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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.


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.

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


New Database – Psychiatry Online: Provides Online Access to the DSM V


VCU Libraries now has access to PsychiatryOnlineThis is a database that contains a variety of resources from the American Psychiatric Society, with one of those resources being the DSM V.  Some of the other resources you can access through this resource are:

  1. DSM® Library titles including DSM-IV-TR®, DSM-IV-TR® Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, and DSM-IV-TR® Clinical Cases
  2. Journals including The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, and Academic Psychiatry
  3. Textbooks including The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry, Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Textbook of Psychotherapeutic Treatments, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, and Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology
  4. American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the treatment of psychiatric disorders
  5. Clinical & research news from Psychiatric News
  6. Medication information handouts for patients
(Some Information Taken Directly from Database About Section)

Charting Nursing’s Future Archives: A collection of policy briefs focusing on nurses and nursing

RWJF.jpgThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 2005 has been issuing policy briefs about nursing’s future. The birefs cover a wide array of issues/topics.  These Charting Nursing’s Future are now compiled in an archive that can be accessed at the link below. 

RWJF’s Charting Nursing’s Future Archives

Some of the policy briefs contained in the archive are:

Expanding Scope of Nursing Practice – Articles & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policy Brief

With most of the provisions of theThe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act  taking effect in January, 2014 a overburdened health care delivery system will be more stressed by an increase in those seeking healthcare.  To help offset that burden there is an increased call to enable nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training.  This is reflected in a recently reflected in a brief that was produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.   Below you will find the RWJF policy brief as well as some other articles and resources on the topic. 

Articles  – Just past the PMID number into PubMed to find the article

  • Kuo, Y., Loresto, F. L., Rounds, L. R., & Goodwin, J. S. (2013). States with the least restrictive regulations experienced the largest increase in patients seen by nurse practitioners. Health Affairs, 32(7), 1236-1243. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2013.0072   
    PMID: 23836739
  • Dill, M. J., Pankow, S., Erikson, C., & Shipman, S. (2013). Survey Shows Consumers Open To A Greater Role For Physician Assistants And Nurse Practitioners. Health Affairs, 32(6), 1135-1142. 
    PMID: 23733989
  • Sangster-Gormley, E., Martin-Misener, R., & Burge, F. (2013). A case study of nurse practitioner role implementation in primary care: what happens when new roles are introduced?. BMC nursing, 12(1), 1.
    PMID: 23343534
  • Ryan, M. E., & Ebbert, D. W. (2013). Nurse Practitioner Satisfaction: Identifying Perceived Beliefs and Barriers. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9(7), 428-434.  (Not in PubMed)

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Information / Interactive Video

Medicine Symbol.png The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or Obamacare , as it has also been called, continues to be implemented with many of the major parts of the act taking effect in January, 2014.   Because of the effect these changes are going to have on the healthcare system there are many questions people have about the act and the effect it will have on them.   Below are some resources that may be helpful in answering these questions.

Full Text Of The Health Reform Law: “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”

Summary of the Affordable Care Act – Kaiser Family Foundation (click here)

Affordable Care Act and HRSA Programs (click here)

“How does the Affordable Care Act affect me” |  (click here)

“Prescribed”  –  Wall Street Journal :  Interactive video that explains how the changes in the health care system will affect the individual and the delivery of health care. 


Some Articles of Interest

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Well summer is here and while things at the library are quiet, I have had some time to do some reading.  In doing that reading I  have found some articles that touch on nursing practice and I thought could be interest. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you with your research and have a great rest of the semester.  🙂


  • Reuben, D. B., Ganz, D. A., Roth, C. P., McCreath, H. E., Ramirez, K. D., & Wenger, N. S. (2013). Effect of nurse practitioner comanagement on the care of geriatric conditions. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 61(6), 857-867. doi:10.1111/jgs.12268  – PMID: 23772723
  • Article about the research article above : “NPs valuable in care of chronic geriatric conditions | National Nursing News” ( )

Events and Classes At Tompkins-McCaw for the Months of June & July, 2013

Photographer.pngRams Reaching Out Exhibit :  An exhibition of photographs celebrating VCU Health Sciences outreach all over the world

Tompkins-McCaw Library, April 18 – Sept. 30
Tompkins-McCaw hours


Thursday, June 13, 2013




Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Open Workshop: PubMed: The Basics

Tompkins-McCaw Library

Monday, June 24, 2013


Open Workshop: RefWorks – A Citation Management Program

Tompkins-McCaw Library

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Tompkins-McCaw Library Orientation & Tour

Tompkins-McCaw Library

Tuesday, July 9, 2013




Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Tompkins-McCaw Library Orientation & Tour

Tompkins-McCaw Library

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Open Workshop: RefWorks – A Citation Management Program

Tompkins-McCaw Library

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Tompkins-McCaw Library Orientation & Tour

Tompkins-McCaw Library

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Open Online Workshop: RefWorks


“Eight Types of Nurses You Never Knew Existed | PBS NewsHour”

This past week the entry below on PBS was called to my attention.  It is a piece that talks about different types of nurses, as well as the importance nurses play.  The article/web entry below talks specifically about some of the different roles nurses can play and the video expands on that. 

“Eight Types of Nurses You Never Knew Existed | PBS NewsHour” ( )