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Nursing on the Net: free resources

Course Description

Are you looking for freely accessible nursing content on the Internet? The focus of this two or three hour in-person class is on free, credible and current internet resources and content. This class is of interest to nurses, nursing students, nurse faculty of various specialties, allied health professions and to librarians who serve these constituencies. It is a global tour of nursing resources organized by independent topic. Lecture and instruction targets the differences, similarities and nuances of resources within each topic area. Areas include resources associated with evidence based nursing, nursing informatics, practice issues & clinical guidelines and documentation, skills assessment/development, clearinghouses, nursing news, health-based search engines, youth & teenage health issues (school nurses), emergency & disaster preparedness, tutorials and videos. Additionally students are also shown how to access MEDLINE nursing journals via PubMed, the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) free access platform to citations in medical literature. 
Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the types of authoritative nursing information freely available on the Internet
  • Know how to evaluate quality resources
  • Develop strategies for searching the Internet for freely accessible nursing resources
  • Access and search the PubMed nursing journals subset and how to do a basic retrieval in PubMed
  • Become familiar with NLM’s consumer health information portal, MedlinePlus©

Course Materials

  • Agenda / Learning Objectives
  • Handouts
    • Evidence Base Nursing Practice Issues
    • Evidence Base Nursing Clinical Guidelines
    • Nursing Informatics
    • Nursing Workforce Development
    • Nursing – Emergency Preparedness
    • Nursing Students
    • Nursing Assessment
    • Imaging and Nursing
    • Health Search Engines
    • NLM Nursing Resources
  • Videos And Tutorials
  • Slides

Continuing Education
This course has been approved for 2 or 3 hours of Medical Library Association Continuing Education Units. This course is on the list of approved courses for the MLA Consumer Health Specialization Program.


Southeastern Atlantic Region

Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, ,


Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, NN/LM, SE/A Region