Product Guide

Overview

Nursing Central is the leading source of disease, drug, and test information for nurses. It includes a leading dictionary, literature searching, and a customizable study system we call Grasp. It provides a powerful and flexible platform for delivering knowledge to the point of need.


Features of Nursing Central for Mobile include:


  • Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual
  • Davis’s Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications
  • Davis’s Drug Guide
  • Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary
  • Unbound MEDLINE
  • Trusted content written by and for nurses on diseases, tests and procedures
  • 2000 monographs covering more than 5,000 trade and generic drugs as well as herbal products
  • Access to 65,000 dictionary terms
  • Search MEDLINE and keep up with your favorite nursing journals
  • Grasp: Build, study and share your own study decks and flashcards!
  • Glimpse: Helps you define medical terms in-text. Click on a medical term within Taber’s Dictionary and receive additional definitions of that word, as well as links to more information.


Mobile

Nursing Central is available on the following major mobile platforms: iOS, Android, and BlackBerry.

Our mobile platform offers features such as:

Mobile

  • Device-optimized interface and intuitive navigation
  • Grasp™ study system to reinforce key concepts
  • Glimpse™ technology to help you define words in-text
  • Pictures, illustrations, tables, and dictionary pronunciations
  • Extensive Cross Links to related information
  • Auto Alerts sent straight to your mobile device
  • 5,000+ generic and trade name drugs
  • More than 65,000 dictionary entries
  • Disease, drug, test and procedure information
  • Practical guidelines for nursing diagnosis and patient care
  • Tables of contents and abstracts from top nursing journals

Web

  • Ability to build and manage Grasp study decks
  • Instant literature search with Unbound MEDLINE
  • Archive for saved searches and bookmarks
  • 1 year of web and mobile web access included


Memory Requirements

Your device must have 41 MB of available memory to use the product. Memory cards are supported for all mobile operating systems. Depending on the device, all or most of the program will be installed to the memory card.

On the Web

Homepage

From your homepage, you can quickly utilize different sections of Nursing Central :

  • Perform a keyword search using the Search textbox
  • Browse the available content resources
  • Review recently viewed searches at a glance
  • Stay up-to-date with news and announcements


Additionally, you may use the links in the top navigation banner to move between the main application modules: Home, Medline, Mobile, Alerts, Grasp and Archive.

Content and Navigation

The content resources available are listed in the Browse section of your homepage. To access the content view, locate the desired resource and click its title to open it.

Once you’ve selected a particular resource, use the side navigation bars to browse, view available indexes (or chapters, etc) and access additional information. More specifically:

In the left navigation bar, you will find the indexes by which your particular resource is organized (for example, alphabetical, tables of content, etc). Click an index name (for example: Topics, Specialties) to display its subsections in the main viewing area. From here you can conveniently browse each index and decide which is of most interest. Use this navigation to browse your chosen content.

The right navigation bar will appear when you access an entry’s definition view. The tools available include:

Content Manager - This section offers several functions:

  • Add a Grasp Card
  • Search Unbound MEDLINE
  • Save to Archive
  • Font Size - Allows you to increase or decrease the font size
  • Print - Enables you to print either the entire topic or the particular section you are viewing


CrossLinks - These are pre-run searches that automatically determine if records from two content sources are related. Links are bidirectional, meaning if they’re available from Point A to Point B, they will also be available from Point B to Point A. Not all content sources contain cross links(Taber’s does not, for example), and some resources may be linked to one resource but not to another. The CrossLinks feature is available for both mobile and web.

Related Content - When viewing a record on the web, a search of that record title is performed. The results are automatically displayed in the Related Content section.

To return to the home page, click the Home link in the main toolbar.

Archive

Archive Elements


Nursing Central on the Web consists of a number of interlinking components that allow you to view and organize records saved from your mobile device.

Viewing Records


Records saved from your mobile device appear in your Archive with links to more in-depth information. Preceding each entry you will find an icon which indicates the source from which the record came.

To return to the section from which you saved a particular record, click the link at the end of the record entry.

Managing Records


Records are displayed in the Record Display window. The default view is of your Unfiled records; however, you can view records in a different folder or for a particular date (see below).

Records may be content records that you viewed on your mobile device or saved from the Chapter View on the Web using the Save to Archive link. The default view for your Archive shows your most recent activity, listed by date. If you decide to keep a record, and then synchronize your handheld, it will appear in your Archive.

Check the box to the left of each record to select it. You can then File or Delete using the buttons in the Archive Manager. These functions can be performed on multiple records simultaneously.

Managing Folders


The Folder Manager is located to the left of the Record Display and contains two sections. View allows you to switch from folder to folder. The active folder is designated by the Open folder icon; to open another folder simply click on its name.

The Manage section allows you to perform such functions as: Creating new folders, Modifying existing folders (renaming them, or selecting a new color), and Deleting folders.

To make a new folder, click the Create link. Under Enter a New Folder Name, type in the name of the new folder. Next, using the dropdown menu, select a color for the Folder title. If you do not choose a color, it will default to black. When you have created the title and/or color, click Submit. If you wish to cancel the creation of the new Folder, click Cancel.

To modify a folder name, click the Modify link in the Folders section. Select the Folder you wish to change from the drop down menu. Type in the new name for the Folder. If you want to change the Folder’s color, select one from the dropdown box. Click Modify. If you wish to cancel the modification, click Cancel.

To delete a folder, select Delete from the Folders section. Choose a Folder from the dropdown menu. If you wish to delete only the Folder and not the Records filed in it, select the radio button next to Delete Folder Only. All of the records will return to your Archive as unfiled records.

If you wish to delete all the records within the Folder, click on the radio button labeled Delete Folder + All Records Within. After you have selected your preference, click Delete. A dialog box will confirm you want to delete the folder and its records. If you wish to cancel the deletion, click Cancel.

Using the Calendar


Your Archive contains a Calendar display that serves a number of purposes. Beyond displaying the current date, the calendar also displays the days you saved records in your Archive. You can select a new date using the Month and Year drop-down menus or click one of the highlighted days and the Content Display will be redrawn with all your saved records beginning on that date.

Search

Search Content

You can search Nursing Central from any screen within the application. Enter your desired term in the box labeled Search and click the button.

MEDLINE Search

Performing a MEDLINE search within Nursing Central is now easier and your search results more integrated. To begin, click the Medline link in the main navigation banner.

Next, enter your search term under the Classic or Clinical tab, and click search.

You will find your search results clearly listed on the following page. When applicable, they will be followed by a series of one or more links: Abstract; Full Citation; Find Related Articles. Click the Abstract link to reveal more information without leaving that section of the page. Clicking the latter two links will bring you to a new screen within Nursing Central.

Advanced Search

The search mechanism supports searching techniques which involve changing query terms to provide a wider range of searching options. For example, you can perform:

Wildcard Searches:

Single and Multiple Character

To perform a single character wildcard search, use the "?" symbol in place of a single character. The search then looks for all terms that match the word with the single character replaced. For example, to search for long and lung, use: l?ng.

Multiple character wildcard searches look for results which include your search term, plus 0 or more characters. Place an asterisk after your query term to perform this type of search. For example, to search for long, longer or longest, you would use: long*

Wildcard searches can also be placed in the middle of a term. For instance: l*ng.

Boolean Searches

A Boolean Search combines search terms through the use of specific connecting words called operators. This application supports: "AND", "+", "OR", "NOT" and "-" as Boolean operators. Boolean search operators must be in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

The most frequently used Boolean operators are “AND” and “OR”.

Example 1: The default operator is "OR". If you do not enter any operator between search terms, "OR" is used. For example, entering "heart lungs" will search for single documents where either the term "heart" or "lung" appears.

Example 2: The "AND" operator will find documents where both search terms exist in a single document. For example, entering "heart AND lungs" will find results containing only BOTH "heart" and "lungs" in a single document.

Search Results

A search performed from anywhere within Nursing Central brings you to the search results screen.
Your results may be found within any of the content sources within the application. To the left of each entry you will find an icon indicating the resource in which the result was located.


Full Text Search
When a search is requested within your Unbound Medicine web application, a full text search is performed. This means that the term is searched throughout every word of the content, including: Title, Headings, Content, Tables, Captions, etc. This is only available on the web.

Universal Index Search

This feature allows you to search all indexes of the included titles for an exact character match. The characters can be found at the beginning, middle, or end of the index title. This feature is only available on the mobile app.





Mobile

On Your Mobile Device


The resources that currently reside on your mobile device are listed in the Mobile section.

To manage your subscriptions, click the Mobile link in the main navigation banner. At the following page, click Select Content to arrive at the screen where you may add/remove programs and view all of the resources to which you are subscribed.

The resources currently on your device are displayed with a checked box before their title.

Add/Remove from Mobile Device


If you wish to change what is on your mobile device, first locate the desired resource in the Manage Mobile Resources section.

To add content, simply check the box next to the appropriate title(s). Next, click the Update button.

To remove content, uncheck the box next to the title of the appropriate resource(s). Next, click the "Update" button.

Any modifications to your content will be reflected on your mobile device after your next Sync.

Download Software


You may also use the Mobile section if you wish to install the most recent version of Nursing Central onto your principal computer, a secondary computer, or a new mobile device.

To begin, click the Mobile link in the toolbar and look to the Mobile Resources section. Click on Download Software and follow the on-screen instructions.

Mobile Web

Unbound Medicine offers customized views of the Nursing Central web application for smartphone and mobile web browsers. The mobile web version offers access to the complete resource. When you visit the website from a mobile device, you will see a site customized for viewing on that particular device.

Grasp

For detailed information on using Grasp, please click here.

User Guides

For more detailed information relevant to the type of device you use, click the appropriate link:

BlackBerryiPadiOSAndroid

Support

Who should I contact with questions about the application?

If you need any help with this application, please be sure to visit our support website at: www.unboundmedicine.com/support.

Here you can request your serial number, download install files, read FAQ’s or submit a support request.