This Fall Semester 2017, for the first time, I connected with nursing faculty at a brown bag tailored for the University of Akron’s School of Nursing faculty. The brown bag series are usually well attended, and after getting in touch with the coordinator of the sessions, I offered my first one-hour workshop for the School on September 18th. I had been preparing for the workshop and wanted to share the information I learned in the systematic review (SR) workshop I had attended in July at the University of Pittsburgh. With a Professional Development Award from GMR/NNLM, I was able to participate in the SR workshop and hone my skills. The workshop addressed what SRs are and their characteristics, how they are different from other well-known reviews, standards, the general steps in writing an SR, where to search for them (e.g. PubMed Health, PubMed Clinical Queries), and how they compare with other types of reviews. The 16 participants received one credit hour from the Ohio Nurses Association. Overall, the faculty reported a positive experience and interest in systematic reviews. This semester, I received more referrals from faculty who attended the workshop to assist students in their capstone and other research-oriented projects. I also noticed that conducting the workshop opened the possibility of faculty in conducting SR in some capacity and increasing scholarship endeavors, especially among junior faculty.
Assistant Professor of Bibliography
Life & Allied Health Sciences Librarian
The University of Akron Libraries, Akron, OH
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