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Please use the links and resources below to improve clinical practice and other standards in your workplace. We are always expanding this library. If you have additional resources you would like to see here, please contact Charlene Roberson at (334) 262-8321 or (800) 270-2762 or by email. For clinical resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, click here.

Recommended Resources


A free, cardiologist-created mobile app (iPhone, iPad and Android) that provides clear understanding of complex heart conditions, treatments and procedures via high-quality, commercial-free videos. Doctors and nurses use the app in their practice and hospitals to facilitate patient communication, and then send patients home with a patient version of the app for further study.

CardioVisual offers several advantages:

  • Better understanding and clarity of information for patients
  • Simplified discussion of complex cardiac problems
  • Enormous time savings
  • Educational resource for trainees
  • Improved quality of care and satisfaction for patients
  • Ease of use — instant access on any mobile device that can be used anywhere
  • Consistent patient messaging — they can revisit the same information at home

Learn more about CardioVisual here.

Download CardioVisual for iPhone here or CardioVisual for Android here.

Caring for Older Adults

50 of the Best Online Resources for Senior Citizens
To help seniors navigate life’s challenges, the U.S. government used to have a website called Unfortunately, however, the site is no longer published. So, where do senior citizens go if they want to find curated resources linked to housing, legal issues, money and taxes, travel and leisure, and others? Here is a list of the most reputable and helpful sites.

50 Safety Tips for Seniors
Simple steps to increase safety at home and away from home.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
AHRQ invests in research and evidence to make health care safer and improve quality; creates materials to teach and train health care systems and professionals to help them improve care for their patients; generates measures and data used to track and improve performance and evaluate progress of the U.S. Health system; and uses evidence-based tools and resources to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare.

Alabama Ageline (Alabama Department of Senior Services)
13 Area Agencies on Aging across Alabama to serve the needs of seniors, each with an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

Alzheimer’s Association
Offers in-person support groups and an online community for caregivers, individuals living with Alzheimer’s and others dealing with the disease.

American Association for Retired People (AARP) Caregiving Guides for Families Providing Care at Home
Help Caring for a Loved One at Home

American Nurse Credentialing Center Certification
The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) credentials both organizations and individuals who advance nursing. Whether you want to boost your career prospects or achieve international recognition for your health care organization, do not settle for less than the recognized authority in nursing credentialing.

Checklist for Hiring an In-Home Caregiver
Following this checklist will help ensure you’re getting a caregiver who’s responsible, compassionate, honest and has the appropriate expertise and credentials for your needs.

Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HGIN) Try This: ® Series
The General Assessment Try This:® Series offers assessment tools on a variety of topics relevant to the care of older adults. The How to Try This series is comprised of articles and videos presenting cases studies demonstrating the use of the Try This:® series.

John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF) Patient Priorities for Care
Patient Priorities Care aligns care among all clinicians with what matters most to their patients. It recognizes that patients are the experts in what they want to achieve from their healthcare, while clinicians are the experts in how to get them there.

National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
NHCGNE is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to enhance and sustain the capacity and competency of nurses to provide quality care to older adults.

National Institutes of Health’s Alzheimers and Related Dementias
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. It is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It is not a normal part of aging. Learn more about the disease, and get news, tips, and resources for caregivers and health care professionals.

National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research.

The Joint Commission Transitions of Care Portal
This portal is a valuable source of information from The Joint Commission enterprise and other healthcare organizations, related to the topic of transitions of care (the movement of patients between various health care settings.)

Drug and Medication Use and Abuse


Addiction Treatment FAQs
Evidence-based answers to general questions about addiction treatment.

COVID-19 Resources for Addressing Substance Use in Rural Communities
The Rural Community Toolbox provides details on federal funding opportunities and other resources rural communities can use to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on individuals with SUD and community efforts related to drug prevention and treatment.

Immunization Resources
By the nature of our profession, health care professionals are at high risk for exposure to diseases. Whether you work directly or indirectly with patients, you may be at risk to spread a vaccine-preventable disease or infection. Safeguard yourself, your patients, and your family members. Make sure you are up-to-date with recommended vaccines.

It’s Harder to Find the Syringe than the Drug – Executive Report
A Public Health Needs Assessment of Alabamians Who Inject Drugs and Their Healthcare Providers

New Neurobiology of Addiction
Learn about “The New Neurobiology of Addiction” featuring Petros Levounis, MD, MA, professor and chair, Department of Psychiatry, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and chief of service, University Hospital. According to Dr. Levounis, “From a neurobiological perspective, addiction can be seen as the hijacking of the pleasure-reward pathways of the brain with a concomitant weakening of its executive…”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

SAMHSA’s 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Slides (video presentation below)


Cannabis and Its Medical Use
This PDF update of cannabis and its medical use was commissioned by the Secretariat of the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products, World Health Organization.

Caring for Patients Using Medical Marijuana
To address this lack of resources, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Board of Directors appointed members to the Medical Marijuana Nursing Guidelines Committee to develop recommendations to guide nurses’ care of patients using medical marijuana. This article presents their recommendations, which were published in July 2018, and various updates since that publication.

Guidelines for Medical Marijuana
This body of work fills the gap in the literature on the nursing care of patients using medical marijuana and provides evidence-based nursing guidelines.

The National Marijuana Initiative
Information, education, and videos about marijuana, funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory: Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain
Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams, emphasizes the importance of protecting our nation from the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy. Recent increases in access to marijuana and in its potency, along with misconceptions of safety of marijuana endanger our most precious resource, our nation’s youth.


CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
This guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

Curated Library About Opioid Use for Decision-Makers (CLOUD)
A searchable library of curated, evidence-based resources on opioids and the opioid crisis.

Evaluation of a Safer Opioid Prescribing Protocol (SOPP) for Patients Being Discharged From a Trauma Service
The aims of this study were to evaluate the effects on opioid medication prescribing, patient opioid safety education, and prescribing of naloxone following implementation of a Safer Opioid Prescribing Protocol (SOPP) as part of the electronic health record (EHR) system at a Level I trauma center.

Naxalone Handout
Steps to respond to a suspected opioid overdose while reducingrisk of COVID-19 exposure

Opiate Withdrawal Timelines, Symptoms, and Treatment
Sources timeline of symptoms and treatment of withdrawal.

Opioid Tapering Tools
These hand-picked resources were chosen to help providers and educate patients on the potential adverse drug effects. They were developed by the Team for Innovation in MEdication Safety (TIMES), a collaborative of healthcare providers and patients in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Prescribing Opioids to Addicted Populations
Challenges with patients recovering from opioid addiction and how to find and offer pharmacological and non-pharmacological alternatives to opioids. This resource also details how to support patients in recovery including offering patients a step-by-step treatment plan for pain management.

SAMHSA MatX – a free mobile app that empowers health care practitioners to provide effective, evidence-based care for opioid use disorder. MATx is a free mobile app that empowers health care practitioners to provide effective, evidence-based care for people with opioid use disorder. The app supports practitioners who currently provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT), as well as those who plan to do so in the future.

What Are Opiates? What Is Their Addiction Potential?
A Distinction: Opiates vs. Opioids

Workplace Solutions: Medication-Assisted Treatment
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Fact Sheets

Parents: Facts on Teen Drug Use
Get information to help you talk with your teens about drugs and their effects, and learn where to go to get help.

Teachers: Classroom Resources on Drug Effects
Lessons, activities, and drug facts to educate teens about the effects and consequences of drug use.

Opioid Fact Sheet for Providers
3 questions to integrate substance use disorder services into primary care

Medication Teaching Guide

Download medication table only

Download entire poster and teaching guide


ANA Position Statement on the Treatment and Care of HIV and Related Conditions
ANA supports efforts to end the HIV epidemic, recognizing that nursing care is central to achieving HIV treatment and prevention goals.

Adverse Drug Reactions to Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitors
Objectives: To describe and compare integrase strand transfer inhibitor (INSTI) adverse drug reactions (ADRs) for raltegravir, elvitegravir-cobicistat, and dolutegravir.

FDA Approves Symtuza for Treatment of HIV Infection
Using the brand name Symtuza and made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the drug combo “combines the proven high barrier to resistance of darunavir with a formulation designed for improved tolerability and the convenience of an STR

GSK’s Two-Drug HIV Treatment Meets Main Goal in Late Stage Studies
GlaxoSmithKline’s two-drug treatment for HIV met its main goal in late stage studies, scoring key points in its rivalry with Gilead in the medical field.

Neglect of Attention to Reproductive Health in Women With HIV Infection
Objectives: Women with HIV infection are mainly of reproductive age and need safe, effective and affordable contraception to avoid unintended pregnancies. The aim of this study was to evaluate contraceptive use and unintended pregnancies in this population in Switzerland.

Updated Guidelines for the Management of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in Patients With HIV
The Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) Guideline Committee of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute recently released updated guidelines addressing best practices for the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and management of gonorrhea and chlamydia in patients with HIV.

Leadership Academy

2019 Leadership Academy Abstracts

Mental & Emotional Well-Being

Alabama Department of Mental Health
The Alabama Department of Mental Health serves more than 200,000 Alabama citizens with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. Their mission is to Serve, Empower, and Support, and promote the health and well-being of Alabamians.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
If you’ve lost someone, you are not alone. Suicide affects millions each year, and thanks to AFSP donors and volunteers—many of whom are loss survivors themselves—there are resources to help you heal.

Are Pre-Existing Mental Health Conditions Covered by Health Insurance?
Some people seeking treatment for mental illnesses or addiction have difficulty using their insurance benefits because they can’t find care providers who take their insurance. If they do, it may be challenging to get an appointment. According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, 38% of those surveyed report having to wait a week or longer to get an appointment with a mental health provider.

Essential Resources for the Treatment of Schizophrenia
An extensive library of resources for prescribers and patients.
This online course is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.

Helping Survivors of Suicide: What Can You Do?
This guide can help you travel through the grief of a loved one and offers tips and resources for support during this painful time.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, there are ways to get help. Use these resources to find help for you, a friend, or a family member.

Nurse Suicide Prevention/Resilience
Important: If you have thoughts of suicide or self-harm, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 800-273-TALK. When you are in crisis there is help available. You are not alone. Make the call. Depression is a treatable condition. We are not immune to the effects of depression. Calling for help can save your life.

Provide for Immediate and Long-Term Postvention
Postvention is an organized response in the aftermath of a suicide to facilitate the healing of individuals from the grief and distress of suicide loss, mitigate other negative effects of exposure to suicide, and/or prevent suicide among people who are at high risk after exposure to suicide.

Results from the National Taskforce for Humanity in Healthcare’s Integrated, Organizational Pilot Program to Improve Well-Being
In health care, burnout remains a persistent and significant problem. Evidence now exists that organizational initiatives are vital to address health care worker (HCW) well-being in a sustainable way, though system-level interventions are pursued infrequently. This study suggests that simultaneously addressing multiple drivers of well-being can have significant impacts on burnout and workplace environment.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Suggested Reading – Survivor Support
Synopsis of books for survivors of suicide loss

Mom & Baby

Why You Should Support PRAMS
PRAMS is a surveillance project conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alabama Department of Public Health. PRAMS collects Alabama-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences, before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.


Free Information Booklets from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Use the filters to browse booklets by language and topic.

Pain Management

Longitudinal Stability of Fibromyalgia Symptom Clusters
The purpose of this study was to examine the stability of fibromyalgia symptom clusters between baseline and 2-year follow-up.

The Ethical Responsibility to Manage Pain
The purpose of this position statement is to provide ethical guidance and support to nurses as they fulfill their responsibility to provide optimal care to persons experiencing pain.

Tips From Sports Medicine May Boost Teen Fibromyalgia Treatment
An innovative multidisciplinary approach to treating fibromyalgia in teens, which borrows neuromuscular training tips from the field of sports medicine, reduces disability and boosts confidence, new research suggests.

Standards, Bullying, and Self Care

7 Tips Nurses Should Know About Safe Patient Handling
As you work within your organization to develop policies and procedures that protect you and your colleagues from injury, keep these seven tips in mind when moving patients.

ANA Official Position Statement: Incivility, bullying, and workplace violence.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) develops positions relevant to nursing practice, health policy, and social concerns impacting the health of patients and families. Position statements guide the profession, amplify the views of nursing, and educate consumers and decision makers.

Call to Action Report: Exploring moral resilience toward a culture of ethical practice
Moral resilience as a potential direction for addressing ethical challenges.

Five Ways To Support Nurses Experiencing Domestic Violence
How do you protect employees experiencing domestic violence? One nurse leader shares her first-hand experience.

OSHA Emergency Standard Gives Nurses New Protections from COVID-19
In the notice, OSHA acknowledged that nearly a half million people working in health care had contracted COVID-19 by the end of May 2021, and more than 1,600 had died.

Safe Patient Handling
The importance of safe patient handling and complementary information.

Self-Care for Nurses
According to the American Nurses Association, the healthy nurse is one who actively focuses on creating and maintaining physical wellbeing.


Alabama Tobacco Quitline Expansion Evaluation 2014-2018
Long Term Project Objective: By July 31, 2018, increase the proportion of Quitline tobacco users who quit tobacco for 30 days or longer from 28.8 percent to 30 percent.

E-Cigarettes, or Vaping, Products Visual Dictionary
A visual guide to vaping products for easy recognition by the CDC.

Tobacco in the 21st Century: Electronic Cigarettes, Vaping and JUUL
Learning objectives: 1) Provide an overview of electronic cigarettes/vape devices; 2) Review the scientific evidence of the health effects of electronic cigarettes; 3) Discuss the public health impact of electronic cigarettes; 4) Review current recommendations for addressing youth electronic cigarette use and exposure in clinical practice

Tobacco and Nicotine Use Cessation
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bring you facts and information on how to quit smoking and to stop tobacco use.

Wound Care

CDC resources on emergency wound management for health care professionals
These principles can assist with wound management and aid in the prevention of amputations. In the wake of a flood disaster resources are limited. Following these basic wound management steps can help prevent further medical problems.

CDC resources on wound care after natural disasters
The risk for injury during and after a hurricane and other natural disasters is high. Flood waters and standing waters pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries. Prompt first aid can help heal small wounds and prevent infection.

CDC guidelines for prevention of surgical site infections (2017)
Objective: To provide new and updated evidence-based recommendations for the prevention of SSI.

CDC resources on emergency wound management for health care professionals.
These principles can assist with wound management and aid in the prevention of amputations. In the wake of a flood disaster resources are limited. Following these basic wound management steps can help prevent further medical problems.

Other Clinical Resources

Gaming Addiction
On May 25, 2019, the World Health Organization officially voted to adopt the latest edition of its International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, to include an entry on “gaming disorder” as a behavioral addiction.

The Immunization Division’s goal is to increase immunization rates and reduce vaccine preventable diseases.

Multisite Nursing Professional Development Leader Competencies
This document was developed by the Association for Professional Development (ANPD) to examine the multisite leader’s role, competencies, and professional development needs.

National Academies Press
Publishes the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and offers more than 8,500 titles in PDF format. Almost all of these PDFs can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book.

NCSBN and the American Nurses Association (ANA) issue New Joint National Guidelines for Nursing Delegation
NCSBN and the ANA have issued new joint National Guidelines on Delegation utilizing new research findings and evidence in the literature to update and standardize the nursing delegation process.

Safer Cell Phone Use
Follow these steps to help protect against cell phone radiation.

Tardive Dyskinesia: A Review of the Literature (with downloadable supplement)
Download this educational supplement to briefly review key recent and seminal articles that discuss:

  • Screening instruments and guidelines
  • Genetic and non-genetic risk factors
  • Leading hypotheses for the epidemiology of TD
  • Available treatment options and emerging therapies

What Is Health Literacy?
Information on health literacy, why is matters, what we can do, and additional resources.

Participation in Nurses Research