Nursing Research Committee. Library. IT Department. Collaborating to Start an Online Nursing Research Journal Club Rose Campbell, MLIS, MS, AHIP, Medical Librarian; Sherrie Schuldheis, PhD, RN, Director, Nursing Research;
Collaborating to Start an Online Nursing Research Journal Club
Rose Campbell, MLIS, MS, AHIP, Medical Librarian; Sherrie Schuldheis, PhD, RN, Director, Nursing Research;
Christine Valdez, RN, MN, CNS, CNOR. VA Medical Center Library, Portland, OR.
Utilization of a Traditional Face-to-
Face Journal Club
• Nurses often don’t have free time to attend the
meeting when it is scheduled, even if they may have
downtime during other times during their shifts
• Night shift nurses are simply not on site during the
regularly scheduled journal club meetings
• Nurses may have down time, but are unable to leave
the patient’s bedside during the scheduled nursing
journal club meetings
• Because of scheduling, nurses may be off during the
traditional nursing journal club meetings
• Nurses at remote clinic sites may be interested in
journal club topics, but are unable to come to the
main hospital for the journal club meetings
In order to lower spatial and temporal barriers, the Nursing Research Committee along with the library and the hospital’s IT department, is developing an online nursing journal club. By offering synchronous and asynchronous interaction, the online nursing research journal club can be integrated with the traditional meetings to allow nurses to participate remotely both during and after the face-to-face journal club meeting.
Outcomes . . . so far
The nursing research journal club has a website on the hospital’s intranet
The Portland VA Medical Center (PVAMC) is a 303-bed consolidated facility and serves as referral center for Oregon, Southern Washington, and parts of Idaho. The medical center is comprised of the main hospital in Portland, OR, as well as clinics in Vancouver, WA; Portland, OR; Salem, OR; Bend, OR and Warrenton, OR.
The PVAMC is one of
only three VA Hospitals
nationwide to have achieved the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Nursing Magnet Hospital status. The PVAMC’s
Nursing Research Committee (NRC)
was instrumental in the hospital
achieving magnet status.
One of the goals of the NRC’s
continuing strategic plan is to
enhance evidence based
One of the first steps to increasing evidence based practice among nurses is to train them to find, read, critically appraise and use nursing research. In an effort to enhance nurses’ skill in these areas the Nursing Research Committee instituted a journal club to help prepare nurses for evidence based practice.
More to come . . .
• Integration with face-to-face journal club
meetings using MeetingPlace
• More content on Nursing Research
Journal Club webpage: canned PubMed
searches on hot topics, RSS content,
interactive research evaluation tools such
as online polls, and more!
• Promotion and testing of online nursing
journal club . . . creating an online
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• Free, Hosted Wiki site such as Wikispace
• VA’s Content Distribution Network (CDN)
• SharePoint (for discussion board and document
• MeetingPlace (for live meeting interaction and
Lessons of Collaboration
• Scheduling: coordinating with many busy people
makes it difficult to schedule meetings; the process
may take longer than expected.
• Nurse Staffing: nurses primary focus is patient care.
Nurses are staffed at a level such that if there is
somebody out sick, secondary activities get
• The IT department is not a single point of contact:
be sure to talk to many different people to get the
entire picture. What might be recommended as a
solution by a webmaster may not be a good idea
from a security viewpoint.
• Get people invested in the project, not yourself:
get people excited about the project, then you can
frame requests as “this project needs your valuable
input” rather than “I need your help”.
• Patience and persistence are essential.
Step one: Identify a platform:
• Ability to post articles
• Discussion board
• Integration with face-to-face meeting
• Ability to record, post, and playback a live meeting
• Security Issues
• Does the platform require a server?
• Is there server space available?
• Does the platform cost money?
• Is the platform already licensed by the organization?
• Ease of use
And an online discussion forum with ability to post