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Access to LRC Databases
Currently enrolled students can access LRC databases from the LRC homepage at www.sc4.edu/lrc. If you have trouble accessing the databases, contact the LRC for assistance.
A note about full-text articles
1. LRC Databases Use these to locate articles from professional journals and popular magazines.
2. Journals available for free on the Internet
PubMed Central (1900 – present) www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov
Free digital archive of full-text articles from more than 160 high-quality life science journals.
More than 140 open access journals covering all areas of biology and medicine. Most publications are freely available to the public, although some require a paid subscription.
Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN)(1996 – present ) www.nursingworld.org/ojin
A free, peer-reviewed, international journal addressing topics affecting nursing practice, research, education, and the wider healthcare sector. Both MEDLINE and CINAHL index this journal.
Public Library of Science (PLoS) www.plos.org
1. LRC Databases
Micromedex Drug, disease, healthcare, & patient education information for use in clinical nursing practice.
2. Free Websites
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention www.cdc.gov
Information on specific health & safety topics, with a public health image library, and state & national data sets on health & disease.
A consumer health information site maintained by the National Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is a hand-selected directory of the health related websites of more than 1,500 organizations—government, nonprofit, and educational. Available in Spanish.
A consumer health resource that brings together information from various government agencies. Provides simple, accurate health-related information for the general public. Has a medical encyclopedia, drug & herbal supplement information, current health news, and interactive disease tutorials for patients. English and Spanish.
Another directory of consumer health information, this site has a simple design, and is organized by condition, body system, type of patient, etc. It also provides links to MedlinePlus and to specific institutes within the NIH.
Aimed at the layperson, users can choose “Diseases & Conditions,” “Drugs & Supplements,” “Treatment Decisions,” “Healthy Living,” “Ask a Specialist,” and “Health Tools.” The medical information is high quality and comprehensive. The tools section is excellent. Tools include: online calculators (BMI, calorie, heart disease risk), self-assessments (including depression, prostate, stress, obesity), a symptom checker, and quizzes.
AMA Medical Ethics Web pages www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2416.html
Information about medical ethics from the AMA. One especially helpful resource for nursing students is their "Virtual Mentor, an interactive, Web-based forum for analysis and discussion of ethical and professional issues."
Geriatric Assessment: Case Studies www.vhct.org/index.shtml
Offers four "interdisciplinary geriatric assessment" case studies. The approach is an integrated team approach in which "team members actively coordinate care and services across disciplines in a process resembling problem-based learning."
The Bartleby.com edition of Gray’s Anatomy features 1,247 pictures from the classic 1918 publication.
Easy to navigate, begins by choosing among ten systems: skeletal, digestive, muscular, lymphatic, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, male or female reproductive, and urinary. Graphics are interactive and users can view animations of the system, tutorials, and descriptions. Two caveats: users must have a java-enabled browser, and there is no search capability within the site.
More than 50 multimedia tutorials featuring a virtual stethoscope (Real Player needed) to assess both respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. Also included is a review of selected cardiac and pulmonary physiology and pathophysiology topics. All are accessible by clicking on “MMI Student Project Main Page.” Some examples are Biomedical Ethics & Law in Clinical Practice, Clinical Nutrition, Histology, EKG Tutorial, Gastroenterology, Endoscopic Pathology, Immunology, and Virtual CPR.
University of Nebraska Medical Center’s excellent portal with evaluated, annotated links to online image collections organized into the following categories: General, Anatomy and Histology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Embriology, Endoscopy, Neurology, Pathology, Pediatrics, and ENT.
The Merck Manual’s 17th, Centennial Edition is available for free, search by keyword or use the table of contents. Other free manuals: The Merck Manual of Geriatrics; The Merck Manual of Health & Aging.
Created by the University of Florida Medical program, these 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, Neurologic, and Mental Status.
Created by nurses for nurses and students, this site offers good resource links, but the highlight is its “Careplan Corner,” with predefined nursing care plans under three categories: “Altered/Alterations,” “Impaired/Impairment,” and “General.” Some examples of care plans that nursing students can use as examples for their own plans are “Comfort: Chest Pain,” “Sexuality Patterns,” “Physical Mobility,” “Skin Integrity,” and “Anxiety and Ineffective Airway Clearance.” Users can copy, save, or print and modify any of the plans, and there is also a blank plan template to print out & fill in.
NLM Gateway gateway.nlm.nih.gov/gw/Cmd
A handy entry point for searching the many valuable resources at the National Library of Medicine. It provides a global search function for PubMed Central and MedlinePlus. Search results include consumer health information. An excellent place to begin a search of health-related government information.
This federal agency both conducts and sponsors research on healthcare quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness. Its "Consumers & Patients" links provide information on specific conditions, health insurance plans, health and wellness, and prescriptions. Practitioner information includes: disaster preparedness, quality and patient safety, datasets, and research findings. Research section devoted to nursing: www.ahrq.gov/about/nursing
Supports research in nursing, clinical, and community settings through grants and other funding programs. Provides information on its own funding initiatives, including diversity programs and resources, links to nursing organizations for various specialties, and publications from national conferences and meetings.
A service of the National Library of Medicine, this resource offers an index to more than 15 million citations from MEDLINE for biomedical articles, including nursing, dating back to the 1950s. It also links to full-text articles and nongovernmental Web resources.
In accordance with the CDC’s mission to monitor public health, put forth prevention initiatives, investigate health problems, and promote healthy behaviors, its website provides information on specific health and safety topics, a public health image library, and state and national data sets on health and disease. Its A to Z index is a convenient way to find statistical and other information on specific conditions.
The “MD” stands for “Meta Directory” and the University of Iowa’s Hardin Library for the Health Sciences is one of the best and most complete directories for medical and health-related links. Searchable by keyword or “Subject Clusters,” Hardin MD offers a huge, up-to-date collection of medical images and information. Some examples of subject clusters are AIDS, cancer, children’s diseases, flu (including bird flu), heart disease, infectious diseases, skin diseases, and women’s health.
An excellent source of global health information, including statistics and country-by-country health overviews. This site is well indexed and easy to navigate. Search WHOLIS to find full-text WHO health information.
Nursing Discussion Forums nursing.buffalo.edu/mccartny/nursing_discussion_forums.html
The ANA represents American registered nurses (RNs). The site provides information on current issues in nursing (workplace rights, patient safety, and ethics) and a sophisticated career Center with a searchable jobs database, space for posting résumés, and advice for job-seekers. Some content is limited to members only, but there is plenty of quality free information.
International Council of Nurses www.icn.ch/index.html
"A federation of national nurses’ associations (NNAs), representing nurses in more than 128 countries" which focuses on quality in nursing internationally and global health policy.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing www.ncsbn.org
This nonprofit membership organization is comprised of State Boards of Nursing from the United States and its territories. It is also the body that develops and administers the National Council Licensure Examination.
National Coalition of Ethnic and Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA) www.ncemna.org
NCEMNA offers information and links to American nurses’ associations representing major U.S. ethnic groups, including Asian American/Pacific Islander, Alaska Native American, Hispanic, Black, and Philippine.
NFLPN, the organization for LPNs, vocational nurses and nursing students, fosters competence through continuing education and professionalism. Information on scholarships, links to state affiliates and an online discussion forum are all available here.
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