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Library: Evidence-based nursing resources

Posted on March 9, 2017 by Selena Ryan-Vig

Learning Resources

This page features links to various resources related to evidence-based nursing and will be continually updated. Please get in touch if you’ve come across any handy resources you think should be included here. If you can’t find what you are looking for on this page, please visit our main library, which features many additional resources. The resources in our main library are more general than the resources on this page, and should be useful to you whatever subject you study. 

On this page, you will find…
Introductions and overviews of evidence-based nursing
‘Research made simple’ tutorials
Blogs, images and videos
Study skills and revision aids
Point-of-care tools
Databases and tools to assist with searching for research
Additional evidence-based nursing journals

Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step

A collection of articles which aims to give nurses and student nurses the knowledge and skills they need to implement evidence-based practice (EBP) one step at a time, from: 1) developing & searching the clinical question; 2) critical appraisal of the evidence; 3) implementation; 4) disseminating the evidence & sustaining the change:  http://journals.lww.com/ajnonline/pages/collectiondetails.aspx?TopicalCollectionId=10

Evidence-based nursing LibGuide

A comprehensive library guide providing definitions of evidence-based nursing as well as a variety of resources and tools: http://libraryguides.umassmed.edu/EBN

Nursing evidence-based practice tutorial

A tutorial designed to give nurses the foundations of evidence-based practice: http://uchc.libguides.com/EBP_Nursing

Evidence-Based Nursing (EBN) from the RCNi and BMJ

Summarises high-quality nursing evidence from a wide range of journals, focusing on papers’ key findings and implications for clinical practice: http://ebn.bmj.com/

Study design & methodology

Selecting the sample 

Blinding: an essential component in decreasing risk of bias in experimental designs

What is meta-analysis?

Using observational research to obtain a picture of nursing practice

Service evaluation, audit and research: what is the difference? 

Reviewing the literature 

Statistics, data analysis & interpretation

Which statistical tests should I use? 

What is a p value and what does it mean? (for a more in-depth, critical discussion see: Toward Evidence-Based Medical Statistics. 1: The P Value Fallacy)

What is a confidence interval (CI)? 

Hypothesis testing and p values: how to interpret results and reach the right conclusions 

What is an Odds Ratio? What does it mean? 

Bias, validity & reliability & ethics

Bias in research 

Validity and reliability in quantitative studies

Ethical context of nursing research 

Qualitative research

What is grounded theory? 

Qualitative data analysis 

Qualitative data analysis: a practical example 

What is a qualitative synthesis? 

Issues of validity and reliability in qualitative research

Social media and research

Social media: the relevance for research 

Nursing Times

Leading source of nursing news and best practice in the UK, and includes student nurse blogs: https://www.nursingtimes.net/

Evidence-based nursing blog from the BMJ

Analysis and discussion of developments in Evidence-Based Nursing: http://blogs.bmj.com/ebn/

Evidently Cochrane

Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in health care and health policy, and are internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health careEvidently Cochrane is a blog which aims to make Cochrane evidence really accessible.

It features a series of blogs specifically for nurses: ‘Evidence for Everyday Nursing’: http://www.evidentlycochrane.net/category/evidence-for-everyday-nursing/

It also features an ‘Understanding Evidence’ series to help you make sense of evidence: http://www.evidentlycochrane.net/category/understanding-evidence/

Cochrane ‘blogshots’ and ‘vlogshots’

These are a way of giving Cochrane evidence in an image (‘blogshot’) or a video (‘vlogshot’). There’s an ‘Evidence for Everyday Nursing’ series and the link to the full review is always given so you can go into more detail if you want to. Find them all here:  https://cochraneblogshots.tumblr.com/tagged/EENursing

Follow Cochrane UK on Twitter and Facebook for the latest blogs, blogshots and vlogshots. See some examples below:

replacing PVCs

When to replace peripheral venous catheters Nurses! No time to read the Cochrane review? Watch this video instead!http://bit.ly/1WEprSe

Posted by Cochrane UK on Monday, 13 February 2017

When to replace peripheral venous catheters: http://www.evidentlycochrane.net/replacing-peripheral-venous-catheters-have-you-ditched-the-routine/

Bedrest for pressure ulcer healing in wheelchair users http://bit.ly/2fyJJPT

For more on pressure ulcers, see: ‘Preventing and treating pressure ulcers: evidence review’  from Sarah Chapman (2017), the Editor of Evidently Cochrane (requires a subscription).


A  website featuring a library of quizzes and study tips:  http://libguides.usask.ca/nursing/resources_SLS

Nursing “Study Stack” Interactive Flashcards

Online revision cards for many different clinical topics: http://www.studystack.com/Nursing

Learning Nurse:

Over 150 free nursing quizzes to test your knowledge on various topics from medication administration to anatomy: https://www.learningnurse.org/index.php/assessment/quizzes

Clinical Key

Provides evidence-based content to help nurses find answers to clinical questions at the point of care: https://www.clinicalkey.com/nursing/


An evidence-based point of care resource: http://www.uptodate.com/home. (A free mobile app is also available for iPhones, iPads, Androids, and Windows 8 devices).

NIHR Dissemination Centre Discover Portal

NIHR Signals provide concise summaries of the latest important health research evidence. https://discover.dc.nihr.ac.uk/portal/home

Cochrane Library

A collection of databases containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, including Cochrane Reviews: www.cochranelibrary.com

PubMed for nurses

Videos, designed specifically for nurses, providing an introduction to searching literature for in PubMed: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/nurses/cover.html

Virginia Henderson Nursing Library

Free access to nursing research & evidence-based information: http://www.nursinglibrary.org/vhl/

CINAHL Databases (requires a subscription)

CINAHL provides coverage for more than 4,000 journals, and provides additional nursing and allied health research material including books, evidence-based care sheets and quick lesson disease overviews: https://www.ebscohost.com/nursing/products/cinahl-databases

Nursing and Allied Health Database (requires a subscription)

Features core titles from leading academic publishers, plus instructional videos and more: http://www.proquest.com/products-services/pq_nursingahs_shtml.html


Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence. Plus, when you register to blog for Students 4 Best Evidence, you get free access to the premium version of Trip: https://www.tripdatabase.com/

NICE Health Databases Advanced Search (HDAS)

Allows you to search for evidence across multiple databases (if you are logged in) or in PubMed (if you are not logged in). https://hdas.nice.org.uk/

A series of help videos have been created to give you guide to using HDAS. View them here

Advances in Nursing Science

Applied Nursing Research

Biological Research for Nursing

Clinical Nursing Research

Evidence Based Nursing

Journal of Nursing Scholarship

Nursing Research

Nursing Science Quarterly

Research in Nursing and Health

Western Journal of Nursing Research

Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing

British Journal of Community Nursing


Selena Ryan-Vig

I work at Cochrane UK as the Communications & Engagement Officer. As part of my role I facilitate the Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) website. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more or if you would like to get involved with S4BE. View more posts from Selena

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