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Tools for Nurses: Home

The aim of this module is to collect, in one place, the resources/tools that nurses use quite often.

Tools for Nurses

Below resources may be searched to locate the evidence for a particular clinical topic:

Practice Guidelines: systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate healthcare for specific clinical circumstances, can be searched through below:

In addition, you may search CINAHL for a particular topic, then select 'practice guidelines' from the 'publication types' limit.

Below resources can be used to locate articles talking about a particular nursing topic:

  • CINAHL: resource that indexes articles, book chapters, thesis in the fields of nursing and allied health literature
  • Medline: specialized medical index to articles in medicine and nursing
  • Clinical Key for Nursing: indexes nursing articles, books, drug information, patient education, guidelines...
  • PubMed: specialized resource that indexes articles in medicine and nursing, similar content to Medline; learn more through PubMed tutorial for Nurses.
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Resource: an index to journal articles, dissertations, videos etc... in nursing and allied health fields.
  • Global Health Library: WHO database that indexes articles in all health topics
  • POPLINE: specialized resource for reproductive health specifically in developing countries
  • PSYCInfo: for psychology topics
  • Scopus or Web of Science: these tools offer a different way of searching by looking up who cited a particular item/author.

In addition, many other resources are available @ AUB Libraries including SML that can find more articles/books for your topic of interest.

Still need more help, simply contact us

Protocols are detailed written set of instructions to guide the care of a patient or to assist the nurse in the performance of a procedure:

See also the next module "Change Your Practice" for updates on nursing skills that have changed significantly in the latest months.

The below resources give information about a particular drug:

Whereas the below sites provide articles talking about a particular drug:

For Drug interactions:

For Drug Toxicity:

For Pill Identifiers:

SML subscribes to the below e-journals in the field of evidence-based nursing:

To check for the availability of a particular nursing journal, you may either browse the list of Nursing Journals @AUB  OR

check the availability of a particular journal by searching AUB Libraries Journal Collection.

Health research instruments as defined by HAPI are questionnaires, psychological tests, health status indicators, genetic test, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/manuals, inventories, rating scales, projective techniques, and vignettes/scenarios.

Below resources/guidelines help you locate health research instruments:

In addition, the below are hard-copy books available at Jafet Library:

  • Measures for clinical practice and research: a sourcebook
  • Positive psychological assessment: a handbook of models and measures
  • Measures of personality and social psychological attitudes
  • Inventories, questionnaires and surveys for training and development
  • Measures of social psychological attitudes
  • Handbook of family measurement techniques
  • Handbook of tests and measurement in education and the social sciences
  • Sourcebook of nonverbal measures
  • Measuring health : a review of quality of life measurement scales

One tip is to search for articles that mention that they developed or validated a questionnaire as you don't want articles that used a method but that they describe a developed method. So in Medline AND your topic with: (questionnaire* adj10 (develop* OR validat* OR new OR descri*))

Searching for an instrument takes time as they may be published in a book, article, dissertation, websites, and may be only available by contacting person who developed it, who may or may not respond to your request.  Some journal articles make the full-text of the instrument available as an appendix.

If you want to publish the actual instrument or use the instrument in your research, you should contact the copyright holder to obtain permission to use it yourself even if the instrument was available for free - but if you are only going to write about it, then no need for copyright permission.

For more information see the Washington University Libguide on measurement tools

 

Videos for physical examination:

Other multimedia tools:

The Quality and Safety information from the below resources help preserve patient safety and implement quality improvement measures:

Qualitative research seeks to understand and interpret personal experiences, behaviours, interactions, and social contexts to explain the phenomena of interest, such as the attitudes, beliefs, and perspectives of patients and clinicians; the interpersonal nature of caregiver and patient relationships; the illness experience; or the impact of human suffering (Wong et al, 2004).

Tools to help find Qualitative Research Articles:

  • Health Services Research: from PubMed, type in topic keywords then select category such as "qualitative research".
  • PubMed: use the MeSHes "qualitative research" and "nursing methodology research" AND them with the topic keywords.
  • CINAHL: use subjects like "qualitative studies" or "phenomenological research" and "grounded theory".  Also at the bottom of CINAHL page select "qualitative best" as a "clinical query".

Search filters for qualitative research:

For more information:

Citation Management Tools: AUB Libraries subscribe to below two citation management tools that require free registration at the start and provide detailed help for effective use:

You are encouraged to visit the complete ABC guide on how to manage your references from the most important Medical, Nursing, and Public Health databases using Refworks, Endnote Web & Endnote Client.

Other similar tools are available on the Internet for free to all users such as:

Should you need help in using any of these, contact us.

AUB subscribes to the below 2 citation analysis tools that cover a wide range of the international scientific literature

including medicine and medical sciences.  These can be used either as a search engine to retrieve articles about

a particular topic or to locate where, when and how many times a particular author/citation was cited in the scholarly literature:

  • Scopus: covers around 21,000 peer reviewed journals
  • Web of Science: covers over 20,660 peer reviewed journals in addition to books, patents and conference proceedings

Contact us for more information on how to best search these resources.

SML Librarian can help you stay up-to-date by receiving automatic email alerts in any of the below:

  • particular journal(s)
  • particular topic of interest
  • alerts to see who have cited one of your paper(s)
  • alerts about recent EBM documents in your specialty
  • medicines and prescribing awareness alerts

If you are interested in any of the above, contact us.

Open Access@SML: SML encourages publishing as open access and currently is a member of below open access publishers.  As a result, any AUB member who wishes to publish with these will be entitled to below designated discount on the article processing fees:

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) covers over 10,000 quality open access peer-reviewed academic journals.

Beware of open access predatory journals these are fake/scam open access journals requesting payment without providing robust editorial or publishing services) check Bealls Open Access Predatory Publishers list and the five point plan on how to avoid predatory journals by Jocalyn Clark.

Paul M. Blobaum "Blobaum’s Checklist for Review of Journal Quality for Submission of Scholarly Manuscripts", 2013.

Think, Check, Submit is a tool to help you make informed decisions on where to publish, helps researchers evaluate journals prior to submitting their work for publication. With so many publications, how can one trust a particular journal? Follow this check list to verify if you have chosen a trusted journal for publishing your research.  An interesting and alarming issue is the peer-review fraud from New England Journal of Medicine.

NOTE: Any author with an NIH grant submits his/her article to PubMedCentral (PMC) and it will appear in PubMed, irrespective in which journal it was published in. That is how some predatory publishers are advertising that they 'are indexed in PubMed'. Only journals that have a note in NLM 'Indexed for Medline' are the journals selected and evaluated by the NLM Committee.

Still need more information, then read Tennessee University guide "Is this publisher reputable?" also read Chrissy Prator "8 ways to identify a questionable open access journal"

 

 

 

Ten Strategies to Boost Your Research Impact:

  1. Create your unique researcher identifier and profile under which you gather all your publications to facilitate their findings and enhance visibility in the research community, to remove author ambiguity (due to variations in spellings), and to ensure your work is correctly attributed to you. Example Open Researcher Contributor ID ORCID
  2. Be consistent in writing your name, your institutional and departmental address and do not use abbreviations.
  3. List your email correctly and open it frequently.
  4. Publish in Journals that have at least one of these:

               for more information see Blobaum's checklist for submission of scholarly manuscripts

  1. Check ScopusPubMed or Web of Science to see if all your citations have correct author and affiliation address. If there are mistakes, contact us to help you correct them.
  2. Create your own researcher profile in a professional web-page and keep it up-to-date.
  3. Join academic social networking sites ex. AcademiaLinkedInResearchGateMendeleyCiteULike
  4. Participate in a professional listserv in your specialized area.
  5. Retain your right to place a copy of your publication @AUB Institutional Repository.
  6. Too much to remember? Ask US, we are here to help you!
 

If you are a nurse and you want to guide your patients to reliable Internet resources that are written specifically for non-healthcare professionals, the below are recommended and some provide Arabic translations like the first one:

SML Librarians are professional people that are knowledgeable and available to help/support your information needs, so do not hesitate to ask us!

Help is available through:

 
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