I asked the CLNC® pros to recommend their favorite research websites for their legal nurse consultant jobs. They shared 61 websites they refer to again and again:
- Access Medicine: Features access to a large number of multimedia offerings, textbooks and references from a variety of publishers including McGraw Hill.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Offers a variety of links to resources for clinical information and current clinical research.
- Amazon: Not a legal nurse consultant job website, but a terrific timesaver and research stop. You can 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, including many authoritative texts, available in Kindle® format. There are also used books available if you need an older version of a reference.
- American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP): Offers links to journals, policies, position statements, references and resources pertaining to family practice.
- American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN): Provides clinical resources, standards, journals, education and certification information for the critical care nurse.
- American College of Physicians (ACP): Offers a variety of clinical practice guidelines, statements and best practice advice.
- American College of Radiology (ACR): Outlines standard of care, quality and safety resources, clinical research and news and publications.
- American Heart Association: Provides statements, guidelines, clinical updates, news, continuing education, publications and statistics.
- American Hospital Directory: Provides access to databases with hospital inpatient and outpatient costing information in various geographical areas. With the use of the diagnosis-related group coding, you can find specific procedure costings for medical procedures.
- American Nursing Association (ANA): Addresses the nursing scope of practice, including administration.
- American Psychiatric Nurses Association: Provides information and research data specific to psychiatric and behavioral health issues.
- American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN): Contains standards, education, links and publications.
- Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN): Contains education, standards of practice and peer networking for the OR nurse.
- Association of Women’s Health and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN): Provides standards and resources for women’s health and neonatal cases.
- Blueprint Income Life Expectancy Calculator: This calculator uses statistical analyses of NIH-AARP data and was developed by the Wharton School of Business. Use it on yourself if you dare. Otherwise, it’s great for life care planning.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Promotes health, prevention of disease, injury and disability and preparedness for new health threats. Also provides intra-agency support and resource-sharing for cross-cutting issues and specific health threats.
- 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.
- Code of Federal Regulations – Title 42 – Public Health: Presents Chapter IV – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services.
- Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General: Allows you to check on the exclusion status of a healthcare provider or facility. Contains the list of sanctions and definitions of exclusions for Medicare fraud and other sanctions.
- EB Medicine: Focuses primarily on emergency department (ED) practice and features evidence-based medicine content which is updated monthly. Resources may be purchased via subscription or individually.
- Elsevier: Contains access to a variety of science and health information on clinical solutions, evidence-based practices, reference and decision support, textbooks and journals.
- eMedicine: Part of Medscape, this site contains peer-reviewed online medical textbook articles. Physicians continually update and revise this site. The standard format for each disease or condition includes diagnosis and treatment, differential diagnoses, and a list of additional references.
- Epocrates® and Epocrates+®: Epocrates 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 clinical practice guidelines, contraindications, adverse reactions, dosing and more. The Epocrates app is free for both iOS® and Android.
Epocrates+ (a paid app) goes further with ICD-10 codes, information on alternative medicines and more. It’s well worth the annual fee and is available for iOS and Android® devices.
- FDA: This is a comprehensive website and associated databases from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for medical devices, drugs, drug approvals and applications, guideances and more. Whether it is a drug, food product, diagnostic device, implant, new device, or device that has been recalled you’ll find information here. By law, any problems with a device are reported to the FDA.
- 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.
- Healio: Provides ranked, peer-reviewed and annotated clinical medicine online resources for a variety of journals, texts, diseases and medical conditions.
- Healthgrades: Contains consumer-oriented links to symptoms, diseases, diagnoses, doctors, hospitals and drugs.
- Human Anatomy Atlas: Offers Certified Legal Nurse Consultants a comprehensive 3D atlas, allowing limitless views inside the human body. It’s available for PCs and Mac computers as well as iOS and Android devices.
- IBM Micromedex: Contains information on pharmaceuticals, diseases, acute care, toxicology and alternative medicine.
- Infusion Nurses Society (INS): Sets the standard for infusion care.
- Institute for Safe Medicine Practices: Presents links to newsletters, educational programs, medication safety tools and resources, articles, guidelines, products lists and reports.
- The Joint Commission: The Joint Commission accredits and certifies 23,000 plus health care organizations and programs in the United States. It provides information about various facilities, patient safety goals, information regarding standards of care, clinical guidelines and much more.
- LegalNurse.com: Provides a wealth of information, videos and the 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.
- Mayo Clinic: This is a user friendly, informative website that provides layman terms/ explanations that is useful to provide attorneys who are non-clinical and need basic understanding of medical conditions and possible treatments. Provides online resources for diseases and medical conditions, drugs and supplements and tests and procedures.
- McGraw-Hill Medical: Access to 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.
- MDLinx.com: Contains links to information for 30+ medical specialties with the latest developments.
- Medical Dictionary: This is a valuable website for defining terms in your reports that attorney-clients may not understand.
- Medical Library Association (MLA): Provides educational opportunities, supports a knowledgebase of health information research and works with a global network of partners to promote quality information for improved health to the healthcare community and the public.
- Medicare: The official U.S. government site for Medicare.
- MedTerms: Clarifies difficult medical language as defined by doctors in easy-to-understand explanations of medical terms.
- Merck Manuals Online: Contains links to search thousands of topics in all medical fields.
- National Association for Home Care & Hospice: Represents the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices and home care aide organizations.
- National Cancer Institute: Contains information on cancer topics, clinical trials, cancer statistics, research and news.
- National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA): Helps national, state and local partners in the field be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence and without abuse, neglect and exploitation.
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCBSN): Offers links to most U.S. nurse practice acts, regulations and state boards of nursing.
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO): Promotes access to palliative care and to maintaining quality care for persons facing the end of life and their families.
- National Institute on Aging: Part of the National Institutes of Health, this site offers a plethora of information for providers regarding treatment of the elderly including aiding in recognition of elder abuse. Discusses different forms of elder abuse, causes and symptoms and explains the legal rights of the elderly.
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): Provides the latest research information in medicine. This database also provides health information for many diseases from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
- National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs): Delivers outlines and chapters for all applicable programs published by the Joint Commission.
- National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP): Provides excellent information on everything related to pressure ulcers, including position statements, clinical resources and standards.
- Nursing Home Compare: 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.
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Presents comprehensive information about OSHA regulations, services, safety programs and employee training manuals with news and an online library.
- Oncologic Nurses Society (ONS): Represents over 35,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research and administration in oncology nursing.
- OpenMD: OpenMD is a search engine that allows access to documents from government agencies, medical journals, reference sites as well as a medical dictionary.
- PMIC Medical Fees: This site sells information from the American Medical Association on current coding guides, provider terminology and geographical costing for medical procedures.
- Public Library of Science (PLOS): 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.
- Spine Universe: Contains detailed information involving conditions, treatments and wellness surrounding the spine. Additional resources include links to clinical trial information, glossary of terms, recommended textbooks about spinal anatomy, videos and animations.
- STAT!Ref: Offers access to cross-searchable, full-text medical, nursing and pharmacology electronic textbooks from a wide variety of evidence-based sources, publishers and societies.
- Univadis®: Contains information specific to various specialties, including clinical tools and articles.
- Wiley Online Library: Contains Wiley’s full line of medical, nursing and other textbooks and journals 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 access that textbook, individual chapter and journals on a 48-hour rental access basis.
- Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society: Represents an international society of nurses who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy or continence problems.
Thanks to Suzanne Arragg, RN, BSN, CDONA/LTC, CLNC, Dale Barnes, RN, MSN, PhN, CLNC, Marcia Bell, RN, BSN, CAPA, CLNC, Kaylin Chase, RN, BSN, CNLCP, CLNC, Dorene Goldstein, RNC, BSN, CLNC, Sandra Higelin, RN, MSN, CNS, CWCN, CLNC, Caryn Jaffe, RN, CLNC, Camille H. Joyner, RN, BSN, CCM, CLNC, Robert Malaer, RN, MSN, FN-CSp., SANE, CNLCP, CALM, CLNC and Michelle Neal, RN, BSN, CLNC for sharing websites they use most to research their legal nurse consulting cases.
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P.S. Comment and share two of your favorite medical-related websites for your legal nurse consultant jobs.
P.P.S. For more on medical research see the 7/5/22 blog 15 Medical Research Strategies for Legal Nurse Consultant Jobs and the 7/12/22 blog 16 Medical-Related Databases for Researching Legal Nurse Consultant Jobs with Precision.
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nccn.org – The go to for any oncology related treatment plans considered gold standard for accredited cancer centers to follow for identification of lines of therapy based on disease site. Also offers dedicated patient education by disease in laymen’s terms in printable/pdf format. Updated regularly based on guidelines. Free to register as a clinician to access based on disease site.
clinicaltrials.gov – Master website to search for open, closed, recruiting clinical trials for varied diagnoses. Lists points of contact at site to connect folks to trial opportunities.