Effective Utilization of Information Resources for Research in Nursing by Student Nurses in Benue State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi

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Effective Utilization of Information Resources for Research in Nursing by Student Nurses in Benue State Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Makurdi


Tofi, Simon Ternenge, Library Philosophy and Practice


1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background of the Study

Libraries are universally recognized as important social institution for diffusion of knowledge and information which can enhance the academic performance of students and the quality of research within academic institutions of learning. No community, institution or organization is considered complete without the support of a library and its services.

A library can be described as a systematic acquisition of information materials in different formats, originating, storing, preserving and made available and accessible for use (Hammad, 2010). According to Ode and Omokaro (2007), library is a designated building where information in prints and in other formats are collected, organized, carefully prepared according to some specific or definite plan, and made accessible for reading and consultation by all ages and interests. The library is one of the major sources of information for student (nurse students), which is why every respectable institution maintains a supportive library (Olajide & Otula, 2015).

Libraries established in schools of nursing and midwifery are academic libraries that serves the information demands of the both the nurse tutors, student nurses undergoing the Basic and Post Basic training programme, researchers, and other professional staff within the schools through provision of information resources that supports learning, teaching and research in-line with the objectives of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). For learning to take place, learners must have access to information materials and resources no matter the format (Adeoye and Popoola, 2011).

Popoola and Haliso cited in Okiki (2013) defines information resources as those information-bearing materials that are in both printed and electronic formats, such as textbooks, journals, indexes, abstracts, newspapers and magazines, reports, CD-ROM databases, the internet/Email, video tapes/cassettes, diskettes magnetic disk, computers, microforms and so on. According to Bitagi and Oziokwo (2015), information resources are all the library materials or facilities which the librarian rely upon to provide information services that meet with the information needs of nursing students.

Utilization of information resources refers to the extent to which the available information resources are used by student nurses for the purpose of satisfying their information needs in the quest to undertake research in nursing at both basic nursing and post basic nursing study programmes. It is therefore, necessary for the nursing students to make maximum utilization of the available information resources to improve the quality of research and enhance academic performances. In addition to that, Okpeke and Odunlade (2014) argued that, effective utilization of information resources is hinged on awareness of the existence of a particular resource required to meet one's information needs. The effectiveness of any library is a function of the quality of services rendered, that is, how available and accessible information resources are to users. Therefore, proper organization of availability and utilization by users and thereby ensuring user's satisfaction (Onwukanjo and Men, 2017).

Nursing is the use of clinical judgment in the provision of care to enable people to improve, maintain or recover health, to cope with health problems, and to achieve the best possible quality of life, whatever their disease or disability, until death (Kozier, Erb, Berman, Snyder, Harvey and Morgan-Samuel, 2010). Nursing is a satisfying profession in which the knowledge of the nurse is applied for the needs of patients. According to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) (2003), a nurse is defined as an 'enabler', bringing in the notion that patients have a role in caring for themselves. However, a student nurse is a person (either male or female) that is undertaken either basic nursing program, post basic nursing program, undergraduate or post graduate program in any nursing institution of higher learning. …

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