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General Websites for Nursing

BUBL Catalog of Internet Resources for Medical Sciences
This service provides links to websites devoted to numerous aspects of health including medicine, nursing, nutrition and pharmacy.
The Center for Disease Control features health and safety tips, data and statistics, news and events related to public health as well as publications. 
"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug., aims to provide nurses and other health professions with information about thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications, drug recall updates, recent FDA approvals, drug interactions, side effects, and current developments in the medical field.  This site is reviewed and certified by the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation, a non-for-profit foundation that works to preserve the accuracy and trustworthiness of Web-based medical information."

DeAnza College Nursing Resources
DeAnza College Library has put together some great nursing research links. 

Family Drug Guide
"A drug resource that educates consumers about medications and provides cost comparisons, safety facts, and track records for effectiveness — all on mobile devices and the web."

Hardin Medical Dictionary
Designed to provide simple access to comprehensive resource lists on health-related topics. Directory of lists is arranged in broad topical areas covering body systems, disease types or medical specialization. A great place to start your search!

A gateway to consumer health and human services information web site from the United States government, which can lead you to selected online publications, clearing houses, databases, web sites and support and self-help groups, as well as the US government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.

Contains resources related to Health Economics, Quality of Life, Pharmacoeconomics, Medicine, Pharmacy, Measurement Instruments for assessing health outcomes

HighWire Press
HighWire Press is a division of the Stanford University Libraries, hosts the largest repository of free full-text life science articles in the world with nearly 2 million articles available without subscription. HighWire partners with influential scholarly societies, university presses and publishers to create a collection of the finest, fully searchable research and clinical literature online. Together, these partners produce 71 of the 200 most-frequently-cited journals publishing in science.

Inner Body:  Your Guide to Human Anatomy Online
Click on each human figure to see anatomical systems.  Pick points and zoom for location and explanation of body organ/system.

Internet Public Library
Sites of interest to nurses or those interested in nursing as a career.

Medline Plus is a great source to help answer health questions. It brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other governmental agencies and health-related organizations.

National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project
From the National Institute of Health a complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representation of the normal male and female bodies.

Nursing Career Resource Guide
Brought to you by the Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, this guide leads you to some great career resources.

Public Library of Science
The Public Library of Science (PLOS) "is a nonprofit organization of scientists committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

This is a database developed and managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). It is a digital archive of life sciences journal literature. Access to PubMed Central is free and unrestricted. While there are no full-text articles via PubMed, you can get citations. Then you can check the library's catalog to see if we have a copy of the title at NVC. If not, you can use Interlibrary loan to get free copies of articles in journals we do not have at NVC. It usually takes 7-10 days for articles to arrive.

RN to MSN Online  
Two nurses, Ronald Nathan and Maryanne Osberg, created this unbiased and updated list of every school that offers an RN to MSN degree in the U.S.  The schools are sorted alphabetically by state.

Transcultural and Multicultural Health Links 
From Ellen Bosman of New Mexico State University, helpful links for working with patients from various ethnic and cultural groups.  Also, check out NMSU's general nursing guide at and their health sciences/community health guide located at

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services National Guide Clearinghouse
NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

University of Iowa Health Topics
An online encyclopedia of health topics. The site also includes Health Reports, an archive of consumer health news and features.

Virtual Hospital
The Virtual Hospital (VH) is a project of the Electri Differential Multimedia Laboratory, Department of Radiology, University of Iowa College of Medicine. It features medical information of interest to both health care professionals and consumers. Links are arranged by major body systems and hospital departments. Emphasis is on radiology. Ability to search in patient or health care provider mode.

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
"The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is the only national professional nursing specialty organization dedicated to adult health/medical-surgical nurses."

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 Nurses Association
"The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses (RNs) through its 51 constituent member nurses associations, its 24 specialty nursing and workforce advocacy affiliate organizations that currently connect to ANA as 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 healthcare issues affecting nurses and the public."

Society of Pediatric Nurses
"SPN is the only broad-based pediatric nursing organization founded for all nurses involved in the care of children and families. Society members include staff nurses, school and outpatient nurses, clinical nurse specialists, practitioners, administrators, educators and researchers. The Society offers its members the opportunity to interact with colleagues of similar interests, and to share ideas, research and expertise. Through collaborative efforts with other nursing organizations, medical associations, and child health advocacy groups the Society also influences legislation, health policy, and public education." 

Board of Registered Nursing
"The Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is a state governmental agency established by law to protect the public by regulating the practice of registered nurses. The BRN is responsible for implementation and enforcement of the Nursing Practice Act: the laws related to nursing education, licensure, practice, and discipline. The Nursing Practice Act created a nine-member Board which serves as the BRN decision-making body. The Online Professional Licensing System is available for permanently licensed California Registered Nurses to renew licenses and certifications, request duplicate licenses, and make address changes. Applicants seeking first time licensure by endorsement (reciprocity) may begin the application process online at this site.

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Last updated: Dec. 2, 2010                                                            Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery