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Fri, 22 Jul 1994 02:14:26 EST
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          Regarding the "AJN Computers in Nursing" question, the
          Division of Nursing grant funded AJN Network may be what
          you've heard about.  I'm attaching a text file of the
          newsletter copy I've sent for the MLA NAHRS Section
          Newsletter (Sorry, NAHRS members - you read it here first!)
          I now get MEDLIB-L messages second-hand, so sorry for the
          response delay!
          Peg Allen, Remote Indexer/AV Coordinator, RNdex
          Information Resources Group, SilverPlatter Information Inc.
              and Project Manager, Marshfield Clinic's
                  Health Information Outreach Project
          Surface mail:
          PO Box 2, Stratford WI 54484-0002
          Home office: (715) 687-4976
          E-mail: [log in to unmask]
          "My opinions are my own and not necessarily those of
          SilverPlatter or the Marshfield Clinic"
AJN Network
          In September, 1993 the American Journal of Nursing Company
          was awarded a three-ye ar Special Projects Grant from the
          Division of Nursing, Department of Health and Human Services
          to develop a national computer network that will provide a
          variety of formal and informal continuing education services
          to nurses in medically unde rserved rural communities.  The
          AJN Network is an information server for nurses b eing
          developed under this grant.
          Broadly, the services and features of this network include:
          * An "Ask the Expert" nurse consultant forum where users can
          post questions and e xperts will respond.  This  will be
          moderated by Barbara Sullivan, a nurse in charge of the
          Learning Resources Center for Seattle University's School of
          * Moderated forums where nurses can post questions
          and problems for discussion among all network users.
          * CE credit offerings in print and computer-assisted
          instruction formats, including on-line journal clubs.
          *Patient information on various topics .
          * National and international news.
          * Resource database including listings of conferences,
          organizations, and RNdex.
          * Downloading and uploading of files.
          * Electronic "Communications Center" including E-mail and
          on-line conferencing.
          In addition to forums based on nursing specialties such as
          medical-surgical, mate rnal-child, mental health, AIDS, and
          gerontologic nursing, there are forums dedic ated to
          emergency nursing, nursing management, cultural diversity,
          rural nursing and education.  I am moderating  the "Lit
          Search Guru" forum, where participants can seek assistance
          in choosing appropriate information databases and search
          term s.
          During the first year of operation, the network will be
          available through a dial in service.  Later it will be
          offered over Internet, an international network with
          virtually t housands of sources of information.  This
          project will make use of the High Performance Computing and
          Communications (HPCC) initiative which provides a backbone
          extending across t he country, capable of transmitting data
          at tremendous speeds.  As technology advanc es AJN Network
          will explore sending digitized images.
          During the grant period, the network will be provided free
          of charge to pilot sit es in rural areas.  The AJN Network
          will be available to all for a fee once the grant is over.
          Current pilot states in include Nevada, North Carolina, and
          Wisconsin.  Many dissemination efforts are planned
          throughout the course of the grant, including a national
          conference in year three of the project.
          Some policies from the user agreement:
          This information server is intended for the use of
          professional nurses.  Any information posted on this network
          is the opinion of the individual who posted that
          information.  Information placed on this network
          regarding treatment protocols or other information which may
          be useful in medical or nursing care is intended for
          informational purposes only.  Any information found on this
          network should be validated with current, scientific
          literature before being applied to practice.  Use of
          information on this network is not to be viewed as a
          prescription for treatment, and all information is used at
          the discretion of the individual rendering treatment.
          At present, participation is limited to registered nurses in
          rural areas of the p ilot states.  All that is needed is a
          computer, modem, and phone line.  Karen DuBois, RN MSN, is
          Project Coordinator and Trainer.  She has held "Train the
          Trainers" sessions in the three pilot states for nurses
          with educational responsibilities, along with some
          supportive nursing librarians.  Once trained, they are
          encouraged to introduce AJN Network to registered nurses in
          their communities.  All who sign on must sign the user
          agreement including the policies noted above plus others
          related to confidentiality, privacy, virus monitoring, and
          other appropriate user behavior.   As of July 11, there were
          225 individuals signed on the network!
          For more information about AJN Network, contact Karen DuBois
          at: American Journal of Nursing Company
              555 W. 57th St.
              New York, NY   10019-2951
          I have found my participation to be very rewarding,
          providing user contact that I don't receive in my position
          as a remote indexer for RNdex .   It will be exciti ng to
          see AJN Network grow into a major nursing information and
          education resourc e, available to meet professional nursing
          needs regardless of user location.
Margaret (Peg) Allen
Indexer/AV Coordinator, RNdex
SilverPlatter Information Inc.
P.O. Box 2
Stratford, WI  54484-0002
(715) 687- 4976                         [log in to unmask]