by Caroline Marshall
Senior Medical Librarian, Public Services
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Library
Los Angeles, CA
On March 4, 2016, I had the pleasure of co-presenting a paper at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) 2016 Annual Conference in Philadelphia with my colleague, Lianna Ansryan, a clinical nurse specialist. The paper, The Future is Today: Inspiring Nurses to Write (I-WIN) is the description of a program collaboration between the Nursing Department and the Medical Library at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The I-Win project was created to support and mentor front line clinicians in the writing and the publication submission process. This was the brainchild of the Co-Chair of our Nursing and Evidence Based Research Council, which supports over 3000 nurses in their quality improvement and research projects. I am a member of the Council and was asked to support the project.
The I-WIN Project invited the 10 podium presenters from the Annual Nursing Research Symposium to join the workshop, and they were assigned mentors from the Nursing Council. As part of the process they each arranged one-on-one time with the librarian to learn how to conduct a literature review specific to their topic, how to use a software citation package (EndNote) to keep track of their references, and how to choose a journal for publication. The authors then attended a writing workshop for six weeks. They were continuously supported by the librarian and their mentors throughout the program and beyond.
What I learned from the conference is that we are all faced with the same issues, including hospital acquired conditions, readmission rates, and other quality improvement projects, as seen in the conference posters. Many of the nurses I spoke to loved their librarians and felt they could not do their jobs without them. Other presentations of projects showed the librarian as part of the team. Attending the conference was a great opportunity to see how the work we do really serves our medical staff and ultimately provides better patient care! I am grateful to the NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region and the professional development award which provided support for me to attend the meeting.