Online Resources for Nurses
While You are in School…and Beyond
Look for information about financing your education in the “How to Pay for Nursing School” on our site.
Look for information about healthcare insurance while you are a student at the United Healthcare site.
Look for study resources at Study Stack for Nursing . This site will give you a quick look at Nursing Flashcards that will help you study for exams. A great resource if you are looking for specific information in an interactive format.
Look for great pharmacology and drug information at Drugs.com. Particularly handy is the Pill Identifier portion of the website.
Nursing Exams and Licensure
When you are ready to take your certification/ licensure exam, start at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) site. This site will tell you everything you need to know about registering for the exam, testing locations and other information that may be helpful to you. For more information on the NCLEX exams, refer to the “Preparing for the NCLEX Examination” page on our site.
Once you are licensed, it may be helpful to know the states that participate in the Nurse License Compact. These states have all agreed that a nurse licensed in one of these states also has reciprocity in other compact states. If you are licensed in a “compact state”, you essentially have a multistate nursing license.
Figure 1: NLC States. Accessed on NCSBN.org August 2016
It is very common for nurses to specialize in a specific area of nursing. If you are interested in pursuing specialty certification, there is probably an organization for you! To see a full listing of nursing certifications with the sponsoring organization and contact information, head to the Lippincott Nursing Center Nursing Certification site. Each certification has specific requirements but most have eligibility requirements that address:
- Current RN or APRN licensure;
- Current clinical practice in the specialty area;
- Written verification of practice;
- Successful completion of the certification exam for the specialty.
Nursing Continuing Education
Most states require continuing education in order to maintain and renew your nursing license. Even in those states that do not specify a certain number of continuing education units (CEUs), it is expected that, as a professional, a nurse will stay up to date with evidence based learning and practice. Fortunately, there are many online sources for free or inexpensive CEU courses.
- A great place to begin looking for CEU courses is the Nursing CEU Directory. This site pulls from other sponsor sites to offer up- to- date courses for the nurse and other healthcare professionals.
- Nurse.com offers a huge selection of free and inexpensive courses. In addition, on this site, you can buy unlimited CEUs for only $49.95 each year.
- The Lippincott Nursing Center is an online resource that has a TON of information including access to continuing education courses.
- Learning Nurse is a good resource network for “all levels of nurses to assess, maintain, and enhance their professional competence”.
- If you want to practice clinical skills, the Practical Clinical Skills site offers practice on EKG interpretation, blood pressure, heart sounds auscultation and lung sounds.
- For a great online nursing community, take a look at AllNurses.com. This site is a good place to connect with other nurses and nursing students.
One of the best things about being a nurse is that you can get a job just about anywhere in the world. If you want to travel, you can become a traveling nurse. In that position, you will usually spend a few months in a location before moving on to the next adventure. Of course, you should get plenty of experience BEFORE you apply for a travel job since you will be expected to “hit the ground running” when you go into that sort of position.
One of the decisions you will have to make as you progress in your career is the direction you want to take. Do you want to work in a hospital? Long term care? Public or community health? Hospice? Teaching? Or some other position entirely? Do you want to do hands-on nursing – or would you rather be in a leadership position? Do you want to try advanced practice nursing? If so, you may want to consider going back to school for a Master’s degree.
Rest assured, if you are interested in a nursing specialty, there is a professional organization for you! These organizations range from fairly generic (for example, the American Nurses Association) to the very specialized (for example, the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses). While new organizations are being developed every day, you can find a very extensive list of specialty organizations at Nursing Link. This list is a great place to start if you are looking for a professional nursing organization to join.
Online Nursing Journals
Of course, there are many paper journals for nursing professionals, but there are also online versions of most of the most popular journals. For a complete listing of Nursing journals (including journals for most specializations in nursing), try the MDLinx website. While the following list does not even touch the number of nursing journals available online, it should give you a flavor of what is available. Note that some of the journals provide free content, some are by subscription only, and some are a combination of the two. The advantage to these journals is that they are peer reviewed so contain accurate and current information.
|The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing||https://www.nursingworld.org/ojin/||Required for current issues|
|The American Journal of Nursing||https://journals.lww.com/ajnonline/pages/default.aspx||Some content is free; other content available for purchase|
|Journal of Professional Nursing||https://www.professionalnursing.org/||Abstracts are free; full content is available to subscribers|
|Journal of Nursing Education||https://www.healio.com/nursing/journals/jne||Abstracts are free; full content is available to subscribers|
|The Open Nursing Journal||https://benthamopen.com/TONURSJ/home/||Free content|
|International Journal of Nursing||https://www.ijnonline.com/index.php/ijn||Free content|
|Applied Nursing Research||https://www.appliednursingresearch.org/||Abstracts are free; full content is available to subscribers|
|Journal of Holistic Nursing||https://jhn.sagepub.com/||Subscription required|
|Journal of Nursing Care Quality||https://journals.lww.com/jncqjournal/pages/default.aspx||Some content is free; other content available for purchase|
|Online Journal of Nursing Informatics||https://ojni.org/||Free content|
|Computers, Informatics, Nursing||https://journals.lww.com/cinjournal/Pages/default.aspx||Some content is free; other content available for purchase|