Saturday, April 18, 2020

4 New Nursing eBooks on R2: AORN 2020, Lippincott, AWHONN, and Merenstein

Ascension Wisconsin Library Services purchased online access to the following new nursing eBooks through the R2 Digital Library.

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.

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

 by Sandra Gardner, RN, MS, Brian Carter, MD, FAAP, et al.

Questions or comments, contact your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians:

                                    Michele Matucheski   and   Kellee Selden

Friday, April 17, 2020

How to Obtain a Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen: NEJM's Videos in Clinical Medicine

NEJM is offering a new Clinical Medicine Video on 
How to Obtain a Nasopharyngeal Swab Specimen, as for Covid-19 testing.

The video is about 5 minutes long and covers the following topics:
1) Overview
2) Preparation & Equipment
3) Procedure
4) Handling the Specimen
5) Removing Personal Protective Equipment
6) Summary

A complete write-up accompanies the video.

Did I happen to mention it's FREE?

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Clinical Calculators in Clinical Key

Clinical calculators are now available on ClinicalKey
300+ calculators in the following categories are easily accessible to aid clinicians in patient assessment and clinical decision-making:
  • Drug calculators – general dosing and drug-specific dosing calculators.
  • Clinical criteria/decision tree calculators – provide assessment and decision support for various conditions and drugs.
  • Medical calculators – assess or determine certain medical values.
  • Unit conversion – conversion calculators for units of weight, length, time, temperature, and SI conversion for chemistry values.
The clinical calculators are available on the desktop and mobile browser versions and can be accessed in the Tools menu (see below screenshots). Development is underway to have the calculators available on the iOS and Android apps in the near future.
Where to access on the homepage:
Where to access on a search results page:

For more information regarding the clinical calculators, please visit Elsevier’s ClinicalKey Support Center.

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:

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

ANA's Covid-19 Webinar Series: FREE and On-Demand

An important webinar series for extraordinary times.
ANA's COVID-19 Webinar Series
A FREE, On-Demand Series for ALL Nurses
Register now to view these online, on-demand webinars immediately or anytime, anywhere. You may view these webinars as many times as you would like.
Click the button below to register for all three webinars in the COVID-19 Series or pick the ones most relevant to you:


Registration is FREE for both ANA members and non-members.
Please forward to interested nurse colleagues.
The first three webinars in the ANA COVID-19 series cover different aspects of this crisis and provide up-to-date information that can be applied immediately in your care of COVID-19 patients. Each of these approximately 60-minute webinars has been developed and recorded in the last three weeks. 
The first three webinars in this series are:
Be Confident Protecting Yourself and Providing the Best Care to Your Patients during this COVID-19 Pandemic (focus on PPE)
ANA partnered with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to bring you this program. Presented by a nurse researcher who focuses on infectious disease and emergency preparedness, content covers how to implement critical infection control standards to minimize spread and maintain healthcare worker protection and best practices for optimal protection while maximizing a limited supply of PPE during this time of patient surge.
Ventilator Management: Essential Skills for Non-ICU Nurses
ANA partnered with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to present key skills needed when caring for a seriously ill COVID-19 patient on a ventilator.  Taught by a highly experienced critical care nurse specialist and educator, content is presented in an easy-to-understand – and use -- manner.  After viewing this webinar, you will be better prepared to be an effective part of a team caring for critically ill patients on a ventilator.  
How to Respond to Ethical Challenges and Moral Distress during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Presented by two nurse ethicists who are working every day to help nurses navigate ethical challenges related to caring for COVID-19 patients, this webinar provides insights and tools for coping with difficult aspects of the pandemic. Topics include: How to manage the transition in standards of care from conventional to contingency to crisis standards of care; strategies for managing scarce resources; moral distress, the pandemic and you: How to survive the darkest days
ANA is focused on supporting all nurses during this extraordinary COVID-19 pandemic. We are aggressively advocating for protections for nurses, tracking all guidelines and advisories as they are released and educating and informing nurses.
Click the button below to register for all three webinars in the COVID-19 Series or pick the ones most relevant to you:


Made possible by the generosity of the American Nurses Foundation.
These programs are informational only; no contact hours will be awarded.
Registration is required.
*Questions, please email
Please forward to interested nurse colleagues.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Clinical Key: Setting up a Personal Account with Remote Access

Having trouble getting to Clinical Key full text content working remotely during the pandemic?  This simple step should solve the issue.

A personal account for Clinical Key allows you to get the most out of CK including:
* Open PDF versions of eBook chapters on Clinical Key
* Saved Content within CK
* Presentation Maker
* Personalized Patient Education
* Free CME Credit

Use this pdf tutorial for more details about how to set up a Clinical Key personal account with remote access.   It's the surest way to be able to access CK content away from work, or on your mobile device.

Also available: The Clinical Key Mobile App 
For additional articles and tutorials, visit our Clinical Key Search Tips & Tutorials Page.
For help with CK registrations, or other questions about access, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians:

Combatting Covid-19 Misinformation

Health Professionals Fight Against COVID-19 Myths, Misinformation

Soon after the Coronavirus Pandemic broke out,  so did misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy theories about the origin, scale, prevention, and treatments of the virus.  Social media helped to spread misinformation far and wide.  Fortunately, some of the big companies (Google, FB, Instagram, Amazon, etc.) have stepped up to limit the spread of fake news, directing people to more reliable sources such as the CDC.

Did you know that there's a specific term for misinformation in the age of Covid-19? 
Fortunately, YOU can help stop the spread of Coronavirus misinformation. Read on ...

NewsGuard offers "nutrition labels" for news sites, where they rate credibility and transparency.    They are paying special attention to Coronavirus Misinformation, classifying it into 3 categories:
  1. False Claims
  2. Phony Cures
  3. Downplaying the seriousness of Corona
NewsGuard's Step-by-Step Guide to Evaluating Claims (Similar to The CRAAP Test):
  1. What is the source?  Go deeper: What is the Source's Source.
  2. What do other independent sources say? 
  3. Check the date:  Is it current?
  4. What's the motivation behind Coronavirus misinformation?
Common motivations for misinformation include:
          -- Are they selling something? (Ex: Miracle cures, disaster supplies)
          -- Is it to get more clicks for advertising?
          -- Racial - to blame the origin or spread on a particular ethnic group
          -- Political

Check your own biases.  Are you reading only what confirms your own beliefs?

And beware of snappy graphs and charts.  Data visualization can be skewed to tell whatever story is required for some of the nefarious motivations listed above, not necessarily the facts.

Wikipedia offers a whole catalog of  misinformation related to 2019-20 Coronavirus Pandemic.

For a more thoughtful article on how health professionals can battle Covid-19 myths and misinformation, see this recent article on Medscape.  

* Questions or comments? Contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians: 
 Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

This Week in Virology Podcast

This Week in Virology is a weekly podcast about viruses--the kind that make you sick.

Every week, they pick up a new topic in the field.  Lately, it's been Corona--of course.

This week's episode is: TWiV 598: Who was that masked man? Coronavirus update with Daniel Griffin in which "Daniel Griffin MD returns to TWiV from a hospital parking lot to provide updates on COVID-19 diagnostics, clinical picture, and therapeutics, followed by our coverage of the coronavirus pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2."

They do offer a subset under Virology 101, if you need to start with the basics.  
Here's what they say about the 101 series: 

  • "Now and then we produce a TWiV that is focused on explaining basic aspects of virology. We call this series ‘Virology 101’. All the posts in this series are listed on this page with links back to the original post. If you start from the top, soon you will have a good basic understanding of virology. Repeated listening often fosters better comprehension.
  • For those who prefer reading, there is Virology 101 and Influenza 101 at virology blog.
  • Topics include virus structure, classification, entry into cells, making viral RNA, making viral DNA, transcription, reverse transcription, etc.
It's written by scientists, so it's well-researched with additional links to scientific papers.

TWiV: This Week in Virology

A podcast about viruses – the kind that make you sick.
Subscribe: iTunes | Google Podcasts | RSS Feed

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Nurses Choice Recommended Reading - April 2020

April 2020
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.

Check out the link below "Exposed: When Healthcare Workers Become Infected with COVID-19".
Journal of Patient Safety

Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic: Hospital Acceptance Study of 
Filtering Facepiece Respirator Decontamination Using Ultraviolet 
Germicidal Irradiation
Journal of Patient Safety, Publish ahead of print

Constructing Inpatient Pressure Injury Prediction Models Using 
Machine Learning Techniques
CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, Publish aead of print

Unconscious bias: Is it impacting your nursing care?
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, March/April 2020

Defining Expertise in Cancer Nursing Practice
Cancer Nursing, Publish ahead of print

Self-leadership strategies for nurse managers
Nursing Management, March 2020

Chronic fatigue syndrome: What nurses need to know
Nursing, April 2020

Addressing Bullying and Lateral Violence in the Workplace: 
A Quality Improvement Initiative
Journal of Nursing Care Quality, Publish ahead of print

Ventilator waveforms: Clues to the patient-ventilator system
Nursing Critical Care, March 2020

The Challenging Road to Clinical Competence for New Graduate RNs
JONA: Journal of Nursing Administration, April 2020

Acute Care for Patients with Dementia
AJN, American Journal of Nursing, April 2020

* List and links courtesy of Anne Chaney at Wolters-Kluwer/Ovid.
* Questions about access, contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians: 
 Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden

Friday, April 3, 2020

Ascension Wisconsin Librarians Support Our Health Care Heroes

"So the library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, 
but that you're not really any different from anyone else." 
                                                   --  Maya Angelou

Sincerest thanks to all of our Health Care Heroes on the front lines, and supporting from behind!

In the midst of all the COVID-19 closures and cascading effects, please know that your Ascension Wisconsin Medical Librarians are still here to serve you, virtually.  
Though we may be safe-at-home, YOU are still our top priority.

There are many things we can still do at a distance, such as:
  • Help with a difficult search strategy
  • Send links to useful websites
  • Find articles online and send you pdfs
  • Get articles from other Libraries via ILL (at no cost to you!)
  • Send eTOCs / New Issue Alerts to your favorite eJournals
  • Work up a new LibGuide (Got an idea?)  or update an older LibGuide
  • We can even video conference with you on Google Hangouts for training or consults
Visit the Ascension Wisconsin Library Services website for access to our extensive online collections via 

Remember to BREATHE, hydrate and Wash Your Hands!

Contact Your Ascension Wisconsin Librarians: 
 Michele Matucheski        Kellee Selden