Hubs & Repositories of Open and Zero-Cost Nursing Materials

  • Collection of Nursing OER from George Washington University
    A variety of open Nursing materials, including modules on medical terminology, medical administration, nurses on the frontline, and more.
  • Health and Medicine Division (National Academies)
    “The Health and Medicine Division (HMD) is a division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies). The National Academies are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. The Academies operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln.”
  • Nursing Materials from MERLOT
    A variety of Nursing OER. Filter search results by using the filter panel on the left-hand side of your screen.
  • Nursing OER Library from the University of California
    A variety of open materials related to Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • PubMed Central
    “PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).”

Open Textbooks

  • Foundations for Assisting in Home Care (SUNY)
    By Kimberly B. McLain, Andrea C. Wade and Erin O’Hara-Leslie. “This text provides the background necessary to begin working toward a career in the home care field as either a Home Health Aide or Personal Care Aide”
  • Leadership and Influencing Change in Nursing
    This textbook may be too advanced for the community college level and is focused on Canadian healthcare, but it may contain relevant information for some courses dealing with leadership challenges in the profession.
  • Nursing Care at the End of Life: What Every Clinician Should Know
    Authored by Dr. Susan Lowey, professor of Community Health Nursing and Nursing Research at SUNY, Brockport. “The purpose of this textbook is to provide an indepth look at death and dying in this country, including the vital role of the nurse in assisting patients and families along the journey towards the end of life.”
  • Nursing Pharmacology
    “This open access Nursing Pharmacology textbook is designed for entry-level undergraduate nursing students.  It explains basic concepts of pharmacology and describes common medication classes. This book is not intended to be used as a drug reference book, but direct links are provided to DailyMed, which provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States.”
  • Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice – 2nd Edition
    “…provides a pivotal learning experience for students transitioning from an associate degree education to a baccalaureate degree. Content includes a broad overview of the nursing profession, the role of accrediting and professional organizations with a strong focus on the American Nurses Association’s foundational documents. The competencies of the Standards of Professional Practice and the Code of Ethics are weaved throughout the text.”

Additional OER

  • Active Listening: Developing Skills for Patient Advocacy in Health Care (Kingsborough Community College)
    Lecture/presentation by Dina Limandri, CUNY Kingsborough Community College.
  • ARISE Simulations (Chippewa Valley Technical College)

    “Augmented Reality is an enhanced version of reality created with the use of technology. For the purposes of this project a media image, video, or sound is overlaid into the learning environment to provide a more authentic and immersive learning experience for participants. All components are focused on patient-centered care using scenarios across storylines, and lead to the transfer of knowledge/skills/attitudes to real-world experience.”
  • BMC Nursing Open Journal
    “BMC Nursing is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of nursing research, training, education and practice.”
  • Open RN (blog)
  • Open RN (Youtube)


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