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Scope & Standards

Online Journals

Online Books

Clinical Databases

Library Curated Articles

Scope and Standards of Practice Books

A sample of the online journals available in nursing include:

To locate all online journals available to you, search your local library.

A sample of the online books available in nursing include:

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Guidelines for Perioperative Practice, AORN
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Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice - Sandra M. Nettina
Publication Date: 2019
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Intravenous Medications
Publication Date: 2023
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Nursing 2023 Drug Handbook
Publication Date: 2023
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Telephone Triage Protocols for Nurses - Julie K. Briggs
Publication Date: 2021
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To locate all online books available to you, search your local library.

  • allows you to explore human anatomy in a 3D interactive model. 

  • AORN eGuidelines+

    AORN eGuidelines+ is a one-stop online site where hospital, ASC, and health system subscribers can easily access the Guidelines, plus other integrated resources and tools that can help facilities and individuals more effectively implement evidence-based patient care.

  • Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination*

    Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination delivers head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques for the (Advanced) Assessment or Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. The site features more than 8 hours of video content. Students and faculty in medical, nursing, and related programs will appreciate the careful attention to clinical accuracy, as well as the range of patient types profiled in the series.

  • Board Vitals

    Board Vitals contains nine nursing test banks to help RNs, PNs, and Advanced Practice Nurses prepare for licensure and certification exams with practice questions, clinical case studies, and in-depth rationales.

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text

    CINAHL offers complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses' Association, CINAHL covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines.

  • ClinicalKey for Nursing (formerly Mosby's Nursing Consult)

    ClinicalKey for Nursing offers drug information, patient education, professional journals, reference ebooks, current news, clinical practice, evidence-based content and care planning tools.

  • Clinical Skills

    Clinical Skills provides evidence-based skills and procedures for nurses. In addition to the basic or core skills package, the ambulatory care, respiratory care, and perioperative specialty packages are included. The Preceptor Course is also integrated into Clinical Skills.

  • Cochrane Library
    The Cochrane Library is a systematic reviews resource and includes the following:
  • Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Database

    The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP database is a comprehensive range of resources including evidence summaries, evidence-based recommended practices, best practice information sheets, systematic reviews, consumer information sheets, systematic review protocols, and technical reports. JBI Resource Page

  • Trip Database

    The Trip Database searches curated content from vetted evidence-based sources, such as Cochrane, AHRQ, BMJ Best Practice, and federal agencies, to deliver top-tier, evidence-based healthcare information. Results are sorted into evidence-based pyramid categories for quick identification of guidelines, synopses, systematic reviews, and more.

  • UpToDate (use if on the VA computer network)

    UpToDate is a guided evidence-based, clinical decision-making solution with dynamic and interactive algorithms as well as lab monographs. 
    For remote access use with your UTD username/password. Tip Sheet for CME/Remote Access Registration

Library Staff know how busy you are. In an effort to keep you abreast of current literature, articles from journals available to you from the national VA library collection have been scanned to create the list hyperlinked below. This list is updated monthly.

In addition, you have access to Literature e-Alerts help you stay up-to-date on the latest developments in selected fields, better equipping you to perform your work at VA and serve our nation's Veterans. These are prepared by professional librarians in the VA Library Network and delivered straight to your inbox. Upon receipt of the alerts, subscribers will need to work with their local library staff to obtain full-text articles. Sign up here.

Topics of interest include:

  • Case Management
  • Discharge Planning
  • Fall Prevention and Safe Patient Handling & Mobility
  • Homebased Care
  • Nursing Residencies
  • Pain Management
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Pressure Wounds

To sign up to receive these alerts or other of interest on a regular basis, please complete the form found on the National Desktop Library.