Friday, December 28, 2007

What are RSS feeds?

Not really sure what RSS feeds are or how they might help you keep updated? If your library has OVID databases, the new OVID SP has the capability to subscribe to tables of contents of OVID journals through the RSS technology.

Burlew Medical Library at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California has developed a brief document that will explain the RSS technology and give you some ideas as to how you might use RSS.

For instance, some of the RSS feeds to which I subscribe are:

Nursing Research table of contents
Krafty Librarian blog
Pubmed search on autistic disorder
Shifted Librarian blog
Consumer Health Forum
Reuters Health

I valiantly try to set time aside once a week to visit my bloglines reader and catch up on all my new feeds. It's really a " one stop" approach to shopping for the new information that meets your particular interests.

Does anyone in the blogosphere want to share how they use RSS technology and what their favorite nursing feeds are?


pixelrn said...

I get virtually all of my media through RSS feeds these days. I use them to stay updated on about 50 different nursing blogs.

I posted this simple guide to using feeds on my blog. It's a great way to get started if you are new to using RSS feeds.

PM, RN said...

News aggregators are a fun way to keep current. In the past, I simply visited news aggregating websites in sequence, checking them frequently for updates. This way, however, I can cull useful links and distribute them to my colleagues efficiently. Since my colleagues aren't, in general, very tech-savvy, it appears to them that I conduct more research than should be physically possible during the week!

Question for you: a friend and I are putting together a resolution for a national nursing organization in support of inclusion of preceptorship in clinical RN preperation. Although we've found plenty of articles relating to preceptorship of junior hospital faculty, its use in education doesn't seem to have caught on widely outside of our native CT, and what we have found mainly consists of editorials and advice for nurse preceptors. Can you point us in the right direction?