Collections > UNC Scholarly Publications > CHAPTER 21: From Novice to Nurse: Searching For Patient Care Information as Strategic Exploration

Introduction: Nursing librarians partner with educators to ensure that students gain the skills, knowledge, and aptitudes needed to be both professional nurses and lifelong learners. Research and the search for best practices drive the current health care environment, requiring nurses to prove their competency with information skills for everything from job promotion to care improvement projects. The literature has consistently shown that nurses need information regarding medications, treatments, diseases, clinical procedures, and other point-of-care evidence, as well as patient education materials.1 Despite this expectation, nurses lack time, search skills, and access to resources necessary for their information needs. Nursing librarians can anticipate what students will need to know as practitioners, using the needs and information-seeking practices of nurses to guide learning objectives for students. Nursing librarians can work closely with faculty to plan instruction to ensure students know how to search efficiently and effectively, setting them up for future success as nurses.