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Nursing Websites

ANYONE can put information on the Internet. ANYONE. As a health care provider, you must carefully select and evaluate medical/health information before using it to treat patients or letting it influence how you perform your duties. Use the evaluating sources section of this guide to help you determine the credibility of Web sites. A great final test is to ask yourself, "Would I want myself or someone that I care deeply about to be treated based on this information?" If the answer is "no," don't include such non-credible information in your academic projects either!

Nursing Associations & Organizations

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

American Health Information Management Association

American Nurses Association--Illinois

American Nurses Association NursingWorld

American Red Cross

Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses

Emergency Nurses Association

National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

National League for Nursing

NAPNES: National Association of Practical Nurse Education & Service, Inc.

Electronic Drug & Pharmacy Resources

Before you search the web, have you tried these clinical resources?

Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses Ebook

Micromedex Health Care Series 
MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series provides full-text information supporting clinical care decisions including: drug monographs and evaluations, drug dosages and interactions, drug product identification, reproductive risks, toxicity management, alternative medicine/herbal preparations information, acute/emergency care guidelines, drug, disease and condition information for patients, laboratory test information, dosage calculators, nomograms, and references

CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service
Includes information on new drug therapies in research and those recently approved by the FDA


Maintained by the National Library of Medicine, this site provides high quality drug information including FDA approved labels (package inserts). It is designed to supply health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts

A drug information database for consumers and medical professionals, providing information about prescription and over-the-counter medications, treatment notes for specific diseases and conditions, and topical articles and news related to pharmaceuticals

MEDLINEplus National Library of Medicine

Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications provided through two drug resources -- MedMaster, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the USP DI Advice for the Patient, a product of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

RxList - The Internet Drug Index

Contains a database of approximately 5,000 product names that is updated regularly including professional monographs derived from FDA approved labeling and patient-oriented monographs

Easy-to-read information on more than 800 drugs sponsored by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

Atlases, Dictionaries and Handbooks

Lumen Gross Anatomy Dissector

Merriam-Webster Online
Includes medical dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish-English, unabridged, visual, and ESL

Merck Manual Consumer version

Merck Manual Professional Edition

Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses

Teaching Patients with Low Literacy

General Medical Information Websites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides users with credible, reliable health information on topics such as: data and statistics; diseases and conditions; emergencies and disasters; environmental health; healthy living; injury, violence and safety; life stages and populations; travelers' health; workplace safety and health; and much more. This site contains information appropriate for adults, teens and kids

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Offers consumer information useful for patient education.

small yellow star.jpgMEDLINEplus
Provides access to 900+ health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, lists of hospitals and physicians, health and information in Spanish and other languages. Includes listings of diseases & conditions by body system.

small yellow star.jpgMedScape Reference
An online clinical reference providing in-depth drug & disease information and tools to support clinical decision making. Content is designed for practicing medical professionals and includes diagnostic medical images. Free Registration to MedScape is required. To go straight to an entry in this resource, try Googling the word emedicine and your disease/condition (i.e. emedicine pertussis).

NIH Health Information Index
From National Institutes of Health. A searchable directory of NIH Institutes.

Online Nursing Journals (FREE)*

BMC Nursing

Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

Online Journal of Nursing Informatics

Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care

State Nursing Newsletters/Publications

World Wide Wounds

*Remember that you can search for FREE full text articles from hundreds of nursing journals as well as credible medical journals and magazines by using the C.O.D. Health & Medicine databases (use your MyAccess credentials to search COD databases from home)

Recommended Nursing Websites

The following websites have been recommended by nursing faculty and the health science librarian as useful for student nursing assignments and nursing practice.

Anatomy & Physiology Resources
The COD Library's Anatomy and Physiology Resource Guide to print, electronic, Internet and anatomical model resources

Care Plans from Nurseslabs
How to create nursing care plans and sample care plans

C.R.I.S. Community Resource Information System [DuPage County]
A fast and easy way to obtain basic information on social service programs throughout DuPage County [Mozilla Firefox browser is recommended, Internet Explorer may not display correctly]

DuPage County Health Department
Promotes physical and emotional health; prevents illness and disability; protects health from environmental risk factors; and strives to assure the provision of accessible, quality services. Web site topics include: asthma, depression, bioterrorism, consumer services, dental services, DuPage safe food site, environmental health services, mental health services and men's and women's health sites

ECRI Guidelines Trust
Provided by ECRI Institute (the organization that served as sole prime contractor for the discontinued National Guideline ClearinghouseTM (NGC)), this publicly available web-based repository provides physicians, nurses, other clinical specialties, and members of the healthcare community with up-to-date, clinical practices and guidelines to advance safe and effective patient care. The repository includes evidence-based guidance developed by nationally- and internationally-recognized medical organizations and medical specialty societies. [FREE registration is required to access the database]

Evidence-Based Practice an Interprofessional Tutorial
After 8 introductory slides, this evidence-based practice tutorial from the University Of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries links to individual tutorials describing each of the 5 steps of evidence-based practice [Step 1 contains excellent examples of formulating PICO questions. PICO is an acronym for population, intervention, comparison, and outcome.] Example cases and questions are presented from dentistry, medicine, public health, nursing, physical therapy, and more medical disciplines.

Evidence-Based Practice Tutorial
This tutorial was developed by staff at Duke University Medical Center Library and the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

On a lighter (but still educational) evidence-based note...

Check out these creative YouTube musical parodies promoting evidence-based practice created by James McCormack (a professor with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver):

Viva La Evidence

Some Studies that I like to Quote

Doctor (123456789) - a parody of Tommy Tutone's song Jenny (867-5309)

How to Try This: Assessments and Best Practices in Care of Older Adults
Evidence based assessment tools and demonstration videos from the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) and the American Journal of Nursing

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR): Nurses
Includes licensing and regulation information as well as the Nurse Practice Act

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Worker Registry
Includes licensing and regulation information for CNAs as well as the searchable Nurse's Aide Registry

The Joint Commission: National Safety Goals
Links to the latest National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs). Included on each program's page is the chapter and an easy-to-read version of the NPSGs

Medscape Nursing
Medscape Nursing is a free resource (registration required) for nurses, featuring Free Nursing CE (Continuing Education), medical journal articles pertaining to nurses, MEDLINE, medical news, major Nursing conference coverage, and comprehensive drug information.

National Nursing Database
From the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the compiled date is updated daily, providing real time nursing licensure and discipline statistics. Note that no individual identifying information is available
Dedicated to nurses, contains current events, regional information, nursing jobs and nurse continuing education with over 13500 nurse jobs and over 550 nurse CEs available

NAHRS: Nursing Resources
The Nursing and Allied Health Resource Section of the Medical Library Association (NAHRS) organizesand links to E-books, E-journals, free nursing databases, nursing Web sites, writing resources, APA help and much MORE
Provides information and articles on theories & models, nursing theorists, and famous nurses

The Nursing Theory Page
From the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science

Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)
"Comprehensive, competency based resources to empower nurses with knowledge, skills, & attitudes to improve quality & safety across healthcare systems"

Teaching With Simulations
From the University of Washington’s Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice, these simulation training modules provide lessons on how to teach effectively with simulation. The modules cover the basics as well as advanced applications. There are also tools to help plan simulations, develop simulation scenarios, and track student outcomes