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.

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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

Nursing Books, Videos & Models


Browsing the Collection

Use the COD Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your MyAccess/NetID user name and password to check these items out or access them online.

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An easy way to start searching the Library catalog is to do a keyword search for words that describe your topic. You may need to experiment with keywords to find ones that work for your topic.

Keyword Searching

Do a keyword search of the Library catalog using words that are specific to your topic. Try using specific keywords, such as proper names, combining several keywords, or using keyword phrases. For example:

  • current AND (issue* OR trend*) AND nurs*
  • nurs* AND diagnos*
  • nurs* AND "care plan*"
  • nurs* AND "patient education"
  • nurs* AND diversity AND cultur*
  • nurs* AND (religion OR spirituality)
  • "nursing aid*" or "nursing assis*"
  • rn AND (exam* OR review)
  • pn OR "practical nurse" OR lpn
  • simulat* AND nurs* AND educat*
  • For more tips on creating keyword searches, see the Journal Articles section of this guide

Once you find some items, you can use subject headings to find other items that cover the same topic.

Subject Searching

Try these subjects to browse the General and Reference Collections.

geriatric nursing pharmacology
nurses' aides psychiatric nursing
nursing religious aspects surgical nursing
pediatric nursing transcultural nursing

Call Number Searching

Another strategy is to search by call number. Health-related materials are shelved in the "R" section of libraries that use the Library of Congress classification system. Nursing books are located in several call number areas. A large amount of nursing books are located in the "RT" range.

Some nursing books are located in other areas of the "R" section if they deal with specific age groups . Nursing books may also be classified according to type of nursing. Search the Library catalog to locate the call number for specific nursing resources.

Subject Call Number Range
basic nurse assistant RT84
geriatric nursing RC954s
nursing RTs
pediatric nursing RJ245
pharmacology & nursing drug handbooks or guides RM100-300s
practical nursing RT 62
psychiatric nursing RC440s
surgical nursing RT41-51s
transcultural nursing RT86.54

There are two locations for "print" or physical material (videos or software) in the C.O.D. Library: the reference collection (items don't leave the Library) and the general stacks (items that you can take home). Library staff members will be happy to help you find books in either section--just ask!

Reference Materials

Reference materials are well indexed, up-to-date, concise, and highly credible. They provide overviews, definitions, specific information (such as causes & symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, prognosis, etc) or addresses. Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources. Since you cannot normally take these materials home, remember that you will have to photocopy, or write down the information that you need. Some reference materials are available full text, online via our databases. Below are some examples of the types of reference books found in the C.O.D. reference collection.

Some of these resources are designed for consumers (such as the Johns Hopkins or Mayo Clinic health books), some for health students and consumers (the Gale Encyclopedia series), and some for health professionals (Cecil or Harrison's), so the type and level of information differs to suit each audience. Some reference works are available in Spanish language versions.

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Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research
REF RT81.5 .P69 2011

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary
REF R 121.D73 2012 (Ready Reference--located at our reference desks)

small yellow star.jpgGale Encyclopedia of Medicine
* This link will allow you to simultaneously search all of the specialized Gale Encyclopedias available in the Gale Ebook (Virtual Reference Library) database

Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing & Allied Health Ebook

Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary (select medical reference, includes audio pronunciations)

small yellow star.jpgGoldman's Cecil Medicine
REF RC46 .C423

small yellow star.jpgHarrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
REF RC46 .H333

small yellow star.jpgThe Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice
REF RT51 .L566

Davis's comprehensive handbook of laboratory & diagnostic tests with nursing implications Ebook

Davis's diseases and disorders : a nursing therapeutics manual Ebook

Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses Ebook

Mosby's Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference
REF RB38.2 .M67

NANDA Nursing Diagnoses : Definitions and Classifications
REF RT48.6 .N67

Physical Examination & Health Assessment

Religion : a Clinical Guide for Nurses
REF RT85.2 .R45 2012 and EBOOK Click Here

Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook
REF RM125 .S3

Streaming Nursing Videos

You will use your MyAccess credentials to access these video databases from off-campus.

Academic Video Online
a collection of full-length streaming videos. A wide-range of disciplines are included. Most useful to nurses is the Health & Health Care collection. Also included in the subscription are full transcripts of each video program that are keyword searchable, easy playlist and clip making functionality, permanent embeddable URLs for easy use in online courses.

JoVe Unlimited
JoVE Unlimited offers users access to over 12,000 video and text articles from the JoVE Video Journal and JoVE Science Education collections. This is a great source for videos demonstrating methods and protocols in scientific, peer-reviewed articles and experiments. Excellent nursing clinical skills and physical exam videos.

Nursing Education in Video
Nursing Education in Video is an online collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS.

Remember that additional DVDs, CD-ROMs and nursing-related multimedia resources can be found by searching the COD Library catalog. Use your COD Library card to check these items out for in-library, home viewing, or online access (depending on availability).

Anatomical Models

Anatomical Models are available at the Library circulation desk.

For even more assistance with anatomy & physiology, check out the COD Library's Anatomy & Physiology Research Guide!

Nursing Guide

thumb_nurses1.JPGThis guide is a starting point for locating Nursing (PN and ADN) and Basic Nursing Assistant books, videos, journal articles, images and credible websites.

The menu on the right will help you research, locate, evaluate and cite resources in APA style.

Ask Your Health Science Librarian

Do you need help finding information on a specific topic? In addition to using our face-to-face, online and phone Ask A Librarian options, you may call or email me to set up an appointment or to explain what you need (I can often help you via email). Please remember that while I can assist you in finding information and can educate you about locating and citing quality health resources, I cannot diagnose or recommend treatment for specific conditions or diseases. I also cannot interpret assignments--ask your instructor! I will always refer specific medical and assignment-related questions back to your health care provider or instructor. Your questions will be kept in confidence and your privacy will be respected.

For a greater understanding of the types of Library resources and services offered to students in COD's ADN, PN and BNA programs, see the Nursing Accreditation Library Reports attached below.

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Nursing

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