|INTERNET RESOURCES FOR NURSING STUDENTS|
U.S. government medical and health information resources:
This site provides valuable resources at the National Library of Medicine including global search function for Pubmed, Pubmed Central, and Medline Plus. Search results are divided into the categories of: bibliographic, consumer health, and other information resources. An excellent site for health related government information.
Resources for medical professionals and researchers:
National Institute of Nursing Research
This organization support research in nursing in clinical and community settings through grants and other funding programs. Has links to nursing organizations for various specialties and publications from national conferences and meetings.
A service of the National Library of Medicine, it offers an index to more than 15 million citations from Medline for biomedical articles, including nursing dating back to 1950s. Also links to the full text of articles; and nongovernmental Web resources. Offers a free, full-text collection of biomedical books.
Offers a free digital archive of life sciences journal literature. Has full text of more than 160 high-quality, life sciences journals from various publishers.
Resources for health consumers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This site monitors public health. Provides information on specific health and safety topics, a public health image library, and state and national data sets on health and disease. It’s A to Z index is a convenient way to find statistical and other information.
This is a directory of health related Web sites of more than 1500 nonprofit, government and educations organizations selected and maintained by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also available in Spanish.
Its medical encyclopedia, drug and herbal supplement information, current health news, and superior interactive tutorials are excellent resources for nursing students. Also provides valuable information for general public. Available also in Spanish.
National Institutes of Health—Health information
This is a directory of consumer health information organized by conditions, body systems, type of patient etc. Also provides links to Medline and other institutes.
“MD” stands for “Meta Directory.” This University of Iowa’s Hardin Library for Health Sciences is one of the best and most complete directories for medical and health related links. Offers up-to-date collection of medical images and information on subjects such as AIDS, cancer, infectious diseases etc.
Includes 20 leading academic medical centers in the Midwest. Each category is divided into subcategories for example, under Nursing are Academic Institutions, Associations, Career Resources, Databases, Discussion Groups, Electronic Journals, and Grants and Funding plus Clinical Resources and Reference Resources.
Mayo Clinic: Tools for Healthier Lives.
Has a plethora of information and tools for both students and nurses. The medical information is high quality and comprehensive. Has a very special “Tools” section providing online calculator for BMI, calorie, heart disease risk etc., self assessments for depression, prostate, obesity, a symptom checker and quizzes.
Study aids for nursing students:
Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body.
Features 1,247 pictures from the classic 1918 publication as well as 13,000 entries.
Human Anatomy Online.
Easy to navigate the ten systems are skeletal, digestive, muscular, lymphatic, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, male and female reproductive, and urinary. Graphics are interactive and users can view animations of the system, tutorials, and descriptions. (Needs Java-enabled browser).
Mcgill University Virtual Stethoscope.
This is a unique internet resource for medical and nursing students. It is a multimedia tutorial featuring a virtual stethoscope (real player needed) to assess both respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. Also includes a review of cardiac and pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology topics.
Medical Images on the Web.
Nursing represents a fundamental component in the health care system, crucial to patient interaction and efficient delivery of medical care. The following resources provide insight, news, and methodologies to various aspects of nursing and medicine. Here, you can find literature to medical journals, factual and visual aid on different medical specializations, and an assortment of nursing and medical associations and support groups.
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.
This is a free Merck Manual’s 17th, Centennial Edition searchable by keyword or table of contents. Also offers The Merck Manual of Geriatrics and The Merck Manual of Health & Aging.
Physical Exam Study Guides.
These University of Florida Medical program guides are thorough and clear. The exams offered are Vital Signs, Back and Extremity, Chest and Lung, Cardiology, Head and Neck, Eye, Abdominal, Breast, Pelvic, Neurology, and Mental Status.
Created by nurses for nurses and students this offers a special “Careplan Corner” under categories such as “Altered/Alterations,” “Impaired/Impairment,” and “General.” Examples of care plans that students can use are “Sexuality Patterns,” Physical Mobility,” “Skin Integrity,” etc.
Information provided here for drugs includes description, clinical pharmacology, indications and dosage, side effects, etc. Words needing definition for students are hyperlinked to Taber’s online medical dictionary.
Nursing associations, online forums, and discussion lists:
American Nurses Association (ANA)
ANA represents American registered nurses and information on current issues in nursing, a Career Services and a searchable jobs database and space for posting resumes.
National Coalition of Ethnic and Minority Nurse Association (NCEMNA).
Represents major U.S. ethnic groups including Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPINA), Alaska Native American and others (NANAINA) and others.
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN).
This fosters competence through continuing education and professionalism. Has information on scholarships, links to state affiliates, and an online discussion forum.
Online forums and discussion lists:
Nursing Email Discussion Lists
Nursing Email discussion Lists.
Skepticism in Nursing Discussion
Courtesy College & Research Libraries, April 2006 Fall 2007