Useful Resources for Online Nursing Students

nursing resourcesA successful career in any field is not only based on the skill level of the professional but also on the quality of the resources the professional has at the tip of her fingers. This is as true for nursing as for any other field. Future professionals can benefit from becoming familiar with the online resources available. Following is a list of 10 links nursing students should be familiar with and visit often.

#1. National Student Nurses Association

The goal of this association is to provide mentoring and guidance to future registered nurses who are beginning their careers. Their site provides information about meetings, scholarships and other opportunities valuable to student nurses. There are links to program activities as well as a back-to-school guide for student nurses. Student nurses in all programs can acquire membership online to be able to enjoy the benefits offered by the association.

#2. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing

This is another great resource that nursing students should be familiar with. This site provides information on licensing and certification as well as any current concerns of the different state boards of nursing.

#3. American Nurses Association

Students can keep informed about all the issues important to nurses today including ethics, policy, advocacy, privacy and credentialing by visiting the site and becoming involved with the organization. Additionally, the page includes a nursing job board, ANA Nurse’s Career Center, where visitors can post their resume and look for available jobs.

#4. National Institute of Nursing Research

This site provides information on current research as well as training and job opportunities available. Visitors can also learn about funding opportunities for new research and application requirements.

#5. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An important resource for student nurses to keep up to date with information on many diseases, prevention and other information. The page has links to publications, health tools and factsheets on many current popular topics. It also has links and information for training and other educational opportunities available through the CDC.

#6. The Medline Plus Interactive Health Tutorials

This page offers visitors interactive health tutorials to learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for many diseases and conditions. Designed for ease of use, the tutorials have simple language, graphics and even audio.

#7. Nursing Jobs

This job board provides jobs posts in three categories: travel nursing jobs, per diem nursing jobs and permanent placement nursing jobs. The job posts are listed for all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C. Nurses can post their resume as part of the application and the service matches their resume with available jobs. Once the matches are made, a nurse recruiter contacts the applicant to continue the process.

#8. The United States Department of Labor’ Occupational Outlook Handbook

This site is the place to go to research nursing job by location. It includes information such as average salaries in the different states and for the different specialties as well as general job outlook information, nurses’ responsibilities, training and education information and work environment.

#9. Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library

This page offers nurses worldwide free access to a wealth of articles and studies about nursing research and evidence-based information. Nurses can register for free to access all abstracts and many selected full texts. They can also post dissertations and studies following the guidelines and requirements of the library.

#10. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

This is the page of the only international honor society in nursing, with members in over 90 countries. The goal of the society is to create a global community of nurses and to provide leadership, training and development opportunities to nurses worldwide. Visitors to the page will find information on events, projects, educational opportunities and publications as well as an area specially designed for nursing students. Soon, the site will also have a job board for members only.

There are many other online resources that student nurses can visit. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s page, Nursing on the Net: Health Care Resources You Can Use , is a giant resource center with links to resources in all areas that nursing professionals can use. From associations and other educational links to health news and government agencies, this resource is quite complete and updated.