Nursing is a demanding profession by any measure. With constantly changing patient populations, treatment technologies and healthcare regulations, nursing students have to stay ahead of the curve. Fortunately, a number of websites offer educational resources, career and licensing information, research and legislative updates, and many other features that can help nursing students stay connected to their chosen profession.
American Nursing Association
The website www.nursingworld.org is the official website of the American Nursing Association. Although actively geared toward recruiting members, the site is an invaluable resource for nursing students. First and foremost, it offers a “Student Nurses” section with free access to dozens of new stories regarding trends in the industry. There’s also a “Career and Credentialing” tab that leads students to an interactive career center, where recent graduates find job listings and professional pointers on resume and cover letter writing. The website also has sections on practice, ethics, health and safety, and policy and advocacy, among other areas of concern.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
The website for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, www.ncsbn.org, is an indispensable tool for nursing students, especially those preparing to take their licensing exams. The National Council is the organization that develops and administers nursing state board exams, and the website provides extensive information on the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, for both registered and practical nurses and for the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program, or NNAAP, and the Medication Aide Certification Examination, or MACE, for nursing and medication aides. Besides exam information, the site offers a surprising amount of industry resources. Entire sections are devoted to policy and legislative affairs, current regulations and research.
National League for Nursing
The National League for Nursing’s website, www.nln.org, is designed for nursing students who want to pass the torch and become trainers in the field. The organization calls itself “the voice for nursing education.” The site offers information on certification programs and examinations, as well as professional development opportunities for life-long learners. Even for new students who aren’t interested in training certification, the site provides many industry-related resources, including a public policy center with news releases and articles addressing current affairs in Washington, D.C. There’s also a “Research and Grants” section that provides statistics on nursing education, including a breakdown of R.N. programs.
American Society of Registered Nurses
This is a website with its finger on the pulse of the industry. Like the American Nursing Association, the website for the American Society of Registered Nurses, www.asrn.org, is geared toward membership. Yet nonmember nursing students still have immediate and free access to the news headlines that dominate the homepage, many focusing on public health issues. There’s also free access to online articles published by “The Journal of Nursing,” the organization’s signature publication. Under the “More Services” tab, students will find many helpful resources, including information on American Society of Registered Nurses awards and scholarships and links to online databases and other nursing journals and publications.
Scott Neuffer is an award-winning journalist and writer who lives in Nevada. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and spent five years as an education and business reporter for Sierra Nevada Media Group. His first collection of short stories, "Scars of the New Order," was published in 2014.