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Practical Nursing: Open Educational Resources

OER for Nursing-- portals to resources

Mason OER Metafinder -- this resource, offered by George Mason University, "...launches a real-time, simultaneous search across 21 different sources of open educational materials as you hit the Search button..."

Merlot --  this collection is filtered for nursing.  Offered by the California State University, Merlot is an online repository for learning materials.

OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search) -- from SUNY Geneso. 

Open Educational Resources for Nursing (OERN), from the University of California--  contains "...free, open, and online educational and training resources."  The site "...will be 'recommending the best' and 'linking to the rest' of materials that could meet your interdisciplinary needs."

Open Educational Resources, from George Washington University--  for "...use by nurse educators worldwide."

Open Educational Resources - by topical area

Anatomy and Physiology

Dosage Calculation and Medication Administration

End of Life Care

Environmental Health in Nursing

  • Environmental Health in Nursing --  a 2017, AJN Book of the Year award winner, this e-textbook from The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE), also links to authoritative resources such as the EPA, ToxNet, and WHO.

Future of Nursing

Health Literacy

Health Technology and Next Generation Health Services

Safer Patient Care

Social Determinants of Health

Wound Care

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OER Textbooks

IOM Reports--  IOM (Institute of Medicine) reports published after 1998.

NCBI Bookshelf--  provides "...free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare."

Nursing Pharmacology --  this is the first in a series of planned OER textbooks, developed by the Open RN project from Chippewa Valley Technical College.  See the Open RN link below for further information.

The Open RN -- this textbook development project is underway, with its first book Nursing Pharmacology just released in August 2020 (linked above).

  • The Open RN project from Chippewa Valley Technical College is one of the 3 grant awardees of the Department of Education’s Open Textbook Pilot Grant and is charged with developing 5 open nursing textbooks and 25 virtual reality scenarios.

'...The textbooks will be published in Pressbooks, available free and openly accessible to all nursing students and faculty everywhere. They will be       accessible in a variety of digital or print formats. The texts will also be stored in the online repository, Libretexts, where they can be easily “remixed” by nursing or other faculty interested in customizing their own textbook...'

UCC LibGuides at Union County College