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Open Educational Resources: Nursing

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MERLOT OER Nursing Materials

Filter by Discipline, Audience/Education Level, and Material Type (Case Study, Simulation, Textbook, Tutorial, and more)

MERLOT Health Sciences Community Portal

OER Commons Nursing Resources

Includes simulations, case studies, courses, lesson plans, and more

Skills Commons Nursing OER Resources

Skills Commons is funded by the TAACCCT program

WISC-Online Health Science Cluster

Health Sciences Open Textbook Library

Open Health Sciences Textbooks

Curated by Concordia University Libraries


Academic content produced by the University of Michigan that is available for teaching and learning. Most content is published under the Creative Commons BY license which means you are free to use and adapt with attribution.

InTech - medicine

InTech is the publisher of one of the largest multidisciplinary open access collection of books covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.

NCBI Bookshelf

Free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare.

IOM Reports

IOM (Institute of Medicine) reports published after 1998.

UC's OERN collection:

GWU's smaller collection of nursing OER materials:

The Global Health eLearning Center (from USAID) offers free course modules, course materials, etc. which some RN programs use

WiscOnline (Wisconsin Technical Colleges) collection of open Nursing learning objects:

  • Teaching and Learning in Nursing (2017)

  • A Comprehensive Book on Autism Spectrum Disorders - Covers the most important topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders in the efficient way and aims to be useful for health professionals in training or clinicians seeking an update.

  • Challenges in Elder Care - Intended as a brief but focused compilation to assist with diagnosis and management of the most common serious medical problems in the rapidly growing geriatric population. 

  • Hypoxia and Human Diseases - Provides a comprehensive and updated overview of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying hypoxia's impacts on human health, as well as current advances and future directions in the detection, recognition, and management of hypoxia-related disorders.

Europe PMC

The core mission of Europe PMC ( is to build open, full-text scientific literature resources and support innovation by engaging users, enabling contributors and integrating related research data.

Health Education Assets Library (HEAL)

A collection of over 22,000 freely available digital materials for health sciences education.

Digital Commons Network - medicine & health sciences

Brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Includes peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.


MedEdPORTAL Publications promotes educational scholarship and collaboration by facilitating the open exchange of peer-reviewed health education teaching and assessment resources.


OPENPediatrics is an open access educational platform and online community of clinicians sharing best practices from all resource settings around the world through innovative collaboration and digital learning technologies.

CDC Public Health Image Library

PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC's pictures. We welcome public health professionals, the media, laboratory scientists, educators, students, and the worldwide public to use this material for reference, teaching, presentation, and public health messages.

Explore datasets, tools, and applications related to health and health care. These resources come from across the Federal Government with the goal of improving the health and lives of all Americans.

CDC Data & Statistics

Data and statistics provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is a public domain Web site, which means you may link to at no cost and without specific permission.

Partners - Health Data Tools & Statistics

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.

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