Published September 2014 by Jamie Bond
Below is a selection of helpful resources to all students pursuing a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree. Whether studying to be a nurse anesthesist, nurse practitioner, or clinical nurse specialist, the following resources will be beneficial as you proceed along the path to an advanced degree.
The extensive list of nursing journals will aid the student by providing an additional resource to enhance their knowledge. Writing research papers is common while pursuing an advanced degree. When composing these papers, nursing research databases are extremely useful in locating pertinent studies. Conferences are a critical component of a nursing career and offer students the ability to get their feet wet and begin to network with fellow students and nurses. The final goal for most Master’s of Science in Nursing students is board certification. Review courses have been proven to increase the likelihood of successful board certification exams.
AAACN Viewpoint – The official peer-reviewed newsletter of the American Association of Ambulatory Care Nursing that features up to date information on current topics in healthcare.
AACN Advanced Critical Care – A peer-reviewed journal published quarterly geared toward critical care clinicians.
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal – A peer-reviewed journal filled with evidenced based material for healthcare providers who practice emergency medicine.
Advances in Neonatal Care – A peer-reviewed journal focused on the challenges faced when caring for low birth weight infants.
American Journal of Critical Care – A peer-reviewed journal published bi-monthly that is the leading source for evidence based critical care practice.
American Journal of Nursing – Nursing’s premier peer-reviewed journal with a goal of promoting nursing excellence.
American Journal of Public Health –A journal dedicated to educating members of the public health team by way of peer-reviewed research articles.
American Nurse Today – The official peer-reviewed journal of the American Nurses Association that is published monthly – six times in print format and six times electronically. Available free to ANA members.
AORN Journal – A peer-reviewed journal composed of scholarly, evidence-based articles that focus on peri-operative nursing.
BMC Nursing – An open access, peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of nursing.
British Journal of Cardiac Nursing – A peer-reviewed journal featuring case studies, clinical reviews, and professional articles pertaining to cardiac nursing.
British Journal of Community Nursing – A peer-reviewed journal highlighting current issues in primary care and community nursing.
Canadian Journal of Nursing Research – A peer-reviewed journal published quarterly online, which contains nursing research that can be applied in practice.
Cancer Nursing – A bi-monthly journal featuring topics arising from the care and support of the cancer patient at various stages of life.
Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing – A bimonthly publication directed towards nurses providing direct care to patients with cancer.
Clinical Nurse Specialist: The Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice – A journal aimed at growing the specialty of clinical nurse specialists by way of highlighting the care provided by those in this profession.
Critical Care Medicine – A peer-reviewed journal containing topics pertaining to critical care that is directed at providers treating patents in the ICU or CCU.
Diabetes Care – A journal geared toward increasing the knowledge of the healthcare provider that cares for patients with diabetes.
Evidence-Based Nursing – This quarterly journal highlights the best qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research studies that pertain to nursing practice.
Gastrointestinal Nursing – A peer-reviewed journal intended to keep gastroenterology nurses apprised of the most current evidence-based therapies, diagnostics, and equipment.
International Emergency Nursing – A peer-reviewed journal committed to providing high quality research findings and specialist knowledge to nurses practicing emergency medicine.
International Journal of Nursing Terminologies and Classifications – A journal with the goal of standardizing nursing language and terminology worldwide.
Issues in Mental Health Nursing – Presents data-based articles aimed to broaden the knowledge of mental health nurses.
Journal for Nurse Practitioners – A peer-reviewed journal containing clinical articles, original research, and continuing education opportunities.
Journal of Addictions Nursing – A peer-reviewed journal published quarterly highlighting current research and practice as it pertains to addictions nursing.
Journal of Advanced Nursing – A peer-reviewed journal committed to those desiring to advance their nursing practice and personal development.
Journal of Holistic Nursing – A peer-reviewed journal with the goal of integrating holistic health with Western medicine.
Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing – A peer-reviewed journal focusing on clinical, educational, and research aspects of end of life nursing.
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing – The premier resource for peer-reviewed scientific and technical articles pertaining to obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing.
Journal of Orthopedic Nursing – Provides continuing education opportunities for orthopedic nurses practicing in a wide array of clinical settings.
Journal of Pediatric Health Care – Presents scholarly clinical and research articles pertaining to primary, acute, and specialty health in pediatrics.
Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing – Provides peer-reviewed research for nurses in the perianesthesia setting.
Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing – Features peer-reviewed articles on evidence based practices in perinatal and neonatal nursing.
Journal of Professional Nursing – A journal geared toward baccalaureate and higher prepared nurses that is focused on the concepts of educational research and healthcare policy.
Journal of Research in Nursing – A leading peer-reviewed journal focused on research and healthcare policy in practice.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society – A comprehensive publication containing research and information about common diseases and illnesses that affect the geriatric population.
Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care – A peer-reviewed journal covering the scope of AIDS nursing including education, treatment, prevention, research, and awareness.
Learning Disability Practice – A peer-reviewed journal specifically intended for healthcare professionals working with the learning disabled.
MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing – A peer-reviewed journal aimed at informing those working in perinatal, neonatal, midwifery, and pediatrics of the major issues pertaining to clinical practice.
Mental Health Practice – Includes a wide range of research articles that will arm the mental health professional with the knowledge needed to deliver the most effective care.
NEJM Journal Watch – Includes the most important research, medical news, drug information, and guidelines across 13 specialties.
Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing – A peer-reviewed journal committed to helping neonatal nurses say current in their field.
Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews – A quarterly publication that addresses clinically pertinent discussions, treatment, and evidence-based research on the care of newborns and infants.
Nurse Researcher – Includes articles on research methodology and issues related to the topic of research.
Nursing – Contains useful articles pertaining to various aspects of nursing including continuing education opportunities.
Nursing Economics – Provides current analysis of best practices in healthcare management, economics, and policymaking.
Nursing in Practice – An online journal featuring articles on the current issues in nursing.
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy – Based on the popular series Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, this journal contains articles focused on simplifying complex concepts in nursing.
Nursing Management – A monthly peer-reviewed journal summarizing the up to date information on legal and ethical topics, budget issues, and quality control.
Nursing Standard – Provides leading articles of clinical practice, research, and continuing professional development.
Nursing Times – The leading source for nursing news and best practice recommendations in the United Kingdom.
OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing – A peer-reviewed online journal that serves as a forum for nurses to discuss current topics in nursing.
Oncology Nursing Forum – An online journal delivering current research and evidence based practice information as it applies to oncology nursing.
Orthopedic Nursing – An international journal offering numerous continuing education opportunities for orthopedic nurses in a variety of settings.
Pain Management Nursing – A peer-reviewed journal focusing on the dimension of pain management as it applies to nursing.
Pediatric Nursing – A journal containing quality articles on evidence based practice, research, and quality improvement as it pertains to pediatric nursing.
Primary Health Care – A journal featuring evidence based articles on community health nursing topics.
Sexually Transmitted Infections – Features peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of sexually transmitted infections including laboratory findings, immunology, epidemiology, and behavioral health fields.
Southern Medical Journal – An online journal covering a broad range of topics of interest to all healthcare providers.
The Journal for Nurse Practitioners – Offers high quality peer-reviewed articles, original research, and continuing education opportunities to assist nurse practitioners excel in their field.
Urologic Nursing – Features clinical articles covering a wide variety of issues pertaining to urology nursing.
Western Journal of Nursing Research – A peer-reviewed journal published ten times yearly that serves as a forum for students, researchers, and practitioners to engage in scholarly debate.
Workplace Health and Safety – A peer-reviewed journal published monthly complete with articles of interest to occupational and environmental health nurses.
Wounds – A peer-reviewed journal that focuses on wound care, including tissue repair and regeneration and the clinical management of various types of wounds, and wound research.
Nursing Research Databases
CINAHL – Largest nursing database that provides indexing for nursing and allied health literature. Contains full-text articles from 768 journals.
Cochrane – A collection of six databases containing various types of high-quality evidence aimed to assist healthcare providers with decision-making.
Medline – A free database that provides links to full-text research articles pertaining to the healthcare field.
Medscape – An easily accessible online database providing point-of-care references to healthcare professionals.
UpToDate – The leading resource for evidence-based clinical decision making trusted by healthcare professionals worldwide.
AANP Specialty and Leadership Conference – Offers nurse practitioners and students the opportunity to network within their specialty
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Student Policy Summit – Three day conference located in Washington, D.C. covering the importance of students in politics.
American Association of Nurse Practitioners – Large annual conference that provides nurse practitioners and students with opportunities for professional growth and networking.
National Black Nurses Association Institute and Conference – Obtain state of the art instruction on various topics including cardiovascular disease and women’s health.
National Student Nurses Association Annual Conference – Offers student nurses various learning opportunities and the chance to network with fellow students.
Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Conference – Assists nurse practitioners and students in the delivery of competent, high quality healthcare by maintaining professional expertise.
Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Symposium – Offers nurse practitioners and students in the southwestern region of the United States a chance to network and obtain the most current treatment recommendations.
Board Review Courses
Advance Practice Education Associates (Hollier) – Offers 2 and 2 ½ day review courses to prepare for certification exams administered by ANCC and AANP.
Barkley & Associates – Offers nurse practitioners live board certification review courses and home study packages for those unable to attend the live course.
Core Concepts Anesthesia Review – Offers review courses and online review questions to prepare nurse practitioners for board certification.
Marye Dorsey Kellermann’s Necessary NP Review – Offers board review courses for nurse practitioners with money back guarantee if any participant does not pass the certification exam.
Prodigy Anesthesia – Offers an exam simulator for nurse anesthetists preparing for the CCNA exam.
Test Prep Review – Offers online practice tests for nurse practitioners preparing for board certification.
Valley Anesthesia – Offers a 3-day review course for nurse anesthetists studying for board certification.
To learn about scholarships available to students, see 50 Great Master’s of Science in Nursing Scholarships.
About the author:
Jamie Bond has been a registered nurse since 2002 and returned to the college scene in 2012 to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has a passion for all things nursing, especially the care of the at–risk population. Jamie has first hand experience navigating the complicated, multifaceted field of nursing. A married mother of two school-aged sons, Jamie enjoys spending her spare time cheering on her kids at their various activities.