From the desk of Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, July 1, 2011

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

FDA Website provides valuable education resources via email

Most of us receive so many emails each day that it's almost impossible to differentiate between good resources and those that are a waste of our time. One good resource that is worth taking a look at is offered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has a free email alert service that allows you to receive critical FDA news and information as soon as they become available.

It's a free service and you can sign up right on the FDA Website at

The range of topics includes drug updates, approvals, recalls and safety alerts, research, diseases and conditions, and much more. The information is concise and easy-to-understand and always contains links for you to access more detailed data.

This is a valuable resource for nursing professional development specialists. It helps to keep us informed about many events that have a significant impact on patient care, which, in turn, facilitates our ability to provide education that is both relevant and timely.

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