Campfire Conversation: Nurses and Nursing Students

The hour-long campfire conversations portion of the conference was something I had very much been looking forward to, as a way to meet other librarians and to hear about their successes and difficulties regarding various aspects of medical librarianship. It definitely didn’t disappoint! My only regret was that I could only attend one. I chose the conversation about serving nurses and nursing students, where we packed a lot of excellent discussion into one hour. Our small group was made up of both hospital and academic librarians, so we covered everything from preparing for Magnet certification to working with distance students to handling delicate situations involving poor student assignments from faculty.

Before the end of the hour, our group exchanged email addresses in order to continue the conversation online. I know I had a number of good take-aways from the discussion that I would like to try back at my institution, particularly in terms of outreach. I look forward to similar conversations at future conferences!

Programs on data and systematic reviews

Betsy Humphreys, Deputy Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, mentioned two departure points for health sciences librarians: providing data management training for researchers and conducting literature searches to ­­­produce evidence needed to improve quality of care. I’d like to highlight some of the meeting programs on these two areas. Make sure to check out those that are upcoming. Feel free to leave a comment if I missed anything.

  • Saturday CE Class: Informatics for Librarians: Peeling the Onion
  • Saturday Class: Introduction to Translational Bioinformatics
  • Sunday Paper: Creating a Plan to Formalize a Systematic Review Program. 2:54pm at Van Goh-Remington
  • Tuesday CE Class: Systematic Reviews: Getting Started

Stay fit in Bismarck

Yes, Eric Rumsey, Jen Deberg, and I drove from Iowa City, IA to Bismarck, ND. Thirteen hours on the road. That’s how committed we are to Midwest. We also had healthy meals on the road because we are big on nutrition. Be sure to look for Eric Rumsey in the poster session for a poster he coauthored with Jen Deberg and Janna Lawrence.

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Today we needed some stretching. Here is what we’ve explored so far:
The Fitness center and the pool are both located on the 2nd floor, which is where the conference is held. You can get in to the pool area, but you need to get a different card from the desk to access the fitness cheap propecia buy center. Jen liked the fitness center but commented on the lack of upper extremities equipment and therapy balls. Note that  Jen was an Occupational Therapist for many years before becoming a librarian. Look for her poster on history of evidence based nursing. No comments on the pool itself, but I did yoga at a corner in this area since I did not find a space in the fitness center.

fitness centerpool

The registration desk is also located on the 2nd floor, where you will be greeted by Dawn Hackman and Mary Markland. Remember to pick up some awesome goodies there. I love nuts. Come to my presentation tomorrow afternoon and see why.

Registration desk goodies

Souvenir Shopping at Midwest

Souvenir shopping while attending the Midwest Chapter meeting in Bismarck will be easy. The Sunday social event is being held at the newly renovated Heritage Center, where the Museum Store has expanded to include new items. Gift shop hours that night will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

On a recent shopping trip, I spotted Pride of Dakota and other items for children and adults:

  • Tshirts, shirts, & sweatshirts
  • Jewelry
  • Pottery
  • Toys and puzzles
  • Books (every librarian needs more!)
  • CDs & DVDs
  • Posters
  • Chippers
  • Furry Animal hand puppets
  • Craft kits for cornhusk dolls, old fashioned sewing cards, and cats cradle
  • One-of-kind art items vary but may include handblown glass art and sculptures.

If you cannot find what you want at the Heritage Center Museum Store, a side trip to Plaza Drug might be an option for you. They have the largest selection of Pride of Dakota items I have seen in Bismarck (other than at the Heritage Center).

The best place to shop for Native American items is Five Nations Arts  located in Mandan’s historic Burlington Northern Railroad Depot. (If you’re curious, the “five nations” are Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara) and the Lakota and Dakota Sioux.  The six-mile drive from the conference hotel is well-worth it, but plan ahead as they are closed evenings and Sundays.

Other shopping opportunities were highlighted in the conference’s Tourist Attractions & Shopping guide or are listed on the Convention & Visitor’s Bureau website. Enjoy your retail therapy!


Free Time? Free Attraction!

Photo courtesy Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo courtesy Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Bismarck weather on Saturday will be sunny and nice with a high around 68 degrees. If you have some spare time in the afternoon, you might enjoy visiting the Former Governors’ Mansion from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Victorian house was built in 1884 and is restored with period furnishings. The carriage house contains the “From Bucket of Oats to Quarts of Oil” exhibit and is open as well. It should be a beautiful walk through downtown (just 7 blocks) or a quick taxi ride, and don’t forget, it’s FREE!