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Teaching a Nursing Workshop with the Help of a Professional Development Grant from NNLM GMR

Posted by on December 28th, 2017 Posted in: Funding, Training

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.

Marilia Antunez

Assistant Professor of Bibliography

Life & Allied Health Sciences Librarian 

The University of Akron Libraries, Akron, OH                                                 


Posted on behalf of Marilia Antunez by Helen Spielbauer

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Helen Spielbauer has been a library assistant at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences for the past two years and has recently started filling in temporarily in the GMR office part-time. She lives in Tipton, Iowa and spends her time fixing up her old house, going for bike rides, drawing & painting and spending time with her 13 year old daughter.

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