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Smith Library: Nursing

Resources for the WCUI Los Angeles, Ontario and Phoenix campuses.

Evidence-Based Practice

Agency for Health Research Quality: Health care evidence and research within the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Also look under Data, and Tools.

Department of Health and Human Services: A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Nursing Encyclopedias

NLM Medical Encyclopedia: By experts for experts, students, and patients.

Medical Spanish

Beginning Spanish for Medical Professionals: Find your favorite YouTube teacher - Be sure to cross-reference for accuracy.

Medical Terminology

Medical Dictionary: Medical words, prefixes and suffixes.
Medterms Medical Dictionary: Doctors define medical language in easy-to-understand explanations.

Smith Library Contact Information

Los Angeles: Cat 

Ontario: Karen

Phoenix: Terri

Program Directors

VN Program

Dr. Hany Nashed - Los Angeles/Ontario
RN Program
Dr. Carol Ann Friedman -  Los Angeles

PN Program
Catherine Jagos - Phoenix

Vocational Nursing Topics

Term 1: 
1. Hand Washing: How to execute the proper handwashing technique.

2. Vital Signs: How to perform correct vital signs' measurements (i.e., blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, temperature, and pain assessment).

3. Physical Assessment: How to perform a proper head-to-toe assessment.

Term 2:  
1. Aseptic Technique: How to maintain a sterile technique during a nursing procedure.

2. Therapeutic Communication: How to communicate using the verbal and non-verbal therapeutic technique.

3. Specimen Collection: How to collect proper specimens, e.g., urine specimen, stool specimen, wound culture, etc.

Term 3:
1. Diabetes Mellitus: Foot care-How to maintain proper foot care (i.e., foot care with diabetic patients).

2. Respiratory Care: Asthma patients: How to care for patients with asthma (i.e., patient teaching) to:

  • Asthmatic patients.
  • Seizure Disorders: How to care for the patient during seizure disorders and after the event of seizure (i.e., patient teachings with the patient and family members).

Term 4:
1. Antepartum: Patient teaching about diet, caloric intake increases, and medications to take during pregnancy.

2. Postpartum: Patient teaching about uterine subinvolution and the high risk of UTI.

3. Pediatric teaching about the schedule of immunizations.

Term 5:
1. Mental Health: How to care for patients with Schizophrenia (i.e., communication with auditory hallucinations and medications regimen).

2. Leadership: How to delegate tasks to other nurses and CNAs (i.e., include the five rights of delegations).

3. Advance Med-surge: How to care for a patient with a CVA or stroke (i.e., feeding patients, the ambulating patient).


Arizona Foundation for the Future of Nursing (AzFFN): Scholarship application information.

Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc.: Awards $1,000 to a member pursuing a nursing degree.

California Nurses Association: Offers scholarship awards each academic year.

Health Resource and Service Administration Nurse Corps Scholarship Program: Funding for tuition, fees, and other educational costs.

Islamic Development Bank: Awards five, interest-free loan scholarships of $15,000 each year.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses - Los Angeles Chapter: Scholarship application information.

The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA):  Scholarship application information.

Educational Videos

ANA (American Nurses Association): Promoting high standards in nursing and advancing the rights of nurses in the workplace through Videos.

Head-to-Toe Assessment (Duke University): YouTube video. Captions and transcript available. Check for accuracy with your instructor. (2009)

Health Videos: These animated videos show the anatomy of body parts and organ systems and how diseases and conditions affect them.

Medscape Videos: Comprehensive clinical information for medical professionals.

Mosby's Nursing Skills Videos: Click under "Select a Category" then "Select a Skill", then "Procedure Video". (2014)

 undefined  Procedure Videos: Interactive clinical content (New England Journal of Medicine).

Surgery to Systems to Pharmacology: Videos and playlists by a junior physician. Always cross-reference for accuracy.

Pediatrics Video:Videos dedicated to the health of children


Anatomy Terminology: Review anatomical topics.

Angio Calc: Cerebral and peripheral aneurysm calculator.

Biology: Review biology and chemistry topics.

Career: Get clarity on concepts.

eSkeletons: Interactive environment to examine and learn about skeletal anatomy (Department of Anthropology, UT-Austin).

undefined   Innerbody: Explore Human Anatomy 

Merck Manual: Comprehensive medical information.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN): Nursing regulatory knowledge.

National League for Nursing Education Statistics: Premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education.

​National Student Nurses Association (NSNA): Standards, ethics, skills to develop nursing students to lead the profession.

Nursing Calculators: Calculate dosage, IV rates, infusion time, etc. National Agricultural Library Food and Nutrition Information Center.

Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN): Addresses current topics affecting the nursing practice, research, education and health care.

Prescribers' Digital Reference: All drug information from the classes of the drugs, to their brand name and uses.

Study Stack Flash Cards: Nursing flash cards to review concepts.

Professional Associations

American Nurses Association - Nursing World: Legislative information, policy papers, American Nurse and Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.

California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT): Enforces education requirements, standards of practice for licensing and regulatory purposes.

California Vocational Nurse Educators: Supporting vocational nursing throughout California.

The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA): Continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals.

National Nurses United: The largest union and professional association of registered nurses in U.S. history.

National Student Nurses Association (NSNA): Standards, ethics, and skills for developing nursing students to lead the profession.

Quantitative Data on Health Disparities and Pathologies

Arizona State Health Assessment: By the Arizona Department of Health, 2019.

California County Health Status Profiles 2018: Statistics by county and for the state on STI incident rates, death rates, and health rates.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Topics on public health.

Maricopa County 2017 Coordinated Community Health Needs Assessment: Community health status report and incidence rates.

National Center for Health Statistics: Statistics on topics of public health importance with links to statistics' publications.

National Library of Medicine Drug Resource Guide: Drug names by categories.

PICOT Search Made Easier

PICOT Questions - Examples

P=Population, problem, medical condition
I=Intervention: therapy, diagnostic test
C=Compare interventions or 1 intervention to no intervention

TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice): Clinical search engine that quickly and easily finds and uses high-quality research evidence to support practice and/or care.

Lab Tests

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: From the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, a resource for patients and caregivers, as well as health professionals, for understanding and reviewing lab tests and procedures.

Interactive Human Anatomy


Almost a Nurse: A nursing student's journey to become a nurse and his challenges in the profession after graduation.

Drexel Medcast: Health care topics for nurses and doctors (Drexel University College of Medicine Health).

Geriatric Nursing: Lectures for nurses interested in this field.

iTunes New Nurse Podcast: A "new" nurse's professional and personal perspective on ICU skills.

Medscape Nurses Podcast: The latest medical news and features.

Nursing Podcast by NRSNG (NCLEX® Prep for Nurses and Nursing Students): Hosted by critical care nurse and NCLEX Educator, Jon Haws.

Nursing Ethics

Arizona Nursing Practice Act: Statutes, rules, and other governmental documents such as the Arizona Administrative Code.

California Nursing Practice Act: California law mandating the California Board of Registered Nursing on the practice and responsibilities for RNs.

Pharmacology and Drug eReference

Drugs, Herbs and Substances: Based on data from the Society of Health System Pharmacists.

National Library of Medicine (NLM) - Rx Information: Prescription drug information.

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Nursing Flash Cards