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Browsing Nursing Reference Center with Patient Education Reference Center

If you are using Nursing Reference Center (NRC) enhanced with Patient Education Reference Center (PERC) content, you may see some differences in available options. This page is intended to highlight the unique features of NRC with PERC.

Skills & Procedures

The Skills & Procedures tab gives you access to clinical papers detailing the necessary steps to achieve proficiency in a specific nursing task or defining the key considerations to providing culturally competent care to a specific group.

To use the Skills & Procedures tab:

  1. Access the NRC Home Page.

    Note: To access the NRC Home Page from any location in NRC, click the Nursing Reference Center logo or the Home link located at the top left of every NRC page.

  2. Click the Skills & Procedures tab. NRC displays the Skills and Procedures page.

    Skills and Procedures tab

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Enter the skill in the Browse for field and then click the Browse button.

      • If you know the exact name of the skill and how it is referenced in NRC, select the Alphabetical button.

      • If you are not sure how the skill is referenced NRC, or if you want to search for other related procedures, it is recommended that you select the Relevancy Ranked button.

    • Use the A-Z links to locate the skill via an alphabetical list.

  4. Click the skill name in the list to display the record detail.

Patient Education

To use the Patient Education tab (NRC with PERC)

  1. Access the NRC Home Page.

    Note: To access the NRC Home Page from any location in NRC, click the Nursing Reference Center logo or the Home link located at the top left of every NRC page.

  2. Click the Patient Education tab. NRC displays the Patient Education page.

    Patient Education tab

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Enter the item name in the Browse for field and then click the Browse button.

      • Select a Patient Education Type from the drop-down menu.

      • If you know the exact name of the item for which you are searching and how it is referenced in NRC, select the Alphabetical button.

      • If you are not sure how the item for which you are searching is referenced NRC, or if you want to search for other related diseases and conditions, it is recommended that you select the Relevancy Ranked button.

    • Use the A-Z links to locate the item via an alphabetical list.

  4. Click the item name in the list to display the record detail.

    Note: If the Patient Education handout you are viewing is available in multiple languages, they will appear in a Languages Available box. Languages will appear in the order of the Consumer Health Information databases in your NRC with PERC profile.

    patient handout

Practice Resources

The Practice Resources tab allows you to browse for information by the specific resource or guideline you require:

practice resources tab

  • Research Instruments – The Research Instruments section allows you to browse for documents that contain data regarding individual research instruments. A research instrument is the form in which a group gathers and records information. This might include various types of questionnaires or other tests. Clicking a research instrument type displays a result list of multiple items.

  • Legal Cases – The Legal Cases section allows you to browse for documents about medical topics that reference legal cases or other aspects of the law. Clicking a subject displays a result list of one or more items.

  • Practice Guidelines – The Practice Guidelines section allows you to browse for National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) documents. These documents provide objective evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and information about their development.

  • Featured Books – The Featured Books carousel allows you to browse through a list of monographs and drug entries in HTML versions of the medical books by dragging the slider to the left or right. Books include:

    • Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses – The Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses section allows you to browse for drugs by name in order to access complete drug profile information. Features include:

      • Indications of “high alert” medications – those that have an increased risk for patient injury. Why a drug is assigned high alert status and what a nurse can do to ensure patient safety is included in the drug profile.

      • How to administer medication: dose, dilution, and rate.

      • Explanation of any clinical precautions.

      • Discussion of drugs that are commonly confused.

      • Information about how to educate patients for safe medication use in the home.

    • Davis's Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications – The Davis's Laboratory & Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications section allows you to browse for monographs about laboratory and diagnostic tests and procedures according to their complete name. Each monograph is presented in a consistent format for easy identification of specific information at a glance. Features include:

      • Tables that indicate how all tests and procedures relate to each body system.

      • Overviews on the interrelationship between various body systems.

      • Pre-test information includes reminders for the nurse regarding social and cultural considerations.

      • Intra-test information provides detailed information about the performance of the actual procedure.

      • Post-test information includes tips to help provide support for the patient’s emotional well-being as well as special counseling related to communicating test outcomes.

    • Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary – Information is presented using a unique cyclopedic format that offers much more than definitions. This includes caution statements to help provide safe health care as well as disease entries that include symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Included are 56,000 easy-to-understand definitions and more than 8,400 terms and 700 illustrations (over 500 in full color).