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Nursing

Here is a curated collection of useful sites on the open internet.

Until 2020 the library's website contained a list of useful internet sites under RESOURCES on the SUBJECT GUIDES page. The websites listed under NURSING and EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE are now located below. Note that with this many sites there are invariably broken links. Let us know if you see something that should be removed, or something that should be added.

  • Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses - The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to the practice of medical-surgical nursing.The strategic goals focus on workplace advocacy; evidence-based practice, research and knowledge; professional development; national leadership and influence; and organizational health.

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

  • All Nursing Schools - Directory of Nursing programs on all levels of education. Site also provides information on finding a job, how your education might be applied, descriptions of nursing specializations, etc.

  • American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing - The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) is the association of professional nurses and associates who: )Identify ambulatory care practice as a specialty that is essential to the continuum of accessible, high quality, and cost-effective health care. )Are committed to their professional development and the quality of patient care in an ambulatory care environment and seek to actively engage in a community of like-minded professionals. )Foster understanding and appreciation for the vital role of professional registered nurses as leaders, coordinators of patient care, and care providers in an ambulatory care setting.

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners - The mission of AANP, a full-service national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties, is to lead NPs in transforming patient-centered health care.

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing - The national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses - AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients. The association is dedicated to providing our members with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide optimal care to critically ill patients.

  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses - The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, an organization of more than 4,000 members worldwide, is committed to working for the highest standard of care for neuroscience patients by advancing the science and practice of neuroscience nursing.

  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists - The AANA is the professional organization for nearly 48,000 nurse anesthetists. As advanced practice nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) administer more than 34 million anesthetics in the United States each year. CRNAs practice in every setting where anesthesia is available and are the primary providers of anesthesia care in rural America.

  • American Chronic Pain Association - ACPA has offered peer support and education in pain management skills to people with pain, family and friends, and health care professionals. The information and tools on our site can help you to better understand your pain and work more effectively with your health care team toward a higher quality of life. 

  • American College of Nurse-Midwives - The mission of the American College of Nurse-Midwives is to support midwives and advance the practice of midwifery in order to achieve optimal health for women through their lifespan, with expertise in well woman and gynecologic care, promoting optimal pregnancy, physiologic birth, postpartum care, and care of the newborn.

  • American Nurses Association - The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.4 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center - The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas.

  • American Nursing Informatics Association - The American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) is the association of professional nurses and associates. Mission: To advance the field of nursing informatics through communication, education, research and professional activities

  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association - The largest professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health (PMH) nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders.

  • American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses - the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) represents the interests of nurses who specialize in preanesthesia and postanesthesia care, ambulatory surgery, and pain management. The Society serves its members by continually providing the latest in perianesthesia education, research, clinical practice expertise, standards and advocacy.

  • Association of Nurses in Aids Care - ANAC is comprised of a dedicated group of nurses, healthcare professionals and others who are committed to HIV/AIDS nursing. ANAC has members around the world. While most of ANAC's members are nurses, many other people who care about HIV nursing are also members.

  • Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses - Core Purpose: To support and advance nurses and their practice in order to optimize outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer and blood disorders and their families.

  • Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses - Their mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to perioperative nurses. AORN will collaborate with professional and regulatory organizations, industry leaders, and other health care partners who support the mission.

  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics & Nenonatal Nurses - Their mission is to improve and promote the health of women and newborns and to strengthen the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education and other professional and clinical resources to nurses and other health care professionals.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC is dedicated to protecting health & promoting quality of life through prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. They create programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people.

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Formerly HCFA) - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). They administer Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • ENA - Emergency Nurses Association - Nurses involved in emergency health care to pool their resources in order to set standards and develop improved methods of effective emergency nursing practice. Provide continuing education programs for emergency nurses as well as a united voice for nurses involved in emergency care.

  • Florida Nurses Association - The Florida Nurses Association as a constituent of the American Nurses Association is the only nursing organization representing ALL of nursing regardless of specialty or practice area. They speak on behalf of nursing in Tallahassee as well as before many regulatory bodies. They partner with other organizations that share our vision to create a unified nursing advocacy program for nurses in Florida.

  • Healthy People.gov - Healthy People identifies our Nation’s health improvement priorities. For more than 30 years, Healthy People has established science-based national health objectives with clear targets that allow us to monitor progress, motivate action, and guide efforts to improve health across the country.

  • JCAHO - The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses - NANN is the longest established professional voice that supports the professional needs of neonatal nurses throughout their careers through excellence in practice, education, research and professional development. NANN is your neonatal connection to the strongest and most vibrant community of neonatal nurses.

  • National Council of State Boards of Nursing - NCSBN is a not-for-profit organization whose members include the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories. There are 21 associate members. NCSBN is the vehicle through which boards of nursing act and counsel together to provide regulatory excellence for public health, safety and welfare.

  • National Guideline Clearinghouse - The NGC mission is to provide physicians and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use.

  • National Institutes of Health - NIH is made up of 27 Institutes and Centers, each with a specific research agenda, often focusing on particular diseases or body systems. NIH leadership plays an active role in shaping the agency's research planning, activities, and outlook.

  • National Institute of Nursing Research - Dedicated to improving the health and health care of Americans through the funding of nursing research and research training. Their mission is to promote and improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

  • NLN - National League for Nursing - The National League for Nursing promotes excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community. ​

  • NLN - National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission - The ACEN supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation.  Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality.

  • Nurse.com - Nurse.com has been the most trusted source of nursing jobs; innovative, award-winning learning opportunities; compelling news and other resources that actively support the registered nurses we serve.

    Nursing Theories (Current Nursing) - Contents in this portal are placed in two domains- www.currentnursing.com and www.nursingplanet.com. We offer directories, quiz, article update feeds and open access articles.

  • NursingWorld | NursesBooks.org - Books for nursing professional practice and course adoption for in-service training programs and associate, baccalaureate, masters and PhD level courses at U.S. nursing schools.

  • NursingWorld | Nursing Links: Government Resources - Policy & Advocacy section of the American Nurses Association.

  • Oncology Nursing Society - ONS provides a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families.

  • Robert Wood Johnson - The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports research and programs throughout the nation which are working to build a Culture of Health. Mission: to improve the health and health care of all Americans.

  • RN Central - Where nurses gather on the Web - RN Central provides working and prospective nurses with the information they need to research different nursing roles and disciplines, launch a new career in the field, or advance in a current one. Use this site to guide you through the online learning opportunities available for nurses who need more flexibility in their educational experience.

  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. We fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

Evidence-Based Practice

Here is a curated collection of useful sites on the open internet.

Until 2020 the library's website contained a list of useful internet sites under RESOURCES on the SUBJECT GUIDES page. The websites listed under NURSING and EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE are now located below. Note that with this many sites there are invariably broken links. Let us know if you see something that should be removed, or something that should be added.

  • ACCESSSS Smart Search Best evidence for health care - A service to help provide current best evidence for clinical decisions. It conducts searches simultaneously in several evidence-based information services (online evidence-based texts, evidence-based guidelines and pre-appraised journal publications).
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.
  • AGREE Collaboration Trust - The AGREE instrument is a tool that assesses the methodological rigour and transparency in which a guideline is developed and it is used internationally.
  • AHRQ Evidence Reports - Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC) reports are used for informing and developing coverage decisions, quality measures, educational materials and tools, guidelines, and research agendas.
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses - AACN is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients. The association is dedicated to providing our members with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide optimal care to critically ill patients.
  • Assessing the Impact of Research - A Bernard Becker Medical Library Project. Model for Assessment of Research Impact is a framework for tracking diffusion of outputs and activities to locate indicators that demonstrate evidnece of biomedical research impact.
  • Center for Disease Control - For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people.
  • Center for Evidence Based Medicine - This website contains details of learning resources available from the Centre and collaborative departments. CEBM aims to develop, teach and promote evidence-based health care through conferences, workshops and EBM tools so that all health care professionals can maintain the highest standards of medicine.
  • Centre for Clinical Effectiveness (AUS) - We are an evidence-based practice support unit that encourages and supports health professionals, managers and policy makers to use the best available evidence to improve healthcare.
  • Centre for Evidence Based Mental Health (UK) - The Centre is housed within the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford and is led by the Director, Professor Carl Heneghan.
  • ClinicalTrials.gov - ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.
  • Cochrane Collaboration - Global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health. Cochrane contributors: 37,000 from more than 130 countries, work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Many of the contributors are world leaders in their fields, medicine, health policy, research methodology, or consumer advocacy. Groups are situated in some of the world's most respected academic and medical institutions.
  • Epistemonikos - Best of Evidence-Based Health Care, information technologies and a network of experts to provide a unique tool for people making decisions concerning clinical or health-policy questions.
  • Evidence Based Nursing (Health Sciences Library (UNC-Chapel Hill) - The purpose of the EBN process is to help you as a professional make informed decisions by learning from what others in your field are researching and learning. Using these set steps makes it easier to apply current quality evidence from research in clinical and healthcare decisions.  This website and the resources listed will help to guide you through the 5 steps of the EBN process.
  • Evidence-Based Medicine - BMJ Journals - Evidence-Based Medicine provides you with all the information you need. BMJ scans 100 journals and around 50,000 articles a year so that we can identify the most important and valid 140 research articles and publish them in Evidence-Based Medicine.
  • Evidence-Based Mental Health - BMJ Journals - Evidence-Based Mental Health aims to engage psychiatrists and psychologists, particularly younger professionals, in the challenge of basing their practice on evidence. Published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the British Psychological Society and BMJ the journal surveys a wide range of international medical journals, applying strict criteria for the quality and validity of research.
  • Evidence-based Practice Centers - Under the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5-year contracts are awarded to institutions in the United States and Canada to serve as EPCs. The EPCs review all relevant scientific literature on a wide spectrum of clinical and health services topics to produce various types of evidence reports.
  • Evidence-Based Medicine: 6S Hierarchy of EBM Resources (MD Anderson Center) - Guide for practicing Evidence-Based Medicine.
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health (UMass Med School) - Evidence-based practice for public health involves using the best available evidence to make informed public health practice decisions. This website provides free online access to evidence-based public health (EBPH) resources, knowledge domains of public health, and public health journals and databases. The resources are arranged along a pathway of evidence to allow public health practitioners to easily find and use the best evidence to develop and implement effective interventions, programs, and policies.
  • Evidence-Based Teaching (UK) - Like Evidence-Based Medicine, Evidence-Based Teaching uses methods which have been thoroughly tested and proven to be effective.Teachers can make a huge difference to their students' learning. Using evidence will have a direct impact on grades.
  • Finding Evidence in PubMed (Yale University) - This page details the various ways of finding evidence-based literature in PubMed.
  • Health Services/Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT) - NCBI Bookshelf - Web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health-care decision making. Includes evidence-based reviews from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
  • healthevidence.org - Access to 4,328 quality-rated systematic reviews evaluating the effectiveness of public health interventions. Published literature is thoroughly and public health relevant reviews are compiled.
  • ICN - International Council of Nurses - The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations (NNAs), representing the more than 16 million nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nurses internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.
  • Improvement Science Research Network - The Improvement Science Research Network (ISRN) aims to accelerate the development and dissemination of interprofessional improvement science in a systems context across multiple sites. Across the country, healthcare experts, administrators, researchers, and clinicians are devising and testing new strategies to improve the safety and quality of patient care.
  • Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice - The ICEBNP is part of a global cooperative effort to expand the understanding and use of research-based evidence to produce the best patient outcomes.
  • Joanna Briggs Institute (Aus) - The Institute collaborates internationally with over 70 entities across the world. The Institute and its collaborating entities promote and support the synthesis, transfer and utilization of evidence through identifying feasible, appropriate, meaningful and effective healthcare practices to assist in the improvement of healthcare outcomes globally.
  • Joint Commission : Helping Health Care Organizations Help Patients - An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
  • Merck Manual - One of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers. The Merck Manual is continuously is expanding the reach and depth of its offerings to reflect the mission of providing the best medical information of the day to a wide cross-section of users, including medical professionals and students, veterinarians and veterinary students, and consumers.
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse - The NGC mission is to provide physicians and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers, and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use.
  • National Institute of Nursing Research - The mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is to promote and improve the health of individuals, families, and communities. The Institute supports and conducts clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and improve palliative and end-of-life care.
  • National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices - The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions. All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination. The purpose of NREPP is to help the public learn more about available evidence-based programs and practices and determine which of these may best meet their needs. NREPP is one way that SAMHSA is working to improve access to information on evaluated interventions and reduce the lag time between the creation of scientific knowledge and its practical application in the field.
  • Nursing Center(Martindale) - Web directory linking nurses and nursing students to all things nursing on the WWW.
  • PubMed - PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
  • Quality Indicators (AHRQ) - The Quality Indicators (QIs) are measures of health care quality that make use of readily available hospital inpatient administrative data. The current AHRQ QI™ modules expand HCUP QIs. The QIs can be used to highlight potential quality concerns, identify areas that need further study and investigation, and track changes over time.
  • Research Instruments Developed (Stanford University School of Medicine) - The Stanford Patient Education Research Center has about 20 years of experience developing, adapting, and testing self-administered scales in English and Spanish for research subjects with chronic diseases.
  • Resources for Evidence-Based Practice: The 6S Pyramid (Mcmaster University) - Covers core concepts of evidence-based practice and provides resources for developing your skills in EBP.
  • SUMSearch 2 - SUMSearch simultaneously searches for original studies, systematic reviews, and practice guidelines from PubMed.
  • Trip Database (clinical search engine) - Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. Trip has been online since 1997 and in that time has developed into the internet’s premier source of evidence-based content. Their motto is ‘Find evidence fast’ and this is something they aim to deliver for every single search.
  • As well as research evidence we also allow clinicians to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.
  • Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library - The Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository (Henderson Repository) is the only repository solely dedicated to sharing works created by nurses. It is an open-access digital academic and clinical scholarship service that freely collects, preserves, and disseminates full-text nursing research and evidence-based practice materials.
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - The mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. They fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

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