Monday, December 16, 2013

Nativity Set a Mercy Holiday Tradition

A special piece of Mercy Medical Center's history has found a place of honor this holiday season.    A hand-painted nativity set that was rediscovered at the back of a little-used closet of the old hospital in 1980, is now proudly displayed behind the glass protection of a display case.

The nativity set was quite old and in sad condition when it was first found.  However, the loving hands of Volunteer Dolly Pahlow set to work attaching broken pieces and even recreating an angel wing when needed.  She spent months patching and painting the 20 figures in their original colors with the encouragement of former food service director, Bob Brennan.

In the years since, the manger scene has traditionally been displayed in the open in the cafeteria at both the old and new Mercy Medical Center Buildings.  It is currently on display in one of the Hallmarks of Mercy display cases, outside The Clark Family Health Science Library.

Read more about this set :  Articles 1&2   Article 3   (Affinity / Ministry access only.)

Monday, November 18, 2013

FAQ : Library Changes at 2501 Main Building in Stevens Point

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is happening with the Library at the 2501 Building in Stevens Point?

Most of the changes are related to the physical space.  The Librarians will continue to support the information needs of associates with resources and services.  

This space will be a clinical nursing skills lab which will be used for orientation and ongoing education. 
The library print materials have been removed, except for a small collection of nursing and reference resources(located in the library space)  and the management/leadership collection(located in Deb’s office). These materials are available for check out.  Contact Deb Knippel for assistance. 

2.  Will the computers still be available in the library space?

Yes, the computers will continue to be available for associates in the library space during times when orientation and educational classes are not utilizing them.  A schedule will be posted each month.

3.  What if I need help when I am in the library space?

Please note that the library space will not be staffed.  There is signage posted in the library with contact phone numbers if you need assistance. 

4.  How do I contact a librarian?

There continue to be two professional librarians at Ministry Health Care, Michele Matucheski and Deb Knippel.  You can contact us by phone or email.  Deb Knippel’s office space has moved to the office across the hall from the current library space at 2501.    Michele is located at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh.

Deb Knippel, M.S.
715-346-5091  or   65091
Fax:  715-343-3246

Michele Matucheski, MLS
Fax: 920-223-0343

5.  What if I need a literature search, book or a full-text journal article?

Contact Deb or Michele and we will fill your requests.   The Library Without Walls(LWW) continues to be available for use.  You may access the LWW at:  If you need assistance or would like training, contact Michele or Deb. 

6.  Where will I get  BLS, ACLS, PALS or NRP Textbooks?

  • NRP books are mailed to associates about one month before the start of the course the associate is registered for. 
  • PALS books are mailed to associates about one month before the start of the course the associate is registered for.       
  • BLS books are mailed to associates who are taking the course for the first time(initial recognition) about one month before the start of the course the associate is registered for.    
  • ACLS books are mailed to associates about one month before the start of the course the associate is registered for.    
  • Additional ACLS and BLS books are available for self check-out in the 2501 library space on the bookshelf to the immediate left as you enter the door(under the windows) or you may contact Deb Knippel directly and have a copy sent to you. 

7. Where will I get an LCD Projector?
Contact Deb Knippel to make arrangements to use the LCD Projector. 

8.  How do I reserve the video camera?

Contact Deb Knippel to make arrangements to use the video camera.  
[Posted on behalf of ...]
Deb Knippel, M.S.
Library & Information Consultant
Ministry Education and Development
Stevens Point WI

Monday, October 28, 2013

Online Medical Dictionaries

Are you looking for a reliable online medical dictionary?  We have several available through Ministry / Affinity Library Services. 

Dictionary of Medical Acronymns & Abbreviations / compiled and edited by Stanley Jablonski.       Affinity / Ministry Access provided by Library subscription. 

Affinity / Ministry Access provided by Library subscription.
These are both available through StatRef, among other eBooks.  There are also links through the Electronic Bookshelf and through the Library Catalog -- Look for the online versions with live links.

If you are looking for reliable online sources for medical dictionaries, we also recommend the following :

Medical Dictionary - MedlinePlus

Medical Dictionary -

 Do you have a favorite online medical dictionary? Leave a comment below  

Questions or Comments?
Contact Your Librarians via Phone or by Outlook :
Deb Knippel (715-346-5091)
and Michele Matucheski (920-223-0340)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The CINAHL Database is now available throughout Ministry Health Care and Affinity

CINAHL stands for The Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature.
It indexes professional journals in nursing and allied health. 

Consulting the published literature is a great way to make informed decisions in your practice. 
CINAHL makes it easy to find the best evidence!

Search Help for CINAHL
How do I find CINAHL on the Affinity Intranet? The Source > Links & Resources > Affinity Library Services
Scroll down to the very bottom of the page.
CINAHL is the last thing in the right column under “Most Popular Links.”

How do I find CINAHL on the Ministry Intranet?
CINAHL is first under “Find Journal Articles.”

Handy Tip : Why not add Library Services to Your Links in The Source for quicker access?   Just follow the instructions at the top of The Source pages.
Here are some resources to help with learning to use CINAHL :

Visit EBSCO's CINAHL Support Center for a wide variety of training and support options, including FAQs, User guides, and video tutorials.

Ebsco CINAHL with Full-Text Database Guide from Ebsco
In addition, your Librarians are available for one-on-one sessions to help staff get used to using Ebsco CINAHL. We can show you :
  • the basics of searching CINAHL
  • more advanced search techniques
  • subject and keyword searching
  • using limits (like Research, Evidence-based Practice, Last 5 years)
  • Full-text access to many articles
  • Saving Searches
  • Creating Alerts 
 If you would prefer, Deb and Michele are also available to search CINAHL on your behalf. Just tell us what you’re looking for, and we’ll craft the search strategy and present you with a list of relevant citations.

Questions or Comments?
Contact Your Librarians :
Deb Knippel (715-346-5091)
and Michele Matucheski (920-223-0340)