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Health Sciences


"Nurses: Professionals qualified by graduation from an accredited school of nursing and by passage of a national licensing examination to practice nursing. They provide services to patients requiring assistance in recovering or maintaining their physical or mental health." -- Definition from the NCBI MeSH Database.


Occupational Outlook Handbook

Registered Nurses
Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners

Nursing Organizations

American Nurses Association
American Society of Registered Nurses
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
American College of Nurse-Midwives
American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Nursing and Data

PubMed Searches

Nursing and Big Data
(nurses[mh] OR nursing[mh]) AND "big data"

Nursing and Data Management
(nurses[mh] OR nursing[mh]) AND "data management"


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University Library


Big data and nursing: Implications for the future
Topaz M, Pruinelli L
Forcasting Informatics Competencies for Nurses in the Future of Connected Health. J. Murphy et al. (Eds). 2017. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-738-2-165

Big data science: A literature review of nursing research exemplars
Westra BL, Sylvia M, Weinfurter EF, Pruinelli L, Park JI, Dodd D, Keenan GM, Senk P, Richesson RL, Baukner V, Cruz C, Gao G, Whittenburg L, Delaney CW.
Nurs Outlook. 2016 Dec 8. pii: S0029-6554(16)30396-7. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.11.021. [Epub ahead of print]

Wisdom within: unlocking the potential of big data for nursing regulators
Blumer L, Giblin C, Lemermeyer G, Kwan JA.
Int Nurs Rev. 2017 Mar;64(1):77-82. doi: 10.1111/inr.12315. Epub 2016 Aug 30.

The ethics of big data and nursing science
Milton CL.
Nurs Sci Q. 2017 Oct;30(4):300-302. doi: 10.1177/0894318417724474.

Perspectives on policy and the value of nursing science in a big data era
Gephart SM, Davis M, Shea K.
Nurs Sci Q. 2018 Jan;31(1):78-81. doi: 10.1177/0894318417741122.

A plea to nurse educators: Incorporate big data use as a foundational skill for undergraduate and graduate nurses
Rambur B, Fitzpatrick T.
J Prof Nurs. 2018 May - Jun;34(3):176-181. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2017.10.005. Epub 2017 Oct 16.

Nursing Metadata

Dublin Core: "A basic, domain-agnostic standard which can be easily understood and implemented, and as such is one of the best known and most widely used metadata standards" (DCC - Digital Curation Center).

DDI - Data Documentation Inititative: "A widely used, international standard for describing data from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences" (DCC - Digital Curation Center).

Nursing Data Repositories

NIH Data Sharing Repositories: A list of over 65 NIH-supported repositories that make data accessible for reuse.
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR): An international consortium of over 750 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. Specialized collections include data in health care, education, and behavior.

Nursing Data Standards/Policies

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
Office for Human Research Protections

edited 9/22/2020