Monday, May 4, 2009

This Day In History: Health Care

May is a momentous month for the health care field!

This week marks the anniversary of the 1847 founding of the American Medical Association, which is considered the premier professional organization for physicians and medical students. The AMA keeps doctors aware of the latest developments in their field; provides information for students interested in joining the medical profession; is involved in legal aspects of practicing medicine; and does advocacy work. The AMA publishes several scholarly journals, including JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association.

National Nurses Week is also celebrated this month. Starting on May 6, this salute to the history and accomplishments of nurses ends on May 12 -- the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is credited as the founder of modern nursing.
NCC's prestigious Nursing program is a great way for students to enter the health care field. The NCC Libraries have a number of specialized resources to help nursing students throughout their education, and this week is the perfect time to drop by the Libraries to use them!

Databases*

CINAHL: This database contains full-text articles from more than 500 allied health journals.

PubMed Central: Most of the articles on this database are full-text, and are provided by the National Library of Medicine.

Evidence-Based Resources from the Joanna Briggs Institute: This database is one of the health care modules of ProQuest, and offers full-text information on best practices in nursing and allied health.
*For help using databases from off-campus, please contact a
Reference Librarian.

Specialized E-Journals*

Comparative Medicine

Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association

The New England Journal of Medicine

Nursing Clinics of North America

RN

Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing

*For help using e-journals from off-campus, please contact a Reference Librarian.

Print Journals
American Journal of Nursing

Geriatric Nursing

Journal of Emergency Nursing

Journal of Practical Nursing

Journal of Professional Nursing

Pennsylvania Nurse


Photo credit: "Career Profile: Registered Nurse." Explore Health Care Careers. 1 May 2009. http://www.explorehealthcareers.org//en/Career.21.aspx

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