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Nursing CEUs

In the State of California, Registered nurses are required by law to complete 30 contact hours of continuing education every two years. SJMC Medical Library has print and electronic resources available for our nurses to help meet their CE requirements.

  • ClinicalKey for Nursing CE: Read Clinical Skills needed and earn CE credits. See the attached document below to follow the steps..
  • CINAHL® Plus with Full Text CESee the attached document below  to follow the steps.
  • Medscape Nurse CEMedscape, LLC ("Medscape") is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing nursing education
  • UpToDate CE for Nurse Practitioner: Create and Log into your personal account first to be linked. UpToDate is also accredited by the American Association of NursePractitioners (AANP) to award NP CE contact hours.
  • My FREE CE for Nurses:  Fee Based. No DH group plan is available.  ​​

CSH Nursing Resources (No Access Off-Site)

Nursing Databases

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Selected specific new recommendations and/or updates that may change usual clinical practice. 

Nursing Tutorial - Evidence Based Practice

What is Evidence-Based Practice?

Evidence-Based Nursing is, “an ongoing process by which evidence, nursing theory and the practitioners’ clinical expertise are critically evaluated and considered, in conjunction with patient involvement, to provide delivery of optimum nursing care for the individual” . 

EBN is an approach to practice that is intended to improve the safety and effectiveness of nursing care and practices.

EBP graphic illustration


6 Steps of EBP: Evidence-based practice consists of six steps:

ASK a Clinical question 

SEARCH literatures to see if there is an evidnece to answer your question

APPRAISE the level of evidence of the information you got.

INTEGRATE  the findings into your practice 

EVALUATE how the practice change went well 

DISSEMINATE what you find either by wriitng an article of presenting at a conference

Also consider the Type of Question you are asking and determine what Study Type might be most relevant. 

  • Most Clinical Questions:  Meta-analyses, systematic reviews
  • Therapy: Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Diagnosis:  Prospective, blind controlled trial compared to gold standard
  • Prognosis:  Cohort study, case control, case series/case report
  • Etiology/Harm: Randomized Controlled Trial > Cohort Study > Case control > Case series

A collection of articles from American Journal of Nursing were developed to give nurses the knowledge and skills they need to implement EBP consistently, one step at a time.This series has received the Nursing Media Award for Print from Sigma Theta Tau International Awards for Nursing Excellence.

Evidence-Based Practice, Step by Step

Provided by Penn State University Library

Developed by Helen Chang, MLIS, AHIP, Library Service Manager at St. Joseph's Medical Center, Stockton, CA