The work performed by the team of the Executive Secretariat of the Nursing Virtual Health Library (VHL), Francisco Lana, Mariana Felisbino, Allana Reis, Meiriele Tavares, Hugo Átila and Jordana Rabelo, from the Nursing School of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), highlights, besides the characteristics of the project, the indicators for the collection of information sources and for accessing the portal, as well as the advances and challenges faced by the International Nursing VHL Network.
The work (Fig. 1) received first prize at the “Concurso de poster de redes e innovaciones en el cuidado” (Poster contest for networks and innovation in health care), held by the XVI Coloquio Panamericano de Investigación en Enfermería (XVI Pan American Conference on Nursing Research). The conference is a biannual meeting on nursing that considers different spheres of the practice: clinical care, management, research and human resource training in the Region of the Americas. It is extending to several parts of the world with the support of the Pan American Health Organization and the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Obstetrics. This year, the central topic was “The Contribution of Nursing in Primary Health Care for Universal Health”.
Also on November 4th, in the Convention Center of Havana, Cuba, the XII International Meeting of the Nursing VHL Network took place, with the following objectives:
- Socializing experiences from the National Network and from national network development in the International Nursing VHL portal;
- Identifying cooperation strategies for the strengthening of information sources in nursing;
- Mapping information sources in nursing in countries participating in the network;
- Analyzing possibilities and challenges for developing national and international databases (BDENF/LILACS); and
- Deciding on the inclusion of new journals in BDENF/LILACS.
The Nursing VHL Network meets annually with the purpose of analyzing advances and strengthening ties within the network, for improving organization and equitable access to scientific information on nursing.