Have you ever felt like you needed more information to provide high quality patient care in the clinical setting? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of information available? Do you know where to go to find information based on evidence? The "Did You Know?" video was developed by the LISTEN (Learning Information Seeking and Technology for Evidence-based Nursing practice) project team. This video illustrates the need for information literacy attitudes, knowledge, and skills and evidence-based practice in the work place.

Information literacy, which is the ability to recognize an information gap, access, retrieve, appraise and use information in the clinical setting, is a vital key to delivering evidence-based care to patients. Negative outcomes can result with patient care if any of the steps within the information literacy process are ignored. The LISTEN project team is attempting not only to improve information literacy but to create an awareness of information literacy (IL), information technology (IT), and nursing informatics (NI) competencies. The LISTEN project will use web-based interactive multi-media training modules and small group training sessions to improve the attitudes, knowledge, and skills related to IL, IT, and NI of undergraduate and graduate nursing students and practicing workforce nurses.

The LISTEN project is a three-year (2007-2010) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant directed by Cynthia K. Russell, PhD, Professor in The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing (Memphis, TN). The LISTEN Project's goal is to encourage workforce nurses at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and student nurses at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) to move away from the historical tendency to rely on hearsay, opinion, and otherwise non-scientific data when seeking information related to patient care and practice protocols.

The LISTEN project offers several helpful resources to support lifelong learning and information literacy skills using material designed to keep students and nurses informed of evidence-based practice from the project Web site ( At the LISTEN website you can find up-to-date resources and information searching tips. The LISTEN website also offers a blog for commentary, evidence-based tip of the week, and numerous online evidence-based website links that are labeled using keywords or tags to help nurses locate information quickly through the LISTEN social bookmark site at Visit the LISTEN website today for more information!

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