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New Resource – MEDLINE via EBSCOhost 

If you are looking for an alternative way to search PubMed (MEDLINE), check out MEDLINE via EBSCOhost.

Created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), MEDLINE is an authoritative bibliographic database that contains citations and abstracts for biomedical and health journals used by health care professionals, nurses, clinicians, and researchers engaged in clinical care, public health, and health policy development. MEDLINE uses Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), which help for crafting a more focused search.

Nursing students and faculty are likely very familiar with searching on CINAHL via EBSCOhost. Please feel free to try searching MEDLINE on a familiar platform like EBSCOhost. A quick tutorial video is available through EBSCOhost. As always, please feel free to reach out to a librarian with any questions on searching on any of Falvey Library’s databases.

Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Nursing & Life Sciences Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.




Photo Friday: Spring Is (Almost) Here

“January. February. Villanova. April. May.”

I’m sure you’ve seen Maura White’s t-shirt design featured on The Nationer [if you haven’t already, check it out]. As if Villanovans need another reason to celebrate March, spring officially begins in two days! Signs of the shifting season have already begun to blossom on campus. This photo of Driscoll Hall was taken on this beautiful, sunny morning.

Have a great weekend, ‘Nova Nation—Go, Cats!


Falvey Focuses on Scholarship: Tara Reddy and Danielle Markey



Welcome to the final installment of a 7-part series featuring the 2021 Falvey Scholars. Read more about them in Falvey’s blog archives and in the upcoming issue of Mosaic: the Library’s bi-annual publication.

Falvey Memorial Library is honored to announce the 2021 Falvey Scholar award winners. We will showcase the research of our eight young alumni on the blog and in the fall issue of Mosaic.

Sponsored by the Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships, the Falvey Scholars program recognizes outstanding undergraduate research at Villanova University. Award winners are selected from a pool of candidates generated by applications submitted by a senior Villanova University student or a group of students working on a senior project together with the recommendation of the advisor to the senior thesis or capstone project completed for academic credit.

View the 2021 Falvey Scholars Awards virtual booklet.

Researchers Brief

Falvey Scholar: Tara Reddy

Hometown: Bridgewater, N.J.

Other Honors: Fitzpatrick College of Nursing Nominee for the Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence (ICE) Award; Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society


Falvey Scholar: Danielle Markey

Hometown: Larchmont, N.Y.

Other Honors: Rose Woytowich O’Driscoll Student Service Award, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society


Project Title: “Interprofessional Collaboration Promotes Parkinson’s Medication Safety”

Faculty Mentor: Diane M. Ellis, MSN, RN, CCRN


Learn about Tara’s and Danielle’s research in his own words:


Tell me about your Falvey Scholar Award-winning research project.

Tara Reddy:

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders, and among patients with PD admitted to the hospital, only 33% return home. The hospitalization of patients with PD can be dangerous due to the unique and variable medication regimen that patients with PD require. Often their their medication is administered inappropriately, late, or omitted within the acute care setting, which can cause a complication such as aspiration leading to a respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, or death.

Our mock code study was conducted in five steps: participants read and signed an informed consent; a pre-test questionnaire was administered; students participated in the simulated unfolding case-study; students participated in emotional and psychological debriefing sessions and Debriefing for Meaningful Learning (DML) following the simulation; and participants completed a post-test questionnaire.

Danielle Markey:

Tara and I are a dynamic duo! We completed all of the same tasks and were able to pick up one another when one of us had trouble. We do a great job delegating tasks to each other and collaborating with to achieve success. She helped me collect data, analyze data, write literature reviews, hold discussions, create the poster for presentations, and run the skills lab.

How did Falvey Memorial Library support your research?


Falvey particularly enhanced our project in the paper portion. This study represents our first professional publication, so I knew it had to be perfect. Thankfully, we spent a whole class freshman year in the Library with an expert to show us how to use the databases like PubMed, so I felt comfortable navigating and citing these sources.

I also had a refresher course this year in my senior nursing seminar on evidence-based practice. These resources helped me gain confidence when it comes to finding reliable evidence and citing it. As a result, the paper was published in the Nursing Education Perspective journal and presented at the Villanova Research Symposium and the Collaborative Family Health Care Association Conference.

What impact did this project have on you?


I learned how to work in a team from my research experience, as well as how to speak up when working in a large group. I loved working with so many different disciplines, and I got to learn more about their scopes and how they influence the nurse’s work. This experience certainly pushed me academically. It influenced my academic goals in such a positive light because I am now aware of all of the learning that can be done outside of the classroom if you look around and try to get involved in something else.


I didn’t really know what what kind of nursing I wanted to go into after graduation. This study takes place in the intensive care unit, so two years of work I realized I could definitely see myself working in ICU…I actually have a job working in ICU after I graduate!


And what’s next for you?


I am working in the cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.


I am currently applying to nursing positions in New York City.


Shawn Proctor Head shotShawn Proctor, MFA, is Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.





New Database Trial Available: Embase

By Sarah Hughes


Falvey Library is pleased to offer a summer trial to Elsevier’s Embase. This science database provides comprehensive coverage of biomedical information with particularly strong reporting for information related to drug reactions, toxicology, medical device data, and evidence-based medicine. Coverage starts from 1947 to present day, and all articles are indexed with both MeSH and Emtree.

The database is useful to all levels of expertise in searching. A simple search can be conducted using basic, natural language, or experienced database users can conduct a more extensive search. For example, Embase is an excellent database to consider when conducting a systematic literature search, like a Scoping or Systematic Review.

Another nice feature of Embase is the PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) question search builder. As nursing students and faculty know, it is critical to create a solid clinical questions when seeking evidence-based research. By having pre-populated fields available, Embase makes constructing a PICO question incredibly easy.

Embase PICO builder


Access to Embase can be found in Databases A to Z page or through this direct link. The trial ends on July 9, 2021. Please feel free to contact with any questions.

""Sarah Hughes is Nursing & Life Sciences Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.





Throwback Thursday: A Glimpse into the Life of a Nursing Student in the 1960s


Nursing student Mary Kay Swift ’65 CON prepares for her first day of clinical experience at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital. Although the uniform has changed over the years, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University continues to produce dedicated, caring nurses that changes the lives of those they serve.

This photo is available in Falvey’s Digital Library, part of the life in the 1960s exhibit.

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New Nursing Resource: Ovid Emcare

By Sarah Hughes

Falvey Memorial Library recently added Ovid Emcare to its database collection. Emcare is scholarly nursing and allied health database that largely encompasses evidence-based care clinical content.

It contains abstracts and indexing from a large variety of peer-reviewed journals and is fully integrated with Falvey’s Ovid full-text journal collection, allowing users to go beyond citation gathering to gain full-text PDFs when available.

Access to Ovid Emcare can be found in Databases A to Z or on the Falvey Library Nursing Guide.

One of the more unique features about Emcare is that it provides international journal coverage not found in other nursing and healthcare-related databases.

Other notable features include:

  • Access to over 3,700 international indexed peer-reviewed journals
  • Over 5 million records dating back to 1995
  • Ability to limit search results to systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more
  • Natural language searching making it easier for search queries

Whether you are a seasoned nursing researcher, or an undergraduate nursing student, Ovid Emcare can help you dig deeper in your research to find the best evidence-based literature on a variety of nursing topics.


Sarah Hughes is Nursing & Life Sciences Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.







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