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SMSU nursing students create online database

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Nursing students at Southwest Missouri State University have created an online database of local community agencies, according to news release from SMSU.

The database, operational as of Dec. 4 and located at,

is the first of its kind in Springfield, the university stated.

"This is going to help the community tremendously," said Gail Davidson, SMSU nursing instructor, in the release.

"Before, there wasn't even a hard copy of a compiled list available to nursing students.

"Now, the community at large, as well as university students, can access the information," she said.

"The community resources Web page will become even more critical as nursing students prepare to utilize computer technology in improving self-care and advocacy strategies through online resources," Davidson added.

The community resources online Web site includes a list of social service agencies in Springfield. Both health care professionals and community members can locate desired agencies to address specific needs.

Information regarding organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous, AIDS Project of the Ozarks, Boone County Health Unit, Boys and Girls Town of Missouri and Parenting Life Skills are posted on the community nursing Web site.

The site will be expanded each semester to offer a comprehensive database to the community, the release said.

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