Objective: To support the research needs of  Whatcom students in the Nursing program.

Research Databases

Ovid Nursing Journals

wcc students only logo OVID Nursing: Contains full-text nursing journal titles. From Wolters Kluwer.


wcc students only logo CINAHL (Nursing & Allied Health Literature): Nursing and Allied Health journals. Also uses MeSH.

Nursing and Allied Health journals. Also uses MeSH. (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) For health or medicine aspects of science.  Over 600 full text periodicals.
Examples of Top Nursing Journals
American Journal of Nursing (AJN) (via Ovid)
This is “the oldest and most honored broad-based nursing journal in the world. Peer reviewed and evidence-based, it is considered the profession’s premier journal.”

Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) (via Ovid)
“Consistently ranked as one of the most-read and most assigned journals by faculties of graduate programs in nursing, Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) is intellectually challenging, innovative and progressive, and features articles from a wide range of scholarly traditions.”

AORN Journal (via CINAHL)
AORN Journal provides registered professional nurses in the OR and related services with information based on scientific fact and principle. Articles cover the nurse’s role before, during and after surgery and include patient teaching and preparation, use and care of surgical instruments and supplies, asepsis, sterilization, anesthesia, and related topics.” Most recent two months not available.

Journal of Nursing Administration (via Ovid)
JONA™ is the authoritative source of information on developments and advances in patient care leadership. Content is geared to nurse executives, directors of nursing, and nurse managers in hospital, community health, and ambulatory care environments.”

Nursing (via Ovid)
“This peer-reviewed journal is nursing’s first choice for updates on a comprehensive range of nursing topics, including clinical and professional information on drugs, diseases, nursing care strategies, and legal/ethical issues.  The journal’s dedication to clinical excellence ensures nurses receive the latest expert advice for their fast-changing profession.”

Nursing Ethics (via CINAHL)
“Peer reviewed articles covering policy issues, debates, & controversies relating to ethical and legal questions faced by health care professionals with a practical approach to topics as they relate to professionals and the workplace.”

Oncology Nursing Forum (via CINAHL)
“Covers information related to practice, technology, education, and research; promotes a positive image of oncology nursing; prints papers and stimulates discussion of critical issues relevant to oncology nursing.” Most recent 12 months not available.

Reference Sources

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Credo Topics: Nursing

wcc students only logo Salem “Health”: Full Text encyclopedias: Addictions & Substance Abuse; Cancer; Complementary & Alternative Medicine; Genetics & Inherited Conditions; Infectious Diseases & Conditions; Psychology & Mental Health. Salem Press

Browse the Stacks

RTA great collection of relevant materials to all aspects of Nursing.


Recommended Book List

Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions
A “one-stop reference to help you make sense of the complex world of health care. It features authoritative definitions, appendixes, a color atlas of the human body, online resources, and illustrations.”

Nursing Leadership: A Concise Encyclopedia
“Provides descriptions of prominent individuals in nursing, information regarding nine leadership-related topics, and current trends in nurse leadership.”

The Essence of Nursing Practice: Philosophy and Perspective
“An in-depth analysis of nursing practice as a concept and area of study, rather than as an aggregation of specific techniques and skills. The text addresses the essential features of nursing practice using a five-level nursing framework developed by the author.”

Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Nursing Skills and Procedures
Presents “85 key skills in a convenient A-to-Z format. Step-by-step instructions include full-color photos plus rationales explaining why and how to use specific techniques.”

Nursing Research Using Data Analysis: Qualitative Designs and Methods in NursingNusing Singh Book Cover
A “concise, step-by-step guide to conducting qualitative nursing research using various forms of data analysis. It is part of a unique series of books devoted to seven different qualitative designs and methods in nursing, written for both novice researchers and specialists seeking to develop or expand their competency.”

Nursing: The Ultimate Study Guide
Contains “all of the core information an undergraduate nursing student needs to know from the first day of nursing school through the NCLEX-RN.” It “closely follows the standard nursing curriculum and is designed as a reference for every core nursing course. To maximize successful exam preparation, the text highlights in each chapter important material most likely to appear on the NCLEX-RN.”


A number of different medical calculators available here. See the Drugs / Pharm section for various drug calculators.

Medscape Calculators: A huge list of medical calculator tools from a site associated with the WebMD network.

WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool
Fracture risk assessment and treatment decision-making through the University of Washington’s OsteoEd site.