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Lewis P. Gundry Health Sciences Library

900 S Caton Ave, Baltimore MD 21229
Phone: 667-234-3134

1st Floor (main building)

Library Open Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM (Monday - Friday)

After Hours Access limited (door unlocks at 6:30AM weekdays) 

Librarian: Lucinda Bennett

Nursing Databases & Platforms

Ascension Library Resources - Nursing Specific Services: Use this page to access Ascension-wide licensed resources of interest to nurses, as well as, market libraries offering additional resources and services.



All Databases indexed via Ovid can be found here. These include: Ovid Nursing Database, Joanna Briggs & Medline


Nursing Reference Center Plus



Other Helpful Resources


Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews


PICO Search

The Maryland Nurse

"The Maryland Nurses Association is the only state-wide, non-profit, multipurpose professional membership organization for Registered Nurses in Maryland.

The primary purpose of MNA is to provide direction and a voice for the profession of nursing in Maryland...The Maryland Nurse Journal is a publication of the Maryland Nurses Association exclusively for the nurses in our state. It is a peer reviewed journal. Each article is blindly reviewed by two peer reviewers."

Full issues are linked below:

Archived Issues

Inclusive Language & Mental Health Environments

Healthcare is an ever-changing and dynamic environment. It is important that providers in all fields learn the language and skills to compassionately care for patients of vast backgrounds and mental health status. The following PDFs are crafted by the American Hospital Association to help healthcare workers practice such language. Take a look and feel free to print, share and spread the word in your department.

Compassionate SUD Language

"For individuals with substance use disorders, this means seeing them as a person battling a
severe illness and providing hope. Our words reflect our thinking and make a profound difference in the outcome of care. Let’s choose to inspire and support our patients."

Culturally Aware Language

"Stigma, along with structural racism and societal and economic factors, can prevent people from
reaching out for help or getting the care they seek. Using culturally/racially aware language can
help remove negative and stereotypical labels and improve patient-provider encounters."

Mental Health Conditions

"Language matters in compassionate care, including what you say behind closed doors with
co-workers, friends or family. Understanding the prevalence of mental health conditions is an
important step in how you perceive individuals and in destigmatizing mental illness."

People First Language

"Using people-first language means speaking in a way that primarily acknowledges
the person, rather than the illness or disability. In other words, individuals with mental illness and disabilities are first and foremost ... people!"

PTSD Supportive Language

"After experiencing a traumatic event, many people struggle to share their experiences and reactions
with others. When they do open up, it may result in several reactions for you, making it difficult to know
how exactly to respond. What you say matters in helping the survivor feel safe and understood."

Suicide Destigmatizing Language

"Language matters in compassionate care, especially in behavioral health care, and that doesn’t
mean just what you say in front of a patient. What you say behind closed doors with co-workers
can be the seed for stigma and perpetuate discrimination against a person based on a physical
or mental health disorder. The topic of suicide, and the sometimes-stigmatizing language around
it, must be handled with compassion. The language you use can be an important factor in whether or not a person decides to seek care."

Citation Matcher

Catalog: Search for Print Resources 

Basic Search Hints for Articles

PubMed is always a great place to begin a search for nursing literature.  PubMed is the National Library of Medicine database of over 26,000 citations of peer-reviewed literature.  Use the basic search bar to begin your search. Jump to the link below to get the web-based PubMed home page, or access it from this URL embedded here 

To add the nursing journal filter, click on the Topic-Specific Queries and scroll down near the bottom of list to choose Nursing literature,  before you type in your concept terms.

If you wish to search our subscription databases, go to the Quick Links or Discover Search for directly choose from the several options such as CLINICALKEY NURSING, Joanna Briggs in the OVID platform, Nursing Reference Center, or the advanced search option for the many nursing journals in OVID platform).

Our library has many subscriptions to nursing journals, including the OVID Nursing Collection, as well as journals not included in that collection such as Orthopedic Nursing, AORN, European Journal of Oncology Nursing, Simulation in Heathcare Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, AACN Critical CareJONA, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, and many others. Having trouble finding something?  Use the Library Search Request Form or Email us at 

PubMed Clinical Queries - "This tool uses predefined filters to help you quickly refine PubMed searches on clinical or disease-specific topics. To use this tool, enter your search terms in the search bar and select filters before searching." 



The National Council of the State Boards of Nursing has valuable information regarding the Nurse Practice Act for each state, toolkits, and other resources to help nurses understand and adhere to best practice guidelines and laws.  Click on the link below to go to the web site.  Then follow the online directions to get the particular state you wish to find, Maryland or others. 

The Maryland Nurse Practice Act is available free on line at the Maryland General Assembly web site under Statutes ---->  Health Occupations ----> Section 8.  The entire section 8 is called the Nurse Practice Act.  The URL is below:

Articles of Interest - From our Subscriptions

Guidelines in Practice : A Safe Environment of Care                                                                                  

Kneisley, M. (2024). Guidelines in Practice. AORN Journal, 119 (5), 340-347. doi: 10.1002/aorn.14125.

"Surgical care accounts for almost one‐third of health care spending in the United States; in 2018, there were a total of 14.4 million OR procedures performed and 9.6 million inpatient stays that involved OR procedures. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 14.7 million people aged 16 years or older employed in health care positions in 2022. The Joint Commission and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recognize that protecting perioperative patients and personnel from harm involves more than just performing procedures safely. Ways to minimize the potential risks associated with the physical environment where patients receive care and health care personnel provide care must also be considered. The recently revised AORN “Guideline for a safe environment of care” provides perioperative team members with recommendations for establishing a safe environment for both patients and personnel. The guideline includes recommendations to address the following:

  • alert and clinical alarms;
  • prevention of occupational slip, trips, and falls;
  • fire safety;
  • electrical equipment;
  • warming cabinets;
  • medical gas cylinders;
  • waste anesthetic gases;
  • a latex‐safe environment;
  • hazardous chemicals;
  • waste management; and
  • quality.

Mackenzie Bean (Twitter) 
The amount of registered nurses who reported being "extremely satisfied" with their jobs fell 12 percentage points between 2018 and 2022, federal data shows.

The data comes from the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, an annual poll conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration and U.S. Census Bureau. The latest version of the survey, released in March, includes responses from 49,234 registered nurses polled in 2022 and early 2023. HRSA also operates an interactive data dashboard that compares 2018 and 2022 survey responses in key areas, such as nursing demographics, employment and job satisfaction."

Nursing Web Resources - Associations

Nursing Research

In 2020 AJN launched a new series of articles focused on nursing research: 

“The series is designed to give nurses the knowledge and skills they need to participate in research, step by step. Each column will present the concepts that underpin evidence-based practice—from research design to data interpretation. The articles are accompanied by a podcast offering more insight and context from the author.”

This series is an excellent complement to the EBP series that began in 2009 and that is often recommended reading for nursing research councils or nurse residency programs. (American Journal of Nursing)


"How Does Research Start?"  Capili, Bernadette. AJN, American Journal of Nursing: October 2020 - Volume 120 - Issue 10 - p 41-44

"Selection of the Study Participants"  Capili, Bernadette. AJN, American Journal of Nursing: January 2021 - Volume 121 - Issue 1 - p 64-67

"Sampling Design in Nursing Research"  Curtis, Alexa Colgrove and Keeler, Courtney. AJN, American Journal of Nursing: March 2021 - Volume 121 - Issue 3 - p 53-57


These helpful guides on how to access Briggs Drugs in Pregnancy have been shared by a fellow Ascension Librarian in Wisconsin.

How to get to Briggs Drugs in Pregnancy & Lactation through Lexicomp

Briggs Drugs in Pregnancy & Lactation – via LexiComp [Direct Link]

Nursing Web Resources - Sites & Articles

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The Maryland Nurse Practice Act

The National Council of the State Boards of Nursing has valuable information regarding the Nurse Practice Act for each state, toolkits, and other resources to help nurses understand and adhere to best practice guidelines and laws.  Click on the link below to go to the web site.  Then follow the online directions to get the particular state you wish to find, Maryland or others. 

The Maryland Nurse Practice Act is available free on line at the Maryland Government web site.

The URL is below: