Faculty of Nursing

Faculty of Nursing

Affinity Community Library [New]

Affinity is a simulation-based learning resource platform which has a Community Library repository of openly licensed, accessible learning scenarios to support training for nursing, paramedics, medical labs, personal support workers, sonographers, and public safety workers.

Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0 is the default license.

Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care

This resource was produced by nursing faculty at BCIT. This text serves a supplementary resource for information about how to perform clinical procedures. The format of the text includes video demonstrations, flowcharts, and checklists to ensure high compliance to protocol. The topics covered include: infection control, patient assessment, patient positioning, wound care, oxygen therapy, medication administration and tubal attachments.

Includes: Critical thinking exercises, flowcharts, video demonstrations, glossary

Licence: CC BY 4.0

The Complete Subjective Health Assessment

Developed by Ryerson University, this textbook deconstructs the categories of the complete subjective health assessment, providing learners with explanations and examples of what constitutes relevant subjective data. This textbook provides an opportunity to learn how to respond to normal, abnormal, and critical findings when completing a complete subjective health assessment. Topics covered include: Subjective Health Assessment, Cultural Safety, and Care Partners

Includes: Quiz, glossary

Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

Comprehensive Midwifery: The role of the midwife in health care practice, education, and research: An interactive guide to the theory and evidence of practice

The re-emergence of midwifery as a primary health care profession is one of the great stories of Canadian health care systems, but this story has been largely undocumented. This invaluable interactive e-book details the history and philosophy of midwifery, how current midwifery theory and policies are developed, and the role of education and research in advancing the field. We include a special focus on the social determinants of women’s health throughout Canada and the world, the principle of health care as a human right, and the principles and scope of midwifery practice. A must-read for Canadian student midwives and others interested in midwifery (Description from resource). This textbook was written by professors in McMaster’s midwifery program.

Includes: Glossary, case studies

Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

Clinical Anatomy

This project was created by a team at UBC.

Includes: Videos, interactive modules, atlases, interactive visualizations

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Creative Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions

This peer reviewed text was authored by 3 nursing faculty at Athabasca, in collaboration with various healthcare professionals from many institutions across Canada. The text is centered around patient care activities such as challenging their unconscious assumptions about a patient’s race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and evaluation of learning.

Includes: exercises and critical thinking questions.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Field Trials of Health Interventions: A Toolbox (Smith, Morrow, & Ross)

This open access book, in its third edition, was published by Oxford University Press. It covers trail design, ethical considerations, governance, grant applications, community engagement, statistics, data management, and reporting.

Includes: Checklists, index

Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

Handbook of eHealth Evaluation: An Evidence-based Approach

This text was created at University of Victoria. This handbook presents the science and practice of eHealth evaluation based on empirical evidence gathered over many years within the health informatics discipline. The handbook describes different approaches used to evaluate the planning, design, implementation, use and impact of eHealth systems in different health settings. It also provides a snapshot of the current state of knowledge on the consequences of opting for eHealth systems with respect to their effects and implications on provider performance and health outcomes.

Includes: Figures, case studies

Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

Health Case Studies

This resource was produced by BCIT’s nursing faculty. It features 8 case studies on a variety of health conditions at various time points. Each case study includes the patient narrative or story that models best practice (at the time of publishing) in healthcare setting.

Includes: Case studies

Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

Health History Interview: Virtual Gaming Simulation

This virtual gaming simulation was created by a team at Ryerson University for undergraduate nursing students.

Includes: Instructions for the game

Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

Interpreting Canada’s 2019 Food Guide and Food Labelling for Health Professionals

This resource was created by Ryerson and York University. It covers the legal requirements of food labelling, how to interpret recommendations, and how to integrate the food guide into the nursing process with specific focus on the role of social determinants of health as it relates to the food guide and the nursing process.

Includes: Practice questions, glossary, figures

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Introduction to Communication in Nursing

This textbook was created for nursing students at Ryerson University.

Includes: Glossary, activities

Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

The Language of Medical Terminology [New]

The Language of Medical Terminology is an open educational resource (OER) that begins with a focus on the practice of breaking down medical terms into their component parts. This is practiced through the beginning of the book in order to develop a solid foundation on medical term parts, their meaning and how to understand the full meaning behind medical terminology as a whole. The OER then continues onto the use of abbreviations, anatomy and physiology, body systems, common tests and procedures and finishes with content focusing on medical professionals in health care. This OER serves to provide the basic knowledge necessary to work in the health care setting [Description from resource].

Includes: glossary, review exercises

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

The Language of Medical Terminology II: An Introduction to Pharmacology [New]

The Language of Medical Terminology II is an open educational resource (OER) that focuses on body systems, pathologies, and the medications used to treat those pathologies. Basic principles of pharmacology will be included throughout this OER and organized according to each body system. Review and key concepts will be shared in all chapters. This OER serves to provide the basic knowledge of pharmacology needed to work in the healthcare setting [Description from resource].

Includes: review questions, glossary, abbreviations listings, common suffixes listings, and medications list

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Leadership and Influencing Change in Nursing

This text was developed by various nursing professionals in Saskatchewan and Canada. The goal was to provide student nurses with the foundational knowledge to meet the leadership challenges found within the ever-changing Canadian health care environment. There is significant indigenous specific content and cultural appropriate practices. Other topics covered include: ethics, managing conflict, evidence informed decision making, labour relations, and nursing leadership.

Includes: Case studies, exercises, activities, research extensions, flowcharts

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Leading Change in Health Systems: Strategies for RN-BSN Students [New]

Leading Change in Health Systems: Strategies for RN-BSN Students is designed for practicing nurses pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This book is focused on building upon previous knowledge, skills and attitudes Registered Nurses (RNs) related to leadership in healthcare systems. Readers will be able to apply the theoretical knowledge gained from this course in their clinical practice environment. [Description from resource]. Note: This resource is an adaptation of Leadership and Influencing Change in Nursing.

Includes: Learning exercises

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Reviews: Available through Open Textbook Library and Merlot.

Learning Primary Midwifery Care

Learning Primary Midwifery Care is an open access package of three online learning modules for midwifery learners and teachers developed by the Ryerson University Midwifery Education Program in collaboration with faculty partners from Laurentian and McMaster Universities.

Includes: Quiz

Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (Note: This is an open access text which restricts remixing and adapting).

Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students

This peer reviewed text for graduate students focuses on nursing related literature reviews. The topics covered range from developing a research question to locating and evaluating sources to writing a sample literature review using appropriate publication guidelines.

Includes: Practice questions, online resources

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Multi-Course Case Studies in Health Sciences

While not specific to nursing, this resource is a collection of interconnected multidisciplinary case studies. They have been designed to be used in multiple undergraduate courses so that students can return to them over time from different perspectives and with increasing complexity.

Includes: Family tree, resources for each case study

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare

This resource has been created by the University of the Arctic Northern Nursing Education Network (NNEN) which includes twelve nursing schools in Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia. It is meant to fill the gap of northern and Indigenous health care needs. It provides content on health and health care from a northern perspective for the growing number of health professionals being educated in northern communities. It focuses on community health, social determinants and structural impacts on northern and Indigenous health, culture and health, innovations in northern healthcare, and professional practice in northern and Indigenous communities.

Includes: Reflection questions, case studies

Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

Nursing Care at the End of Life: What Every Clinician Should Know

Published by SUNY with the goal to foster the necessary skills for nurses to provide compassionate care to individuals who are nearing the end of life and families who are or have experienced the loss of a loved one. This text covers effective interpersonal communication between the patient and clinician at the three stages; anticipation, in the moment, and afterwards. The text provides a basic foundation of death and dying, including models of care and evidenced based approaches.

Includes: Examples, Online resources

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Nursing Pharmacology

This peer reviewed American text was made by several contributors in the Wisconsin Technical College System. It explains basic concepts of pharmacology and describes common medication classes.

Includes: Practice questions, critical thinking activity, answer key, glossary, interactive images

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Nursing Skills

This peer reviewed American textbook was created as part of the Open RN project, and meant to cover physical assessments performed by RNs.

Includes: Learning activities, glossary

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Open RN Virtual Reality Scenarios (LibreTexts)

This grant funded American project is in the process of creating 25 Virtual Reality scenarios. More information about this project is available.

Includes: Virtual reality

Licence: CC BY 4.0, unless otherwise noted.

Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe (Barrett, Dawson, Ortmann) (LibreTexts)

This LibreTexts resource was authored by researchers at the CDC, the University of Sydney, and the Pan American Health Organization. It covers global public health ethics.

Includes: Cases

Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

Pulling Together: Manitoba Foundations Guide (Brandon Edition)

Authored by the Manitoba Foundations Group, it is the first Manitoba adaptation of an open professional learning series developed for staff across post-secondary institutions. This resource does not focus on nursing or health, but rather is intended to support professional learning of staff and students. Its focus is on the Brandon area.

Includes: Glossary, videos, activities, reflection questions

Licence: CC BY-NC 4.0

The Scholarship of Writing in Nursing Education: 1st Canadian Edition

This resource was created by Ryerson University, designed for students in undergraduate nursing programs.

Includes: Videos, podcasts

Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities & Mental Illness

This multidisciplinary resource develops topics of interest to all those who care about and for individuals with co-occurring intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Each chapter presents current evidence informed practice knowledge. Each topic is also presented with audio enabled text boxes emphasizing ‘Key Points for Caregivers.’ For those who are interested in background knowledge, there is a comprehensive literature base provided.

Includes: Audio book, online tools, research studies

Licence: CC BY 4.0

Toward a Moral Horizon: Nursing Ethics for Leadership and Practice [New]

This third edition of Toward a Moral Horizon: Nursing Ethics for Leadership and Practice will assist nurses and all health care providers to take up the challenge of embedding ethics in health care practice, education, research, and policy at all levels—from local to regional to global. [Description from resource].

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Vaccine Practice for Health Professionals: 1st Canadian Edition

This text was created primarily for nursing students. It is intended to guide best practices in vaccine delivery in Canada. This textbook provides information related to clinical practice, including the administration of vaccines, and communication with clients.

Includes: Videos, case studies, practice questions, glossary, figures

Licence: CC BY-SA 4.0

Vital Sign Measurement Across the Lifespan – 1st Canadian Edition

This text was developed by Ryerson University. The purpose of this textbook is to help learners develop best practices in vital sign measurement. Using a multi-media approach, it will provide opportunities to read about, observe, practice, and test vital sign measurement.

Includes: Videos, problem sets, solutions, flowcharts, printable flashcards

Licence: CC BY 4.0

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