Friday, December 18, 2015

Lexicomp to Replace Clinical Pharmacology

Effective Dec. 30, 2015, we will be transitioning to Lexicomp, a new Clinical Pharmacology vendor for drug reference look-up. This tool is most often used by Pharmacy associates, Clinicians and Nursing. A link to Lexicomp has already been added to the Source and offers:
  • Full access to their drug reference tool, patient education, calculators and toxicology information
  • Orientation/training videos and quick reference guide
  • A link to install a mobile app
If you use this tool, take some time to review the Lexicomp link before the Dec. 30 cut-over date when the former Clinical Pharmacology and Micromedex links will be removed. Lexicomp will only be available on the Source and no longer linked from local intranet sites.
Lexicomp was chosen as the Ascension national standard after a thorough selection process by The Resource Group Pharmacy Team and Ascension Information Systems. Lexicomp was selected based on its ease of use, accessibility, cost, and concise information. It also supports our goals of offering high-quality care, better patient and provider experiences, and lower overall cost of care.
Download introductory presentation here.
Ministry Library Services has put together a Lexicomp Search Tips page to help Ministry Staff and Providers transition from Clinical Pharmacology to Lexicomp.  

Expanded access to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and JAMA Internal Medicine.

MHC Associates now have expanded access to JAMA Network content including slide sets, supplemental content, Continuing Medical Education, quizzes and polls, etc. 

When searching in PubMed and JAMA articles appear in the search, you will now be able to click on the icon link at the end of the abstract which will take you directly to the full text article. The icons look like this: 

You may sign up for the Electronic Table of Contents distribution list and have each new issue of these journals delivered, electronically, to your email.  Send Deb Knippel an email if you would like to be added to either distribution list. 

Check these journals out today by clicking on the links below: 

This upgrade will provide more efficient and thorough access to the excellent content that is offered by JAMA.  If you need access to other JAMA Network journal articles, please contact Library Services.   We can’t exactly afford to purchase more of the JAMA Network Journals, but we should be able to get articles here and there.

For additional assistance please contact your Health Science Librarians Deb Knippel  (715-346-5091 or 65091) or Michele Matucheski (920-223-0340).  

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Recommended Reading : Ten Thousand Horses : How Leaders Harness Raw Potential for Extraordinary Results by John Stah-Wert / Ken Jenlnings

By Guest Blogger : Karen Schaefer, Lean Education Director for Ministry Health Care

Ten Thousand Horses is a fictional story of a struggling manager who goes to his old mentor who runs a ranch that promotes adoption of wild mustang horses and troubled youths (Think : Rawhide Ranch only horses instead of cars).

He learns the application of the model T x 3C=E
Trust x Challenge/Charge/Cheer=Engagement.

I would recommend this book as an enjoyable read – especially for new/existing middle managers.

Available at the MMC Library : Call Number HD 57.7 S715 2007 Management Collection
Contact Librarian, Michele Matucheski,  if you’d like to borrow this book.  

Karen Schaefer, RN, MSN

Lean Education Director

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Librarians Make a Difference

Here are just SOME of the research projects that Your Librarians have worked on in the past year.
Research demonstrates that Librarian-led information services improve clinical decision making and patient care outcomes. Library Services and quality health information can:
  • ·         Reduce hospital costs and length of stay
  • ·         Improve diagnosis, patient care outcomes and clinical decision making
  • ·         Further their institution's mission and goals through expert searches, teaching health professional literature searching skills, providing community outreach programs, supporting innovation and research, and disseminating the best medical and business practice information. 
  • ·         Contribute to Magnet Accreditation by teaching nurses and nursing students literature searching skills
  • ·         Help avoid adverse events
  • ·         Save health professionals' time


Questions, Comments, or Requests? Please contact your Librarians:   
           Michele Matucheski  920-223-0340 or Deb Knippel  715-346-5091
Also available via Outlook.

The Christmas Village at Mercy Medical Center


The Christmas Village is once again on display in the MMC Library, across from the Hallmarks of History.  Special thanks to Volunteer Helen Mathe, who sets it up for us every year.   

The Christmas Village was given to Mercy by an anonymous donor back in the year 2000.  The note accompanying the gift read :

If looking at this village makes you happy or brings you peace, then pass along those feelings to others whom you meet this holiday season.  Please give a hug from me to everyone young and old who is spending time with you this holiday season.  Let them know they are being remembered.

Nativity Set : A Special Mercy Tradition

The antique German nativity set is also once again on display outside the MMC Library in a display case across from the Sisters panel of the Hallmarks of History.  

In years past, this nativity set was displayed in the MMC cafeteria.  It is now part of the Mercy Archives.  The hand-painted nativity set was rediscovered at the back of a little-used closet of the old hospital in 1980, and 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’s wing.  She spent months patching and painting the 20 figures in their original colors with the encouragement of former food service director, Bob Brennan. 

Read the following newspaper articles for more info about this local treasure. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Nursing Standards LibGuide : A Road Map to Key Nursing Resources

If you are charged with updating Nursing Care Policies, this may be a good place to start your research.

The Nursing Standards LibGuide pulls together some of the most-often used resources for developing and updating Nursing Standards, Practices, Policies and Procedures.  

As Your Librarian, I have been working with the several Standards Teams for more than 15 years.    I developed this tool to make it easier to find up-to-date, evidence-based info needed for Standards.   Consider it a Road Map to key resources for Nursing Standards. 

Tabs include : 
•    Nursing Procedures ebooks / books (Nursing Reference Center, Lippincott Manuals, etc)
•    Drug Info
•    Bright Ideas (Why recreate the wheel? IHI, Advisory Board, etc.)
•    Literature Review (Medline, CINAHL, and other journal indexes, and Guidelines)
•    Getting to Full-text
•    Citing Sources
•    Policies (Affinity, Ministry)
•    Regulatory & Government (CMS, WI Board of Nursing, etc.)
•    Access to your Ministry Librarians

Link to Nursing Standards LibGuide 

How to Get There : 
The Source >  Links & Resources > Search for “Library” in either column > Library without Walls > LibGuides /Research Guides > Nursing Standards

Screenshots for How to Save The Nursing Standards LibGuide to Your Source Favorites

Questions, comments, or suggestions?
Contact Your Librarian : Michele Matucheski via Outlook or 920-223-0340

Monday, October 19, 2015

Access to Clinical Key

Brought to you by Ministry Health Care via Library Services.

Where to find Clinical Key?
Use the direct link above.  Save it to your Source Favorites it for easy access.
            The Source > Links & Resources > Search for Clinical Key

OR    On the Library Without Walls Intranet Pages

OR The Provider Tool Box for Clinical References

OR    Also available in some of the Ministry EMRs.

More info and tutorials on the Clinical Key Support Page.

Questions or Comments? Contact Your Librarians :
     Michele Matucheski 920-223-0340                           

     Deb Knippel     715-346-5091

Friday, October 16, 2015

Nursing Reference Center (NRC) offers FREE CEUs for Ministry Associates


Keep your professional knowledge and skills up-to-date with CINAHL CEU Modules available through Nursing Reference Center (NRC).     There are over 1400 continuing education topics available.  

This service is open to nurses and allied health professionals (such as respiratory therapists, physical therapists, and more …)   Before taking the exam, you will be prompted for your name and license information.

CINAHL CEU modules are interactive educational modules that allow nurses (and other healthcare professionals) to satisfy CE requirements online.  They contain the latest topics on patient care and drug administration.  Each CEU consists of :
  • ·         course materials
  • ·         interactive review / practice test
  • ·         a competency test
  • ·         a certificate of completion

CINAHL is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  Please check your certification-specific requirements.

Read more (from Ebsco) about how to access and use the CEU Modules in NRC (includes screenshots with step-by-step instructions) :

How to Access NRC’s Continuing Education Modules – Deb Knippel’s handy tip sheet for NRC CEUs

Where can you find Nursing Reference Center?
            The Source > Links & Resources > In the search box, type in “nur”
                                                             > Click on Nursing Reference Center

It’s also linked within many of the EMRs such as Meditech, Centricity, and MedHost.                               As well as on the Library Without Walls Intranet Pages.

NRC Support Page –  Helpful info, links, articles, and tutorials for using NRC

NRC FAQ - Contains info about Ministry’s remote and mobile access to NRC and more

CINAHL Education FAQEven more info on using the CEU section of NRC.

Questions or Comments?  Contact your Librarians :

Michele Matucheski (920-223-0340)  and Deb Knippel (715-346-5091)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Review of Basic Library Services


Find out what tools Ministry Library Services offers that can make your work life easier!

If you need to review the clinical journal literature, or just need specific articles, let your Librarians help. PubMed/Medline Phobia? We can help you make informed decisions with the best evidence!

  • Search our databases via the Library Without Walls Intranet page or the A-Z Databases List.  
  •  Expert Searching / Research : Want us to do the searching for you?   Use the online Literature Search Request form to tell us what you’re looking for.  Your Librarians will run the search in Medline, PubMed, Cochrane, CINAHL (or other appropriate databases) and give you a list of article citations that match your search criteria. 
  • Get Articles : Want specific articles? Send us the citations via email, or this Article Request Form, and we’ll send you the articles. In most cases, we can email you PDFs of articles, [following the Fair Use provision of US Copyright]. We have access to over 10,000 online journals. If we don’t have it, we can usually get it for you, at no cost to you. 
  • Did you know :
              o   If you use the PubMed link on the Library pages, you’ll tap into our full text?
              o   If you use Google Scholar (as opposed to “plain” Google), you’ll also tap into our full-text offerings?
  • Training.  Make an appointment to learn how to efficiently and effectively search PubMed, Medline, Cinahl, Nursing Reference Center, or Clinical Key. We offer training on these specific databases as well as a personalized library orientation geared to your interests and information needs.  Just ask us!
  •  The Support Tips and Tutorials LibGuide offers video tutorials, tips, and training for many of our databases including Clinical Key, Nursing Reference Center, Natural Medicines, and more.
  •  Our LibGuides, or Research Guides, logically and easily present all our relevant research tools for a given subject area.  Check out ALL our LibGuides in a variety of subject areas including :


Questions, Comments, or Requests? Please contact your Librarians:   
           Michele Matucheski  920-223-0340 or Deb Knippel  715-346-5091
Also available via Outlook.

October is National Medical Librarian’s Month!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Access to the Joint Commission Manual

Question :   Where can I find online access to The Joint Commission [CAMH] Manual?

How to get there :

                CAMH Manual (for Affinity) is listed first in the 2nd section.

The Joint Commission Resources page contains several additional links related to The Joint Commission, including the following :

Joint Commission Connect
The Joint Commission (Home Page)

Joint Commission Manuals

Joint Commission Journals :
                The Joint Commission Journal on Quality & Patient Safety
                Joint Commission Perspectives

*     Each Hospital accredited by The Joint Commission gets complementary single-user access to the eDition of The CAMH Manual.  Access to The CAMH Manual is not centralized, nor simple.  Other Ministry Hospitals have made access to the CAMH Manual available on their own site-specific  intranet pages.  If you are not “native” to Affinity, please refer to your local Ministry Hospital for access to the CAMH Manual.

Questions or comments?
Contact Your Librarian,

Michele Matucheski


AccessMedicine provides full-text access to important resources in Clinical Medicine.  The collection is divided into multiple sections:
  • ReadingsThe clinical library includes the full-text of more than 75 basic science and clinical medicine texts like Harrison’s Online and Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment. 
  • Quick Reference: Includes Quick DX and RX; Guidelines; Algorithms; DDX; Diagnostic Tests; and Calculators
  • Drugs: Includes Generics, Trade Names, Drug Classes, and Patient Handouts
  • Multimedia: Includes Videos by Category; Videos by System; Musculoskeletal Exams; Patient Safety Modules; Grand Rounds; and Images
  • Cases: Contains Case Files; Pathophysiology Cases; and Hurst's Imaging Cases
  • Self-Assessment: Includes Clinical Library and Lange Educational Library
  • Patient Ed: Provides patient education handouts for Acute Advisor, Medicines Advisor, and Pediatric Advisor
Accessing AccessMedicine
Getting there : The Source > Links & Resources > Library without Walls > Resources for Patient Care Providers > Access Medicine
  • Or through the Clinical References LibGuide (aka The Provider ToolBox)
  • Or through the A-Z Databases List on the Library home page
  • Remote access is available to Associates who register for a personal account through  a Ministry/Affinity computer.
Also see our AccessMedicine Support Page filled with useful tips and tutorials for getting the most out of it. 

Questions or Comments?  
Ask Your Librarians : 
Deb Knippel at 715-346-5091  in Stevens Point

or Michele Matucheski 920-223-0340 in Oshkosh

Friday, July 31, 2015

ProceduresConsult : Like "YouTube" for Medicine

We think of ProceduresConsult as a trustworthy and reputable version of “YouTube for Medicine.” 
Procedures Consult is an online procedure reference tool that offers easy access to complete details on how to prepare for, perform and follow up on the most common procedures required in today's hospital and clinical settings.
Procedures Consult covers the procedures required by the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) and conforms to ACGME standards to help physicians and residents to consistently achieve the best patient outcomes.
Procedures Consult:
·         High quality video, text and illustrations for top medical procedures
·         Is browsable and searchable for quick and easy access to any procedure
·         Highlights when patient “informed consent” is required
·         Is customizable, for institution-specific protocols and procedures
·         Provides time-effective, self-directed procedures training and testing—with trackable results
·         Reinforces Joint Commission patient safety concepts
·         Provide Pre-, During, and Post-procedure reference
·         Includes indications, contraindications, anatomy, equipment

[This information was copied from here :]

Where to find Procedures Consult  at Ministry Health Care :
     Procedures Consult is part of Clinical Key.
     Direct Link :!/browse/procedures
     On The Source > Links & Resources >  In the search box, type “clin”
Ø  Click on Clinical Key
Also available on the Library Web pages and some of our EMRs.
Once in Clinical Key, click on the down arrow to choose ProceduresConsult :

Note: There is an app version for ProceduresConsult but unfortunately, the app version is not accessible for institutional subscribers. The publisher continues a separate pricing model for the stand alone version. You will be able to access all of PC, but only through the Clinical Key platform.
For additional articles and tutorials, visit our Clinical Key Support Page.

Questions or Comments?   Contact Your Ministry Librarians :
Michele Matucheski      920-223-0340                           

Deb Knippel     715-346-5091

Try the New Nursing Reference Center Mobile App

Try the Nursing Reference Center™ Mobile App Today!
Nursing Reference Center (NRC) is a comprehensive reference tool designed by nurses, for nurses that provides relevant clinical resources directly at the point of care. 

Now, the NRC interface is now even more accessible, with updates to its mobile app available to subscribers. With the updated version of the NRC app, users experience the same rich functionality and convenience the app previously provided, but with increased speed for browsing and searching, an updated streamlined look and feel, and other enhancements.

To download the app users first obtain an access key which can be found by accessing Nursing Reference Center online through their institution as they normally would. 
>  From there, it’s as easy as clicking the link at the bottom of the page to email themselves the key.

For more information or to download the NRC mobile app please follow the link below.

Where can you find Nursing Reference Center?  
The Source > Links & Resources > In the search box, type in “nur”
                                                      > Click on Nursing Reference Center

It’s also linked within many of the EMRs such as Meditech, Centricity, and MedHost.
And on the Library web pages.

NRC Support Page –  Helpful info, links, articles, and tutorials for using NRC

NRC FAQ - Contains info about Ministry’s remote and mobile access to NRC and more Questions or Comments?  Contact your Librarians :

Michele Matucheski (920-223-0340)  and Deb Knippel (715-346-5091)