From the desk of Adrianne Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, November 19, 2010

Editor's note: This feature is written by nursing staff development expert Adrianne Avillion. Each week, Adrianne writes about an important issue in the area of staff development or answers reader questions. If you have a question for Adrianne, e-mail her at

Q: It's so difficult to keep up-to-date with all of the changes that come up in healthcare on a daily basis. I belong to several staff development listservs, but could use some guidance when it comes to clinical and legislative information.

A: Here are some sites I use to access relevant information. You can sign up for free e-mail alerts on a huge number of healthcare topics.

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA): On the upper right corner of the website's home page there is a link to sign up for e-mails and/or podcasts (
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): You can sign up for e-mail updates on a wide variety of topics by clicking on the "sign up for e-mails" link on the home page (
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): Sign up by following appropriate links on the home page (
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Links for sign-up can be accessed on the home page (

A number of these sites also have access to Facebook and Twitter options.

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