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Join professional nursing organizations like the American Nurses Association and the National Student Nurses’ Association to network with others in your field.
Stay up-to-date on the lastest in the field by following prominent nurses on Twitter.
Identify with the joys and struggles of nurses all over the world by reading their stories about life as a nurse online.
Broaden your knowledge of nursing by checking out these books, which range from the inspirational to the instructive.
The world of nursing extends far beyond the classrooms where you’ll study for a nursing degree or the medical facility where you’ll work. You can explore the field on your own time using the resources complied below. Check out the academic journals and Twitter feeds you can subscribe to, read blogs from professionals and other nursing students, and gain additional insight into the field as you find the answers to your questions pursuing a nursing education and career.
Meet Other Nursing Professionals
These professional organizations are an excellent starting point for networking in the nursing community. Use them to find out if pursuing a nursing degree is right for you, and take advantages of membership benefits like continuing education classes, test preparation materials, and discounted fees for certification exams.
Established in 1896, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is the oldest and best-known professional association for nurses in the United States. Open to Registered Nurses (RN) and nursing students, its mission is to represent the interests of its members, as well as to provide valuable resources that improve their members’ careers, education, and the general health of the population.
One of their most helpful resources is the ANA Nurse’s Career Center, where members can search for jobs based on specialization and location. They also offer a directory of campus-based and online nursing programs for continuing education courses, which nurses and nursing students need to take to keep their licenses valid. As a bonus, the ANA even has its own social network, called ANANurseSpace, where nurses and those with a nursing major can interact online, which is a particularly valuable networking tool for nursing school online students.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is perhaps most famous for its standardized nursing exams for nursing students. Its main focus is on regulations, however, and its members consist of members of nursing boards from around the United States and its territories. They work most often with governing bodies and organizations to promote public health, licensure, and standardized regulation for the nursing profession.
Additionally, if you are a nursing major, you can take advantage of their preparatory materials for the NCLEX-RN, NCLEX-PN, NNAAP, and MACE examinations. They even offer online nursing programs to help you prepare for your nursing exam.
This association is geared specifically to current students enrolled in a variety of nursing degree programs. With over 60,000 members throughout the United States, the NSNA supports nursing students through scholarships, an annual convention, meetings on various campuses, its membership magazine, Imprint, as well as a variety of resources available on its website. One of the most valuable is its Career Center, which will prepare you for taking certification exams, choosing a specialization, continuing your education, and searching for a nursing position upon graduation. The NSNA is open to current nursing students earning a diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in nursing, as well as current RNs enrolled in one of these programs.
The AANP is actually made up of two associations that recently merged: the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners, both of which promoted the interests of Nurse Practitioners and advocated for public health in the U.S. The association grants membership to working Nurse Practitioners (NPs), as well as recent graduates (with a reduced fee), non-NPs (without voting rights), and retired NPs.
Membership provides Nurse Practitioners with access to AANP’s library of continuing education courses, discounts on insurance, reduced fees for certifications and certification exams, a daily e-mail newsletter of professional news, as well as a subscription to the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Representing more than 44,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, as well as those in training, the AANA sets the standards for the field of nurse anesthesia. It has been offering the certification program for Nurse Anesthetists since 1945. Its other activities include promoting research through scholarships and grants, organizing conferences and workshops for continuing education, advocating for patient safety, and publishing the monthly AANA Journal, which is free to read online and as an iOS and Android app.
The association also provides free resources for patients preparing to undergo anesthesia, including brochures and other informative materials. Membership in the AANA is open to Certified Nurse Anesthetists who have graduated from an accredited program and passed a certification exam, but students currently enrolled in such a program are also eligible to join at a discounted rate.
This organization was established as a research foundation to promote innovations in clinical nursing research, education, and service, and to apply that research in order to improve healthcare policy and practices in the U.S. and abroad.
The NPHF offers accredited continuing education programs in specialized areas of nursing, such as respiratory disease or oncology. It also provides educational resources for patients, scholarships for Nurse Practitioner students and researchers, and a national advocacy training program for Nurse Practitioners who wish to promote public health in their communities. The foundation also runs the valuable Nurse Practitioner – Practice Resources Online (NP-PRO) website, which is full of valuable online resources for students and current Nurse Practitioners. The NP-PRO is open to practicing nurses and students, and membership is free.
Learn About Important Issues in Nursing
Academic journals are best way to stay up to date on the research in the nursing field. Subscribe and discover which topics nursing professionals and students are talking about.
American Journal of Nursing: Established over a century ago, the AJN is the oldest and most respected peer-reviewed academic journal on the topic of nursing in the U.S., publishing the latest original research and clinical studies on topics relevant to those working in the nursing profession. It is a paid journal, but there is a discount available if you are still earning your nursing degree.
American Nurse Today: The American Nurses Association also publishes its own journal, which comes out in a print as well as a free online edition. The journal focuses exclusively on topics that directly affect the nursing profession, including peer-reviewed original research on best practices, practical matters such as career-oriented articles and legal aspects of nursing, and information about the activities of the ANA.
Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing: This journal is a specialized publication focusing on cancer and cancer treatment as it relates to the practice of nursing. It provides continuing education resources for Registered Nurses and those with a nursing major who are interested in specializing in oncology. The publication is paid, though a portion of its content is published for free on its website.
Johns Hopkins Nursing: Published by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, considered by some to be the best college for nursing in the country, and its alumni association, this free publication reports on the research and practices of the graduates of the school’s campus-based and online nursing programs, as well as nurses working at Johns Hopkins affiliated hospitals. You can often find valuable advice for current nursing students in this publication.
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners: Published by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, this journal aims to inform professional Nurse Practitioners about current research and best practices, so that they are aware of developments within the profession. Articles are peer reviewed and concern clinical practice as well as legislation and regulations that are relevant to Nurse Practitioners. Subscriptions are free for qualified nurses.
Find a Unique Point of View from Nursing Blogs
These blogs provide real-life experiences that will show you what it’s like to pursue and practice nursing.
A Journey through Nursing School – This blog chronicles the steps one busy mother of two took on her journey from Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Registered Nurse (RN), which has led her to her current path to earning her bachelor’s in nursing degree.
Codeblog – Written by an experienced nurse, this blog chronicles the life of an ICU nurse as well as the transition to working in a hospice facility, where the author currently practices.
The Makings of a Nurse – This student blog is written by a nursing major who had long wanted to be a nurse but decided to start her education later in life.
Tales Of A School Zoned Nurse – If you think your clinical nursing job is challenging, try dealing with head lice, pencils stuck up noses, and other childhood emergencies. The author is an experienced school nurse who shares her humorous stories of everyday life in school nursing.
Nursefail – This blog features comedic and often absurd stories from the nursing profession based on real experiences.
Follow Twitter Feeds for Ongoing Updates on Nursing
The twitter-verse is streaming with factoids about nursing. These feeds will keep you abreast of updates from a diverse population, including nursing student, professionals, and organizations.
@NurseGroups – Perfect for nursing school online students, Nurse Groups provides nursing news, career resources, and a social network for nurses and nursing students to connect online.
@nursingideas – This informational Twitter feed shares news about the latest research and innovations in healthcare, particularly those developments affecting the lives and careers of professional nurses.
@FunnyNurse – When you need a good laugh that only fellow nurses and nursing students would understand, turn to master’s-level nurse Karyn Buxman’s Nursing Jocularity for daily nursing-related jokes and pictures.
@NurseTogether – Sometimes nurses and nursing students need encouragement, which is where the Nurse Together Twitter feed comes in, with daily inspirational stories and quotes.
@STTIPub – This Twitter feed is provided by Sigma Theta Tau International’s magazine, Reflections on Nursing Leadership. You can find links to valuable articles relevant to nursing leadership.
Catch up on Nursing Literature
These books tell the story of what’s it like to be a nurse. Historical perspectives, first person narratives, and stories of encouragement make this collection worthy of a read for ambitious nursing students.
A Nurse’s Story (Tilda Shalof ) – Written by a veteran ICU nurse, this honest nonfiction account accurately documents the everyday struggles and triumphs of the nursing profession.
First Year Nurse: Wisdom, Warnings, and What I Wish I’d Known My First 100 Days on the Job (Barbara Arnoldussen) – Perfect for nursing majors and new graduates, this book delivers wisdom and advice for beginners in an entertaining, insightful manner.
Notes On Nursing (Florence Nightingale) – This classic from the pioneer of the modern nursing profession is a must-read for anyone considering on-campus or online nursing programs.
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (Donald Venes, ed.) – If you choose to earn a nursing degree, you will need a good reference source for the thousands of medical terms you will learn.
When Chicken Soup Isn’t Enough: Stories of Nurses Standing Up for Themselves, Their Patients, and Their Profession (Suzanne Gordon, ed.) – Nursing students can glean valuable insight from this compilation of stories of more than 70 contributing RNs from the U.S. and abroad.
Get Insight from Other Nursing Resources
Dig into topics like state requirements for nursing, certification, career advice, news, and the future of the industry with these recommended nursing resources.
Nurse.org – Nurse.org is a valuable website with state-specific resources, including addresses for state boards of nursing, nursing associations, legal regulations, and nursing ethics.
Initiative on the Future of Nursing – This website offers general information about the nursing profession and nursing education, as well as recommendations as to how nurses can maximize their impact on the healthcare system.
Allnurses – Allnurses.com is a social network for nurses and those pursuing a nursing degree to share their experiences and career advice, as well as a forum for specific questions.
Nurse.com – Nurse.com is a general information portal about everything in nursing, from news to job boards and continuing education resources.
Medscape – Medscape aggregates medical news from a variety of sources, including some of the journals listed above. Articles are grouped thematically, so that nurses or nursing degree students can easily find current research on specific subjects.
Discover Nursing – Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, this incredibly robust website offers a variety of free online resources for nurses and nursing students in all specializations, as well as general information on nursing as a career.
Nurses for a Healthier Tomorrow – This website is primarily focused on nursing as a career, offering in-depth career profiles and information on specializations.