I asked the CLNC® pros to recommend their favorite research websites for their legal nurse consultant jobs. They shared 20 websites they refer to again and again:
- Amazon: Not a legal nurse consulting job website, but a terrific timesaver and research stop. You can order office supplies and more right from your desk saving you time so that you can keep working. You can also use it to locate authoritative textbooks that you’ve identified in your research. If you’re an Amazon Prime member you not only get free shipping (which more than pays for the membership) but also get instant access to any book available in Kindle® format. There are also used books available if you need an older version of a reference.
- CDC Infection Control Guidelines: This is a searchable library of infection control guidelines and recommendations for prevention of infections in various healthcare settings.
- CDC Sepsis Guidelines: This is a resource for clinical practice guidelines for the management of sepsis and will be useful in your sepsis cases.
- Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS): Regulations and Guidance: The CMS Online Manual System offers day-to-day operating instructions, policies and procedures based on statutes and regulations, guidelines, models and directives. This is an excellent resource for educating attorney-clients on “never-events” regarding hospital acquired conditions and for locating specific healthcare regulations, standards and research data.
- EB Medicine: Focusing primarily on emergency department (ED) practice, this website features evidence-based medicine content which is updated monthly. Resources may be purchased via subscription or individually.
- Epocrates® Online and Epocrates Plus: Epocrates Online is a free medical reference website with an associated app. Epocrates offers information on thousands of brand, generic and OTC medications with distinct monographs for each brand and the generic (when available), based on product-specific information. Also included are contraindications, adverse reactions, dosing and more. The Epocrates app is free for both iOS® (iPhones® and iPads®) and Android phones and tablets.
Epocrates Plus (a paid app) goes further with clinical practice guidelines, ICD-10 and CPT codes, information on alternative medicines and more. It’s well worth the annual fee and is available for iOS and Android® devices. This is one of the most popular apps with Certified Legal Nurse Consultants.
- Federal Nursing Home Regulations and State Laws: There is no need to reinvent the wheel when researching long term care cases or searching for nursing home laws and regulations. This website provides specific federal regulations for nursing homes receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds. Some states have different regulations and there’s a link to regulations for all fifty states.
- Google Scholar: This free academic search engine allows you to search for peer-reviewed articles, theses, books and abstracts. It’s not as inclusive as a database but serves as a free starting point. Note: articles can be removed so make sure you print copies of any material you wish to reference; it may not be there next time you search.
- Human Anatomy Atlas: This website offers Certified Legal Nurse Consultants a comprehensive 3D atlas allowing limitless views inside the human body. It’s available for PCs and Mac computers and iOS and Android devices.
- The Joint Commission: The Joint Commission accredits and certifies 20,000 plus health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission provides information about various facilities, patient safety goals, information regarding standards of care, clinical guidelines and much more.
- LegalNurse.com: At this multi-faceted specialty website you’ll find a wealth of information, videos and Vickie’s Legal Nurse Consultant Blog. Certified Legal Nurse Consultants log in here to the NACLNC® Association to gain quick access to all of the resources of the National Alliance of Certified Legal Nurse Consultants and other benefits available as part of the CLNC Certification.
- McGraw-Hill Medical: Access to more than 170 of McGraw-Hill’s medical textbooks broken down by clinical specialty. You have full-text access, can obtain FOB (front of book) material, automatically generate citations and download images. You may subscribe to an annual, unlimited subscription to any of the McGraw-Hill Medical clinical specialties or simply purchase unlimited access for either a 24- or 48-hour period all at varying costs dependent upon the number of resources available in each clinical specialty. If you’ve identified a particular McGraw-Hill textbook and need to quickly gain access to the content this is a terrific resource.
- Medical Dictionary: This is a valuable website for defining terms in your reports that attorney-clients may not understand. I find this to be one of the best free resources on the web.
- MedlinePlus: Think of this as a consumer-focused National Library of Medicine (NLM) website designed for patients and families drawing from NIH and a variety of other sources. Using this website will require careful investigation of the result links to separate authoritative from informative sources. This site is best used for breaking down simple topics into layman’s terms.
- National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP): This site contains excellent information on everything related to pressure ulcers, including position statements, clinical resources and standards. There’s even a free download of the Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guideline which includes a Quick Reference Guide to the full guidelines. You’ll also discover an extensive list of resources designed to help in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.
- NursingHomeCompare: This website provides detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. You can search the name of the nursing home and find out what type of facility it is, staffing information, inspections and penalties.
- Pogofrog: This is a unique, custom designed medical search engine that eliminates consumer-driven results, such as general health information and attorney websites. Instead, it focuses strictly on results from credible medical-related sites. Sources for results include government websites (NLM/NIH), medical association websites, peer-reviewed journals (NEJM) and other sites suggested by the Pogofrog user community. This site is heavily advertisement driven, but once you get past the ads, you’ll find this to be a useful site for authoritative references.
- Public Library of Science (PLOS): This website offers open-access, peer-reviewed journal articles at no cost. Articles are relevant to clinicians, policymakers and researchers and are searchable by diagnosis or author.
- Staples: Legal nurse consulting work can burn through paper and ink cartridges pretty rapidly. Establish an account at Staples and you’ll have an easy way to replenish your supplies as well as obtain any other office supply you will ever need or think of. Best of all, they’ll deliver those heavy boxes right to your door.
- Wiley Online Library*: Here you can access Wiley’s full line of medical, nursing and other textbooks broken down by clinical specialty. You download PDFs of specific sections, chapters or the entire textbook or journal. You may purchase the text outright or individual chapters on a 24-hour access basis. Costs will vary based on the particular textbook or journal. If you’ve identified a particular Wiley textbook or journal and need to quickly gain access to the content this is a terrific resource.
*Full disclosure: Wiley published my New York Times bestseller “Wicked Success is Inside Every Woman,” but this is not an endorsement or paid placement. It’s simply an aid for researching your legal nurse consultant jobs.
Thanks to all the CLNC pros (Dale Barnes, RN, MSN, PHN, CLNC, Marcia Bell, RN, BSN, CAPA, CLNC, Connie S. Chappelle, RN, MN, CLNC, Dorene Goldstein, RNC, BSN, CLNC, Robert Malaer, RN, MSN, PMHN, SANE, CNLCP, CALM, CLNC and Michelle Neal, RN, BSN, CLNC) for sharing their favorite websites for medical-related research.
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P.S. Comment and share two of your favorite medical-related research websites and apps.
P.P.S. For more on medical research see the 8/27/19 blog 13 Medical Research Strategies for Legal Nurse Consultant Jobs and the 9/3/19 blog 12 Medical-Related Databases for Researching Legal Nurse Consultant Jobs with Precision.