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Research Register from Sigma Theta Tau

The International Registry of Nursing Research is an electronic database of scientific nursing research relevant to clinical practice. Nurses may access studies as subscribers or register their own research to link to already established programs. The service, available through Sigma Theta Tau International's Virginia Henderson Nursing Library, is free to members. To subscribe or register research, call 888/634-7575 (U.S. and Canada) or 800/634-7575-1 (international). Access the website at wwww.stti.iupui.edu/library.

Grappling with the Y2K Challenge

ECRI, a nonprofit health services research agency, has announced a series of interactive telephone seminars to help health care facilities and organizations grapple with the year 2000 challenge. The remaining dates are March 10, April 14, May 12, October 13, and November 10. Seminars take place from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. EST and include participation by Y2K experts from hospitals, health care systems, the medical device industry, and the legal arena. Each presentation is followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. For information about registration or purchasing audiotapes, call 610/825-6000, ext. 5888; or write ECRI at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298.

VA Videos for Cost Reduction

Videos from the Veterans Administration that teach hospital personnel how to improve efficiency and save money are available from the National Audiovisual Center of the National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce. Topics cover recycling, staff management, bar codes, and detecting problems with medical devices, among others. Call NTIS at 800/553-NTIS or 703/605-6000 for information about ordering these videos and other multimedia and educational programs produced by federal agencies.

A NEW GROUP DEDICATED TO NURSING SCIENCE

The Oakland University School of Nursing of Rochester, MI, is headquarters for a new organization focused on the work of the nursing theorist Imogene M. King. According to Dr. Christina Sieloff, the group's president, the mission is to "improve nursing care and contribute to the science of nursing through the advancement of King's interacting systems framework and related theories". Information about membership is available from Dr. Sieloff at sieloff@oakland.edu or by fax at 248/370-4279. A newsletter and a refereed journal are being planned.

Information about the first King International Group Annual Conference is available by contacting Dr. Maureen Frey. Call 313/966-7177 or e-mail mfrey@dmc.org. The conference is scheduled for October 1-3, 1999, in Troy, MI. Abstracts for poster presentation will be accepted through June 30.

Consumer Information Catalog

More than 40 government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, produce pamphlets of interest to the average consumer. A catalog available from the Consumer Information Center of the U.S. General Services Administration has an up-to-date list of all these pamphlets, which are offered to the public for free or, often, for 50 cents each. The broad range of topics covered include specific medical problems, food and nutrition, and diet and medicine. Call 888/878-3256 to order a catalog. …