of the new eJournal titles to our eTOC service:

Clin eTOCs
Med eTOCs
·         AACN Advanced Critical Care
·         American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine
·         AACN Bold Voices
·         Annals of Internal Medicine
·         American Journal of Critical Care
·         British Journal of Psychiatry
·         American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy
·         Canadian Journal of Surgery
·         American Journal of Occupational Therapy
·         Chest
·         Audiology Today
·         Clinical Medicine
·         British Journal of Psychiatry
·         CMAJ Canadian Medical Association Journal
·         Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
·         JAMA Psychiatry
·         Critical Care Nurse
·         Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (American Volume)
·         JAMA Psychiatry
·         Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
·         Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
·         Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
·         Nursing Education Perspectives
·         The Bone & Joint Journal
·         Oncology Nursing Forum

·         Rehabilitation Nursing Journal

To sign up for our eTOC service, please visit

Comments, questions, requests or suggestions, please contact your favorite Ascension Wisconsin Librarian :

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - November 2017

November, 2017

Myasthenia gravis and myasthenic crisis
Nursing Critical Care, September 2017

Brush up your professional nursing résumé
Nursing, October 2017

Nurses' Knowledge and Teaching of Possible Postpartum Complications
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, November/December 2017

Job Burnout Reduces Hand Hygiene Compliance Among Nursing Staff
Journal of Patient Safety, Publish ahead of print

Workarounds Are Routinely Used by Nurses—But Are They Ethical?
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, October 2017

Renal calculi revealed
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, November/December 2017

Clinical Effectiveness and Cost of a Hospital-Based Fall Prevention Intervention: The Importance of Time Nurses Spend on the Front Line of Implementation
Journal of Nursing Administration. November 2017

Neonatal Resuscitation Program Rolling Refresher: Maintaining Chest Compression Proficiency Through the Use of Simulation-Based Education
Advances in Neonatal Care, October 2017

Critical incidents in the ED
Nursing Management, September 2017

Delays in Treatment-Seeking Decisions Among Women With Myocardial Infarction
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, September/October 2017

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

* Questions about access, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians : 

Michele Matucheski        Mary Pat Gage         Elissa Kinzelman-Vesely      Kellee Selden