Thursday, December 20, 2018

New Book : I'm Here : Compassionate Communication in Patient Care

I'm Here - Compassionate Communication in Patient Care

I'm Here : Compassionate Communication in Patient Care
by Marcus Engel
ISBN : 9780972000024
Call Number : W 62 E57 2010  at Mercy Library in Oshkosh
          >  Contact Your Librarian, Michele Matucheski if you want to check it out.

Mr. Engel recently spoke at Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, WI.

Learn more about it :

Monday, December 10, 2018

Patient Education Handouts in Nursing Reference Center Plus

Did you know …  that Patient Education Handouts in Nursing Reference Center Plus can be used to supplement the standard Patient Education sources integrated into the EHRs, but do not replace them.  Be sure to document giving patient education handouts other than those built in.

More help and tutorials on our NRC Plus Search Tips & Tutorials page.

Questions or comments, please contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians:

               Michele Matucheski or Kellee Selden

Friday, December 7, 2018

Access Evidence-Based Guidelines for Free : ECRI Institute Opens Access to Clinical Practice Guidelines

ECRI Institute's new public website, ECRI Guidelines Trust™, fills the void left by the de-funded National Guideline Clearinghouse™ to give healthcare professionals access to trustworthy guideline resources.

Create your account now to browse new Guideline Briefs of expertly vetted guidelines. Each Brief includes ECRI’s new TRUST Scorecard, which evaluates how a guideline stacks up against the Institute of Medicine standards for trustworthiness.

From ECRI's News Release (11/19/2018)

​ECRI Institute, an independent, nonprofit patient safety organization, has launched the ECRI Guidelines Trust™, a portal to expertly vetted, evidence-based guideline briefs and scorecards. The healthcare community has free access to the website, which will grow over time as more trustworthy clinical guidelines become available.

ECRI Institute developed the new resource in response to urgent pleas from healthcare professionals after substantial federal funding cuts forced the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to shut down the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC). ECRI had developed and maintained the NGC website for 20 years.

“Trustworthy clinical practice guidelines are essential to medical professionals who need to deliver safe and effective patient care. Since ECRI Institute’s mission is to advance effective, evidence-based healthcare globally, we are taking the lead to provide free access to trusted guideline resources,” says Marcus Schabacker, MD, PhD, president and CEO, ECRI Institute.

The ECRI Guidelines Trust features new summaries of evidence-based guidelines from participating guideline developers, medical specialty societies, and other healthcare organizations. 

  • All Guideline Briefs include ECRI’s new TRUST Scorecard, which evaluates the rigor and transparency of a guideline to see how it stacks up against the Institute of Medicine standards for trustworthiness. ECRI evaluations are unbiased, fact-based, and free from industry influence.

“The ECRI Guidelines Trust is not simply the National Guideline Clearinghouse under a new name. When the NGC website was shut down on July 17, its records became inaccessible. So, the ECRI staff who had worked on NGC had to start over,” says Karen M. Schoelles, MD, SM, FACP, director of the ECRI Guidelines Trust and ECRI Institute-Penn Medicine Evidence-based Practice Center.

“It’s an incredible amount of work,” adds Schoelles. “That’s why we are launching with an initial set of Guideline Briefs and TRUST Scorecards, and will be adding new content continuously as it becomes available.”

The next phase of the ECRI Guidelines Trust, coming in 2019, will feature advanced search capabilities, an enhanced user interface, and support for guideline implementation and decision-making.

For information and to register for ECRI Guidelines Trust, visit or e-mail us at

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Clinician Well Being Knowledge Hub

Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub

"Sharing knowledge to combat physician burnout."

This Resource Center provides a searchable database for research, tool kits, educational materials, and other resources relevant to clinician well-being and resilience.

From The National Academy of Medicine, it has been up since May 2018.

With technology change, financial stress, and other issues at work in healthcare this might be of interest to some of your administrators.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - December 2018

December 2018
See what your fellow nurses are reading! Browse this month's round-up of the top 10 most read articles from Lippincott's prestigious list of nursing journals. 

Implementing a Peer Support Network to Promote Compassion Without Fatigue
Journal of Nursing Administration, December 2018

Eliminating Cardiovascular Health Disparities: There Has Been Progress, but There Is More to Do!
Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, November/December 2018

Angiotensin II for septic shock treatment: An update
Nursing Critical Care, November 2018

Prediabetes: Early identification and management
The Nurse Practitioner, December 2018

Hospital staffing technology: Hazard and opportunity risks
Nursing Management, November 2018

Removing epidural catheters: A guide for nurses
Nursing, December 2018

Designing and Developing a Mobile App for Clinical Decision Support: An Interprofessional Collaboration
CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, October 2018

Impact of a Nurse Intervention to Improve Sleep Quality in Intensive Care Units: Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial
Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, November/December 2018

Mealtime Assistance ... From Chaos to Calm: A Collaborative Best Practice Implementation Project
Journal of Nursing Care Quality, January/March 2019

Creating a Culture of Mobility: Using Real-Time Assessment to Drive Outcomes
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, December 2018

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

* Questions about access, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians : 

                     Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ascension NRC Plus FAQ - Home & Mobile Access

With the rollout of Ascension’s NursingReference Center Plus, Clinical Professional Development / Library Services is offering 2 new handouts to help answer some of the most frequent questions:

These documents are shared on GoogleDrive. 
Ascension users will be asked to sign in with your usual network login.  

More help and Tutorials about NRC Plus on our NRC Plus Search Tips page

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

MOC for ABIM on Clinical Key

Link to ClinicalKey

ClinicalKey is pleased to offer US physicians the ability to submit the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit they earn on CK for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

ClinicalKey currently offers its subscribers free Internet Point-of-Care CME credit for self-directed, structured, online learning. CME credit is provided by the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education (EOCME). The EOCME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Successful completion of CME activities, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.5 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the ABIM MOC program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. Please note that users must have a personal login to be able to use the MOC functionality.

To learn more about MOC on CK, click here.

Other Helpful Links:

Clinical Key (direct link)

Get the CK Mobile App [Instructions].

Clinical Key Search Tips Page (Ascension Wisconsin Library Services)

Questions or Comments?   Feel free to contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - November 2018

November 2018

Managing the Social Determinants of Health: Part II: Leveraging Assessment Toward Comprehensive Case Management
Professional Case Management, September/October 2018

Transport of Critically Ill Cardiovascular Patients
Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, October/December 2018

Navigating night-shift nuances
Nursing Management, October 2018

The Emotional Cost of Caring for Others: One Pediatric Hospital's Journey to Reduce Compassion Fatigue
Journal of Nursing Administration, November 2018

How to Predict Pediatric Pressure Injury Risk with the Braden QD Scale
AJN The American Journal of Nursing, November 2018

Too many medication alerts: How alarm frequency affects providers
Nurse Practitioner, November 2018

Acupuncture, Its Place in Holistic Care: Granting Access to This Critical and Timely Exposition on the Art of This Modality
Holistic Nursing Practice, November/December 2018

The Delicate Balance: Managing Oxygen Treatment in Neonates
Advances in Neonatal Care, October 2018

Tobacco Use, Tobacco Cessation, and Musculoskeletal Health
Orthopaedic Nursing, September/October 2018

Meaning-Centered Interventions for Patients With Advanced or Terminal Cancer: A Meta-analysis
Cancer Nursing, Publish ahead of print

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

* Questions about access, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians : 

                     Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Introducing Nursing Reference Center Plus (NRC+)

Brought to you by Ascension Library Services & Clinical Professional Development

Nursing Reference Center Plus is an evidence-based point-of-care tool for nurses, that includes:
  • Nursing Skills & Procedures (with Competencies)
  • Info about Diseases & Conditions
  • Evidence-Based Care Sheets
  • Drug Info
  • Management Topics
  • Patient Education Handouts
  • Easy Journal Search
  •  Continuing Education
  • Videos & Images

Want to learn more? Take a quick tour:

  1. Look for the “Nursing Reference” icons on ALL Ascension Computer desktops. 
  2.  Directlink to NRC Plus   (Bookmark this link for easy access!)
  3. On the Ascension Wisconsin Library pages and Nursing LibGuides.
  4. Coming soon  > We are also working to integrate NRC+ into the EHRs and Intranets.

The official roll-out and training will happen in November - December 2018 for Ascension 
Wisconsin, but there’s no reason you can’t start using NRC+ now. 

* Questions or comments, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians : 

                     Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Introducing The Physician & Provider Tool Box with Clinical References

The Physician & Provider Tool Box for Clinical References is a LibGuide filled with tools and sources that are most helpful to a busy Physician or Provider, including look-up tools for point-of-care, drug info, diagnosis, and treatment.   Access to over 1200 eBooks, full-text articles, patient education, mobile apps, and more. 

This LibGuide customizes the Library pages specifically for busy Physicians & Providers in direct patient care. 

The tabs across the top lead to more tools for:
  • Drug Info
  • Diagnosis & Quick Reference Calculators
  • Mobile Apps
  • Patient Education (in English and Other Languages)
  • Opioid Prescribing

Clinical Key with Clinical Overviews & Procedures Consult

>        There’s also a Search Tips Page for Clinical Key, filled with useful articles, tutorials and videos to help you get the most out of CK.

ProceduresConsult is like YouTube for Medicine.  It’s great if you need to review a procedure before you have to do it.  It provides a web video, along with a complete write-up of the procedure, including coding info.
  • Clinical Key includes 1100+ medical eBooks, and 500+ eJournals. 
  • The Clinical Key Mobile App is also available when you sign up for a personal account.

 Natural Medicines (legacy MHC access only)
  • Quick access to comprehensive, evidence-based, peer-reviewed information on foods, herbs, supplements and natural therapies.

UptoDate (legacy CSM and WFHC access only)
·         Point-of-care tool for Physicians & Providers with a medical focus. 

We would be more than happy to give you a personal tour of all these resources, designed to make your work life easier.  Contact Your Librarians (via phone or Outlook) for an appointment in person or via Skype.   

           Michele Matucheski  920-223-0340
Kellee Selden   414-585-1626

Monday, October 8, 2018

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - October 2018

October 2018

Rehabilitation After Urgent or Elective Orthopedic Surgery: The Role of Resilience in Elderly Patients
Rehabilitation Nursing Journal, September/October 2018

Mass shootings: A call for nursing awareness and action
Nursing Critical Care, September 2018

Older Adults With Unintended Weight Loss: The Role of Appetite Stimulants
Home Healthcare Now, September/October 2018

Acute Pain Management for People with Opioid Use Disorder
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, Publish ahead of print

Communicating in a culturally diverse workforce
Nursing Management, September 2018

Prevention of venous thromboembolism in postoperative abdominal patients: a best practice implementation project
JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, September 2018

Hypertriglyceridemia: A review of the evidence
Nurse Practitioner, October 2018

Keeping up-to-date with diabetes care and education
Nursing, October 2018

Countering Unprofessional Behaviors Among Nurses in the Workplace
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration, October 2018

Congenital Tuberculosis: A New Concern in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Advances in Neonatal Care, October 2018

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

* Questions about access, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians : 

                     Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nursing Reference Center Plus : CPD in Action : Eliminating Education Disparity at the Point-of-Care

Prior to the alignment of Ascension’s clinical education function under the national CPD department, each Ministry independently supported clinical education causing significant variability in access to education resources and learning quality across our national ministry. One of the benefits of the national alignment of CPD is the reduction education disparity. Through a recent Master Agreement and national enterprise license awarded to EBSCO Health, Ascension clinicians will now have instant access to the most current evidence-based answers to clinical questions, at the point of care. This agreement now provides a solution for 84 sites of care that previously had no access to a point of care tool, and ensures access for all acute and ambulatory sites of care.
Historically, about 68% of Ascension’s acute care facilities - 75 of 110 measured - enjoyed access to a clinical reference point of care tool for nursing, with unknown usage available to ambulatory facilities. The implementation of the new EBSCO enterprise license to Nursing Reference CenterPlus, an evidence-based information resource designed by nurses for nurses, expands access to 100% of Ascension’s acute and ambulatory facilities.
The Clinical Professional Development team is currently working with EBSCO and Ascension Technologies to implement intuitive access to the tool with an aim to provide caregivers with improved access to clinical reference resources at the point of care, and to reduce healthcare disparities. Incumbent users of Nursing Reference Center may continue to use their products under the new enterprise license. New users are encouraged to explore Nursing Reference Center Plus with respect for current workflow as they await national implementation.
  • Access the tool here and save the link as a favorite in your web browser.
    • Support – Comprehensive health ministry support such as training, product communications, or workflow conversion is forthcoming and will be scheduled by the CPD team. For immediate support, please contact Tom Kalla of The Resource Group Implementation Team.
The CPD national team, in collaboration with The Resource Group, is now working to identify standard resources for automated management of behavior based competencies through suppliers and products that compliment EBSCO’s Nursing Reference CenterPlus. The team is also aware of the need for point of care references focused on Allied Health and will continue to discover the capabilities of Nursing Reference CenterPlus and develop new solutions for these needs.

[This article originally appeared in The Ascension Clinical Professional Development Today Newsletter, September 2018 edition.]

Link to Nursing Reference Center-Plus.

More details to come as implementation progresses. We are working diligently to get this point-of-care tool integrated into the local intranets, library pages, and EHRs.  Training will also be part of the roll-out.  If you can't wait, go ahead and start exploring NRC-Plus.

For Ascension Wisconsin, see the NRC-Plus Search Tips page.  

Friday, September 7, 2018

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - September 2018

September 2018

Osteoarthritis treatment: Decreasing pain, improving mobility
The Nurse Practitioner, September 2018

Portrait of an epidemic: acute opioid intoxication in adults
Nursing, September 2018

Exploring the Relationship Between Nursing Specialty Certification and Surgical Site Infections
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration, July/August 2018

Coloring the Truth: Color Additives in Nutrition and Health
Nutrition Today, July/August 2018

The FRAIL Questionnaire: A Useful Tool for Bedside Screening of Geriatric Trauma Patients
Journal of Trauma Nursing, July/August 2018

Making Sense of Hypertension Guidelines
The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, September/October 2018

Managing Stable COPD An Evidence-Based Approach
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, September 2018

Preparing Clinicians for Transitioning Patients Across Care Settings and Into the Home Through Simulation
Home Healthcare Now, July/August 2018

Early recognition of cardiogenic shock
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, July/August 2018

Think Kratom Is a Safe Opioid Substitute? Think Again!: History, Evidence, and Possible Future for Mitragyna speciosa
Clinical Nurse Specialist, September/October 2018

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

* Questions about access, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians : 

Michele Matucheski        Elissa Kinzelman-Vesely      Kellee Selden

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

TNCC Provider Manuals at Ascension Wisconsin

Ascension Wisconsin Librarians are frequently asked for TNCC Provider Manuals.  If you are taking the Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) from the Ascension Wisconsin Life Support & Trauma Training Center, you will receive your own copy of the manual.  The manuals are available at/from:

  • The Ascension WI Life Support and Trauma Training Center, call 414-359-4894
  • Columbia College of Nursing, East Lake Office Center, Suite 302
  • Franklin Hospital -- Gina Lindsey
  • All Saints Hospital -- Kelly Monahan
  • Elmbrook Memorial Hospital -- Kristin Cantillon
If your location is not listed above, please contact the Ascension WI Life Support and Trauma Training Center at 414-359-4894.

For further questions, please contact your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians: