Nursing Students – Have you tried the STAT!Ref Database?


STAT!Ref is a valuable resource for all nursing and medical students. It compiles over 100 medical resources such as texts, guides, and calculators that can be used for school and while working at the hospital. This database includes information on many topics, including drugs, their uses, side effects, and routes of administration. You can also calculate drug dosages and even find nursing diagnoses, what they’re related to, actions and interventions, and nursing priorities.
STAT!Ref even has an app you can download to your phone or tablet!

Set up a STAT!Ref account:

  1. Go to the Texas State Library website and click on Databases.
  2. Under Browse Databases by Subject, click Health & Medicine.
    (Health & Medicine databases are great tools to use when writing Nursing School papers!)
  3. STAT!Ref is on the second page – click on the STAT!Ref link to get started.
  4. Set up your login account – start by clicking the blue My STAT!Ref in the upper right corner.
  5. Enter your Texas State email address.
  6. Select “No, I want to create a My STAT!Ref account” and click the Log In/Create Account button.
  7. Enter the requested information and click the Create Account button.
  8. Your account is now set up. Your login is “temporary,” but you can renew every 90 days as long as you are a Texas State student.

Download the STAT!Ref app to your phone or tablet.

  1. Download the app onto your phone or tablet – search for the app as you normally do on your device.
  2. Enter your login email address and password.
  3. Congratulations! Now you have access to over 100 medical resources on your phone or tablet and can take this information with you on the go!

STAT!Ref is easy to navigate, provides valuable information, and its costs are included in your tuition- take advantage of this great resource!

Contributed by Mandy Snyder, nursing student and library student assistant.

Texas State Library Snapshot Day Tuesday Oct 28, 2014


In October, libraries all over Texas take part in Library Snapshot Day to help show the incredible impact libraries have on learning. Libraries participate by collecting statistics, comments, and photographs to show what a typical day is like in the library.
October 28th is Library Snapshot Day at Texas State.

Love your Texas State Library? Then come visit us – share your thoughts, use computers, check out books, consult library staff, and, if you’d like, we’ll even take your picture. The images, comments, and statistics are used to promote Texas libraries.
Hope to see you here!

Facts for Features: Halloween

Each year the U.S. Census Bureau presents statical information related to Halloween as part of their series Facts for Features.  The Halloween 2014 entry presents many interesting facts as shown below:

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41.2 million
“The estimated number of potential trick-or-treaters in 2013 — children age 5 to 14 — across the U.S.”

“The number of costume rental and formal wear establishments; they had a total of 6,348 paid employees across the nation in 2012 (for the pay period including March 12, 2012).”

“Acres of pumpkins harvested in the U.S. in 2013, with a total estimated production value of $149.9 million. Of the top six pumpkin-producing states, Illinois led the country by producing an estimated 547.6 million pounds of this vined gourd, followed by California, Ohio, Michigan, New York and then Pennsylvania.”

“Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2012, employing 37,150 employees. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $14.4 billion, up slightly from$14.1 billion in 2007.”

“Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced nonchocolate confectionary products employing 19,141 employees. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $8.0 billion in 2012.”

U.S. Cities with Interesting Names (population based on 2013 Population Estimates):

  • Casper, WY (estimated population 59,628)
  • Kill Devil Hills, NC (estimated population 6,920)
  • Scarville, IA (estimated population 71)
  • Slaughter Beach, DE (estimated population 218)
  • Sleepy Hollow, NY (estimated population 10,017)
  • Tombstone, AZ (estimated population 1,338)
  • Transylvania County, NC (estimated population 32,903)
  • Yellville, AR (estimated population 1,185)

Are you interested in finding more information from the U.S. Census Bureau? Be sure to contact the RRC Library!

Prepare for the NCLEX-RN with Saunders Flash Cards

Saunders Q & A Review Cards for the NCLEX-RN Examination, 2nd editionAre you looking for a fun way to prepare for the NCLEX-RN?  Try the Saunders Q & A Review Cards for the NCLEX-RN Exam, 2nd edition is now part of the collection at the RRC Library.  Each set includes 1,200 practice questions which are “organized to reflect the current NCLEX-RN test plan.”

There are seven sections:

  1. Fundamental skills questions
  2. Leadership/management/delegating/prioritizing questions
  3. Pharmacology questions
  4. Maternity questions
  5. Child health questions
  6. Adult health questions
  7. Mental health questions

There are many other resources to help you prepare for the NCLEX-RN.  Come in and find out more.