Nurses, Returning to School? Get Help Here!

Have you noticed that many of your co-workers are returning to school? The Hartford Hospital Health Science Libraries are available to help you get a handle on many of the issues involved in pursuing an Advanced Nursing Degree during your career at Hartford Hospital.

The following list of resources will aid Hartford Hospital Nurses who are considering career advancement. 


Career Advancement

Financial Assistance

Research Tools

Finding Other Resources

Finding Other Resources

Finding Other Resources

Need Help Getting Started with Research?

Literature Searching

Online Tutorial

A Sample of Career Advancement Books at the Robinson Health Science Library

Creasia, Joan L Conceptual foundations: the bridge to professional nursing practice. 3rd Ed. Mosby; St. Louis, ©2001 [WY16 C744 2001]

Hafner, Betty. Where Do I Go From Here? : Exploring Your Career Alternatives Within and Beyond Clinical Nursing. Lippincott; Philadelphia, ©2002. [WY 16 H139w 2002]

Ham, Kathy L. From LPN to RN: Role Transitions. W.B. Saunders; New York, ©2002. [WY 16 H198f 2002]

Joel, Lucille A. Nursing experience: trends, challenges, and transitions 4th Ed. McGraw-Hill; New York, ©2002. [WY16 J64n 2002]

Continuing Education
Free advice and related resources about continuing education for nurses.

Finding Financial Assistance

Tuition Reimbursement Policy at Hartford Hospital
(You will need a Novell login to view this page)

Nursing Schools/Nursing Degrees

Connecticut Nursing Schools and Online Nursing Degree Programs
Scroll through the online programs and the Connecticut Programs will appear at the bottom of the page. All program links are current as of 3/30/04. (a listing of Nursing Schools in Massachusetts are also available.)

The BSN to Blog
This blog covers current trends in the nursing field. It is written with students in mind who are looking to enroll in an online bridge program that will allow them to earn an MSN degree.

Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LVN to RN) Programs
This blog provides the most recent and relevant information about the nursing profession and health-related news.

Masters in Nursing Programs
This is a one-page alphabetical site that is very easy to read and use. It lists every accredited school that offers a Masters Degree in Nursing as well as a short description for each school to help guide future students in their
Browse a wide variety of fully accredited nursing schools to learn more about the exciting and rewarding career opportunities that await you.

Trade Schools, Colleges & University Nursing Schools
A compendium of nursing school resources

Research Tools / Document Delivery Services

Database Access at Hartford Hospital.
As an employee of Hartford Hospital, you are entitled to free access to CINAHL, Medline, MD Consult, and STATREF! Click here to learn more about using our online services.

Document Delivery Services
Document delivery is just a few clicks away via our Ovid database. As you view the citations from your search, check off the box next to the article, scroll down and click on the order button. Complete the order form that appears. One click allows you to order several articles. If the journal is held in our collection, we will send the article right to your desktop as a .pdf file.

Finding a Nursing Job
Aya Healthcare - Travel Nurse Jobs

HOT (Health Occupations and Technology) Careers in Connecticut
The HOT Site provides detailed information on hundreds of Health Careers available for you to pursue in Connecticut.

Nursing Career Center of Connecticut
The Nursing Career Center of Connecticut (NCCC) is an independent non-profit corporation jointly founded and sponsored by the Connecticut League for Nursing and the Connecticut Nurses' Association as a proactive solution to the predicted nursing shortage. By communicating the challenges, rewards and diversity of the profession, NCCC positively promotes nursing careers through education, counseling, and public presentations throughout the state of Connecticut.
Nurse Portal

Other Nursing Resources

American Nurses Association
Links to the following topics and more are available on this site: The Code of Ethics for Nursing, Nurse Competence in Aging, Funding Your Nursing Education, and Nursing Reinvestment Act Grants HRSA.

Board of Examiners for Nursing
Lists the current board of examiners, and links you to a listing of public actions (updated monthly) taken by the Board of Examiners for Nursing or the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Connecticut Association of Public Health Nurses
The Connecticut Association of Public Health Nurses is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to enhance health and wellness of all individuals and communities through public health nursing practice.

Connecticut Nurses' Association
Offers various resources including job opportunities, calendar of events, government affairs, nursing practice, education, news, and much more.

Evaluating Health Sites on the Internet, National Library of Medicine 
Because of the ever-growing amount of information on the Internet, it is important to evaluate the quality of the information that you find.

Male Nurse Magazine
This website represents one of the corner stones to a growing list of resources that are dedicated to men in nursing.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)
This site offers information and links to applications for Annual Scholarships, Achievement Awards, and NBNA Position Papers on issues pertinent to African American Nurses.

Nursing Shortage Information
A resource from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Need Help Getting Started with Research?

Library Catalog
The Health Science Libraries’ catalog of books, journals and audiovisuals is online. Click here for more information.

Search term suggestions to use when looking for journal articles or books on nursing:
Nursing Research, Nursing Theory, Nursing History, Philosophy of Education, Critical Thinking, Nursing Profession, Practice Guidelines, and Evidenced-Based Medicine 

Literature Searching Instruction
Register for classes held in the Robinson Library classroom. Specialized instruction for both the novice and advanced user is available. From the Health Sciences Library home page click on “Class Offerings” and then open the .pdf file of class descriptions or class schedules. Call the circulation desk at ext. 5-2230 for assistance.
Not enough time during the day? Try an Online Tutorial at home.
CINAHL Tutorial, Monash University 
The CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) database provides authoritative coverage of the literature related to nursing and allied health. Virtually all English-language publications are indexed along with the publications of the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing.

Peer Reviewed Nursing Journals
How can I be sure my articles are from peer-reviewed resources?
Use Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory [Ref Z 6941 U45 2003] Search by journal title. If the journal is refereed or peer reviewed, this icon will appear beside the title. To see the list of all peer-reviewed journals, view that section of the print copy of Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory.

 For More Information

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