Inspired by the hugely successful NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), PhD2Published, a blog dedicated to helping academics publish, has announced that November is also AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month).
AcWriMo is a month long academic write-a-thon for academics at all stages of their careers. PhD2Published will support writers with dedicated posts about academic writing and thousands of Tweets to encourage you to keep going throughout the month.
According to their website:
“There are 6 basic rules:
1. Decide on your goal. You might count words, hours put in or projects achieved – it’s up to you. But try and push yourself a bit. (And if you need help counting our PhDometer app – the proceeds from which help fund this month-long writing extravaganza – was designed for just that!)
2. Declare it! Basically, just sign up on the AcWriMo 2013 Writing Accountability Spreadsheet and fill in the sections on what you’d like to achieve by the end of the month. Being accountable is key to this working for you. You need to feel a bit of pressure to get the work done. So sign up and add your goals as soon as you can.
3. Draft a strategy. Don’t start AcWriMo without doing a bit of planning and preparation. Get some reading done, carve out time slots in your schedule to dedicate to writing, even buy your favorite coffee. Sort out whatever you’ll need to write, and get it done now, there won’t be time when November comes around.
4. Discuss your progress. OK so being on Twitter and Facebook with us all day isn’t acceptable – you’ve got work to do – but checking-in at certain times is really important! We want to know how you’re getting on? What is working for you and what isn’t? Do you need help? Do you want to share a writing triumph? (You’ll find most discussion about AcWriMo on Twitter using the #AcWriMo hashtag, but if Facebook is more your thing, go there. Or use your own blog to keep in touch. You can even write little updates you want to share in the spreadsheet.)
5. Don’t slack off. As participant Bettina said of the first AcWriMo, you must ‘write like there’s no December!’ If you push yourself, you’ll quickly discover the tips and techniques that work best for YOU and that’ll save you even more time in the long-run.
6. Declare your results. It’s great to use the spreadsheet everyday (or as often as you can) to chart how you’re getting on, but even if you can’t do that, you MUST announce your results at the end of the month. Our writing community benefits not only from sharing in your achievements, but knowing what didn’t work and being reminded that, at the end of the day, we’re all human!”
So everyone should go forth and WRITE… That’s what I’ll be doing this month!
Mosby’s Nursing Consult is launching two new content areas. As a result, the web site will undergo maintenance on Sunday, August 18th from 12:00 am to 6:00 am. During this time, the site will be unavailable. When Mosby’s Nursing Consult relaunches at 6:00 am, you will have access to two new areas in the Calculators & Tools section: Labs & Diagnostics and Scales.
If you encounter problems after the maintenance has been completed, please contact a library staff member and someone will get back to you during regular library hours.
Thanks for your patience while this product is upgraded!
“A woman’s first responsibility is to make an effort to do what she wants to do.” –sage advice from Dr. Winston Weese, Emeritus Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at LSU Medical School
You never know what you will chance upon when you browse the Library’s Newspaper Clippings Collection. Trolling for this month’s topic took me on a journey through various strange perspectives on women’s health.
In 1959, convention speakers discussed “gyno-psychiatry,” “a very basic and superficial type of psychiatry [that] is primarily reassurance. Sometimes a woman is infertile because she believes her husband does not love her. Or vice versa. What we are trying to do today is to make the infertile woman realize that help is possible: that they don’t have to just grin and bear it.” One article from 1961 blames men for women’s anxieties: “The American man isn’t asserting his male dominance.” The piece is full of quotable gems like, “The wise woman of course, vocally credits her husband with leadership even when he does not have it” and “boosts her husband’s ego even though she may be far superior to him in intelligence.”
Some answered the call for by entering the medical field. In 1931, The Southern Medical Association fielded questions about the rise of women as doctors. At the time, women doctors still combated some suppositions about their patients: “Why should they be all women?” and about their personhood with “frequent assertions that such professions as social work and medicine destroy many of the gentler attributes of the feminine nature.” One of the doctors interviewed was the remarkable Dr. Moss of New Orleans, who said, “That’s a lot of foolishness on the part of people who don’t know us.”
Dr. Emma Sadler Moss rejected a teaching career because she was “not gentle enough” and stood as is a shining example of a woman doing what she wants. She brushed aside the hackneyed image of the young, gentle Southern woman, preferring the allure of the medical profession, where she excelled. After a stint as a medical technologist, Dr. Moss studied for her M. D., which she earned in 1935 from LSU. From there, she earned the title of Director of Pathology at Charity Hospital, clinical professor of pathology at LSU Medical School, and President of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (notably, the first woman President of the society).
Dr. Moss’ commitment to these institutions lasted for over thirty years until her death in 1970. She received numerous awards for her work in pathology including being recognized as the 1954 Medical Woman of the Year and as one of “The Six Most Successful Women of 1955.” The Library owns two editions of her lauded text, An Atlas of Medical Mycology, which she co-authored with Dr. Albert Louis McQuown. A full listing of her contributions to LSU Medical School and Charity Hospital can be viewed inA History of LSU School of Medicine New Orleans.
Glimpse of the Past is an ongoing project to promote the Louisiana Digital Library effort. This Month in History will present for your reading pleasure a closer look into a newspaper clipping of note from our Digital Collections and articles relating to the LSU Medical School.
The Library is pleased to announce that we now have CINAHL Complete! CINAHL Complete is EBSCO’s most comprehensive access point for full-text nursing and allied health literature. It replaces CINAHL Plus with Full Text, but don’t worry, you won’t have to learn how to use a new product; the look and functionality are the same. What is different is that now there are more full-text journals and indexed titles. “How many more?” you ask! Well, there are over 550 more full-text journals and over 150 additional indexed journals. In all, CINAHL Complete includes access to over 1,300 full-text journals and includes indexing for over 5,400 journals. Our subscription also includes over 130 Evidence-Based Care Sheets, 170 Continuing Education Modules, and more. To see a complete list of journals available, you can click on “Publications” at the top of the CINAHL Complete screen.
Remember, many of the core journals are listed in the library catalog, INNOPAC, and you can link directly to a journal and browse available issues from there, too. And all these journals are listed in our EBSCO A to Z list.
Looking at these searches, it would seem that the public are searching for information on the most common health threats in the United States. According to the Mayo Clinic, the top seven threats to women’s health are heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, accidents, and type 2 diabetes. The top seven threats to men’s health are similar: heart disease, cancer, accidents, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and suicide.
Of course the most visited sites could also mean that people who were diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes started exercising but they had trouble breathing, had heart palpitations, got sunburned, and hurt their backs!
The LSUHSC School of Nursing has been awarded a $700,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will fund students who are pursuing degrees in the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. “Money can be used for tuition, books, fees, and reasonable living expenses,” according to the alert released by the Office of Information Services. Full-time students who meet eligibility requirements may receive up to $22,000 from the grant.
It was always exciting to go digging around in your grandparent’s attic as a kid. You never know what you might find; old photos, love letters and toys, maybe a treasure map to lost pirate gold.
Imagine if you got to dig around in all the old stuff the National Library of Medicine has laying around. Now you can catch a glimpse of their weird, wacky and wonderful collection.
Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine is a beautiful and fascinating new book. Check out a New York Times review or have a look yourself. The book is available in the Isché Library stacks and as an EBook online from NLM.
Did you know that our School of Nursing is the only JoAnna Briggs Institute affiliate center in Louisiana? Through this affiliation we implement the Louisiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing at LSUHSC-NO School of Nursing: An Affiliate Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute. The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is an international not-for-profit, membership based, research and development organisation based within the within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.
One of the main ways JBI supports nursing research is by providing the best available evidence to inform clinical decision-making at the point of care. Watch this video to see how JBI COnNECT+ can make your life easier.
Amanda Hill, May 2012 graduate of the School of Nursing, was featured in Sheila Stroup‘s column yesterday in the Times Picayune newspaper. The column highlighted Hill’s struggle to become a nurse. Congratulations to her (and her entire class) for fulfilling their dreams.
The November/December 2011 issue of the publication Dean’s Notes has an interesting article reporting the number of recent RN graduates who have been unable to find jobs in nursing. Don’t like what you are reading? Critique the author’s research methodology.
Congratulations to the LSUHSC School of Nursing for being named one of the best schools for men who wish to prepare themselves for a nursing career. This award is given by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (http://aamn.org). LSUHSC SoN shares the 2010 honors with Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania and Samuel Merrit University. This award recognizes “a nursing school or college that has provided significant efforts in recruiting and retaining men in nursing, in providing men a supportive educational environment, and in educating faculty, students and the community about the contributions men have and do make to the nursing profession.”
America’s Health Rankings® has been tracking the state of our nation’s health for over 20 years. This analysis provides a comprehensive perspective on our national health issues, state by state.
America’s Health Rankings®-2010 Edition shows Vermont at the top of the list of healthiest states again this year. Massachusetts is ranked second this year, an improvement from ranking third last year. New Hampshire is number three, followed by Connecticut and Hawaii. However, although Mississippi is 50th and the least healthy state, Louisiana is 49th. Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma complete the bottom five states.
Louisiana dropped two spots from last year due to several factors including a high rate of obesity and smoking. On the positive side, Louisiana has a high ranking for access to prenatal care and childhood immunizations. Stay Healthy, Louisiana has a great summary of the state’s ranking.
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across sectors, guide individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of prevention activities.
Healthy People 2020 continues in this tradition with the launch on December 2, 2010 of its ambitious, yet achievable, 10-year agenda for improving the Nation’s health. Healthy People 2020 is the result of a multiyear process that reflects input from a diverse group of individuals and organizations.
New topic areas for 2020 include:
Blood Disorders and Blood Safety
Dementias, Including Alzheimer’s Disease
Early and Middle Childhood
Health-Related Quality of Life and Well-Being
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
Social Determinants of Health
Stay connected to Healthy People 2020 by signing up for e-mail, following on Twitter, connecting on LinkedIn, or joining the Consortium to stay up-to-date with the latest Healthy People information and events.