AISR’s support for clinical programs has expanded with two new staff in Information Services. Each is available to train clinicians and patient care staff on available information resources, answer information queries, develop and support programs like journal clubs, provide small group support, and more.
Patricia Wynne, BSN, MS, leads the program as Associate University Librarian for Information and Clinical Support Services. Pat obtained her Master’s degree in Library Science following a 14 year career as a Registered Nurse. She always had a strong interest in libraries which led her to pursue advanced education in this field so that she could combine it with her medical/nursing knowledge. This has led to a successful second career in medical librarianship for well over 10 years.
Paul Hunter, DMD, MLIS, assists as Clinical Informatics Librarian. Paul has come to the field more recently, transitioning from a career as a dentist, most recently at the University of Pennsylvania. He decided to focus on clinical informatics because he enjoys using his background with health science terminology to teach effective techniques for seeking information.
The new program has grown out of a planning retreat between members of AISR and TJUH staff. Together we developed a clinical goal in support of patient care:
- Supporting clinical decision making that is evidence based.
- Improving access to the knowledge resources of the Scott Library.
- Supporting the continuous learning of all clinicians.
Specific activities to support the goal have been undertaken this year:
- Embedding SML staff members within the clinical environment on a part time basis as a pilot program.
- Demonstrating the relevance of Scott Library resources to improving quality of patient outcomes.
- Supporting the TJU Hospital learning environment with AISR tools such as videoconferencing, Blackboard, webcasting, streaming media.
- Working collaboratively with key hospital units to continue to improve the learning infrastructure of the clinical environment.
- Supporting a Journal Club for TJUH Nurses.
AISR also works with representatives of TJUH units to review information resources and clinical tools, so that hospital staff has direct input into the selection of journals, books, databases and decision-support tools. Membership in the Clinical Resources Advisory Group rotates annually, and the group meets regularly to advise AISR staff.