When researching standards and authoritative references for legal nurse consultant jobs you’ll encounter both databases and websites. Databases are generally more inclusive and more complete than websites, but both have important uses.
A database is generally a collection of indexed data on a given topic (or topics) organized for storage, retrieval and ease of accessibility. Some of these databases will give you full-text access to the documents identified in the search results. Others will return citation-only results, or possibly abstracts, both of which will require additional search efforts to find the full text or article.
Databases may require some training to search effectively, but almost all have easy to use tutorials that will get you started. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant you can do the research yourself or you can subcontract it out to another CLNC® consultant who specializes in medical-related research.
To help you research your legal nurse consultant jobs with precision, I asked the CLNC Pros to recommend the databases they use. These are the top eight medical-related databases recommended by the CLNC Pros:
- CDC Infection Control Guidelines – A searchable library of infection control guidelines and recommendations for prevention of infections in various healthcare settings.
- CINAHL – the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature – We all remember CINAHL from nursing school. You can access nursing journals, publications, textbooks, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisuals and book chapters. There are different subscription options available including full-text. Free trials are also available.
- MedPix® – A searchable database of free medical images targeted to physicians, nurses and allied health professionals. The site is well organized and easily searchable. It can serve as a terrific resource to give your attorney-client a visual understanding of the legal nurse consultant job you’re consulting on. If you don’t find what you need at MedPix follow this link (provided by Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries) for a list of additional medical image libraries.
- MedScape – A complete database of medical news and point-of-care drug and disease information for doctors and nurses. This database is broken down by specialty with a wealth of useful information.
- National Guideline Clearinghouse – This is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) public resource for summaries of evidence-based clinical practice guideline summaries. The NGC has adopted the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) definition of clinical practice guidelines: “Clinical practice guidelines are statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.” Clinical guidelines are becoming more commonly used in healthcare to improve the quality of care and health outcomes. Healthcare organizations may use a combination of evidence-based guidelines produced by medical societies and government panels as well as commercially-produced guidelines. This database is a great starting resource for guidelines that you can sort by clinical specialty, MeSH® tag or professional organization.
- PubMed – PubMed contains more than 26 million biomedical and life sciences journal articles. It includes not only the MEDLINE database itself, but also a variety of citations from other sources as well as links to relevant websites. This is a useful, in-depth database of professional collated information.
- ScienceDirect – A database of peer-reviewed technical and medical research that you can search with a variety of parameters – specific or general. Some items will be full-text and open access while others will require purchase. This allows you to search journals, authoritative textbooks or both.
- UpToDate – This is a subscription-based, physician-authored, evidence-based clinical support website designed to help physicians with point-of-care treatment options. Summaries include authoritative journals, textbooks and research studies.
Thanks to Dale Barnes, RN, MSN, PHN, CLNC, Marcia Bell, RN, BSN, CAPA, CLNC, Connie Chappelle, RNC, MN, ARNP, CLNC, Dorene Goldstein, RNC, MSN, CLNC, Jane Hurst, RN, CLNC, Rebecca Jones, RN, MSN, CNM, CLNC, Camille Joyner, RN, CCM, CLNC and Susan Schaab, RN, BSN, CLNC for sharing their favorite databases for medical-related research.
Use these 8 databases and you’ll find that researching your legal nurse consultant jobs has never been easier.
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P.S. Comment and share your favorite medical-related databases for researching legal nurse consultant jobs.
P.P.S. See the 7/25/17 blog which discusses 9 Medical Research Websites for Legal Nurse Consultant Jobs. For more on medical research, see 13 Medical Research Strategies for Legal Nurse Consultant Jobs.