• Resources for Nurses

American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (AACN/CCNE) website: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/

The collective voice for academic nursing, AACN serves as the catalyst for excellence and innovation in nursing education, research, and practice.

ACEN website: http://www.acenursing.org/

Provide specialized accreditation for all types of nursing programs, including clinical doctorate, master’s/post-master’s certificate, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical nursing programs. The ACEN accredits nursing programs in secondary, postsecondary, and hospital-based governing organizations that offer certificates, diplomas, or degrees.

American Nurses Association website: http://www.nursingworld.org/

The premier organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.6 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine –Health and Medicine Division website: http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/About-HMD.aspx

Formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Helps those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely. Each year, more than 3,000 individuals volunteer their time, knowledge, and expertise to advance the nation’s health through the work of HMD.

Healthy People website: https://www.healthypeople.gov/

Provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans.

American Holistic Nurses Association website: http://www.ahna.org/

The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is a non-profit membership association for nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals. Founded in 1981, AHNA is the definitive voice for holistic nursing, and promotes the education of nurses, other healthcare professionals, and the public in the philosophy, concepts, practice, and research of holistic caring and healing.

Centers for Disease Control website: https://www.cdc.gov/

Increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations website: https://www.jointcommission.org/

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Organization for Associate Degree Nursing website: https://www.oadn.org/

The leading advocate for Associate Degree Nursing, OADN promotes academic progression of graduates in furthering education to reach their maximum professional potential. All associate degree nurses should have access to pursue additional nursing education.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website: https://www.AHRQ.gov

AHRQ publishes clinical practice guidelines and has a subscription service to obtain free updates and be alerted to quality study findings. This is an excellent resource for up to date clinical practice information for nursing students and faculty to keep up with the latest evidence based practice information.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website: https://www.ncsbn.org

NCSBN is an organization that brings together all boards of nursing in the US. They work together on regulatory and practice issues for nurses and they create and update the NCLEX exam for PNs and RNs. The website has a wealth of information and it includes detailed information describing the NCLEX design and development process. They also have links to free online seminars for nursing faculty on topics related to NCLEX and practice. Students in pre-licensure programs can sign up for low cost NCLEX preparation tools. I recommend that all faculty in nursing programs review the site and the resources available.

National League for Nursing (NLN) website: https://www.nln.org

The NLN is the oldest nursing organization in the nation. It is the major organization focusing on nursing education at all levels. The website includes a faculty discussion board, job ads, regularly scheduled webinars for nurse educators and many other resources. This is a site that all faculty will want to bookmark for easy reference.

Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN) website: https://www.qsen.org

Headquartered at the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case-Western University, the QSEN initiative was founded to implement the recommendations from the Institute of Medicines reports on the future of nursing. The recommendations include content and processes to achieve competency in 6 major areas of nursing practice. The site has a variety of content items that faculty can use to present this content to students as well as the list of competencies for BSN and MSN level students. This initiative is now a mainstay in the curriculum of most nursing programs