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July 30, 2014

Nursing & Healthcare

5 top online nursing education resources.

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Careers in nursing are on the rise as the medical industry is expecting nearly 20 percent growth in the field by 2022. If you're considering becoming a nurse, getting a degree is an important starting point. To become a nurse, you must become a Registered Nurse, and it’s valuable to get a bachelor's degree in nursing. Graduating with a master's degree in nursing, or MSN, will certainly get you noticed on the job market, but as you get further in your career, it's important to continue your nursing education using professional resources .The Internet is a fantastic place to do nursing research and brush up on what you learned at school. You will also be able to learn lots of new information which can help you in nursing leadership roles. We have 5 great online learning resources for nurses:

1) Learning Nurse Resources Network

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The Learning Nurse Resources Network is an online professional development center for nurses of all levels and educational backgrounds. For those pursuing a nursing degree online, this is a great website that provides independent, safe, free resources. With the goal of maintaining and continuing education for nurses, the website is divided into three main sections: an assessment section, an e-learning section, and a library.

The assessment portion of the website is filled with apps, quizzes, and nursing games for students. These entertaining tools allow nurses to gather what they already know and determine where there are gaps in their knowledge. The e-learning section complements the assessments by providing an online space to learn new skills through courses and modules. The library is filled with professional development advice, nursing articles, and helpful links to other resources.

For those studying to become nurses, this resource can be a great help to practice and study.

2) American Nurses Association

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The Educational Resource Center of the American Nurses Association (ANA) is a portal focused on providing continuing nursing learning resources. This organization provides numerous fact sheets and tips covering topics relevant to the nursing profession. The ANA is working to make the Education Resource Center a go-to repository for information regarding nursing education.

The ANA also publishes three nursing periodicals: The American Nurse, American Nurse Today, and OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. These medical journals cover a wide range of topics pertinent to the nursing industry.

If you are working toward getting a nursing degree, these scientific journals can be a great resource in helping you make career decisions post-graduation.

3) Health Resources and Services Administration

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The Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA, is working to ensure that everyone has access to a broad spectrum of public health services. They have several bureaus that are working to provide medical education to professionals in various fields.

Within the HRSA, the Bureau of Health Workforce is looking to address shortages of primary care physicians, dentists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in the United States. The bureau provides scholarships and loans to encourage nurses to work in underserved communities.

If you’re pursuing a nursing degree online or in a traditional setting, you can find loans and scholarships to help you continue your education and find the right first job after you graduate.

4) The Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section

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This website provides links to a multitude of resources for nurses including lists of e-books, other nursing websites, dissertations, anatomy resources, and much more. The site itself is a great jumping-off point for nurses looking to build up online nursing resources. Furthermore, the Nursing and Allied Health Resources section has links to style and plagiarism guides, powerful tools for those that have not written papers. 

The anatomy resources page provides connections to online activities and nursing games, compiling some of the most interesting videos and studies from a wide range of universities and higher education institutions. There is also a compilation of medical databases. 

For those currently receiving an online nursing education, this resource is hugely important in helping you research and write papers.


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Perhaps one of the most beneficial features of is its student news section. Gather insights from other nursing students to get the most out of your educational experience. The website also includes educational and professional advice, as well as career resources. is consistently an innovative space for nurses to develop professionally, learn field-relevant skills and read compelling news.'s magazine provides print publications for over 600,000 RNs nationwide.

Moreover, provides a number of financial aid links and resources, as continuing your education in this important profession should not be limited by financial restraints. If you are attending a university currently or plan to in the future, this resource is invaluable to help you learn about nursing education and nursing leadership opportunities.

For anyone who is currently working as a nurse, or for those who are looking to go back to school and continue their nursing education, these online professional resources can be extremely important to help you continue your learning and growth opportunities.

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