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NUR 217: Concepts of Nursing VI

Peer Reviewed Journals for Nursing Students

Nursing Journals on the shelf

Peer reviewed journals are a nursing student's best source of original research in the field. To read the most current issue of a professional nursing journal is to keep up to date on the latest scholarly conversation in the field, and be more aware of the issues and trends that are most relevant to your peers. To search a database that collects the most current issues as well as previous issues, using key words to focus on specific topics, is to understand how the conversation has evolved into its latest form, and what future evidence-based research may be pursued on nursing topics of great importance. 

When quoting directly or paraphrasing from peer reviewed sources from nursing journals, be sure to give credit to the authors using the proper method of citation.  (See APA Style Guide)

Below: Peer Review explanation video and Peer Review Explanation (two-sided pdf)

Primary Titles of Interest

(Instructions for accessing all nursing titles below)

AORN Journal - "Provides professional perioperative registered nurses with evidence-based practice information needed to help meet the physiological, behavioral, safety, and health system needs of a diverse patient population."

Cancer Nursing -  "addresses the whole spectrum of problems arising in the care and support of cancer patients - prevention and early detection, geriatric and pediatric cancer nursing, medical and surgical oncology, ambulatory care, nutritional support, psychosocial aspects of cancer, patient responses to all treatment modalities, and specific nursing interventions."

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing - "covers the application of computer technology to contemporary nursing practice" and "how to use technology to save time and money, increase productivity, and improve communication."

Geriatric Nursing - "Geriatric Nursing is a comprehensive source for clinical information and management advice relating to the care of older adults. The journal's peer-reviewed articles report the latest developments in the management of acute and chronic disorders and provide practical advice on care of older adults across the long term continuum."

Holistic Nursing Practice - "Features information covering all aspects of holistic nursing, including health-oriented, biobehavioral research and the latest developments in the field."

Insight; the Journal of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered NursesArticles cover ophthalmic nursing issues from patient care to new research, pharmacology to legislation; includes a "healthy nurses" human interest column, pieces from ASORN leadership and articles available for continuing education credit.

Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing - "JOGNN is the scientific journal of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. The mission of JOGNN is to advance the health and health care of women, childbearing families, and newborns across all settings through the bimonthly publication of peer-reviewed nursing and interdisciplinary scholarship."

Journal of Pediatric Nursing - "The Journal of Pediatric Nursing: Nursing Care of Children and Families (JPN) is interested in publishing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, theory, and research papers on a variety of topics from US and international authors. JPN is the official journal of the Society of Pediatric Nurses and the Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society... Journal content covers the life span from birth to adolescence." 

Journal of School Nursing - "Features articles on clinical subjects and current issues in school nursing, health, and education. Intended for nurses, educators, and others allied to the improvement of the health and educational success of children."

Nursing - "keeps nurses up-to-date on peer-reviewed evidence-based practice about key clinical topics, including cardiac and respiratory care, new drugs, new treatments, and nursing techniques."

Nursing for Women's Health - "Nursing for Women's Health (NWH) is the practice journal of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. The mission of NWH is to translate evidence into nursing practice to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, and populations."


SAGE Journals:

Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association - "provides quality, up-to-date information to promote psychiatric nursing, improve mental health care for culturally diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities, as well as shape health care policy for the delivery of mental health services."

Journal of Transcultural Nursing - "offers practical information about how to deal with diverse cultures on issues that may affect nursing and health care."

Databases for Nursing

Search Tips

Some tasks can be made easier with advanced search settings.
Assignments often call for the exclusive use of Nursing Journals published in the United States.
To set these limiters in the CINAHL database, scroll down to Journal Subset, and select "Nursing."

journal subset nursing

To the right of Journal Subset, you will find Geographic Subset, which you can set to "USA."

geographic subset USA

Return to the search box above and run your search. You should see this box to the left of your results:

journal and geographic subset nursing

Tutorial: How to find articles