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RN to BSN: Practice Guidelines

A guide for new RN to BSN students with comprehensive survival information.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is "a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration."  The Pfau Library does not have a subscription to the Cochrane Library. However, there are useful parts of the site that are freely accessible to non-subscription users. 

You may search the library using the search interface on the home page.

Cochrane Library search interface


When the results appear, only subscribers may view the "Full Article (HTML)," "Standard," and "Full." However, you may view the pdf summary of each item.

the summary tab to view PDFs

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a government agency that "works 24/7 with state and local health departments to save lives and safeguard communities from public health threats."

National Guideline Clearninghouse

The National Guideline Clearninghouse (NGC) "NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NGC was originally created by AHRQ in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans (now America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP])."  Their mission is to help health professionals obtain "detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation, and use."



National Consensus Project

The mission of the the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care is "to promote the implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines that ensure care of consistent and high quality, and that guide the development and structure of new and existing palliative care services."


Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)

QSEN - Quality & Safety Education for Nurses is "a comprehensive resource for quality and safety education for nurses...This website is a place to learn and share ideas about educational strategies that promote quality and safety competency development in nursing.  Faculty resources on this website include annotated bibliographies, faculty-development learning modules, teaching strategies submitted by faculty."


Institute of Medicine (IOM)

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) is "an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Nearly 150 years later, the National Academy of Sciences has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies, which comprises the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council, and the IOM."


Insitute of Health Care Improvement (

Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an "independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts [which] focuses on motivating and building the will for change; identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health care professionals; and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations."


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