BSN Essentials: Top 20 Study Sites for Nursing Students

If you are a a BSN nursing student or plan to study nursing, you might appreciate all the free online study materials available online. The materials range from Gray’s anatomy to current nurse-generated wikis. Many of these materials cover basic information, but they also provide ongoing resources for nurses on the job. Resources such as MedLine Plus and The Merck Manual provide current and constantly updated news and materials for any nurse at any level of study or professionalism.

  1. Nursing TextbooksAnatomy & Physiology I Animations Movies & Interactive Tutorial Links: This page carries a series of links for learning tools about anatomy and physiology through movies and interactive tutorials. This is an invaluable link, as it adds to the list that we’ve created here. Topics include an interactive autopsy and other health animations.
  2. Anatomy of the Human Body: The Bartleby.com edition of Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries ranging from the Antrum of Highmore to the Zonule of Zinn.
  3. Auscultation Assistant: The Auscultation Assistant provides heart sounds, heart murmurs, and breath sounds in order to help medical students and others improve their physical diagnosis skills. Since its creation in 1997, it has logged over 175,000 visits.
  4. Free Nurse Tutor: This website contains a powerful collection of online educational activities and resources constructed and maintained by Diane Yeager, R.N. This site not only provides instructors with a practical way to create and save online learning activities, but provides students with fun ways to learn their craft.
  5. Get Body Smart: You can now visually learn about the human body using interactive animations. Current subject areas include the skeletal system, muscle tissue physiology, the muscular and nervous systems, the circulatory and respiratory systems, histology, and the urinary system. The owner of this site also included anatomy and physiology quizzes to test your knowledge.
  6. Human Anatomy & Physiology: This page, although somewhat dated, carries a vast amount of information about “body geography,” including histology and lectures that examine the four tissue groups of the human body: Epithelial, Connective, Muscular, and Nervous. This is a great site for beginners, or for students who want to brush up on basic studies.
  7. Interactive Body Game: Choose a gender, choose an organ, and begin to learn more about organs, muscles, and skeletal and nervous systems.
  8. McGill University Virtual Stethoscope: The MVS is designed to support learning in a variety of modes, including sequential and self-ordered. Use the drop-down menus to gain access to information about physical exams, glossary, and quizzes.
  9. McGoogan Library of Medicine: University of Nebraska Medical Center offers this excellent portal with evaluated, annotated links to online image collections organized into the following categories: general, anatomy and histology, cardiology, dermatology, embriology, endoscopy, neurology, pathology, pediatrics, and ENT.
  10. Nursing SkillsMedical Mnemonics: This is a free, nonprofit searchable database filled with medical mnemonics to help remember important medical details. The site was written and is maintained to help with a few take-a-break smiles along the way.
  11. MedlinePlus: This online encyclopedia provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. Although the market is geared toward patients and their families and friends, nurses also can use this guide as a base for latest treatments, information on a drug or supplement, meanings of words, or to view medical videos or illustrations.
  12. Nursing Care Plans: Enhance your learning with free online resources like study guides, practice quizzes, links, and resources. Select the appropriate link to establish an account and receive an Evolve username and password. This resource is intended to greatly simplify your access to these valuable learning resources!
  13. Nursing Study Guide: This wiki contains a guide that is intended for students entering nursing. Not all links have content, but you can contribute as you learn.
  14. Nursing Study Stacks: Find a study topic, or create your own with this innovative study tool. Each topic carries cards that you can use to beef up your knowledge about topics ranging from the Nclex exam to health assessments.
  15. Pulmonary Artery Catheter Education Project: PACEP was designed to provide an up-to-date educational program on how to use the pulmonary artery catheter in the clinical environment and measure learning outcomes for the end-user. Topics are divided into four levels to facilitate participant progression from novice to expert.
  16. RxList: Learn all about drugs through image collections, a pill identifier tool, and how these medications affect diseases and conditions. RxList is an online medical resource dedicated to offering detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs.
  17. Study Skills and Test Strategies for the New Nursing Student: First-semester nursing students might appreciate this Slideshare tool that offers information on how learners learn, especially when applies to the nursing process.
  18. The Biology Project: The Biology Project is an interactive online resource for learning biology developed at The University of Arizona. This project is fun, richly illustrated, and tested on thousands of students. It has been designed for biology students at the college level, but is useful for high school students, medical students, physicians, science writers, and all other interested people.
  19. Nursing StudentsThe Merck Manual: As part of its commitment to ensuring that all who need and want medical information can get it, Merck provides the content of these Merck Manuals on the web for free. Registration is not required, and use is unlimited. The web publications are continuously updated to ensure that the information is as up-to-date as possible.
  20. What Is A Nursing Care Plan and Why is it Needed? This site lists dozens of links for sample care plans, and offers tips on how to make this difficult task easier. Care plans teach nursing students how to think critically, how to care for patients on a more personal level, not as a disease or diagnosis.
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