The Lookout For Website Reliability

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On the Lookout for Website Reliability Chapter Seventeen’s topic on the consumer’s quest for health information via the Internet, posed a “challenge for consumers and healthcare professionals alike” (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015, p. 288) to ensure that the sites offer “reliable and credible sources of information” (Hall, 2009, p. 607). Nurses’ access to reliable and valid information is a must not only as clinicians but also as patient educators (McGonigle & Mastrian, 2015). Thus, “nurses are challenged to find and use reliable, credible information to support clinical decision-making and to meet expectations for evidence-based nursing practice” (Miller, Jones, Graves, & Sievert, (2010, Abstract, para. 1) both for themselves and for their patients. When confronted with the need for information, nurses, like everyone, resort to Google, one of the most used search engine, and as cited by Miller et al. (2010) The Internet and sophisticated search engines and databases have significantly changed how nurses find this clinical information. Although Internet users have a breadth of information resources readily available, the quality of these resources is unmonitored. As a result, there is often a disconnect between the convenience of Google searching for any information and purposeful searching of more complex databases for reliable, credible information (p.1). I find myself like many Internet users, who because of lack of time and lack of “information literacy skills… do
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