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Library adds The Joanna Briggs Institute’s (JBI) Evidence Based Practice database of systematic reviews

May 31st, 2016 by Bruce Abbott

The JBI database is available from the following URL:
http://ovidsp.ovid.com/ovidweb.cgi?T=JS&NEWS=n&CSC=Y&PAGE=main&D=jbi&MODE=easy

The Joanna Briggs Institute’s Evidence Based Practice database of systematic reviews complements those found in the Cochrane Library. The Joanna Briggs Institute, an international not-for-profit research and development organization, “develops evidence in various formats for nursing, allied health and medical professionals as well as support information for consumers.” It was established in Adelaide, South Australia in 1996, and collaborates internationally with over 70 entities world-wide.What is included in the Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database:

The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP database is a comprehensive range of resources including over 3,000 records across seven publication types:

  • Evidence Summaries — Literature reviews that summarize existing international literature on common healthcare interventions and activities
  • Evidence-Based Recommended Practices — Database of procedures that describe and/or recommend practice on various clinical topics
  • Best Practice Information Sheets — Series of information guideline sheets produced specifically for practicing health professionals
  • Systematic Reviews — Comprehensive systematic reviews of international research literature completed by trained JBI reviewers
  • Consumer Information Sheets — Standardized summaries designed just for consumers of healthcare (patients, clients, and care providers)
  • Systematic Review Protocols — Developed by the Collaborating Centers of JBI, which are made up of international experts from over 40 countries from a range of health disciplines
  • Technical Reports — Documentation of all aspects of the development of Best Practice Information Sheets

Nurse Residency Programs: Communication and Compassion

December 12th, 2012 by Ferguson Mitchell


Nurse Residency programs are post-baccalaureate programs aimed at not only honing nursing skills among participants, but also help to improve the communication skills of graduates. These programs provide tools for dealing with situations where communication is important, such as demonstrating compassion to a patient and their family.

Rachele Khadjehturian, director of the Graduate Nurse Residency Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, comments, “…interprofessional communication is not a required course in many curriculums, and new nurses and residents have to learn to work together on the job. Unless we teach residents and interns empathy as well as technical skills, it’s hard to know where the future of medicine is headed.”

UC Davis’ own Nursing Residency program stresses critical thinking, leadership skills, communication skills, and professional development, along with other technical aspects of the nursing career.

Find out more at the UC Davis Nursing Residency Program.