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I. Purpose and Program Description

A. Library's Collection Development Objectives

Collection development activities are concentrated on supporting the undergraduate instruction of the School of Nursing and, to a limited extent, graduate instruction and individual research (level 3A). The collection's second purpose is to support the faculty in teaching and research and research assistance for local area's allied health professionals. The interdisciplinary nature of these studies requires that students and faculty consult related collections in the library.

B. Curricular Program Description

The nursing program at AUM is a four year course of study that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.). Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. The graduate is also prepared to pursue graduate study in nursing. The School of Nursings four year baccalaureate program is accredited by the National League for Nursing and is approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

The nursing program is divided into a lower and an upper division. The lower division includes courses in the humanities and sciences. Upon satisfactory completion of the lower division courses, the student is eligible to apply for admission to the upper division of nursing. The upper division consists of nursing and related courses. Within these courses there are classroom, laboratory, and clinical learning experiences. Clinical experiences are provided in a variety of health care agencies in and around Montgomery.

The Plan for RN Mobility has been developed for students who are registered nurses desiring to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The School of Nursing's philosophy and conceptual frame work serve as the basis for the Plan's classroom activities, independent learning activities, and individualized clinical experiences designed to achieve program objectives. The RN to BSN nursing major can be completed in one calendar year of full-time study.

C. New and Expanding Areas of Interest

Transcultural nursing, holistic nursing

D. Areas of Specialization

Adult Health (medical/surgical) nursing
Maternal-infant nursing
Pediatric nursing
Women's health
Family health
Psychiatric / mental health nursing
Community health nursing
Critical care nursing
Emergency nursing
Geriatric nursing
Nursing administration
Rural health nursing
Ethical and legal aspects of nursing
Health care information systems

E. Overlap with Other Academic Disciplines and Library Collections

Medical Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physical Education, Management, Personnel Administration, Counseling, Sociology, and Nutrition.


II. General Selection Guidelines

A. Languages: English language material is collected extensively. Other languages are excluded.

B. Chronological Coverage: Emphasis is placed on currency and accuracy of materials. Dated or superceded materials are to be weeded.

C. Geographical Coverage: Material relating to the United States is collected extensively. Material relating to other English speaking regions is collected selectively. Material relating to non-English speaking regions is excluded.

D. Types of Materials: Monographic and serial publications are collected extensively. U.S. government publications are collected extensively through the regional depository system. Reference publications such as indexes, abstracts, bibliographies, dictionaries, handbooks, pharmacopeias, formularies, and dispensaries, are collected selectively. Lower level textbooks are excluded, as are dissertations and theses.

E. Imprint Date: Material published in the last five years is collected extensively. Material published prior to this will be collected selectively as need dictates.

F. Physical Format: Print material is collected extensively, including works containing software or media materials. Microform serial publications are collected selectively. Audiovisual material in nursing is collected upon the recommendation of the faculty in the School of Nursing.

G. Treatment of Subject: Publications encompassing nursing administration and management, staff development, perspectives and issues of professional nursing practice, nursing process, nursing education, family health, community health, assessment & primary care, critical/intensive care, geriatrics, gynecology, maternal-child health, medicine and surgery, patient education, pediatric/child health, pharmacology, psychiatric/mental health, terminal care, and health care information systems are collected.   Textbooks and basic handbooks are selectively.                     

H. Place of Publication: Materials published in the United States, Canada, and England are collected extensively. Materials published in English in other countries is collected selectively.

I. Acquisitions Plans Affecting Nursing Collection:  

1.) Standing Orders:  

AJN Guide to Nursing Career Opportunities
Alabama Medicaid Annual Report
Allied Health Education Directory
American Hospital Association.
Guide to the Health Care Field
American Medical Directory
Directory of Educational Software for Nursing
Drug Evaluations Annual
Education for Nursing
Graduate Education in Nursing
Hospital Statistics
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals
Learning AIDS
Medical and Health Information Directory
Medical Association of the State of Alabama
Membership Roster
Medical School Admission Requirements, U.S. & Canada
Merck Manual of Diagnosis & Therapy
Modell's Drugs in Current Use and New Drugs
Mosby's Nursing Drug Reference
National League for Nursing Publications
Nurse Educators
Nursing...I.V. Drug Handbook
Nursing Opportunities
Nursing Student Census
Occupational Medicine
Physician's Desk Reference
Practical Nursing Career
Scholarships & Loans for Nursing Education
State-approved Schools of Nursing, R.N.
State-approved Schools of Nursing, L.P.N./L.V.N.
USAN & the USP Dictionary of Drug Names

2.) Approval Plans: Majors & Minors Scientific Incorporated

J. Collection Assessment Tools: The quality of the nursing collection was assessed by comparing the library's holdings against three lists of recommended titles. These lists, in order of priority are:

1. Brandon AN and Hill DR. "Selected list of nursing books and journals"  Nursing Outlook

2. Brandon AN and Hill DR. "Selected list of books and journal for the small medical library" Bulletin of the Medical Library Association;

3. "R Medicine," volume 5, pp. 219-55. Books for College Libraries, 3rd ed. Chicago, American Library Association, 1988.

Other collection development tools include the professional review literature, publisher's catalogs, and Choice cards.

K. Weeding/Replacement: As currency is of primary importance in the Medical and Nursing fields every effort is made to insure that the collection is up-to-date and germane to the programs offered by the School of Nursing. Thus, erroneous and dated materials are weeded, unless they retain some historical value. Materials for weeding or replacement are evaluated in accordance with the General Collection Management and Development Policy statement on Weeding/Replacement.

L. Classifications That Define the Scope of the Collection:

R's - Medicine
QH - Biology

M. Recommended Collection Level: 3aE

Library Liaison: Hightower                          Subject: NURSING



Collection Level

LC Class Descriptor Existing Strength Desired Strength
R 5-920 MEDICINE (GENERAL) 1a 1a
R 5-130 General Works 1b 2a
R 723-726 Philosophy & Ethics 1b 2a
    Notes: includes euthanasia
R 726.5-726.8 Terminal Care. Dying 2a 3a
    Notes: see also BF789.D4 & HQ1073
R 834 Health occupations 1a 1a
    Notes: SUDOC HE20.6601-6616
    SUDOC HE20.9302-9314
    Notes: SUDOC HE20.7000-7038
    2a 2a
RA 1-418.5 Medicine & the state Notes: SUDOC HE20.1/2-HE22.38
RA 421-790 Public health. hygiene. preventive medicine 1b 2b
RA 777.7 Family--health & hygiene 1b 2a
RA 778 Women--health & hygiene 1a 2a
  Pluralism (Social Sci.)-- Health Aspects 1a 2a
    Notes: UF Transcultural nsg.
RA 960-999 Hospitals. Nursing Homes 1b 2a
    Notes: see also HV1451-1493
RA 1190-1270 Toxicology. Poisons 1a 2a
RB 1-214 PATHOLOGY 1a 1a
RB 151-214 Theories. medical genetics 1a 1a
    Notes: SUDOC HE20.3001-3058
RC 86-88 Emergencies. first aid 1a 1b
RC 266 Cancer nursing 2a 3a
    Notes: SUDOC HE20.3151-3190
RC 321-576 Neurology & psychiatry 1a 1b
    Notes: includes. Speech disorders
    SUDOC HE20.3501-3520
    SUDOC HE20.8001-8021
    SUDOC HE20.8120-8138
    SUDOC HE20.8202-8232
    SUDOC HE20.8301-8320
RC 350.5 Neurological nursing 1b 3a
RC 440 Psychiatric nursing 2a 3a
RC 581-951 Specialities/diseases 1a 1b
RC 674 Cardiovascular nursing 2a 3a
    Notes: SUDOC HE20.3201-3224
RC 735.5 Respiratory nursing 2a 3a
RC 874.7 Urologic nursing 2a 3a
RC 952-954 Geriatrics 1a 2a
    Notes: see also HQ1060-1064
    SUDOC HE20.3851-3868 aging process WT104 as a profession WT21
RC 954 Geriatric nursing 1b 3a
RC 966 Industrial nursing 1a 2a
    Notes: SUDOC L35.1-L35.25
RC 1097 Aviation nursing 1a 2a
RC 1200-1245 Sports medicine 1b 2a
    Notes: SUDOC HE20.102-113
RD 1-811 SURGERY 1a 1a
RD 99 Surgical nursing 1b 3a
RD 753 Orthopedic nursing 2a 3a
RD 792-811 Physical rehabilitation 1a 2a
    Notes: SUDOC HE20.3751-3758
RE 88 Ophthalmic nursing 1a 3a
RF 52.5 ENT nursing 1b 3a
RG 105 Gynecologic nursing 1a 3a
RG 133-137 Conception. contraception 1b 2a
    Notes: see also HQ763-767.7
RG 551-591 Pregnancy 1b 2a
RG 940-991 Maternal care 2a 2a
RG 951 Obstetric nursing 2a 3a
    Notes: see maternity nursing
RJ 1-570 PEDIATRICS 1a 1a
RJ 245 Pediatric nursing 1b 3a
    Notes: see adolescent nursing
RK 1-715 DENTISTRY 1a 1a
RK 60.5 Dental nursing 0 1a
RL 1-803 DERMATOLOGY 1a 1a
RL 125 Dermatological nursing 1a 1a
    Notes: see QP901-981
    SUDOC HE20.4001-4046
RT 1-120 NURSING 2a 3a
RT 1-69 General works. reference. history. biog. 2a 3a
RT 41 Nursing process 2b 3a
RT 62 Practical nursing 1a b
RT 71-81 Study & teaching 2a 3a
RT 81.5 Nursing research 1b 2b
RT 82-86 Philosophy. ethics 1a 3a
RT 82.8 Nurse Practitioner 2a 3a
RT 89 Nursing administration 2a 3a
RT 90 Teaching 2a 3a
    Notes: includes nursing education and patient education.
RT 95 Communicable disease nursing b 2b
RT 97 Public health nursing 1b 3a
RT 98 Community health nursing 1b 3a
RT 120 Critical care nursing 1b 3a
    Notes: intensive care nursing; s.a. RT42
RX 1-681 HOMEOPATHY 1a 1a
RZ 201-999 OTHER SYSTEMS OF MED. 1a 1a
HG 9383-9399 Health care insurance 1a 1a
HQ 1060 Gerontology 2a 3a
    Notes: medicosocial problems of elderly. health insurance. Medicare see also RC952-954
    SUDOC HE22.8/2-38
    SUDOC HE22.102-112
QP 141-144 Nutrition (Physiology) 1b 2a
UB 368-369 Veterans, medical care 2a 2a
    Notes: SUDOC VA1.1-VA1.89
Z 675.M4 Libraries, medical 1b 1b
    Notes: SUDOC HE20.3601-3623

Rev. 1/19/2011 (jk)

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