David & Lorraine Cheng Library

William Paterson University of New Jersey

Nursing Resources

Reference Sources

WPUNJ Nursing Department
Healthy People 2010
A national health promotion and disease prevention initiative.
National Library of Medicine
Access MEDLINEplus, PubMed and Internet Grateful Med search engines.
RxList - The Internet Drug Index
Searchable index provides descriptions, warnings, contraindications, dosage information.

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Evidence-Based Practice Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, AHRQ supports research and collects data concerning the safety, quality, efficiency, cost and access of healthcare services.
Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement
This independent, non-profit group maintains this site which contains links to guidelines, preventive services, summary reports about clinical outcomes.
National Guideline Clearinghouse
An initiative of the AHRQ, this is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents.
This search engine designed by the University of Texas Health Science Center combines met-searching and contingency searching for medical evidence. The results list is organized by category and includes links and information about journal articles, guidelines, reviews, as well as text books and research.

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Research Instruments, Surveys & Tools

Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, CAPS Instruments
Indiana University at Bloomington, Alcohol Research and Health Information Questionnaires
RAND Health: Surveys & Tools
Stanford School of Medicine: Research Instruments
University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute’s Substance Use Screening & Assessment Instruments Database

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Nursing Theory

Clayton College and State University, Department of Nursing's Nursing Theory Link Page
Nursescribe's Nursing Theory Page
University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science's Nursing Theory Page

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Nursing Care Plans

RN Central's Care Plan Corner
Sample Care Plan for MS Patient

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Health Statistics

United States

Provides federal statistical information by health-related topic.
Gateway to statistics collected and published by over 100 federal agencies.
Current Injury, Illness and Fatality Data
Data collected by the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
National Center for Health Statistics
Data is provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the principal source for statistical health information in the US.
State Health Facts Online
Health and health policy information for all 50 states and US territories provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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New Jersey

Communicable Diseases
Data collected by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
Healthy NJ
This site produced by UMDNJ provides a wealth of information for health professionals and consumers.
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

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Anatomy, Images, and Study Guides

Hardin MD: Medical Pictures/Disease Pictures
This site sponsored by University of Iowa’s Hardin Library for the Health Sciences provides a comprehensive list of medical pictures and related links sorted by topic.
Human Anatomy Online
A Java compatible browser is required for this site. Provides tours of 10 body systems.
McGill University’s Virtual Stethoscope
Real Player is required to use this tutorial for assessing cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.
Physical Exam Study Guides
Designed by the University of Florida.

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Streaming Video

Videos are available in two formats, based on the speed of your Internet connection. If you are using a highspeed connection, you may use the "high" link next to each title (the main link will also take you to the highspeed video). If you have a slower connection or dial-up access, you should use the "low" link.

Airway Care Tracheostomy Care, Tube Change, and Artificial Airway Cuff Management (high | low)
Focuses on aspects of safe, effective management of the patient with an artificial airway through a review of airway physiology and demonstrations in the actual clinical environment. Tracheostomy tube care is illustrated from equipment and supply set-up through cleansing and replacement. For more information, click here.
Assessment of the Adult. Introduction to Nursing Assessment (high | low)
As the role of nursing grows more complex, it is easy to fall into a technician mindset. Monitors, computers, and electronic devices compete for time and attention. This series will teach students and remind nurses that the primary focus and purpose of nursing is patient assessment. The programs in this series define nursing assessment and show how it relates to nursing practice and daily care routines. It prepares the viewer to perform a complete initial assessment on a stable patient as well as to recognize changes in physical status requiring immediate attention. The importance of accurate, complete, and timely documentation and effective communication skills are also delineated. For more information, click here.
Avoiding Malpractice: Introduction (high | low)
Discusses the incidence and prevalence of malpractice in the United States. Covers the elements necessary for proving malpractice, such as a breach of duty or negligence by the nurse and damage to the patient caused by the nurse’s error. Discusses the most common causes of malpractice, including medication errors, patient falls, operating room errors where counts are wrong and foreign objects are left inside a patient, lack of documentation, and lack of communication with physicians. Features an interview with legal nurse consultant Tracey Albee who provides practical and forensic information. For more information, click here.
Beloved Strangers (High | Low)
(Producer) Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is one of the most dificult of all caregiving roles. Profiles three stories. Among them, a young physician and newlywed in Staten Island, and a sandwich-generation family in Arizona. For more information, click here.
Bloodborne Safety Universal Precautions, Standard Precautions, and Needlestick Prevention (high | low)
"This video has been developed to help nurses and other healthcare workers become more familiar with Universal Precautions and the most recent revisions to OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard" -- Container. For more information, click here.
Fluids and Electrolytes Balance
This program provides nursing students, new nurses and others with the fundamental information they need to begin building their understanding of the role fluids and electrolytes play in the health of a body. For more information, click here.
The Helping Interview
Part 1 discusses warmth, genuineness, openness and empathy as necessary interviewing qualities. Pt. 2 focuses on opening the interview and the use of questions and silence. Pt. 3 illustrates general skills of selective responding and focusing and describes ways to close the interview. For more information, click here.
Interpreting ABGs
This series begins with the basics of arterial blood gas (ABG) interpretation and describes the components of the acid-base balance, listing their normal values and compensatory mechanism for restoring homeostasis to patient with an imbalance. Two models are used for interpretation of acute, mixed, partially compensated, and full compensated acid-base disturbances. One uses the H model, which is a visual technique in which PaCO2, HCO3, and pH are plotted on a double axis graph. The other uses mathematical calculations where pH can be predicted and the amount and magnitude of base or buffers in the blood can be quantified. Throughout the first two programs, questions and answers with rationales are provided to the viewer to reinforce the information presented. The final program contains clinical scenarios in which the viewer uses critical thinking to interpret the ABG results of six patients. For more information, click here.
Intimacy, Sexuality & Aging (high | low)
Love, intimacy, communication, and sexual expression are affirmations of our being human. Physical and emotional bonding with another human being is both natural and essential. It is a true confirmation of life and living and a vital part of our existence as we age. This program provides important information on issues related to intimacy, sexuality and aging. For more information, click here.
Medical Malpractice Introduction (High | Low)
Discusses the incidence and prevalence of malpractice in the United States. Covers the elements necessary for proving malpractice, such as a breach of duty or negligence by the nurse and damage to the patient caused by the nurse’s error. Discusses the most common causes of malpractice, including medication errors, patient falls, operating room errors where counts are wrong and foreign objects are left inside a patient, lack of documentation, and lack of communication with physicians. Features an interview with legal nurse consultant Tracey Albee who provides practical and forensic information. For more information, click here.
Medication Administration and Error Prevention
Presents the six rights of medication administration and demonstrates the application of the rights in hospital-based scenarios. Allows time for viewers to identify errors and then depicts ways in which the errors can be prevented. For more information, click here.
Nursing Process and Critical Thinking (high | low)
Presents beginning level concepts of critical thinking and their relationship to the nursing process. Delineates what critical thinking is and what it is not. Demonstrates the process of the critical examination of data and cues to health issues and patient-care problems that affect clinical judgment. Illustrates the thinking process employed to arrive at sound and valid patient-care decisions. For more information, click here.
Preventing Health Care-Associated Infections (high | low)
Discusses the various types and causes of healthcare related infections and provides guidance on what can be done to prevent them. For more information, click here.
Teamwork in the Workplace
Demonstrates practical ways for building and maintaining a positive, collaborative team culture in hospitals and other challenging work environments. For more information, click here.
Tuberculosis New Strategies for the Healthcare Worker (high | low)
Educates viewers on tuberculosis, and discusses recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are designed to prevent transmission of TB. For more information, click here.
Urethral Catheterization (high | low)
(Producer) This program demonstrates and describes the process for performing a urethral catheterization. Both intermittent straight catheters and indwelling retention catheters and shown and discussed. The need for patient education and patient support during catheterization is emphasized. The techniques for performing catheter care and removal of a catheter are also shown and discussed. For more information, click here.

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Nursing Sites

Brownson's Nursing Notes
RN Central
Nursing World
Nursing Net
Lippincott's Nursing Center
Martindale's Virtual Nursing Center

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American Holistic Nursing Association
American Nurses Association
American Nurses Informatics Association
National Coalition of the Ethnic Minority Nurse Association
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
National Student Nurses' Association
New Jersey State Nurses Association
New Jersey Nursing Students' Inc.
Sigma Theta Tau International - Honor Society of Nursing

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Code Blog - Tales of a Nurse
Nurse Practitioner's Place

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Compiled by Victoria Wagner
Access Services Librarian
Library Liaison to the Nursing Department
Created: February 29, 2000
Last Updated: October 16, 2009