Resourced: Free, Full-Text Nursing Articles

by Nursetopia on April 21, 2011

Tomorrow will mark 12 weeks I have participated in the Nursing Research Challenge. I have enjoyed it thoroughly and plan to continue my weekly Friday nursing article posts. The only problem, I found, was that I do not have regular access to full-text nursing and healthcare journals. Or so I first thought. Then I realized I was crazy because there are literally thousands of free nursing and healthcare full-text journal articles around me. So, whether you want to jump in to the Nursing Research Challenge or simply update your practice with the recent evidence, check out the resources and ideas below.

  • PubMed is a wealth of information, and you can filter your searchable results to include full-text articles. A simple search for “nursing research” resulted in 116,005 articles, of which, 8,499 are free, full-text. PubMed is a must for your favorites/bookmarks.
  • Medscape Nurses offers everything in medical news, including access to select full-text nursing journal articles. And if that wasn’t already great, they also have links to 224 nursing and other healthcare journals (yes, I counted them!) which offer free access to select full-text articles each month.
  • Lippincott’s NursingCenter offers free, full-text articles each month, and they also feature one of their 64 nursing journals each month in which you can access every article within the journal. Love it!
  • My employer subscribes to numerous nursing and healthcare journals, and chances are, yours does, too. If you work within an acute-care setting, your facility likely has a medical library you can conveniently access. If you’re uncertain, it is worth an ask, for sure.
  • While it’s not necessarily free, if you are a member of any professional nursing association, you likely have access to one or more journals. For example, American Nurses Association members have access to CINAHL through the members-only portion of their website. Of course, members also have access to ANA publications. As a member of the Oncology Nursing Society, I receive numerous publications with varying levels of nursing evidence, which I enjoy.

I am sure there are many other places to find free, full-text nursing articles. It simply takes some persistence and awareness. These are some of my favorites, though, that have more than enough reading material to keep my practice updated.