Nursing Student Resource Guide

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The Internet is a wealth of information on nursing, and nursing students can find nearly any material they require when they know where to look. The following guide is designed to provide nurses and nursing students a well-organized resource for locating blogs, trade associations, accreditation commissions and Twitter accounts related to nursing or nursing schools.

The first section of this guide is on nursing blogs. Most blogs are casually written, and they often focus on the particular life of the author while he or she attends nursing school. However, other blogs are professionally designed and maintained, and they provide readers with news stories and technical articles about nursing.

The second section is a listing of some of the largest and most important private and government organizations in the nursing industry. These organizations provide nursing students with information and tools to help them earn their licenses.

The third section is a list of accrediting agencies and educational organizations for nursing schools and nursing departments in U.S. colleges and universities. Finally, the last section details the account names and account handles of resources that can be found on Twitter.


Adventures of a Student Nurse
This blog follows Kelsie Hull as she works her way through nursing school. The blog offers a Christian perspective on nursing and excelling in nursing education. Readers will be able to use the short articles to discover whether nursing is compatible with their current lifestyle choices.

The Children’s Nursing Blog
As can be guessed from the title, this blog focuses on pediatric nursing and provides a first-person perspective on the life a pediatric nursing student. The blog is written by a man known only as Joel, who is an 18-year-old nursing student in England.

Florence Nursingtales
Florence Nursingtales is the blog and assumed name of a second-year nursing student. Florence ponders life as a nursing student but also discusses serious issues in the world of healthcare and medicine.

Health Affairs Blog
This is the blog arm of Health Affairs, which is a leading, peer-reviewed health journal published by Project HOPE. The blog focuses on health-related topics for a wide audience that includes doctors, nurses, politicians and anyone concerned with medicine and healthcare law.

The Health Care Blog
The Health Care Blog is a professional blog in the form of an online newspaper. This blog has been called the leading source of information for health professionals by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

I Am a Nursing Student
The author of this blog, Heather, graduated from Kaplan University’s online nursing program in 2007, but the material remains some of the most pertinent that there is in the nursing blogosphere. Heather provides all of the details to help nursing students get through their tough curriculums and on to real-world nursing jobs.

A Journey Through Nursing & Beyond
This blog covers the personal experience of an Arizona wife and mother of teen children who has worked her way through nursing school as a CNA to become an LPN. She is currently going to school as an LPN to become an RN.

New Nurse in the Hood
This irreverent take on nursing is written by a new nursing graduate whose first solid nursing job was in a disadvantaged, urban neighborhood. She now works at a hospital in the Pacific Northwest that is not quite as hectic .

The Nursing Site Blog
Kathy Quan, RN, BSN, PHN, brings 30 years of experience in nursing and home healthcare to this blog. She is a published author of several books on nursing, including The Everything New Nurse Book.

RN: Real Newbie
RN: Real Newbie is a nursing blog designed by a 2011 nursing school graduate. The blog features a weekly theme, contests, online tools and valuable information for all current nursing students.

Associations, Societies and Organizations

American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing was founded in 1973 as a department of the American Nurses Association, but the academy is now an independent affiliate that serves the public and nursing professionals. Nursing Outlook is the name of the academy’s bimonthly journal.

American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN)
The AAMN provides advocacy, support and encouragement for men who choose to enter the nursing field, which has traditionally been dominated by women. Local chapters can be found through the website run by the national branch of the assembly.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
The AANP was founded in January 2013 after the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners merged with the American College of Nurse Practitioners. This is the largest membership organization for nursing professionals in the world.

American Nurses Association (ANA)
The ANA provides resources to more than 3.1 million RNs across the country through its state nursing associations and several organizational affiliates. The ANA advances nurses and the nursing profession by promoting high standards, standing for nurses’ rights and lobbying government lawmakers.

American Nurses Foundation (ANF)
The ANF has been working to transform the health of U.S. residents by supporting the millions of practicing nurses residing in the nation. A strong push toward the development of new programs was begun by the ANF in 2011.

International Council of Nurses (ICN)
The ICN is a global federation of national nursing associations. More than 13 million nurses are represented by the ICN, which was founded in 1899. The council works to ensure that nurses receive quality educations and patients receive quality nursing care.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
The NCSBN is a nonprofit organization that is used by state nursing boards to discuss topics of public health, safety and RN licensing requirements. Boards in all 50 states and four U.S. territories are members of the council, and several international boards serve as associate members.

National League for Nursing (NLN)
The NLN is a national organization dedicated to nursing education professionals and affiliated healthcare agencies. The NLN, founded in 1893, helps its 33,000 members develop educational programs and competency tests.

National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)
The NSNA is a U.S. nursing organization that has more than 60,000 members across the country. The NSNA provides educational materials and support to help nursing students successfully complete their coursework and earn licenses as RNs. Career guidance is also available through the association.

Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF)
The NPHF promotes quality healthcare by eliminating disparities in standards, enhancing the leadership roles for nurses and promoting research opportunities. In addition to providing several online resources for nurses and nursing students, the organization provides information for patients and product samples.

Nurses Without Borders
Nurses Without Borders is one of the most thorough online resources for nursing students. Information is organized by nurse specializations, and sections on the website focus on careers, expert advice, degree planning and volunteer opportunities.

Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS)
The TCNS is dedicated to the health of all human beings despite cultural differences. Nurses working internationally may receive important information concerning cultural competence from the TCNS.

Accrediting Agencies and Educational Resources

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
The AACN is a national organization specializing in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. More than 725 educational institutions belong to the AACN, which sets minimum curriculum requirements based on national consensus. The national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an independent arm of the AACN.

Chi Eta Phi Sorority
Chi Eta Phi is a national sorority that represents both female and male nursing students. More than 8,000 students and RNs are currently registered as members of the organization, which includes 39 undergraduate chapters and 83 graduate chapters in 29 states and territories.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The CCNE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as the national accrediting agency for nursing education. The commission ensures that nursing programs of all types in the U.S. meet high standards. The CCNE is an independent organization but remains strongly affiliated to the AACN.

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International
The CGFNS International is a nonprofit organization that is globally recognized as the authority on evaluating nursing credentials. The commission helps students and prospects meet the requirements for licensing in the United States and other countries around the world.

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service (NAPNES)
The NAPNES promotes and defends the educations and practices of LPNs in the United States. It is the oldest association in the country dedicated to vocational nursing and has provided services to educators and students for more than 70 years.

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)
STTI, also known as the Honor Society of Nursing, was founded in 1922 to provide support and services to practicing nurses, nursing educators, medical researchers and healthcare lawmakers. Today, STTI includes 486 chapters in more than 85 countries.

Twitter Accounts
@allnurses is a community of over 2 million nurses.

American Journal of Nursing
This is the official Twitter account of the acclaimed trade publication.

Blonde Nurse
Blonde Nurse gives nursing students a humorous break during busy days.

Brittney Wilson
Brittney informs nurses and nursing students about the latest in healthcare technology.

Get Nursing Jobs
This is a valuable resource for nurses or nursing students seeking employment.

Jamie Davis
Jamie Davie, host of the medical podcasts MedicCast and Nursing Show, provides additional information related to his shows via Twitter.

Nurses Association
This is another of the ANA’s official Twitter accounts.

Nurses Daily Dose
This Twitter account is a conglomeration of readers’ funny or memorable hospital stories.

Nursing Essentials
Nursing Essentials is one of the most popular informative medical guides for nursing students.

Nursing Ideas
This account shares tweets geared toward improving nursing and general healthcare.

Nursing Times
Nursing Times is based in London but is a terrific source of nursing information from around the world.

Scrubs Magazine
Scrubs Magazine is a guide to the nursing lifestyle.