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BMJ and RCNi form B2B sales partnership for RCNi Learning – a new nursing e-learning platform
- 21 Apr 2016

Global healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has announced that it is now the exclusive sales channel for institutional customers outside the UK wanting access to RCNi Learning – a brand new e-learning platform from RCNi for nurses and nursing students.

RCNi is part of the Royal College of Nursing Group, connecting over 430,000 nurses worldwide. The collaboration builds on existing links between BMJ and RCNi.

RCNi Learning is a brand new interactive online learning resource that supports nurses through their academic studies and helps them complete vital continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.

The platform launches with 135 modules, covering topics such as communication, cancer, acute care, wound care, and mental health, with 50 more due for release in the coming weeks. Podcasts, images, case studies, and practical skills based exercises are used to create a rich learning environment.

Accredited by the Royal College of Nursing to ensure it meets the highest standards of excellence, RCNi Learning promotes best practice, and provides effective education outcomes to improve patient care.

RCNi Learning works perfectly on smartphones and tablets enabling learning on the go and very soon there will also be an app for Apple and Android devices so users will be able to learn even without access to the internet.

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RCNi launch new e-learning platform - RCNi Learning
- 15 Mar 2016

RCNi has launched an e-learning platform with more than 100 modules to support nurses through their studies, continuing professional development (CPD) and revalidation.

The interactive online resource, called RCNi Learning, launched with 135 modules covering 43 topics, including communication, cancer, acute care, wound care and mental health. A further 50 modules will be released in the coming weeks. The modules, which will help nurses and nursing students to bridge the gap between theory and practice, are evidence-based and peer-reviewed.

The resource includes videos, images, case studies, tests with rationales for correct and incorrect answers, and time-out exercises. It is also optimised for using on mobile devices.

It is fully integrated with the RCNi Portfolio, so certificates from RCNi Learning modules can be saved in the portfolio and used as evidence for revalidation.

The platform, which is available to individual nurses, students, healthcare institutions, universities and other learning organisations, has been accredited by the RCN through a rigorous quality assessment process. It can be used to prepare nursing students for clinical practice and to supplement curriculum learning.

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Wolters Kluwer and Laerdal Medical expand vSim for Nursing
- 09 Sep 2015

Wolters Kluwer and Laerdal Medical have expanded vSim for Nursing™ with 52 additional curriculum-driven patient scenarios to be used with Fundamentals, Pharmacology, Gerontology, Maternity, and Pediatric curriculum.

With vSim for Nursing, nursing students experience realistic patient encounters that are essential to their success in clinical practice. The product combines leading-edge virtual simulation technology from Laerdal, simulation scenarios developed jointly with the National League for Nursing (NLN), and Wolters Kluwer's deep curriculum expertise and trusted Lippincott CoursePoint+ curriculum and materials.

Accessed online, vSim for Nursing simulates a patient encounter using computer-animated avatars that allow nursing students to access and practice patient care anytime and anywhere. The virtual simulation environment helps build competence by introducing nursing students to realistic scenarios where they are responsible for making a variety of clinical reasoning decisions. The simulator reacts to each care decision and tracks these actions so that they can be reviewed and measured with personalized feedback after the scenario. The post-scenario report is then stored for reflection and continued learning.

The Fundamentals and Pharmacology vSims were released in August, while Gerontology, Maternity, and Pediatric simulations were released earlier this year. Each vSim for Nursing course is embedded with SmartSense links to clinical information. Also included are curriculum resources such as suggested reading, pre- and post-simulation activities, documentation exercises to be utilised with Lippincott DocuCare, and guided reflection questions.

Designed for use throughout the nursing program, vSim for Nursing is available for individual or institutional sales to nursing schools as a standalone product or as part of Lippincott CoursePoint+, a total course solution that includes integrated course content and adaptive quizzing. The product can be purchased through Laerdal Medical or Wolters Kluwer Health sales representatives.

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Springer Publishing Company releases three new iOS nursing apps on the App Store
- 11 Feb 2015

Academic and professional publisher Springer Publishing Company, US, has announced the release of its three new iOS nursing apps on the App Store - Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Q&A Review, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification Q&A Review, and Certified Nurse Educator Q&A Review. All three apps provide comprehensive, interactive self-assessment tools for nurses preparing for the respective exams, and each is based on one of Springer Publishing Company's most acclaimed titles.

Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Q&A Review is adapted from Maria T. Codena Leik's book Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review: Fast Facts and Practice Questions, Second Edition. It features 585 questions modelled after those on the certification exam, and the option for users to create practice tests, with instant results that allow users to evaluate their performance by score, quiz, and topic area, and review the rationales behind test answers. The available questions encompass a broad range of 19 categories, from Health Care Delivery & Policy to Mental Health to Substance Abuse.

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification Q&A Review is adapted from Leik's title, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review: Fast Facts and Practice Questions, Second Edition. It offers the same outstanding features, featuring 600 questions from the book in 19 different categories, from Gastrointestinal to Cardiovascular to Neurological.

Certified Nurse Educator Q&A Review is adapted from Certified Nurse Educator Review Manual by Ruth Wittmann-Price PhD, CNS, RN, CNE and Maryann Godshall MS, PhD, CNE, CCRN, CPN. It features 350 questions in the categories of: Engage in Scholarship, Service & Leadership; Facilitate Learner Development & Socialization; Facilitate Learning; Participate in Curriculum Design & Evaluation of Program Outcomes; Pursue Continuous Quality Improvement in the Academic Nurse Educator Role; and Use Assessment & Evaluation Strategies.

All three apps are now available on the App Store, and are compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices running iOS 5.1.1 or later.

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Wolters Kluwer Health announces endorsement of NCLEX preparation product by CNSA
- 04 Sep 2014

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health has announced that Lippincott NCLEX-RN® PassPoint has been selected as the only NCLEX Exam preparation solution officially endorsed by the Canadian Nursing Students' Association (CNSA). Lippincott PassPoint is a prominent NCLEX-preparation learning tool in the US, and is now poised to become a familiar resource in Canada.

Beginning in 2015, all new nurses in Canada will be required to pass the standard US National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to meet certification. Although all registered nurses working in the US are highly familiar with and have passed the NCLEX, this is the first time it will be required in Canada.

Lippincott PassPoint is a powerful, online learning tool created specifically to help students hone their understanding and improve preparedness for NCLEX-RN. The product is powered by prepU, an adaptive learning system that continually adjusts to each student's demonstrated level of learning. The NCLEX is a computerised adaptive test, so the adaptive nature of PassPoint provides an authentic practice experience. Research shows that nearly 99 percent of students who use PassPoint report that they pass NCLEX — more than 10 percentage points higher than the US national average.

In PassPoint, students can take practice quizzes that adapt in difficulty and reinforce knowledge of individual needs, topics or nursing concepts. With each new quiz, the system adapts to the student's current knowledge level, so the questions are neither too easy nor too hard. They also can take simulated NCLEX-RN exams to gauge their readiness for the actual licensure experience. Students can take practice exams as many times as they wish and benchmark their performance across time. PassPoint also provides detailed performance insight to help instructors and students determine where to focus future study.

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Wolters Kluwer Health and Laerdal Medical unveil virtual simulation learning tool for nursing students, vSim for Nursing
- 28 Jan 2014

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry, and Laerdal Medical, a provider of simulation solutions for healthcare, have introduced vSim for Nursing™, an online learning solution.

Co-developed by Wolters Kluwer Health and Laerdal Medical, vSim for Nursing simulates curriculum-driven patient scenarios. The product integrates Laerdal's leading-edge virtual simulation technology with Wolters Kluwer Health's curriculum expertise and rich Lippincott course materials entrusted by nursing educators. The product was unveiled and demonstrated at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) conference.

Accessed online, vSim for Nursing simulates a patient encounter using computer-animated avatars that allow nursing students to access and practice patient care anytime and anywhere. The "virtual" simulation environment helps build competence by introducing nursing students to realistic scenarios where they are responsible for making a variety of clinical reasoning decisions. The simulator reacts to each patient-care decision and tracks these actions so that they can be reviewed and measured with personalised feedback after the scenario. The post-scenario report is then stored for reflection and continued learning. By allowing repetitive practice, students can build their confidence and competence in a safe environment.

The first available product in the vSim for Nursing product line features 10 virtual simulation patients, each representing a different scenario based on the Volume 1 Complex Care Medical-Surgical scenarios developed and endorsed by the National League for Nursing (NLN) as critical knowledge areas for all nursing students.

With vSim for Nursing, the experience begins with suggested readings and a pre-simulation quiz. Then, students are able to complete the virtual simulation, interacting online in realistic patient-nurse encounters where they can ask the patient questions, review a patient's chart and make care decisions for a specific diagnosis. The product evaluates the student's performance and generates a personalised feedback log for each patient scenario. Following the virtual simulation, a post-simulation quiz, documentation activities and guided reflection questions enhance the learning experience. Throughout the learning path, students have access to SmartSense links to additional learning opportunities through real-world point-of-care content from Lippincott Advisor and Lippincott Procedures.

Designed for use throughout the nursing program, vSim for Nursing|Medical-Surgical is available for individual or institutional sales to nursing schools. Additional vSim for Nursing products are currently in development for all core undergraduate nursing courses. It is sold as part of Lippincott CoursePoint, a total course solution that includes integrated course content and adaptive quizzing, or as a standalone product.

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Elsevier announces addition of new content types to Mosby's Nursing Consult
- 12 Nov 2013

STM publisher Elsevier has announced the addition of new content types to Mosby's Nursing Consult. The latest edition will be available in early November, along with an enhanced mobile app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android. New content has been added for diseases and disorders, labs and diagnostics, and more.

Mosby's Nursing Consult brings leading resources together in one integrated online platform to help nurses efficiently find answers to important clinical questions. Mosby's Nursing Consult is a trusted resource for clinical nurses, nurse administrators and nurse faculty.

Mosby's Nursing Consult puts trusted clinical information into nurses' hands and claims to be the most trusted and comprehensive online resource for nurses, offering authoritative information to help provide better patient care. The Mosby's Nursing Consult App is available for free from the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch or from Google Play for Android devices.

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Wolters Kluwer Health collaborates with Joint Commission Resources to develop eCourses for nurses
- 05 Nov 2013

Wolters Kluwer Health, a global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, has announced the availability of professional development eCourses for nurses that were developed in collaboration with Joint Commission Resources (JCR), official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. This first set of 30 courses focuses on Compliance, Patient Safety and Heart Failure care. All of the new courses are included in Lippincott's Professional Development Programs, an e-Learning library available to hospitals and other health institutions.

The new eCourses are the first to be released as a result of the collaboration announced in July between JCR and Wolters Kluwer Health. Designed to help hospitals meet Joint Commission certification and accreditation requirements, all of the new courses have been reviewed and certified by The Joint Commission experts.

This first set of online courses includes 10 on Compliance; 10 on Patent Safety; and 10 on disease-specific care certification support for Heart Failure. A second set of 10 courses on Heart Failure and 10 on Stroke will be available in March 2014; and a third set of 10 additional Stroke courses is expected to be available in June 2014. Thereafter, JCR and The Joint Commission experts will continue to add new courses in other disease-specific care areas, and review, update and certify content on a quarterly basis.

Lippincott's Professional Development Programs consist of evidence-based online courses organized into programs by key nursing specialties and topic areas, such as critical care, cardiovascular care, obstetrics, neurologic care, pediatrics, behavioral health, compliance and patient safety. Designed to optimise nurses' clinical performance, most courses include continuing education (CE) credit and are delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats.

Lippincott's Professional Development Programs are part of Lippincott's Nursing Solutions, a series of evidence-based software applications designed to improve patient outcomes, enhance nurse competency, standardise care, save time and promote clinical excellence.

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Wolters Kluwer Health launches Lippincott's NCLEX-RN PassPoint, powered by PrepUTM
- 17 Oct 2013

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health has introduced Lippincott's NCLEX-RN PassPoint, powered by PrepUTM. This adaptive learning and exam prep tool for nursing students simulates the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) with comprehensive, adaptive practice exams, and includes access to thousands of pages of evidence-based, clinically oriented content.

Lippincott's PassPoint is built on and expands upon the content and functionality of Lippincott's NCLEX RN 10,000, powered by PrepU, which has been proven to improve classroom performance and optimise students' chances of passing the NCLEX-RN.

Students can use Lippincott's PassPoint to prepare for the NCLEX-RN and make a smooth transition from the classroom to nursing practice. PassPoint offers students practice quizzes that adapt in difficulty and reinforce knowledge of specific components of the nursing curriculum, along with instructor-driven assignments to validate understanding of core content. Students can complete multiple simulated NCLEX-RN tests to gauge their readiness to sit for licensure.

PassPoint helps prepare students to succeed in nursing practice by exposing them to the leading evidence-based content used in over 1,500 healthcare facilities nationwide. PassPoint links directly to content from both Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills, which includes step-by-step instructions for clinical skills competencies, and Lippincott's Nursing Advisor, which provides specific clinical answers synthesised into entries on diseases and conditions, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatments, and hospital-acquired conditions. Both of these products are trusted and used by thousands of direct care nurses at the bedside to support better patient care through evidence-based practice.

Nursing school faculty can also review student progress on the simulated exam via PassPoint. The PassPoint practice exam simulator will help instructors and students determine knowledge gaps, remediate to rectify challenging areas, and build confidence as the real certification test approaches. Detailed summary reports track students' ongoing performance, helping them evaluate weaknesses and strengths and prioritise areas for deeper study.

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Wolters Kluwer Health introduces two specialised mobile apps of Lippincott's Nursing Drug Handbook
- 15 Aug 2013

Information and point-of-care solutions provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has introduced two specialised mobile applications of Lippincott's Nursing Drug Handbook, the best-selling drug reference for nurses. Designed for use with iPad and iPhone, these apps are the industry's first electronic references for nurses to focus on drugs used in oncology and psychiatry. Both are subsets of the Nursing Drug Handbook app, which provides the fastest access to the most current drug information for nurses.

The Oncology drug app provides access to 169 antineoplastic drugs and the Psychiatric app includes 240 drugs used to treat psychiatric disorders and conditions. Nurses need immediate access to drug information so they can fully understand each drug prescribed for their patients, including the actions, dosage and adverse reactions. Fast access to accurate specialty drug information helps nurses ensure safe medication administration.

The Nursing Drug Handbook apps claim to provide the fastest access to nursing-specific drug information, allowing nurses to find drug facts anytime, anywhere in seconds. The full Nursing Drug Handbook app helps nurses find what they are looking for up to twice as fast as other nursing-specific drug apps. In addition, all of the Nursing Drug Handbook apps provide access to the most current drug information through weekly updates, making them the most frequently updated nursing drug apps in the industry.

The full Nursing Drug Handbook app features drug monographs addressing more than 900 generic and nearly 3,000 brand name drugs. It currently has the most comprehensive collection of pill images – more than 400 are included – to help nurses confidently identify their patients’ medications. Like the full version, both the Oncology and Psychiatric versions allow nurses to search for desired drugs alphabetically, by pharmacologic class and by therapeutic class. They include a dosage calculator, customisable notes, a favorites list, and detailed monographs, all in a user-friendly programme.

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Wolters Kluwer Health and Joint Commission Resources collaborate to develop eCourses for nurses
- 19 Jul 2013

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has signed an agreement with Joint Commission Resources (JCR), official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission, to develop online professional development courses for nurses in hospitals and other health institutions. These eCourses will be included in Lippincott's Professional Development Programs catalogue for sale to providers.

The initial development effort calls for Wolters Kluwer Health to develop and provide 50 courses, including 10 on patient safety, 10 on compliance, and 30 supporting disease-specific care certification in Heart Failure and Stroke. As the official publisher of The Joint Commission, JCR will review and verify the quality of the courses. The courses will be available to all providers and institutions by working with their Lippincott's Nursing Solutions representative to select the appropriate programmes from the course catalogue.

The courses will be packaged into four programs within the library - Patient Safety, Compliance, Disease-specific Certification for Heart Failure, and Disease-specific Certification for Stroke. Each will enable nurses to learn what they need to provide excellent patient care.

Lippincott's Professional Development Programs consist of evidence-based online courses organised into programmes by key nursing specialties and topic areas. Each course is designed to optimise nurses' clinical performance. In addition, nurses can improve their management and leadership skills with goals that include continuous improvement of patient outcomes and ongoing evaluation of nursing competence. Most include case studies and/or tutorial modules delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats.

In addition to institutional purchase, the courses will be included with the courses currently for sale on www.lww.com. In total, almost 300 courses will be available for direct purchase within the Lippincott's Professional Development catalogue. These courses cover a variety of specialty areas including critical care, cardiovascular care, obstetrics, neurology, pediatrics, behavioral health, and a wide variety of compliance, patient safety, professional development and disease state issues.

Starting this fall, the new co-developed courses will be available by subscription to hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

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Elsevier Australia launches new nursing app for self-testing and easy revision
- 16 May 2013

STM publisher Elsevier Australia has announced the launch of the first app in its Clinical Cases app series 'Clinical Cases – Fundamentals of Nursing'. This nursing app is purpose-designed for self-testing and easy revision.

The complete 'Clinical Cases – Fundamentals of Nursing' app features 24 progressive case studies with integrated multiple-choice questions and answer rationales; 150 flash cards to test nurses on key nursing definitions; timed word games; and a medical glossary.

The initial download, includes two detailed nursing case studies, flash cards, word puzzles and a glossary. Nurses can then pick and choose from the remaining case studies, selecting the ones that best suit their needs. They can buy the remaining 22 case studies at once, buy them one at a time, or purchase themed sets of two, such as Adolescent Mental Health and Mental Health 1 & 2 or Acute Care 1 & 2.

To further enhance their learning experience, nurses can use the app in conjunction with Elsevier Australia's bestselling nursing textbook, Potter and Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, 4th ANZ Edition by Jackie Crisp, Catherine Taylor, Clint Douglas and Geraldine Rebeiro, and the accompanying Clinical Skills Workbook, 2nd Edition by Geraldine Rebeiro, Leanne Jack and app authors Natashia Scully and Damian Wilson.

The app is compatible with Apple iPhone (optimised for iPhone 5), iPod touch and iPad and will soon also be available for android devices via Google Play.

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Elsevier launches Mosby's Nursing Consult App
- 22 Apr 2013

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of its Mosby's Nursing Consult App, now on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Mosby's Nursing Consult puts trusted clinical information into nurses' hands.

Features include patient education (including Spanish when available); drug calculators; drug monograph sections; and nursing recommendations from evidence-based nursing monographs.

Updated patient handouts, drug monographs and evidence-based nursing monographs from Nursing Consult are available every time a nurse accesses the app and is connected to the Internet, while the drug calculators will work online or offline. Being able to access Nursing Consult through an app means that nurses can get the clinical information they need anywhere, any time, wherever their patients are located.

Mosby's Nursing Consult claims to be the most trusted and comprehensive online resource for nurses, offering authoritative information to help provide better patient care. The App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com.

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EBSCO Publishing releases CINAHL Complete
- 27 Feb 2013

Electronic research databases provider EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), US, has announced that CINAHL, a research tool for nursing and allied health literature, will now provide even more content with the introduction of CINAHL Complete. The database will offer 71 percent more full-text journals than are available in CINAHL Plus with Full Text.

CINAHL Complete claims to be the most comprehensive set of nursing and allied health indexing with full text for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. With full-text coverage dating back to 1937, this authoritative file contains full text for more than 1,300 journals, many with no embargos, and over 1,460 journals with searchable cited references. Additionally, there is deep full text for many important titles with no embargoes such as titles from the American Diabetes Association.

Available only from EBSCO, CINAHL Complete is also compatible with the point-of-care tool, Nursing Reference Center.

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LWW to sponsor Nursing2013 Symposium for direct care nurses
- 07 Feb 2013

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, is sponsoring the conference Nursing2013 Symposium: The Conference for Clinical Excellence, which will be held March 19-22, 2013, at the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The goal of the conference is to elevate the nursing practice and promoting innovation in quality of patient care. LWW is the publisher of Nursing2013.

The meeting is designed for nurses in direct care positions as well as aspiring new leaders. Nurses will reportedly attend a sweeping variety of sessions taught by the country's premier experts on such topics as heart failure, trauma, pain management, diabetes and healthy work environments. Symposium attendees will also earn contact hours, network with colleagues and meet with vendors and industry representatives in the exhibit hall.

The symposium launches on March 19, with four preconference workshops including the Med-Surg Certification Review Course, Pharmacology: Simplified, Not Mystified; 12-Lead ECG Interpretation; and Adult Physical Assessment. Jeff Doucette, Vice President and CNO of Mary Immaculate Hospital, delivers the Opening Address, 'Leading from Where You Are: Creating a Culture that Inspires.

March 20 will begin with the 'Nurse of the Year Award' presentation, followed by keynote speaker Charles Denham, Founder and Chairman, Texas Medical Institute of Technology. Dr. Denham will explore high performance leadership in his session, 'A Lifesaver for Lifesavers: How to Survive the Rough Seas of Patient Safety and Value-Based Purchasing Demands'.

Breakout sessions follow and will continue through March 21. Topics include patient safety, kidney failure, sleep apnea, caring for the oncology patient, writing for professional publications and workplace conflict. Experts will also present general sessions on patient advocacy, achieving a healthy lifestyle and end-of-life issues.

On March 22, Laskowski-Jones will deliver the closing session on 'Developing the Leader in You: A Plan for Success.'

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Elsevier launches Core Measures in Quality and Safety section of Mosby's Nursing Consult
- 19 Oct 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of Core Measures in the Quality and Safety section of Mosby's Nursing Consult. Core Measures is in addition to content on CMS Never Events and Medication Safety already available in Nursing Consult.

The Quality and Safety section of Mosby's Nursing Consult provides nurses with resources to preserve patient safety and implement quality improvement measures. Quality and Safety information is reviewed regularly and updated as nursing evidence and practice evolve. Educators can use the information for in-service staff sessions and librarians can use the updated content to provide research support for a hospital.

Healthcare facilities are required to follow the Core Measures in order to receive Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reimbursement and accreditation by The Joint Commission (TJC). Core Measures serve as a standardised set of evaluation criteria to assess care through recommended treatment, patient education, patient assessment and discharge instructions.

CMS Never Events offers links to resources such as books, journals, guidelines, patient education, images, and tools for ten healthcare-acquired conditions to assist nurses in preventing situations such as conducting surgery on the wrong patient or at an incorrect site.

Medication Safety provides resources to help nurses minimise the risk of medication errors and improve medication safety. Information is included on paediatric populations and specific classes of drugs to improve patient care.

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Lippincott's new Surgical Review Library App prepares surgical residents for board certification
- 02 Oct 2012

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has launched Lippincott's Surgical Review Library App, the first mobile application of the two best-selling review guides used by surgical residents to prepare for board certification. Included in the review library are mobile Q&A versions of Greenfield's Surgery and General Surgery Board Review, the most sought after print and online test-prep resources available to surgical residents. Available now for iPhone and iPad, the new app can be downloaded through the Apple app store.

Lippincott's Surgical Review Library App is a collection of five test-prep modules that can be purchased together or separately. Designed to help surgical residents expand their knowledge base and enhance their test scores, the new library allows the review process to continue on the go. The collection includes Greenfield's Q&A Review: Practice Tests 1, 2, and 3; and General Surgery Q&A Board Review, resources familiar to most surgical residents, but - until now - never available in a mobile app.

The new review library is specifically designed as a comprehensive study aid to help surgeons prepare for certification, recertification or the ABSITE. It uses board-style multiple-choice review questions to test readiness for these examinations. Answers are accompanied by detailed explanations for correct and incorrect responses. The app also provides stat tracking to gauge performance. In addition, users can randomise the order of quiz questions, and can also sort by content area, previously answered questions, and quiz length. A timed practice-test mode simulates the real test environment. Bookmarking lets users save difficult questions for future study.

One of the modules within the app, Greenfield's Q&A Review, offers a total of 882 questions and answers that span 17 subject areas from Transplantation & Immunology to Skin & Soft Tissue. The full Greenfield's Q&A Review module is also available in three smaller offerings, each with 294 questions and answers and sold individually. Another module, General Surgery Q&A Board Review, offers 275 questions and answers to provide a current and methodical review of all areas covered in the exams-both general surgery and all surgical subspecialties.

Lippincott's Surgical Review Library App is available for download immediately from the Apple app store. The library itself can be downloaded at no cost and then users can select for purchase any or all of the individual review modules contained in the collection.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins announces updates to Lippincott's Professional Development Programs
- 06 Sep 2012

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced that it has completed several updates to Lippincott's Professional Development Programs, a series of online continuing education solutions for nurses in hospitals and other health institutions. Two new categories of e-courses are now available including pediatrics and hospital-acquired diseases. In addition, five new nursing competency evaluations have been incorporated into the programme.

Lippincott's Professional Development Programs consist of evidence-based online courses organised into programmes by key nursing specialties and topic areas. Each course is developed and designed to optimise nurses' clinical performance. In addition, nurses can improve their management and leadership skills with goals that include continuous improvement of patient outcomes and ongoing evaluation of nursing competence. Most programmes consist of e-courses, which include case studies and/or tutorial modules delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats. Competency evaluations assess a nurse's ability to think critically and analyse clinical situations.

The new Hospital-Acquired Conditions programme consists of six new courses each addressing a single hospital-acquired condition. Also new is the Pediatric Nursing programme, which has a total of 13 courses addressing pediatric diseases and conditions. Several existing e-courses also were reviewed and, as appropriate, updated to meet new guidelines including the 12-Lead ECG, ECG Rhythm Strip program, and the Preventing Ventilator-Assisted Pneumonia (VAP) course.

In addition to new courses, five new competency evaluation modules were added which expand the program's evaluation component to include seven programmes and a total of 17 modules. These programmes evaluate the knowledge, critical thinking and analytical ability of nursing staff. Designed for healthcare institutions, these evaluations assess nurses' competency levels by providing online case study assessments that require knowledge of the latest evidence-based rationales.

Competency evaluation module test questions have been updated to utilise embedded audio including heart sounds and breath sounds to provide a more complex and interactive testing environment. The programmes and accompanying test exercises help build confidence as competency, skills and performance improve. Pre-test and post-test embedded self-assessments, images, charts and video clips add realism and improve information retention.

The upgraded Lippincott's Professional Development Programs are available immediately by subscription to hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

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Elsevier and Prophecy Healthcare collaborate to enhance staff development offerings for healthcare organisations
- 26 Mar 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced its collaboration with Prophecy Healthcare. Prophecy Healthcare provides the premier nurse assessment suite that evaluates not only the knowledge of nurse applicants, but also their attitudes, personalities, interpersonal competence, and decision making processes.

Under the deal, Elsevier will distribute Prophecy's pre-hire and clinical competency assessments to complement its Mosby's Nursing Suite and Elsevier Performance Manager solutions to provide a 360-degree, online solution for assessment, staff development and competency tracking.

Prophecy claims to be the only testing programme in the healthcare market that takes a holistic, or 'whole person,' approach to predicting job performance. The combined results help promote patient safety and satisfaction, while reducing internal conflict and turnover. Hospitals using Prophecy report that the quality of their hires improves and retention levels increase almost immediately.

Mosby's Nursing Suite includes Mosby's Nursing Skills, standardising the way clinical and practical skills are taught, learned and administered; Mosby's Nursing Consult, delivering the fast, accurate clinical information your nurses need; Mosby's Index, enhancing patient outcomes through research-based care; and Mosby's eLearning, advancing healthcare with confidence through continuing education.

Elsevier Performance Manager is an online education and performance management solution that offers tools to better manage, develop and communicate with hospital staff.

Elsevier will distribute Prophecy's nationally validated pre-hire healthcare assessments and clinical competency assessments, helping facilities to predict job performance of candidates as well as to identify continued areas for growth of incumbent staff.

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Pearson Higher Education launches Readypoint Nursing to prepare Nurses for practice
- 23 Mar 2012

Pearson Higher Education has announced a major investment in nursing education with the launch of Readypoint Nursing. Readypoint Nursing is the first programme to fully integrate learning with assessment to help ensure that students are prepared not only for professional licensure but to launch their careers and practice nursing.

Readypoint Nursing offers the most advanced reporting of student progress and targeted remediation available. Created in collaboration with thousands of nurse educators, Readypoint Nursing is designed to help students 'think like a nurse' from day one in the classroom. It is seamlessly integrated with Pearson's MyNursingLab and provides students, nurse educators and administrators with unprecedented insight into student performance. Since Readypoint Nursing works with each student from the first day of class, an individual student's readiness can be determined at any point to measure mastery in core topic areas, or to identify and address the student's needs for remediation.

Readypoint Nursing will be showcased at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing annual meeting on March 24-27 in Washington, DC. It will be available in Summer 2012.



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WK Health to offer nursing programmes to HealthStream customers
- 09 Mar 2012

Healthcare information provider Wolters Kluwer Health (WK Health), US, has partnered with HealthStream, a provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry. Under the deal, WK Health will offer the Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs product suite to HealthStream’s customer base of healthcare organisations. The partnership was announced at HealthStream’s Customer Summit, March 6 – 9, 2012, which is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Resort in Nashville.

Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs are projected as evidence-based, interactive learning tools that are designed to help clinical nurses improve nurse competency and meet compliance standards. Each programme contains a series of online courses, case studies, competency evaluations, and/or tutorials delivered in an interactive format.

The 21 educational and training programmes included in Lippincott’s Professional Development Programs will be offered through the HealthStream Learning Center, HealthStream’s learning platform. Lippincott’s Nursing Procedures and Skills and Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor are already offered by HealthStream to its customer base of approximately half of the acute-care hospitals in the US. With this latest agreement, HealthStream customers can utilise all of Lippincott’s Nursing Solutions - a point-of-care nursing workflow product suite - to optimise nursing performance, increase clinical knowledge, ensure staff competence, and improve patient outcomes.

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Elsevier unveils SimChart educational EHR system for nursing students
- 08 Feb 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of SimChart, an educational simulated electronic health record (EHR) system designed for nursing students.

SimChart is projected to cover the core areas of nursing including medical surgical, paediatrics, women's health and psychiatric. It is said to combine practical, real-world experience in electronic documentation with integrated educator support to incorporate EHR practice into a nursing education curriculum. Fully web-based and built using Elsevier's clinical content, SimChart comes equipped with several real-life cases that allow students and educators to incorporate electronic documentation into the classroom, simulation centre, skills lab and clinical setting. Users can expect to practice in a safe, monitored environment before they practice on real patients, and also customise their content by adding additional cases into the system. The interface prepares students to chart on any system they may encounter in a practice or clinical setting.

Additionally, SimChart is said to offer distinctive features such as comprehensive instructor support by Elsevier. This includes training, an implementation manual and educator-oriented webinars and videos; educational tools which bolster the care planning and patient teaching skills of students; and evaluation features which allow instructors to assess and grade students' documentation and generate reports. It also offers clinical Decision Support via direct access to Elsevier resources such as Mosby's Nursing Consult Student Edition (which includes content from 20 nursing and medical texts), and Elsevier CPM Resource Center's CPMGuidelines, which deliver concise evidence-based information to inter-professional clinicians.

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Elsevier launches NursingChina, a bilingual international nursing skill training and management platform
- 17 Jan 2012

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its first bilingual platform of international nursing skill training and management, NursingChina, is now available online.

NursingChina is the first bilingual, nursing online reference product available in China, featuring skills within specialties such as Critical Care Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Pediatric Acute and Critical Care, Maternal / Newborn, Mental Health, Neonatal, Perioperative, Oncology and more. Building from Mosby Nursing Skills, NursingChina offers Chinese nurses, nursing students and educators Mobsy Nursing Skills' convenient online access to evidence-based nursing skills and procedures.

NursingChina's content has been translated to Chinese from Mosby Nursing Skills, which claims to be an authoritative nursing resource with insights from leading nursing societies, including American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.). The resource is continuously updated to reflect the latest in evidence-based practice.

NursingChina presents nursing skills in multiple formats such as quick sheets, video/animations, images and extended texts to help students understand core nursing facts and procedures more easily. Online competency tests and checklists allow students to test their skills, meanwhile for nurse educators a convenient management training system is provided to facilitate their planning, monitoring and evaluation training, is also available.

The launch of NursingChina follows the 12th five-year plan of the China Government's Health Development Planning Framework and the China Nursing Development Planning Framework (2011-2015). NursingChina plays an active role in the standardisation of nurse training in China. It enhances the capacity of nursing services and improves nursing technical skills across the country, through 24/7 access to one of the top international nursing skills online resources for more than 2 million Chinese practicing nurses and students.

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Elsevier collaborates with A.S.P.E.N. to review skills related to nutrition care in Mosby's Nursing Skills
- 07 Dec 2011

E-learning solutions provider Elsevier/MC Strategies, US, has announced its collaboration with the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) to review and amend the nutrition-related skills in Mosby's Nursing Skills.

Mosby's Nursing Skills is a comprehensive, combined reference product and competency management system. Designed for healthcare nursing professionals, Mosby's Nursing Skills gives nurses the opportunity to meet the nursing-education and training needs through utilisation of more than 1,000 skills, available 24/7. Mosby's Nursing Skills is part of Elsevier's Mosby's Nursing Suite, an online solution that provides training, education, skills reference and support at the point of care.

Elsevier will work alongside with A.S.P.E.N. in reviewing the nutrition skills to ensure that all content available is consistent and complies with A.S.P.E.N.'s Guidelines and Standards.

A.S.P.E.N. joins the list of organisations that have collaborated with Elsevier to develop and review areas within Mosby's Nursing Skills. Among them are the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), American of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

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Elsevier and ExitCare collaborate to enhance patient education
- 17 Nov 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced a collaboration with ExitCare LLC, an enterprise-wide solution for patient education. ExitCare's content provides Elsevier customers with patient education information available in multiple languages. The ExitCare system's ability to identify and provide appropriate patient education documents helps providers meet their patient's educational needs.

ExitCare now provides Mosby's Nursing Consult customers more than 6,000 instructions, the majority at a 6th-8th grade reading level, with additional instructions at a 2nd-4th grade reading level. The majority of the English titles have been translated to Spanish. Mosby's Nursing Consult customers are able to select the content in eight available languages to best fit the organisation's patient population.

Additionally, other benefits to Mosby's Nursing Consult users include graphics featured within many patient instructions; Emergency Department Discharge Instructions as part of the product solution; and quarterly content updates. Plans are also underway to integrate ExitCare content into the offerings of Elsevier/Gold Standard, as well as MDConsult.

Mosby's Nursing Consult leverages content from leading nursing resources to help nursing professionals find answers to their clinical questions, bringing evidence-based, best practices to the point of care. A combined reference tool and competency management system, Mosby's Nursing Skills is a comprehensive resource designed to meet the nurse education and training needs of healthcare organisations, all through online access to evidence-based skills and procedures. Both solutions are part of Mosby's Nursing Suite, which provides healthcare organisations a line of reference and education resources for nursing professionals.

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Cengage Learning EMEA acquires Nelson Thornes' Nursing & Allied Health list
- 07 Jun 2011

Teaching, learning and research solutions provider Cengage Learning EMEA has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Nelson Thornes' Nursing & Allied Health list. Cengage Learning publishes under the imprints of Delmar, Wadsworth and Gale well known titles such as Gloria Pickar's Dosage Calculations, The Delmar Nursing Skills DVD series and Gale's Nursing Resource Center.

The Nursing & Allied Health list acquired from Nelson Thornes strengthens the healthcare portfolio by increasing the range of titles suited to local markets. Flagship titles transferred include Quinn's Principles and Practice of Nurse Education, Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care and the Foundations in Nursing and Health Care series.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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ProQuest acquires BNI
- 01 Jun 2011

Information resources and technologies provider ProQuest, US, has acquired BNI, a database for nursing and midwifery in the UK. BNI - shortened from British Nursing Index - has been compiled through a partnership of the libraries at Bournemouth University, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal College of Nursing and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

ProQuest has built a long-term relationship with BNI through its distribution via Dialog, its business unit serving the professional market. Indexing more than 240 English-language titles including essential international nursing and midwifery journals and selective content from medical, allied health and management titles, BNI is known for reliability and precision.

Its editorial process relies upon indexing by librarians with experience in providing information services to nurses and midwives. The database is updated monthly, making it one of the most current bibliographic resources of its kind. ProQuest plans to invest in BNI, making it a full-text resource that expands well beyond the UK market. Content will continue to be accessed through the new ProQuest Dialog service and will ultimately be available on the all-new unified ProQuest platform, where it will be cross-searchable with all ProQuest content.

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Elsevier, Redfox Technologies and Microsoft launch e-learning netbook for nurses and nursing students in the Philippines
- 06 May 2011

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, Redfox Technologies and Microsoft have announced the launch of the iCitizen Nursing Skills Netbook, an integrated and affordable e-learning netbook for nurses and nursing students in the Philippines.

As part of this partnership, the Redfox Netbook is being powered by the Windows 7 operating system and enhanced with the Microsoft Office 2010 productivity suite. This software within the netbook is further complemented with a selection of the Mosby's Nursing skills software from Elsevier.

It has been observed that nurses are faced with the challenge of constantly updating their skills, not only to keep abreast of the rapidly evolving standards of local health ministries but, more importantly, to provide a higher quality of healthcare to patients. The iCitizen Nursing Skills Netbook will help both practicing nurses and nursing students to easily access up-to-date knowledge in critical care skills and patient care procedures.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins acquires iCare LLC
- 10 Dec 2010

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced the acquisition of iCare LLC, makers of iCare EMR, an educational Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software programme. iCare will now become part of LWW. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

iCare EMR integrates a simulated electronic medical record into a learning tool for students to prepare future nurses for the demands of the evolving healthcare climate in the 21st century. The deal allows Wolters Kluwer Health to broaden its market-leading portfolio of EMR documentation and simulation support tools for nursing students, instructors and professionals.

The iCare EMR learning tool trains nursing students to manage the complex challenges of documenting care, patient safety, compliance and hospital efficiency. Designed to mirror the functionality of commercially available EMRs, iCare allows students to learn about EMR systems within the framework of their current educational curriculum both in the classroom and simulation environments.

Nursing students can record and retrieve data pertinent to 'care', such as physical assessments, vital signs and medication administration. Within the simulation education environment, nursing students can electronically document their 'care' and then have that record available to them in all phases of the nursing curriculum. Nursing faculty can also build their own patient-care scenarios and evaluate students on documentation of physical assessments as well as general EMR documentation skills.

The combination of iCare and Wolters Kluwer Health's Nursing Education is expected to provide a strong portfolio of products designed to more closely link what is learned in the classroom with what is required on the job.

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Elsevier / MC Strategies and AORN launch Perioperative Nursing Skills Collection
- 21 Oct 2010

E-learning solutions provider Elsevier/MC Strategies, US, has announced a partnership with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to develop the latest module for Mosby's Nursing Skills: Perioperative Collection. The collection claims to be the only perioperative-specific set of nursing skills approved by AORN to be consistent with the Standards and Recommended Practices.

Authored by practicing Certified Nurse, Operating Room nurses, this interactive, online resource helps perioperative nurses achieve the ever-changing standards of care. Content for the skills collection is consistent with AORN's Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices.

The primary references for Perioperative Nursing Skills include AORN Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices, AORN Journal, Alexander's Care of the Patient in Surgery (Elsevier), The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals, Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing (Elsevier), and the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST).

Designed to meet the nurse education and training needs of healthcare organisations today, Mosby's Nursing Skills combines a powerful reference product with convenient competency management system functionality to form one comprehensive resource. Mosby's Nursing Skills offers nurses and nurse educators convenient online access to current, evidence-based skills and procedures. In addition to perioperative Nursing Skills, nearly 1,000 skills are featured within specialties such as Critical Care Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Pediatric Acute and Critical Care, Maternal / Newborn, Mental Health, Neonatal and more.

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LWW releases two interactive testing programmes for nursing students
- 01 Oct 2010

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has launched two interactive testing programmes powered by Prep-U for nursing students. The programmes are claimed to revolutionise how students learn and prepare for the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). "Prep-U for Smeltzer, 12th Edition" is derived from Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing. Along with "Prep-U for NCLEX-RN", it is seen to personalise the learning experience for the nursing student.

The new programmes are projected to allow students to progress at their own pace and receive formative feedback to foster true learning. Both new programmes are being demonstrated this week at the National League of Nursing (NLN) Education Summit in Las Vegas.

The Prep-U platform is based on an adaptive quizzing engine that can be personalised for individual nursing students as well as entire classes. It is also projected to offer educators real time analysis at the class and individual student levels. Research is said to have shown that students who take practice quizzes like those on Prep-U do better on exams, and LWW's system has been specially designed to help nursing students succeed.

Prep-U for Smeltzer questions are specifically designed to mimic the style of the NCLEX, and when students answer questions incorrectly, they receive not only the correct answer, but a "rationale" explaining the correct answer and reasons for why each other choice was incorrect. Prep-U for NCLEX-RN includes all of the features and questions from the Smeltzer programme but is specifically geared as a preparation product for the NCLEX exam. Students using this programme can expect to gain access to thousands of questions organized by 29 core nursing topics or by the NCLEX "Client Needs" category.

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Morehead Memorial Hospital implements Thomson Reuters Clinical Xpert CareFocus
- 31 Aug 2010

Information services provider Thomson Reuters, US, has announced that Morehead Memorial Hospital - a not-for-profit, 108-bed hospital in Eden, N.C. - has implemented its Clinical Xpert to improve care through real-time clinical surveillance and instant access to patient data.

A mobile data system, Clinical Xpert gathers clinical data from across the hospital information system and delivers real-time patient data to any caregiver at the point-of -care through a web portal or mobile devices. Using CareFocus, one of the components of the Clinical Xpert suite, caregivers can quickly identify at-risk patients and respond immediately - improving care, saving lives, and reducing costs.

Morehead originally identified Clinical Xpert as a way to manage scheduled and unscheduled system downtime. The solution allows continued access to clinical information even when the hospital information system briefly goes offline, ensuring clinicians have uninterrupted access to critical patient data. Recognising the immediate impact CareFocus could have on patient safety and clinical quality, Morehead implemented the solution.

Named the KLAS Category Leader for Mobile Data Systems for eight consecutive years, Clinical Xpert helps providers improve clinical quality and patient safety while reducing treatment costs.

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Elsevier/MC Strategies and AACN partner to develop a series of online nursing courses
- 21 May 2010

E-learning solutions provider Elsevier/MC Strategies, US, has announced a partnership with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) to develop a series of online nursing courses. The first course in this series - AACN Critical Care Pharmacology - is expected to provide significant benefits to bedside clinicians and educators.

Developed with expert consultation from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses in collaboration with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the interactive online course will help prepare nurses to safely administer drugs specific to critical care patients. Users of the eight-lesson product can take advantage of continuing nursing education contact hours offered through AACN. Presented in a case study format that utilises cutting-edge animations, Elsevier/MC Strategies designed the course to encourage critical thinking skills with a real world critical-care patient and clearly illustrate complicated concepts.

Among current challenges facing healthcare organisations is the effort to provide safe, competent and quality care to critically ill patients to ensure optimal outcomes. Critical Care Pharmacology claims to effectively meet this challenge by offering in-depth education concerning medication safety, best practices, and evidence-based interventions, and by complying with The Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals. A soon to be released white paper from Elsevier/MC Strategies highlighting this topic is titled 'Education Options for Staff Development: Using a Blended Learning Approach to Teach Critical Care Pharmacology'. The white paper highlights issues surrounding quality patient care as a direct result of best practices in drug administration.

Additionally, Elsevier offers a collection of four online reference tools for nurses and allied health professionals. The Mosby's Nursing Suite provides complete solutions to nursing staff, and includes Mosby Nursing Skills, an online skills and procedures index; Mosby Nursing Consult, a comprehensive online resource for nurses; and Mosby's Index, a nursing and allied health journal abstracts and indexing database. Mosby's eLearning promotes safe, quality, and accurate patient care through high-quality, online continuing education.

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American Nurses Association launches new customised edition of Mosby’s Nursing Consult
- 15 Mar 2010

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has launched a new online tool available exclusively to ANA members. Developed jointly with STM publisher Elsevier, the customised ANA Edition of Mosby’s Nursing Consult delivers robust clinical information to ANA members in an organised, easy-to-use format.

The ANA Edition of Mosby’s Nursing Consult delivers – all in one integrated, user-friendly online application – a compendium of monographs, practice guidelines, and peer-reviewed clinical updates representing the most current work of nursing experts and thought leaders throughout the profession.

The compilation includes 50 evidence-based nursing monographs containing a concise review of the current evidence available on common clinical problems (including current practice and synopses of current literature), and presenting specific recommendations for nursing care. Practice guidelines help locate best-practice recommendations for more than 400 common health care diagnoses, conditions, and procedures – including both current safety alerts (if any) and any official organisational position statements relating to the topic. Additionally, it also includes nearly 80 clinical updates – original, peer-reviewed, best-practice clinical articles written by nurse experts - focusing on specific areas of patient care.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Laerdal Medical partner to develop nursing skill simulations
- 26 Jan 2010

Healthcare publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), part of Wolters Kluwer Health, US, has announced a partnership with Laerdal Medical. Under the deal, Lippincott’s print and online nursing content will be integrated with Laerdal’s state-of-the-art simulators and superior simulation programmes.

Practicing nurses and nursing students will now gain access to real-world clinical simulation packages that will advance their technical skills and critical thinking abilities. The Lippincott/Laerdal simulators will enable nursing students to experience real-world scenarios that correspond to their nursing courses, strengthen skills, and build critical thinking competencies. Practicing nurses will reinforce their knowledge base with clinical scenarios that correspond with their specialty.

The first product will be a Medical-Surgical Nursing simulation package that provides clinical scenarios using web-based content from the 12th edition of Brunner & Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical–Surgical Nursing; Lippincott’s Nursing Advisor, an online reference program with more than 2100 evidence-based, quick access entries on diseases, diagnostic tests, drugs, treatments, and nursing care plans; and Lippincott’s Procedures and Skills, an online program with more than 900 step-by-step, evidence-based nursing procedures and skills and over 1200 full colour images and videos.

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Mosby’s Nursing Skills, Corpak to create skill reference for feeding tube placement
- 08 Jan 2010

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that its online tool, Elsevier/Mosby Nursing Skills, has formed a partnership with Corpak MedSystems, a US-based manufacturer of enteral/vascular access devices. The partners will seek to develop an online skill reference for placing feeding tubes using the CORTRAK Enteral Access System.

The CORTRAK Skill within Mosby’s Nursing Skills is projected to offer a quick sheet with an abbreviated step-by-step placement procedure, checklist, animated demonstration, illustrations, and extended text with the full step-by-step placement procedure. It will also offer an interactive test allowing nurses to assess their own knowledge and skills. The CORTRAK Skill is at present available to all current Nursing Skills subscribers. Hospitals that already use the CORTRAK System will have access to the CORTRAK skill, even if they are not currently Mosby Nursing Skills subscribers.

Mosby’s Nursing Skills interactive functionality also offers subscribers the opportunity to customise skills for institution-specific protocols and procedures or link to nursing policies and procedures. As a result, hospitals can easily develop an internal protocol for placing feeding tubes using CORTRAK—either by using the protocol directly or modifying it to meet unique clinical goals.

Blending a skills and procedures reference with a learning and competency management system, Mosby’s Nursing Skills seeks to offer subscribers access to more than 800 nursing skills and procedures. It features detailed text, summary reviews, tests, checklists, illustrations and video/animation demonstrations. Nurse managers and educators can assign, track and manage skills and test nursing staff, while nurse management can post and manage announcements and alerts to communicate with staff.

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Semantico’ online learning and reference product shortlisted for the ALPSP Publishing Innovation Award
- 19 Aug 2009

Online publishing services provider Semantico Ltd., UK, has announced that the Royal Marsden Manual Online, an online learning and reference product developed by Semantico in partnership with Wiley-Blackwell has been shortlisted for the ALPSP Publishing Innovation Award.

The Royal Marsden Manual Online extends the usefulness of the standard reference work on nursing good practice by employing Web 2.0 User Generated Content (UGC) in enabling local trusts to add their own Trust-specific procedure guidelines. Users can comment on procedures in the Manual and add extra information which carries their attribution and contact details. A sophisticated back-end puts control and workflow in the hands of the individual Trust, enabling administrators to manage the workflow process and set their own schedules for review.

The ALPSP award for Publishing Innovation is in recognition of a truly innovative approach to any aspect of publication. Applications are judged on their originality and innovative qualities, together with their utility, benefit to their community and long term prospects. The winner of the award will be announced on September 10, 2009, at the ALPSP International Conference Dinner at the Oxford Belfry.

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Elsevier launches CMS Never Events tool within Mosby’s Nursing Consult
- 11 Aug 2009

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the availability of a new online tool at the Mosby’s Nursing Consult website. The CMS Never Events section is designed to help nurses prevent the 10 ‘Never Events’ identified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in an October 2008 fact sheet. It seeks to help nurses to prevent so-called Never Events or Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) in the quest to improve care quality and maximise hospital reimbursement.

The launch is in response to CMS’ 2008 decision that it would no longer pay for adverse events that could be prevented through the application of specific evidence-based protocols. In addition, CMS does not permit patients to be billed for the cost of these events.

To create CMS Never Events, Elsevier researchers matched each Never Event/HAC with appropriate articles, reports, monographs and studies. The tool covers CMS’ initial list of 10 HACs. This includes foreign objects retained after surgery, air embolism, blood incompatibility, stage III and IV pressure ulcers, falls and trauma, manifestations of poor glycemic control, catheter-associated urinary tract infect ion, vascular catheter associated infection, surgical site infection and deep vein thrombosis /pulmonary embolism.

Nurses who access CMS Never Events to prevent an HAC can review a definition, evidence-based nursing content, books, journals, guidelines, patient education, images and news. Nursing Consult also includes decision-making guidance on six conditions now under review by CMS for inclusion on the HAC list. Among them are delirium, ventilator-associated pneumonia, staphylococcus aureus septicemia, clostridium difficile-associated disease, Legionnaire’s disease and iatrogenic pneumothorax.

Mosby’s suite of online tools, including Mosby’s Nursing Consult with CMS Never Events, Mosby’s Nursing Skills and Mosby’s Index, is used by more than 500 hospitals across the US. CMS Never Events is a component of a suite of professional nursing tools from Elsevier. In addition to Nursing Consult, the suite includes Nursing Skills, which offers training in nearly 1,000 nursing skills and procedures, and Mosby’s Index, a database of close to 3,000 nursing resources.

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