Posted: 6/02/16

New Research Tool at TAMIU Keeps Student Nurses ‘UpToDate’


Dr. Gwen George
Dr. George says UpToDate is a success tool for students.  

Texas A&M International University’s  (TAMIU) College of Nursing and Health Sciences is all about providing students with access to top tier education. What better way to educate a future generation of professionals than by allowing them access to real-life medical research tools?  

Enter UpToDate: a physician-based online resource that allows access to medical research and content. This database is a success tool used by the Dr. F. M. Canseco School of Nursing students and nurse practitioners alike, and is accessed through the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library webpage.  

TAMIU associate professor and director of Graduate Programs of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Dr. Gwen George, said the tool is highly relevant because it is for practitioners by practitioners.

“UptoDate is a dynamic resource to nursing students, particularly those in the family nurse practitioner track, because it brings ‘up to date’ evidence-driven resources to the clinical setting,” Dr. George explained.

As a professional, George said she has used UpToDate in her personal clinical practice, with students at TAMIU, and in previous teaching posts.  She said UpToDate has features critical for students.

“All features are beneficial …having access to search function and evidence-based information on clinical presentation, patho-diagnosis, and treatment is especially important,” she noted.

UpToDate provides access to over 10,000 topics in over 22 specialties, making it a most useful tool. Perhaps among its most outstanding and relevant features for students is its accessibility through mobile devices, often preferred by busy students.

And now, thanks to the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, the University’s future nurse practitioners have this powerful tool at the tip of their fingertips.

For more information on Killam Library databases, please contact Rogelio Hinojosa, Killam Library associate acquisitions librarian at 956.326.2123, email rogeliohinojosa@tamiu.edu or visit the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library online at library.tamiu.edu. – This story by Spring PRMIS Student Intern (and now graduate!) Sarahi Lopez.



Related Links:

A Student-Curated Listing of Killam Library Databases http://www.tamiu.edu/newsinfo/2016/04/KLM_Databases.shtml