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Nursing Websites

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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

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

DailyMed

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

Drugs.com

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

SafeMedication.com

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)
CDC.gov 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

Healthfinder
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 avoid registering and 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 (a valid C.O.D. Library card is necessary to search 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 RNCentral.com, free 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

Nurse.com
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

Nursing-Theory.org
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 Journals

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Locating Journal Articles

The Library provides access to many online article databases that will help you locate journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. You can search by keyword, subject, author and title.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search by a variety of fields, like title, author's name, subject or keyword. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our databases are free for you to use. You can browse the library's databases here: Article Databases by Subject

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Newspaper Databases
Includes Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and more

Databases by Subject
Choose an database according to your subject of interest.

  • Begin your research in the Health and Medicine Databases
    What databases contain the best Nursing resources?
    • Each database contains different resources (journals, e-books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, etc.)--You may need to run your search in several databases. Read the database descriptions to locate databases most relevant to your search.
    • Begin your nursing research in CINAHL because it allows you to “drill down” and find nurse-specific information.
      The online Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, CINAHL, covers nursing, allied health, biomedical and consumer health journals, publications of the American Nursing Association, and the National League for Nursing. It includes the CINAHL Thesaurus and full text of over 1,300 important nursing and clinical journals. CINAHL uses controlled vocabulary (subject headings and subheadings) to represent concepts allowing more thorough searches. It also has fantastic limits allowing you to restrict your searches to articles written in the past 5 years as well as limiting to only nursing journals!
    • Search Micromedex Health Care Series  for DRUG information and Micromedex's CareNotes for patient education materials. 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
    • Pay attention to online journal article embargos
    • Some journals are ONLY available in print—the Library has photocopiers and flatbed scanners

    "Best Bet" Health Databases

    Academic Search Complete
    Academic Search Complete contains indexing and full text for 9,100 journals. 7,100 of these journals are peer-reviewed scholarly titles. This collection provides both popular and scholarly journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies.

    Academic Video Online
    A diverse 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.

    small yellow star.jpgCare Notes
    Care Notes helps medical professionals educate patients and their families about certain conditions. Contains 2500 English and 2500 Spanish documents that address patient condition, treatment, follow-up care, psychosocial issues, continuing health, and the most frequently administered drugs.

    small yellow star.jpgCINAHL
    The online version of Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, CINAHL Complete covers nursing, allied health, biomedical and consumer health journals, publications of the American Nursing Association, and the National League for Nursing. It now includes the CINAHL Thesaurus and full text of over 1,300 important nursing and clinical journals as well as over 130 Evidence-based Care Sheets; nearly 170 Quick Lessons providing Overviews of Disease and Conditions; 170 Continuing Education Modules; and full text for 360 Research Instrument Records.

    Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    GVRL is a collection of online reference books on a variety of topics including Business, History, Literature, Medicine, Social Science, Technology and many more.
    individual entries from these resources can be printed and emailed.

    Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
    This resource provides 600 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong. In addition, this database includes the Clinical Pharmacology database, providing access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs.

    small yellow star.jpgMedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 900 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

    small yellow star.jpgMICROMEDEX Healthcare Series
    Provides full-text information supporting clinical care decisions including: drug monographs and evaluations (including contrast media), 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

    Nursing Education in Video
    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. 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.

    small yellow star.jpgScience Direct
    **Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu**
    Indexing and full-text of 175 journals in science, chemistry, nursing, biology and other related disciplines.

    Browse all COD Library Health and Medicine databases


    Database (and Library catalog) Advanced Search Tips

    • Use the features of the database (print, navigation) before using your browser's back or print buttons
    • For keyword searching, use the advanced search feature so that you can use multiple terms and set limits (date range, peer-reviewed, full text, etc)
    • Remember that databases require you to spell correctly
    • CINAHL is the only database that allows you to limit the journal subset to NURSING
    • To limit your search results to journals with editorial boards (or some type of review process by health professionals) look under the “limit” section of the initial search page. Select the option to limit to peer reviewed (some databases also call them refereed publications). Refereed publications and peer reviewed are synonyms for board-reviewed or scholarly journals. Don’t forget to set your date limits too!
    • When creating your search strategy, take a moment to write down your key words and any synonyms (alternative words meaning the same thing) that might be used. Also think about how you connect your key words together.
      • Connect different concepts with the word AND indicating that you want both concepts to appear in each retrieved article.
      • Connect variations (different words could be used for the same thing) with OR indicating that at least one variation should occur in the articles retrieved.
      • Put parentheses around actions that you want to be done first (just like you may have done in an algebra class).
      • Here are some examples of synonyms and “nesting” (using parentheses):
      • (aged OR geriatric OR old* OR elderly)
      • (nurs* OR nursing assistant*)
      • Put the key concepts together like this example:
        (age" OR geriatric OR old* OR elderly) AND (nurs* OR nursing assistant*)
    • capitalize connecting words (AND, OR) to let the database know that you are giving a command not just listing a word to be found
    • Use an asterisk (*) to find all possible endings. For example, nurs* finds nurse, nurses, nursing, nursery

    CINAHL Research Tips

    Need help using the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) Complete database?

    CLICK HERE for tips and examples from Debra Smith, your COD Health Sciences Librarian, as well as video tutorials and help guides from CINAHL creators!

Helpful Nursing Research Handouts

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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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