Nursing Research/Theory

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes; quality; and cost, use, and access. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

The mission of this agency is to support research designed to improve the outcomes and quality of health care, reduce its costs, address patient safety and medical errors, and broaden access to effective services. Content:

Cochrane Library (Evidence Based Research)

The Cochrane Library is updated quarterly and includes reliable and up-to-date information on the effectiveness of interventions that include drugs, therapies, diagnosis, screening, the organization of healthcare and health promotion. It provides information and evidence to support decisions taken in health care and to inform those receiving care. It consists of a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases, including:

  • The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Cochrane Reviews)
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
  • The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)
  • Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA)
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED)
  • Cochrane Methodology Register

For more detailed information about the Cochrane Library click this link Cochrane.

Community of Science

Community of Science (COS)is the leading Internet site for the global R&D community. COS brings together the world's most prominent scientists and researchers at more than 1,300 universities, corporations and government agencies worldwide. Click on image above to go to COS.

Some services and databases provided include a

  • Funding Opportunities database,- the largest source of grant information on the Web
  • Community of Science Alert Service which lists research funding and R&D procurement opportunities from the Commerce Business Daily and The Federal Register,
  • an Expertise Database, which provides comprehensive, detailed information about the research expertise, background, skills, interests, and contact information of researchers from around the world

EndNote Tutorial

EndNote software is designed to help researchers organize their references and create bibliographies. Click on the link above in order to learn more about EndNote and find out about classes that the UT Library teaches.

Evidence-Based Medicine Introduction

This tutorial is intended for any health care practitioner or student who needs a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Medicine. Upon completion of this self-paced tutorial, the student will be able to:

  • define Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)
  • identify the parts of a well-built clinical question
  • identify EBM searching strategies that could improve MEDLINE retrieval
  • identify key issues that help determine the validity of the results of a study

The tutorial was designed by the Duke University Medical Center Library and the Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Evidence Based Practice Resource Center

The primary intent of the Evidence-Based Practice Resource Center is to provide nurses a guide to identify, critically appraise and use evidence to solve clinical problems. It also can assist nurses, especially advanced practice nurses, who are helping others in developing evidence-based practice protocols.

This site includes:

  1. Definitions 
    • Evidence Based Medicine
    • Evidence-Based practice
    • Evidence-Based Practice vx Research Utilization
    • Best Evidence
  2. Evidence Based Practice Process
    • Problem Identification
    • Finding the Evidence
    • Critique
    • Summarize the Evidence
    • Application to Practice
    • Evaluation
  3. Clinical Topics
  4. Toolkit
  5. Resources

This site was developed by the Oncology Nursing Society.

Human Subjects Tutorial

This free, web-based course presents information about the rights and welfare of human participants in research. The two-hour tutorial is designed for those involved in conducting research involving human participants. It satisfies the NIH human subjects training requirement for obtaining Federal Funds. You will have the option of printing a certificate of completion from your computer upon completing the course.

International Council of Nurses (ICN)

The International Council of Nurses is a federation of national nurses' associations (NNAs), representing nurses in more than 120 countries. Operated by nurses for nurses, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all, sound health policies globally, the advancement of nursing knowledge, and the presence worldwide of a respected nursing profession and a competent and satisfied nursing workforce.

ICN Research Network

What Will the Network Do?

The network will be an evolving and continually updated forum and a resource that will:

  • identify trends in nursing/health research,
  • provide opportunities for exchange of research knowledge and experience,
  • promote ICN's and others' work in research, and
  • organise meetings and conferences.

Learning Center Audiovisual Listing for Nursing Research

Click above for a listing of videotapes, cds and other media available at the Nursing School Learning Center that deal with nursing research and theory. Some programs include Nurse Theorists CD Series, Nursing Theory - A Circle of Knowledge, Protecting Human Subjects, Research Training - Preparing Nurse Scientists.


Medscape provides professional information for the nursing and medical professional. Must register with name and password. There is no cost.

Some of Medscape's key features include:

  1. Nurse Specialty Pages
  2. Continuing Education, free of charge, approved by ANCC
  3. Conference Coverage
  4. Daily professional medical/nursing news in your specialty
  5. Free subscription to Medscape's newsletters, weekly email newsletters that highlight what's new in your specialty on Medscape
  6. Nursing Journal Scan
  7. Professional medical news from Reuters, Medscape Medical News, and medical news journal publishers

National Guideline Clearinghouse

Offers access to over 600 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on common treatments and conditions developed by medical specialty societies, professional associations, public and private organizations, government agencies and health care organizations. The database provides detailed search options along with the ability to browse by disease/condition, by treatment/intervention, or by the name of the guideline developer.

In addition, the NGC database offers a feature that allows the user to create tabular comparisons of guideline summaries. The NGC also contains syntheses of guidelines covering similar topics, noting areas of agreement and disagreement.

National Institute of Nursing Research

List of funded grants; links to schools of nursing, highlights in nsg research, legislative info.

NIH Reporter is a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions.

The National Institute of Nursing Research supports clinical and basic research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the life span-from management of patients during illness and recovery to the reduction of risks for disease and disability, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, promoting quality of life in those with chronic illness, and care for individuals at the end of life. NINR accomplishes its mission by supporting grants to universities and other research organizations as well as by conducting research intramurally at laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland.

Virginia Henderson International Library

The VHL Repository is an online digital service that collects, preserves, and disseminates digital materials in both abstract and full-text format. Submissions to this repository may be made by individual nurses and nursing students as well as nursing organizations and may include preprints; working papers; theses; dissertations; doctorate of nursing practice projects, conference papers; presentations; faculty-created learning objects; data sets; and more.

Try doing a search for Lynn Rew. Click on the site above. In the Search box type Lynn Rew.

Nursing Theories

This excellent site contains detailed information about many nursing theorists, Dorothy Johnson, Virginia Henderson, Faye Abdellah, Jean Watson, Betty Neumann, Martha Rogers, Ida Orlando, Callista Roy, Dorothea Orem, Hildegard Peplau, Ida Orlando and others.  It also contains an introduction to nursing theories, development of nursing theories, application goal attainment theory, transcultural nursing, models of prevention and other information.  The site was put together by the Manipal College of Nursing in Manipal, India and is updated regularly. It has been accredited by HONcode.

Nursing Theories--Blog

This blog is put together by masters students at the University of the Phillipines Open University.  It has information on many different nursing theorists and is constantly updated.  Some of the theorists include Myra Levine, Florence Henderson, Margaret Newman, Faye Abdellah, Imogene King, Martha Rogers, Orem, Betty Neuman, Peplau, Jean Watson, Roy and others.

Nursing Theory

This page is a collaborative effort by an international group of RNs, nursing professors, and other persons interested in nursing theory. Their goal is to develop a collection of online resources about nursing theories throughout the world. The project began on May 21, 1996 and continues to be a work in progress. The Nursing Theory Page links pages built and maintained by others who have knowledge about a theory. Some of the theorists included are:

  • Erickson
  • Fitzpatrick
  • Henderson
  • King
  • Leininger
  • Levine
  • Neuman
  • Nightingale
  • Orlando
  • Peplau
  • Roy
  • Watson
  • Mid Range Theories
  • Nsg Models

Nursing Theory Page - Clayton State University

This page was compiled by Dr. Lisa Wright Eichelberger, a nursing professor at Clayton State University School of Nursing in Georgia. It contains "some of the most used links to information about nursing theorists on the web." Some of the theorists included are Faye Glenn Abdellah, Boykin and Schoenhofer, Corbin and Strauss, Virginia Henderson, Dorothy Johnson and others.

Nursing Theorist - Overview

This page was compiled by the Cardinal Stritch University Library in Wisconsin. It contains bibliographies on some leading nursing theorists.

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