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Peg Allen <[log in to unmask]>
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Peg Allen <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 16 Jun 2000 12:35:54 -0500
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This is an interesting request, as I've seen this nursing role featured in
various articles, but not the title.  One article stands out in my mind, on
the only nursing IAIMS project I'm aware of:
Bostrom J, Wise L.  Closing the gap between research and practice...
"Retrieval and Application of Research in Nursing"  Journal of Nursing
Administration1994 May; 24(5): 22-7.
Currently, a 10- to 15-year gap exists between discovery of potential
innovations and implementation of these innovations into nursing practice.
The Retrieval and Application of Research in Nursing (RARIN) project is
helping to reduce this gap in one western hospital. The goal of RARIN is to
improve the quality of nursing care by facilitating the transfer of new and
clinically relevant nursing information to current practice. This is
accomplished by providing nurses with both the tools and training for rapid
retrieval of scientific information. Their work areas have been
electronically linked with local, national, and international scientific
information systems.  This is an IAIMS project.   Two nurses on each unit
with the innovation were trained as information specialists.  Results were
skewed by one non-innovation unit having a nurse who functioned in this role
without the training - that unit used the system and MEDLINE as much, if not
more than the others.

A possible CINAHL search strategy:
Staff-Development-Instructors (only 160 citations) combined with terms such
as Education, Nursing, Continuing or Information (text word) or Professional
Practice Evidence Based (exploded) or Clinical Nursing Research or Diffusion
of Innovation or Job Description, etc.  None will retrieve the article
above, but perusal of its subject headings helped with strategy.

One citation that keeps coming up in various combos:
Research utilization and the continuing/staff development educator (Mottola
       NURS 1996 Jul-Aug; 27(4): 168-75, 192, 195

This would also be a good one to post to a nursing education listserv.

Good luck - Peg

Margaret (Peg) Allen, MLS-AHIP   mailto:[log in to unmask]
Library/Information Consultant
Resource Librarian Consultant for Cinahl Information Systems, Inc.
Library Consultant, Northern and Southwest Wisconsin Area Health Education
Centers, and
PO Box 2, 308 Kann,  Stratford, WI 54484-0002
(715)687-4976                          Fax:(715)687-4976

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Janke <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, June 16, 2000 9:19 AM
Subject: REF Q - Clinical Resource Nurse

> Happy Friday Medlibers,
> A patron here is looking for the "roles and applications" of a clinical
> resource nurse.  I've looked in CINHAL and on the web, including at
> the sites of a great many nursing associations.  I've seen a few job
> postings as well (is it too late to go to nursing school?) and understand
> that the CRN acts as a type of "information point person" for nurses
> and other health care providers.
> If someone could help me out with a possible web site, or maybe a job
> description from their institution it would make my day.
> TIA,
> Robert G. Janke
> Sessional Librarian
> Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library
> University of Manitoba Libraries
> 770 Bannatyne Ave.
> Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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