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American Journal of Nursing – Systematic Reviews Step-By Step Series & Other Review Resources

SearchingOver the last couple of months The American Journal of Nursing has been publishing a series of articles that discuss the process of conducting a systematic review.  Below I have provided the links to the articles in case you are interested.  I have also provided links to some other articles that discuss the literature review process as well.  Each of these articles can be accessed by clicking on each one as they are hyper-linked.  You will be asked to login with your eID and password to access them.  If there is ever anything I or the library can do to assist you with your literature reviews, please do not hesitate to contact me ( ) or the library directly.

American Journal of Nursing – Systematic Reviews Step-By Step Series

  1. Aromataris, E., & Pearson, A. (2014). The Systematic Review: An Overview. American Journal Of Nursing114(3), 53-58.
  1. Stern, C., Jordan, Z., & McArthur, A. (2014). Developing the Review Question and Inclusion Criteria. American Journal Of Nursing, 114(4), 53-56.
  1. Aromataris, E., & Riitano, D. (2014). Constructing a Search Strategy and Searching for Evidence. American Journal Of Nursing114(5), 49-56.
  • When it comes to conducting your searches, I would highly recommend that you consult with a librarian.  The databases you choose to search may have nuances that you are unaware of or there may be databases that you are not aware of that you need to search.  Getting some assistance from a librarian can help to insure that your search is as complete as possible.  Also, the Institute of Medicine’s Finding What Works in Health Care Report (2011) standard (3.1.1) for systematic reviews suggests the review team “work with a librarian or other information specialist trained in performing systematic reviews to plan the search strategy.”
  1. Porritt, K., Gomersall, J., & Lockwood, C. (2014). JBI’s Systematic Reviews: Study Selection and Critical Appraisal.  American Journal of Nursing,114(6), 47-52.
  1.  Munn, Z., Tufanaru, C., & Aromataris, E. (2014). JBI’s Systematic Reviews: Data Extraction and Synthesis. AJN The American Journal of Nursing114(7), 49-54.

Other Articles & Resources of Interest On the Topic of Conducting Reviews:

Goldet, G., & Howick, J. (2013). Understanding GRADE: an introduction. Journal of EvidenceBased Medicine6(1), 50-54.

Cowell, J. M. (2012). Literature reviews as a research strategy. The Journal of School Nursing28(5), 326-327.

Ubbink, D. T., Guyatt, G. H., & Vermeulen, H. (2013). Framework of policy recommendations for implementation of evidence-based practice: a systematic scoping review. BMJ open3(1).

  • PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses): Evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The PRISMA Statement consists of a 27-item checklist and a four-phase flow diagram.
  • AGREE II Instrument:  Tool assesses the methodological rigor of how a clinical practice guideline was developed.


The Libraries Version of CINAHL Has Been Upgraded to CINAHL Complete


The library’s subscription to CINAHL has been upgraded to CINAHL Complete. While the interface and how you search the database has not changed this upgraded version does have changes that you may find of interest. 

What has Changed?
• Full text for 1,370 journals (versus 768 with our old subscription)
• Indexing for 5,238 journals (versus 5,014)
• Journals with Searchable Cited References 1,496 (versus 1,424)

Also Includes 
• 170 Continuing Education Modules
• 134 Evidence-based care sheets


E-books of Interest

Journals and Magazines

The VCU library owns an ever-growing collection of e-books that cover various aspects of nursing.  These books do have some limits on the number of simultaneous users, but are great resources for papers and projects.  Below is a selection of a couple books that I thought would be of interest..

  • In order to access these books, just click on the title.


Teaching in Nursing and Role of the Educator The Complete Guide to Best Practice in Teaching, Evaluation and Curriculum DevelopmentMarilyn H. Oermann

New York: Springer Publishing Co. 2013

Developing online learning environments in nursing education

Carol A. O’Neil; Cheryl A Fisher; Matthew J Rietschel

New York, NY : Springer, 2014

Fast facts for the clinical nursing instructor : clinical teaching in a nutshell

Eden Zabat Kan author; Susan Stabler-Haas author


Fundamentals of Applied Pathophysiology an Essential Guide for Nursing & Healthcare Students.

Muralitharan Nair; Ian Peate

Chicester : Wiley, 2012

Community and Public Health Nursing

David Sines; Sharon Aldridge-Bent; Agnes Fanning; Penny Farrelly; Kate Potter; Jane Wright

Hoboken : Wiley, 2013

Nursing diagnosis manual planning, individualizing, and documenting client care

Marilynn E. Doenges 1922-; Mary Frances Moorhouse 1947-; Alice C. Murr 1946-

Philadelphia : F.A. Davis, 2013

Teaching in Nursing and Role of the Educator The Complete Guide to Best Practice in Teaching, Evaluation and Curriculum Development.

Marilyn H. Oermann

New York : Springer Publishing Company, 2013

Vital Notes for Nurses Health Assessment

Anna Amugi-crouch; Clency Meurier

Hoboken : Wiley, 2011

Introduction To Community Nursing Practice

Jane Arnott; Siobhan Atherley; Sarah Pye

Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill Education, 2012

 Nursing delegation, setting priorities, and making patient care assignmentsPatricia Kelly 1941-; Maureen T Marthaler

Clifton Park, NY : Delmar/Cengage Learning, 2011

Future of Nursing : Leading Change, Advancing Health

National Academies Press, 2011

Reflective Practice in Nursing

Chris Bulman; Sue Schutz

Hoboken : Wiley, 2013

Clinical Skills for Nurses

Claire Boyd

Hoboken : Wiley, 2013

Scholarly inquiry and the DNP capstone

Cheryl Holly editor of compilation


Implementing evidence-based practice real-life success stories

Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk; Ellen Fineout-Overholt; Rycroft Malone; Sigma Theta Tau International

Indianapolis, Ind. : Sigma Theta Tau International, 2011

Generating middle range theory from evidence to practice

Callista Roy

New York : Springer Publishing Company, 2014


 Nursing Law and EthicsJohn Tingle; Alan Cribb

Hoboken : Wiley, 2013

Proposal writing for nursing capstones and clinical projects

Wanda E. Bonnel; Katharine Vogel Smith

New York : Springer, 2014

Health care system transformation for nursing and health care leaders : implementing a culture of caring

Anne Boykin author; Savina O’Bryan Schoenhofer author; Kathleen Louise Valentine author


Fast facts for curriculum development in nursing how to develop & evaluate educational programs in a nutshell

Janice L. McCoy; Marion G Anema

New York : Springer Pub. Co., 2012

Writing for Publication in Nursing and Healthcare Getting it Right

Karen Holland; Roger Watson

Hoboken : Wiley, 2012

Models and frameworks for implementing evidence-based practice linking evidence to action

Jo Rycroft-Malone; Tracey Bucknall

Hoboken : John Wiley & Sons, 2011

Legal issues confronting today’s nursing faculty a case study approach

Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow; Heyward Michael Dreher; Carl Oxholm

Philadelphia, PA : F.A. Davis, 2012

Health policy and advanced practice nursing : impact and implications

Kelly A. Goudreau editor of compilation; Mary C Smolenski (Mary Catherine), 1950- editor of compilation


Calculation Skills for Nurses

Claire Boyd

Hoboken : Wiley, 2013

Research for evidence-based practice in health care

Robert Newell 1954-; Philip Burnard; Robert Newell 1954-

Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Ames, Iowa : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011


Nurses! Test Yourself In Pathophysiology

Katherine Rogers; William Scott

Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill Education, 2011

APA style simplified writing in psychology, education, nursing, and sociology

Bernard Beins

Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012

Ethics For Nurses Theory and Practice

Pam Cranmer; Jean Nhemachena

Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill Education, 2013

NCLEX-RN practice questions

Wilda Rinehart; Diann Sloan; Clara Hurd

Indianapolis, Ind. : Pearson IT Certification, 2013

Davis’s drug guide for nurses

April Hazard Vallerand; Cynthia A Sanoski; Judith Hopfer Deglin 1950-

Philadelphia : F.A. Davis, 2013

Sanger Series: The Intellectual Properties of Learning – John Willinsky (April 29 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM)

Sanger SeriesSanger Series:  The Intellectual Properties of Learning – John Willinsky

April 29 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Richmond Salons, VCU Student Commons

About the Speaker

John Willinsky is an educator, activist for open access and award-winning author. He is Khosla Family Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, a fellow at the Royal Society of Canada and director of the University of British Columbia Public Knowledge Project, the aim of which is to assist in the improvement of quality and accessibility of academic research. His books include The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006), If Only We Knew: Increasing the Public Value of Social Science Research (Routledge, 2000) and Technologies of Knowing (Beacon Press, 1999).

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Project Tycho: Data for Health Website/ University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health has developed a website that is free to the public.  The website is a compilation of weekly disease reports and surveillance tables dating back 125 years.  Some of the diseases analyzed are smallpox, polio, measles, rubella, mumps, and pertussis. This evidence could be useful in tracking and eradicating diseases.

The data is broken into different levels that are described below.

Levels of Data

Level 1 data: include data counts that have been standardized for specific analyses.

Level 2 data:  Include data counts that have been filtered from the raw data to render standardized data that can be used immediately for analysis

Level 3 data:  include all data counts that have been generated by data entry of all weekly U.S. Nationally Notifiable Disease Surveillance reports published between 1888 and 2013

For more information on the site and to explore the data sets contained there, the link for the website is below.

PLOS Collection on Maternal Health

PLOSOneIn an effort to explore why the efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goal on maternal mortality are falling short in some areas, the The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) at the Harvard School of Public Health have partnered with PLOS on a three year project to provide an open access collection on Maternal Health, which started in 2011.

Because of the interest in maternal health in the field nursing, I wanted to call your attention to this collection.  Below you will find a link to collections for the first two years, along with another collection on the topic maternal, newborn and child health that I thought may be of interest as well.

Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health Year 1: Quality of Maternal Health Care

Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF)-PLOS Collection on Maternal Health Year 2 (2012-13) – “Maternal Health is Women’s Health

Measuring Coverage in Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

Simply Map

SimplyMapLogo   A new resource that I think may be of interest. It is called Simply Map and will be very useful if you are wanting to explore the demographics of a particular region, like when trying to plan interventions into the community.  Please let me know if you have any questions about it and more information about the resource is below.

Simply Map   (link)

This is a web based Geographic information Systems (GIS) application that could be useful to users who are looking to explore data on a particular area or region.  The application allows users to be develop interactive thematic maps and export high-resolution images to word processing or presentation software. The interface is very user friendly and something that has a very short learning curve.   Some of items of interest about the database are:

  • Users can access thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data variables.  Data for all geographies include census block-groups, census tracts, ZIP codes, cities, counties, states, and the entire United States.

Data Variables Available:

Demographic Variables:

  • Population
  • Age 
  • Race 
  • Income
  • Ancestry
  • Marital Status
  • Housing
  • Employment
  • Transportation
  • Families

Historical census data:  1980, 1990, 2000

Health Data

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about disease, health status, doctor visits and more.
  • Health Questions Age 18+ & under 18
  • Death Causes
  • Users can select, sort, and compare data across multiple locations and build custom reports that can be exported to a spreadsheet for additional functionality.
  • Users can explore historical census data to understand how regions change over time and use estimates and projections to analyze current and future trends.
  • Combine locations and search for areas based on specific criteria.


  • To save your work, you will need to create a personal workspace using your VCU email address.
  • When you first use Simply Map, if you pick the “launch standard report” option there will be a short tutorial.
  • Link located in the statistics section of the VCU Nursing Research Guide


I hope this note finds you doing well.  I wanted to pass along the article citations from the August issue of the Journal of Nursing Education.  This issue has a special focus on the Doctor of Nursing Practice and because the SON is in the planning stages of implementing a DNP program I thought these articles would be of particular interest.  As of January, 2014 we will have a current subscription but until then any articles from this journal have to be requested through inter library loan.

Dunbar-Jacob, J., Nativio, D. G., & Khalil, H. (2013). Impact of Doctor of Nursing Practice Education in Shaping Health Care Systems for the Future. Journal Of Nursing Education52(8), 423-427. doi:10.3928/01484834-20130719-03

Kirkpatrick, J. M., & Weaver, T. (2013). The Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone Project: Consensus or Confusion?. Journal Of Nursing Education52(8), 435-441. doi:10.3928/01484834-20130722-01

Melnyk, B. (2013). Distinguishing the Preparation and Roles of Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduates: National Implications for Academic Curricula and Health Care Systems. Journal Of Nursing Education52(8), 442-448. doi:10.3928/01484834-20130719-01

Frantz, R. A. (2013). Resource Requirements for a Quality Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Journal Of Nursing Education52(8), 449-452. doi:10.3928/01484834-20130713-01

Sebastian, J. G., & Delaney, C. (2013). Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs: Opportunities for Faculty Development. Journal Of Nursing Education52(8), 453-461. doi:10.3928/01484834-20130722-02

Grey, M. (2013). The Doctor of Nursing Practice: Defining the Next Steps. Journal Of Nursing Education52(8), 462-465. doi:10.3928/01484834-20130719-02