Nursing content can be overwhelming and confusing to the new nursing student. Incorporating concepts related to anatomy/physiology, microbiology, sociology, human development, pharmacology, and teaching/learning can be a daunting task. The literature is filled with acronyms, charts, and organizational tools to help the nursing student navigate nursing courses. To enjoy these resources, most have a fee attached to them. That may not be a problem under normal circumstances as there may be scholarships or financial aid that may ease some of the financial burden. To lessen this financial burden and to address inclusion and equity, this Nursing OER is designed to help the nursing student organize material in an easy to follow format, while developing clinical judgment at the same time. It can be utilized in theory as well as skills lab and clinical rotations.
Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students is an open textbook designed for students in graduate-level nursing and education programs. Its intent is to recognize the significant role the literature review plays in the research process and to prepare students for the work that goes into writing one. Developed for new graduate students and novice researchers just entering into the work of a chosen discipline, each of the eight chapters covers a component of the literature review process. Students will learn how to form a research question, search existing literature, synthesize results and write the review. The book contains examples, checklists, supplementary materials, and additional resources. Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students is written by two librarians with expertise guiding students through research and writing assignments, and is openly licensed.
This resource offers a selected list of OERs that address the topic of nursing, including preventive medicine, patient safety, communication, pharmacology, and other issues.
This open access Nursing Skills textbook includes physical assessments routinely performed by entry-level registered nurses and basic nursing skills performed by licensed practical nurses. It is based on the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) statewide nursing curriculum for the Nursing Skills course (543-102), the 2019 NCLEX-RN Test Plan, the 2020 NCLEX-PN Test Plan, and the Wisconsin Nurse Practice Act. Content and learning activities are included to encourage the student to engage in critical thinking and apply the nursing process while analyzing assessment findings. It also includes evidence-based clinical skills with related mathematical calculations and conversions.
Online learning activities are provided in each chapter using the free H5P software platform (https://h5p.org/). This textbook has also been uploaded to LibreTexts (https://libretexts.org/) for easy remixing by faculty.
The project is supported by a $2.5 million Open Resources for Nursing (Open RN) grant from the Department of Education and is licensed under CC-BY 4.0 creative commons license. This free book is available online and can also be downloaded in multiple formats for offline use. The online version is required for interaction with the adaptive learning activities included in each chapter.
Funded by the Department of Education, the Open RN site includes OER Nursing Textbooks with associated Virtual Reality scenarios.
Textbooks to be available:
Nursing Pharmacology (Fall 2020)
Nursing Skills (May 2021)
Nursing Fundamentals (Fall 2021)
Management & Professional Concepts (Summer 2022)
Mental Health & Community Concepts (Fall 2022)
Nursing Assistant (Fall 2022)
Virtual Reality Scenarios have been built based on the functionality using the Acadicus VR software platform but do not require VR equipment to be used. Media used in the simulations is also available on YouTube.
This is an updated version of SEHRA. Version 4_2 allows users to add new patients to create their own scenarios. SEHRA (Sunshine EHR Academic), is an educational simulation of an electronic health records system using Access 2019 as the development platform. Piloted in December of 2019, SEHRA was successfully implemented in January of 2020, and became an essential part of SUNY Broome’s ability to take health science classes and clinicals online in March of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. SEHRA continues to grow and is currently used in on-campus laboratories, remote courses, and for professional practice experience. As an ODC-ODbL, the Open Database License through Cornell’s Open Data Commons group, the database will stay free of charge and accessible to students and other developers through SUNY OER. Questions about SEHRA can be addressed to Sandra K. Wright, Professor Business Information Technology at SUNY Broome Community College, Binghamton, NY, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The focus of this lab is on heritable diseases of the heart. You are cast here as a virtual intern to accompany a doctor examining three different patients. Each patient is examined, using more than one diagnostic tool, and at each stage, the doctor will invite you to examine the patient yourself and ask for your opinion.
Components of the immune system called antibodies are found in the liquid portion of blood and help protect the body from harm. Antibodies can also be used outside the body in a laboratory-based assay to help diagnose disease caused by malfunctions of the immune system or by infections.This virtual laboratory will demonstrate how such a test, termed an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), is carried out and show some of the key experimental problems that may be encountered.
Record electrical activities of individual neurons while you deliver mechanical stimulus to the attached skin. Inject fluorescent dyes into the neurons to visualize their morphology. Identify the neurons based on the morphology and the response to stimuli, comparing them to previously published results.
The lab will familiarize you with the science and techniques used to make transgenic flies. Transgenic organisms, which contain DNA that is inserted experimentally, are used to study many biological processes. In this lab, you will create a transgenic fly to study circadian rhythms.