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Developing critical thinking skills to help nurses locate, assess, evaluate and apply information for evidence-based practice.

It’s a challenge for nursing students to keep on top of the ever-expanding volume of resources needed to keep current in their field. Does technology help or hinder the process by making such a huge body information, in a variety of formats, so easily accessible?

How does a student know which resources are reliable? Where to find the latest information? Have the time to shift through so much noise?

Despite the obvious importance of information literacy for evidence-based practice, several studies reveal that nurses and nursing students lack the critical skills to find, access, and evaluate information effectively.

According to an article in Journal of Nursing Education and Practice (2014, Vol 4. No.1), in order to simplify the research process, nurses often resort to drawing on previous experiences or seek information from their colleagues in making diagnoses. As a result, the information these healthcare workers rely upon is often overly generalized, outdated and not as credible as information available from vetted journals and primary data sources.

The challenge is to develop information literacy in nursing programs so that students can:

> Recognize when information is needed

> Locate, access, evaluate and use peer-reviewed content, efficiently and effectively

> Manage, cite and share findings

> Develop critical thinking for: diagnosis, expected outcome, intervention, and outcome evaluation

A study outlined in “E-Books: Nurse Faculty Use and Concerns” from Nursing Education Perspectives (2014) explored how, as technology is increasingly incorporated into education, nursing students benefit from increased access expertly curated ebook bundles. 

“Because many students in health disciplines are in clinical settings without access to print copies of resources,” authors of this article observed, “they have the potential to benefit from e-books.”

The article pointed to “experiential groups [that] received a PDA with bundled ebooks that could be used during clinical rotations…Most students believed ebooks loaded onto PDAs were helpful and aided in their preparation for clinical experiences; a drug handbook in electronic format was noted to be the most helpful resource.”

Using ebooks to improve learning outcomes in nursing programs

“Textbooks on Tap: Using Electronic Books Housed in Handheld Devices in Nursing Clinical Course” (Nursing Education Perspectives, Jul/Aug 2009), took a look at results from an experiment that involved introducing personal digital devices (PDAs) as a clinical tool to nursing faculty and students. These devices were loaded with ebook bundles for use in clinical rotations, putting the most up-to-date evidence-based information at the fingertips of students.

Key findings from this study include:

> The majority of the sample (56 percent) felt that they prepared for clinical more efficiently and were more effective with the use of a handheld device.

> An even larger number stated that handheld devices should be recommended to the hospital administration for nursing staff to use in clinical practice (84.6 percent).

> The bundled e-book package was handier to use than several books, and students felt that the e-book information gave them extra confidence.

> Students indicated that use of ebooks in handheld devices cut down on clinical preparation time.

> Students reported that they liked the concise nature of the information obtained.

> Users quickly mastered the technology and could use the device effectively.

Ebook resources to promote information literacy in clinical training

ProQuest Health & Medicine Ebook Subscription
Designed to complement one another, the Health & Medicine Ebook Subscription and Health & Medicine Ebook Perpetual Pack 2015 offer carefully curated ebooks spanning coverage in all Health & Medicine topics with exceptional strength in Health Services Administration, Internal Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health and Psychiatry & Mental Health.

The Health & Medicine Ebook Subscription is an ideal foundation for any academic library serving students, faculty, and researchers. It is designed to facilitate the research workflow and outcomes for your library and its users. The subscription includes renowned publishers such as Wolters Kluwer Health, Elsevier Science, Thieme Medical Publishers, Springer Publishing and Johns Hopkins University Press.

Access-to-Own: Turn Loaned Content into Owned Content

 Providing increased access to the content patrons need has never been more important, but doing so in a way that is affordable and manageable is a challenge. Access-to-Own (ATO) empowers libraries to offer the diverse frontlist (and backlist) content their users seek, while paying only for the titles that are used in order to maintain control of their budgets. Because ATO applies spending on loans toward perpetual purchases, libraries are able to grow their owned ebook collections rather than just spending funds on access.

ATO is the latest in a series of flexible ebook acquisition models available on Ebook Central and can be run as part of DDA programs as well as in combination with subscription or perpetual access models. By offering multiple acquisition options that can be used on their own or in combination, ProQuest can help to meet each library’s specific needs and budget in order to make ebook acquisition both flexible and affordable.

Ebook Central: industry leading platform providing a modern ebook experience to support libraries and researchers around the globe

With the widest selection of content, the most flexibility, and backed with the market’s most sophisticated administrative engine, Ebook Central enables libraries to significantly improve users’ ebook research outcomes and boost the productivity of their staff.

ProQuest Ebook Central offers titles from hundreds of trusted publishers on one modern, intuitive platform.  Support for mobile devices is offered, with optimization of heavily used features such as download on tablets and smartphones.

By integrating with Summon and other discovery services and providing free MARC records, Ebook Central helps users find and use your ebook collection, increasing its usage and showcasing its value.

Ebook Central:

> Connects readers to content and streamlines librarian workflows

> 12,000+ essential ebooks and 1,000+ Doody’s Core titles

> Supports the new Access-to-Own acquisition model which credits loans toward title ownership

> 2016 SIIA CODiE finalist Best Scholarly Research Information Solution

Handheld Library
Peters, Thomas A.; Bell, Lori A.; Pearson Education; Westport, UNITED STATES (April 2013)

Essentials of E-Learning for Nurse Educators
Bristol, Tim J.; Zerwekh, JoAnn; F. A. Davis Company; Philadelphia, UNITED STATES (January 2011)

ProQuest Research Companion 

Students can also benefit from this multimedia information literacy resource, featuring tools and videos to find, evaluate and use information.

Download and post the infographic and the WebEx recording on using ebooks for teaching and learning. 


05 Apr 2017

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