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Nursing: Clinical Resources: Diagnosis, Drug Info, Physical Exam, Practice Guidelines, Anatomy

A guide to online and print resources in nursing & nurse anesthesia.

Practice Guidelines?

Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG's) are defined by the U.S. Institute of Medicine as "statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options (IOM, 2011).
Guidelines are produced by many health care organizations and professional bodies at the local, state, national and international levels. Guidelines provide practice recommendations based on a systematic review of the research literature, however, guidelines produced by different organizations may make different recommendations.

NOTE: Due to a loss of federal funding, the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) and National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC) websites, including the primary content of guideline and measure summaries, respectively, are no longer available, as of July 16, 2018.

How Can I Find Practice Guidelines in Library Databases?

  • ClinicalKey: find full-text practice guidelines from journal articles and authoring organizations. Click the "Guidelines" link, or search by topic and use the "Guidelines" filter.
  • Medline and CINAHL Complete:  enter your search terms. Select "Practice Guideline" under the Publication Type filter.
  • PubMed: enter your search terms. Use the "Article Type" filter to limit your search to find just the guidelines and practice guidelines. To find these filters, click "Customize" and scroll down to select them.
    You can also find guidelines by using PubMed Clinical Queries. Articles that are listed in the Systematic Review column are guidelines, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials and evidence-based medicine.


Physical Exam

Anatomy and Physiology Resources

Anatomy & Physiology Revealed
This resource is part of the AccessPhysiotherapy suite of multimedia databases from McGraw-Hill. An interactive cadaver dissection experience. This unique multimedia study aid is designed to help you explore human anatomy using cadaver specimens and master physiology concepts through animation. Digital dissections allow unlimited drill and practice - anytime, anywhere. Detailed information and audio pronunciations build anatomical knowledge, and comprehensive quizzing reinforces learning.


Compatible with IE, Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari.

If not already enabled, you will need to allow pop-ups in your web browser to view all the content in your subscription– slides, video clips and other content from links will open in a pop-up window.

Ovid's Anatomy TV Primal Pictures is a comprehensive multimedia suite of interactive modules featuring highly accurate 3D models of the human body.  Animations illustrate function, biomechanics and movement, as well as treatments and surgical procedures.Modules include systemic anatomy, regional anatomy, sports & therapy, surgery and specialty titles.  We now offer UNLIMITED SIMULTANEOUS USER ACCESS to this resource.
= > Demonstrate muscle function in 3D with interactive animations that illustrate teh interaction of muscles, ligaments and bones
= > Review clinical videos to gain a better understanding of procedures and treatments
= > Peel away layers, zoom, rotate anatomical models 360 degrees, and reconstruct layers back to their original structure
= > Export images, text, movies, and animations to use in presentations and patient handouts

Anatomy and Medical Images

Links to websites for medical images of human anatomy and physiology

Diagnostic Tests