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      Innovative Lesson Plans for Active Learning: Teaching Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice by Susan
      Strouse, et al (2018): GVSU.

Innovative Lessons Plans for Active Learning: Teaching Research and Evidence-Based Practice is a resource in research and evidence-based practice for active learning in the undergraduate nursing classroom. It is meant to supplement any nursing research text. Designed to provide educators with creative teaching ideas, this text includes a variety of lessons on nursing research topics. Topics include bias, measurement, sampling, theory and more. Lessons provide active learning for in-class, hybrid, and online formats. Each lesson includes objectives, overview, and detailed steps. As an open access resource, the text is continuously in-process. Designed to be independent of any published text, the book compliments any nursing research and evidence-based course. 

      Nursing Care at the End of Life: What Every Clinician Should Know by Susan E. Lowey (2015): SUNY.

Despite the tremendous growth in palliative and end-of-life care programs across the country, very few nursing education programs provide adequate education on this topic for future nurses. The purpose of this textbook is to provide an in depth look at death and dying in this country and explore the vital role of the nurse in assisting patients and families along the journey towards the end of life. 

       Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care by Glynda Rees Doyle and Jodie Anita McCutcheon (2015): BC Campus.

This textbook was developed to ensure best practice and quality care based on the latest evidence, and to address inconsistencies in how clinical health care skills are taught and practiced in the clinical setting. The checklist approach, used in this textbook, aims to provide standardized processes for clinical skills and to help nursing schools and clinical practice partners keep procedural practice current. 

      Vital Sign Measurement Across the Lifespan by Jennifer L. Lapum et al (2015): BCIT.

The purpose of this textbook is to help learners develop best practices in vital sign measurement. Using a multi-media approach, it will provide opportunities to read about, observe, practice, and test vital sign measurement.

      Nursing Pharmacology by Chippewa Valley Technical College (2020): WI Technical Colleges Open Press.

This open access Nursing Pharmacology textbook is designed for entry-level undergraduate nursing students.  It explains basic concepts of pharmacology and describes common medication classes. This book is not intended to be used as a drug reference book, but direct links are provided to DailyMed, which provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States.

book cover      Leadership and Influencing Change in Nursing by Joan Wagner (2018): University of Regina. 

Leadership and Influencing Change in Nursing is designed for a single-semester introduction to the professional nurse’s leadership role as both a care provider and a formal leader. An assortment of authors with diverse nursing leadership roles across Saskatchewan and Canada have contributed to this textbook. These diverse voices are focused on providing student nurses with the foundational tools, techniques, and knowledge required to empower them to meet the leadership challenges found within the incessantly changing Canadian health care environment.

book cover      Vaccine Practice for Health Professionals by Oona St-Amant, Jennifer Lapum, Vinita Dubey et al (2020): eCampus

This open access textbook is intended to guide best practices in vaccine delivery in Canada. This resource is designed for students in post-secondary health profession programs, including nursing. It may also be useful for graduate students and healthcare providers. This textbook provides information related to clinical practice, including the administration of vaccine, and communication with clients.

book cover      Undergraduate Diagnostic Imaging Fundamentals by Brent Burbridge & Evan Mah (2017): University of Saskatchewan. 

Diagnostic Imaging principles and concepts are augmented by the presentation of images for common clinical conditions. Guiding principles related to minimizing radiation exposure and requesting the most appropriate imaging examination are addressed.Static images are enhanced by the ability to access images stored and displayed on an Html-5 compatible, Dicom image viewer that simulates a simple Picture Archive and Communication system (PACS). Users can also access other imaging from the Dicom viewer (ODIN), beyond the basic curriculum provided, to further advance their experience with viewing diagnostic imaging pathologies.


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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ARHQ)

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Cranial Nerves (Washington State University)

Culturally Competent Care (

Directory of Open Access Books: Nursing (DOAB)

Global Health Observatory (WHO)

GW Nursing Resources (George Washington University)

Health Education Assets Library (University of Utah)

Health & Medicine Course List (MIT OpenCourseWare)

Health Sciences Books (IntechOpen)

Interactive Medical Terminology (

Lecture: Understanding Medical Words (University of Alabama)

Medical Dictionary (Merriam-Webster)

Medical Terms (

Nursing Bookshelf (LibreTexts)

Nursing Commons 

Nursing Resources (MERLOT)

Open Pediatrics 

Open RN Project: Videos (YouTube)

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