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Info-Seeking Behaviors of Nurses

LBSC 601 - User Group Presentation Vickie Yiannoulou Emily Gamertsfelder

Emily Gamertsfelder

on 29 June 2009

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Transcript of Info-Seeking Behaviors of Nurses

Information needs Information Sources Human Sources Print Sources Electronic Sources Physicians & other health professionals
Other nurses
Drug representatives
Patients & friends/family members
Conferences Databases, e.g. MEDLINE
Internet search engines
NLM website: www.nlm.nih.gov
Patient monitoring systems LBSC 601
June 30, 2009
Vickie Yiannoulou
Emily Gamertsfelder
Nursing textbooks
Drug reference manuals
Newsletters Information Seeking
Behaviors Age
Organizational culture
Research skills Influenced by: Information-Seeking
Behaviors of
Nurses "The on-duty critical care nurses constantly sought information from people, patient record systems, monitoring and other computer systems, and notice boards but very rarely from published sources of information. They sought information verbally (in both oral and text media) and through their senses of sight, smell, sound, and touch. They did not use the sense of taste for on-duty information seeking."

McKnight, 2006 Only twice in the fifty hours of observation did any of
the participants independently seek information from
published print sources. One used a telephone book, and
another read part of the instruction manual for a monitor system.

McKnight, 2006 Cogdill found that 51% of nurse practitioners
utilized textbooks and 61% utilized drug reference
manuals a few times a week or more.

Dee & Stanley, 2005 Suggestions Bibliography Information Model Existing Library
Services The observable on-duty information behavior of the participant nurses was patient centric. They sought information from people, from the patient's chart, from computer systems, and from other information sources. The information they used was patient specific, social, and logistic. They occasionally sought knowledge-based information but were not observed seeking epidemiological information. Their decisions to pursue questions were based on their judgment of how important the answer would be to the care of the patient.

McKnight, 2006
Many hospitals and health care facilities have embedded libraries.

Access to electronic databases and reference materials provided in patient care areas. Leckie, Pettigrew, & Sylvain, 1996 Medical reference hotline available 24/7.

On-site librarian, staffing patient care areas, to instruct and assist nurses with seeking information.

Increased library outreach to nurses. Cogdill, K. (2003, April). Information needs and information seeking in primary care: a study of nurse practitioners. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 91(2), 203.

Dee, C., & Stanley, E. (2005, April). Information-seeking behavior of nursing students and clinical nurses: implications for health sciences librarians. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 93(2), 213-222.

Henderson, H., Crabtree, A., Lewis, J., Wensel, L., Dee, C., Markwell, L., et al. (2006, Winter2006). Librarians Collaborating with Nurses. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 25(4), 55-63.

Hider, P., Griffin, G., Walker, M., &Coughlan, E. (2009, January).The information-seeking behavior of clinical staff in a large health care organization. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 97(1), 46-49.

Johannisson, J., & Sundin, O. (2007, April). PUTTING DISCOURSE TO WORK: INFORMATION PRACTICES AND THE PROFESSIONAL PROJECT OF NURSES. Library Quarterly, 77(2), 199-218.

Kosteniuk, J., D'arcy, C., Stewart, N., & Smith, B. (2006, July). Central and peripheral information source use among rural and remote Registered Nurses. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 55(1), 100-114.

McKnight, M. (2006, April). The information seeking of on-duty critical care nurses: evidence from participant observation and in-context interviews. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 94(2), 145-151.

Turner, A., Stavri, Z., Revere, D., &Altamore, R. (2008, October). From the ground up: information needs of nurses in a rural public health department in Oregon. Journal of the Medical Library Association, 96(4), 335-342. Information specific to the care of current patients.

Information that is current to the nursing profession and the medical field in general.
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