Focus on: resources for newly qualified Nurses

Last week we had the pleasure of attending the ‘MY Freshers’ event, which was organised by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Practice Learning Facilitators Team to prepare the intake of newly qualified Nurses to join the Trust as Staff Nurses over the next few months.

There was a lot of interest in library resources, both in print and online, so here’s some more information on useful resources for newly qualified Nurses:

Print Resources

Print resources for newly qualified nurses

The library holds a selection of books aimed specifically at newly qualified Nurses with titles including;

  • ‘Newly qualified nurse’s handbook: a survival guide’ by Siviter
  • ‘Becoming a nurse: a textbook for professional practice (2nd ed)’ by Sellman & Snelling
  • ‘The essential guide to becoming a staff nurse’ by Peate.

In our Nursing section you’ll also find a selection of books available on Nursing ethics, clinical skills, communication and compassion amongst a range of other topics. You can view our full library catalogue online here.

We also hold titles from the Oxford Handbooks in Nursing Collection, which includes titles such as:

  • ‘Oxford handbook of adult nursing’ by Castledine
  • ‘Oxford handbook of children’s and young people’s nursing’ by Glasper
  • ‘Oxford handbook of emergency nursing’ by Crouch
  • ‘Oxford handbook of primary care and community nursing (2nd ed) by Drennan

Most of our Oxford Handbooks in Nursing are also available as eBooks, with an NHS OpenAthens account. You can find our step-by-step guide to accessing Oxford eBooks here.

Online Resources

NHS OpenAthens

An NHS OpenAthens account is your key to lots of online resources, from journals to eBooks, to point of care tools.

  • If you need to register for an NHS OpenAthens account you can self-register online here.
  • Our registration help guide can be found on the library website (here) or a paper copy can be picked up from the library.
  • More information on NHS OpenAthens can be found in this blog post.

Resources for Nurses - online resources

eBooks

We have already touched on this in the paragraph above, but…

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Journals

More resources

  • The Royal Marsden Manual Online is a key Nursing resource which provides up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for over 200 procedures, related to every aspect of a person’s care. This resource is also available in print from the Staff Library.
  • The British National Formulary (BNF) provides up-to-date guidance on prescribing and administering medicines. You can access it free via the internet or via an App.
  • The British National Formulary for Children (BNFC) provides practical up-to-date information to help healthcare professionals prescribe, monitor and administer medicines for childhood disorders. You can access it for free via the internet or via an app.
  • Social media can be a really useful tool for Nurses, it can help you stay up-to-date with all the latest news in healthcare and find helpful resources for revalidation and CPD. See our ‘Twitter for Nurses’ blog for more information.

If you’d like further information please do not hesitate to get in touch or pop in and see us (we’re based on the ground floor in Trust HQ).

Natasha on behalf of ‘The Library Team’

New Online Resource: Wiley Medical & Nursing Collection

Trust staff & students on placement at the Trust are now able to access over 400 additional online journal titles, as part of our new online journal collection!

Titles in our new Wiley online journal collection include; Journal of Advanced Nursing, BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology,  Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and British Journal of Dermatology to name a few. There are more titles to be discovered in our new promotional video (shown below), alternatively you’ll find a full list of our new Wiley titles here.

To access the new journal titles (and lots of other online resources) staff/students will need an NHS OpenAthens account. If you’re not yet registered, you can self-register for an NHS OpenAthens account here.

If you have any queries about the new collection or setting up an NHS OpenAthens account please get in touch with a member of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Staff Library staff who will be happy to help 😀

The Non-Medical Prescribers’ Bulletin, An easier way to access information

Today I’m talking about the production of the Non-Medical Prescribers (NMP) Bulletin, how and why it came to be, what it contains. Feedback is always welcome and even better than that it is always useful! READ on 🙂

The Background

The non-medical prescribers’ bulletin first began as a conversation between Mid-Yorks library service librarians, the director of pharmacy and an advanced clinical pharmacist in patient care. Essentially the discussion was about:

  • providing for the professional development of the NMP’s within our Trust, ensuring that they were enabled in their keeping-up-to-date requirements for CPD in particular.

As a regular researcher of the health and medical information the area where the research light is most regularly focused is in the arena of drug testing and development, medicines management and administration. So staying up-to-date…

  • is not a simple task, it is time consuming and information that is relevant to the busy prescriber is not always easy to find amongst the vast proliferation of information out there in the cybersphere.

What goes into the bulletin?

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The bulletin includes:

  • NICE Evidence specifically relating to non-medical prescribing
  • links to clinical knowledge summaries – specifically prescribing information
  • medicines and prescribing alerts – links to the service
  • technology appraisals – recommendations for new and existing medicines/treatments/procedures
  • BNF and BNFC links to the What’s New section and the latest changes
  • reports of significance from Royal colleges, professional bodies, Department of Health and others
  • information on medicines complete
  • journals and research studies
  • a special focus where I find one e.g. community prescribing, prescribing in physiotherapy
  • and of course any new resources the library purchases which are of relevance!

How do I decide?

Decisions about what to include and what to leave out are based on timeliness and relevance…

  • not all relevant information will be accessible in full text format and that is where the library’s document supply service will be especially handy. This service is free for Trust staff, contact us via this blog or through email

How often is it produced?

The decision was made to create a quarterly bulletin, the first one being published in June 2016, since then another 2 bulletins have been produced, they are now available to view on the pharmacy intranet pages and on the library website which means:

sharing the resource with our fellow librarians and other colleagues working within health libraries across Yorkshire and the Humber and much further afield to include the whole of the North in the spirit of ‘do once and share’

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How & why to use social media – Twitter for Nurses

Twitter may be best known as a social network but it is also a great tool for professional development. You might ask, “how can it be useful for nurses?” The answer would be that you can keep up to date with all the latest news in healthcare, network with your peers, find open access articles from nursing journals and find helpful resources for revalidation and CPD. It’s also a lot of fun!

If you haven’t used Twitter before, here is a quick interactive guide to getting started.

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Once you’re set up, the following profiles are a good place to start your Twitter journey:

@Wenurses – The “We” community is a great place to engage with other nurses. They host lots of Tweet chats, which are advertised on their profile (participation it Tweet chats counts towards your CPD!)

@nmcnews – Keep up to date with the latest guidance from The NMC and find all the necessary resources for revalidation.

@theRCN – Keep up to date with nursing news from the RCN.

@midyorkslibrary – The latest healthcare news, resources, guidelines and more from Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust library.

@midyorkshireNHS – the official Twitter profile for Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust

Once you’re on your way with these, you’ll be able to find many other profiles of interest!

Guides for using Twitter

Twitter can seem like a daunting place at first but once you have the basics, you won’t look back. Below are a few links to help you get started. If you need any more help, drop into the Library, where a member of staff can assist with any questions you might have.

http://wecommunities.org/blogs/31 – Guide to Tweet Chats.

https://www.nmc.org.uk/standards/guidance/social-media-guidance – NMC standards for social media.

http://www.nhsemployers.org/search-results?q=social+media&sort  – Social media toolkits, guidance and blog posts about Social Media in healthcare.

Twitter jargon

There is a lot of jargon in Twitter that might make you nervous. There’s nothing to fear though! Here is our quick and easy guide to popular phrases used in the Twittersphere:

Twitter handle – the name of the profile (e.g. @midyorkslibrary, @Wenurses etc)

Hashtag (#) – a hashtag (#) is added to the beginning of a phrase (e.g. #NHS, #nursing, #cardiology etc) to gather all Tweets on the same subject in one place. You can also search for hashtags in the search box to find other Tweets on that subject or click on a hashtag you see on someone’s Tweet to see more.

@ (“at”) – used at the beginning of a Twitter handle to identify it as a profile. If you want that profile to see your Tweet, you should always have an @ (“at” them in it).

Retweet – Like a tweet enough to share it with your followers? Hit the retweet button.

Follow – Follow a profile to see all of their tweets in your timeline.

Timeline – A real time collection of Tweets from the profiles you follow.

Direct message (DM) – You can message a profile directly, without it being shared publicly by DM’ing them.

Tweet chat – a place on Twitter to discuss a subject. Identified by a hashtag created specifically for that Tweet chat.

Live Tweet – Events may have participants Live Tweeting. A hashtag will be created to gather all the tweets in one place (#MYITExpo)

So, what are you waiting for? Join us on Twitter today!

Using Canva because it’s: FREE and useful

You may not know how exciting the FREE graphic design software (Canva) is and may feel you cannot read any further, but hold your horses because this piece is about to get much more interesting. Ask yourself: do you want to create professional looking designs for infographics, leaflets, flyers & presentations easily? If so then read on because although I have said this once it bears repeating, It’s FREE!

bears-repeatingToday I’m blogging about Canva which we in the library have been getting acquainted with for a few months now. We’ve been using the software to create promotional designs which we can then post on Facebook, add to Tweets, and sure enough here I am blogging about  design software.

One of the ways I have found it particularly useful is its role in marketing, gathering together visual images of latest resources adding some blurb and then sending it via  Twitter and Facebook to our followers. 

More targeted is where we add a graphic display of related resources into email lists.The recipients of which belong to a specific staff group, for example those working within the operating theatres received  our ‘all things theatrical’ infographic. all-things-theatrical

We  have had really favourable
reactions to this type of promotional activity.
  • We also use graphical software to promote information about the library more generally – any events looming or specific training courses we have upcoming. Once the graphic is created it can be used again at a later date, copied and edited which is all good recycling practice, saves time and provides us with a usable resource bank for all our promotional activities.

And…we’re getting better

  • developing our skills by using a wider variety of design formats from flyers to presentations and
  • we hope to be able to pass this new knowledge on to team members, colleagues, friends and basically anyone who’s interested.

Before I got it right I got it wrong lots of timelessons-learneds, this was mighty frustrating but the more I use it the more sense it makes, Canva has become almost indispensable to me at work and… I’m on a voyage of discovery with Prezi of which I will speak more about in the future…

 

Weighed down by books…in a good way :)

Autumnal greetings and bleatings to all who visit the blog this week. it’s the library and I feel bound this week to discuss books, the old fashioned kind made from paper, printed and pressed, bound and finished on a press such as the one below, which is a thing of beauty….!

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This image (snatched from Wikipedia – you can read further here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Gutenberg ) is of one of the original Guttenberg printing presses, this according to Wikipedia now lives in Bermuda (like the triangle). But back to our NEW book stockaka

Not to be missed!

Many boxes arrived earlier this week and the subject matter, variety and colour are quite fabulous, it would be wrong not to SHOUT! about them…

Topics covered go….

From paediatrics to anatomy and physiology whilst whistle-blowing in the NHS, there’s clinical specialities and cases with a side of hypnobirthing and transcultural nursing. Healthcare management features alongside ophthalmology and geriatric medicine and the letters MRCPGH and FRCA SOE are a given. General practice is not forgotten along with paramedic practice and safe prescribing. But here’s a word-jumble which might help!

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As always our online library catalogue is where you will find information about all our books/journals http://midyorks.nhslibraries.com/

Queries, questions and enquiries are always welcome so please get in touch with us either via this blog, on twitter @midyorkslibrary or email us library.pgh@midyorks.nhs.uk

bye for now

Helen