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Resources for the Charter College Registered and Vocational Nursing Programs.
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Web Site Evaluation

Finding quality health and medical information on the Web can be a daunting endeavor. The information you find may not only be misleading, it could also be dangerous.  The tutorials and websites below can help guide you through the maze of health information on the web.

Internet Databases


  • Medical Encyclopedia: MedlinePlus
    Hosted on the Medline Plus web site from the National Library of Medicine, this encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.
  • PDR Online
    Search the Physicians Desk Reference online.

Nursing Sites

  • Nursing Center
    NursingCenter is your portal to more than 800 continuing education activities and thousands of clinical articles from 50 leading nursing journals published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, including the American Journal of Nursing, Nursing2008, Nursing Management, The Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, and many more specialty journals.
  • Nursing Theories
    Information and resources for nurses worldwide. Includes a Nursing theories A-Z as well as information on other nursing topics.
  • Practical Nursing
    A site built by nurses to guide those interested in pursuing a career as a licensed practical nurse. Contains state-specific information on educational opportunities and licensure.

Medical Resource Sites

  • MedicineNet - Health and Medical Information Produced by Doctors
    "We bring doctors' knowledge to you"
  • - Trusted, Reliable and Up To Date Health Information
    Up-to-date information on health news and more
  • Quackwatch
    This site combats "health related frauds, myths, fads, fallacies and misconduct."
  • Mayo Clinic
    The Health Information tab includes overviews of hundreds of diseases and conditions.
  • NetWellness
    NetWellness, a nonprofit consumer health website, provides more than 55,000 pages of high quality information created and evaluated by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University and the Ohio State University. Its “Ask An Expert” feature is a question and answer service provided by numerous health care professionals of the three universities.
  • Aetna InteliHealth: Featuring Harvard Medical School's Consumer Health Information
    Aetna InteliHealth, a subsidiary of Aetna, partners with Harvard Medical School and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine to provide health information on this website. The site is content rich on disease and treatment information and includes additional features such as interactive health tools, ask the expert, dental health, and drug resource center. It’s important to note that Aetna InteliHealth’s editorial policy states that it maintains absolute editorial independence from Aetna.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    The content on is intended for all individuals who are seeking reliable health information and is written at a 6th to 8th grade reading level. Content specifically for children and teens is also available on the site. All information has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians. Conditions and diseases can be searched by name, symptom, or age most commonly affected.
  • Dorland Health: Care Coordination, Case Management, Care Transitions
    Dorland Health, an Access Intelligence, LLC Company, is a leading integrated media publisher in the healthcare business information industry. Through a suite of publications, directories, webinars and business information services, Dorland Health is a trusted venue for professionals in care coordination.
  • Lab Tests Online
    A public resource on clinical lab testing from the laboratory professionals who do the testing.
    Interactive 2D & 3D Anatomy models by system.

Law & Ethics


    Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.

Calculators, Lab Tests, Physical Exams

  • Lab Tests Online
    This site is provided by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and has been designed to aid both patient and caregiver "to better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases." This non-commercial site provides peer-reviewed information.
  • Medical calculators, equations, algorithms, and scores.
  • Physical Exam Modules
    From the University of Virginia School of Medicine.