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Nursing: Online Resources

Online Resources

South Dakota Nursing

South Dakota Board of Nursing 

The vision of the Board of Nursing is to inspire public confidence in the profession of nursing through regulatory excellence and honoring human dignity.


South Dakota Nursing Association 

SDNA is the professional organization for Registered Nurses in South Dakota. It is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association. The South Dakota Nurses Association speaks with a unified voice to support professional nursing through advocacy, communication, networking and collaboration across nursing specialties. The Registered Nurse is an advocate of access to quality, cost-effective care while upholding standards of excellence for the profession.


South Dakota Student Nurses' Association 

NSNA stands for National Student Nurses Association, which is a pre-professional association for nursing students with about 37,000 members divided by state. Participating in NSNA prepares you for involvement in professional associations when you graduate, as well as for participation in shared governance organizations in the workplace.  It is comprised of students who are preparing for their RN Licensure.  South Dakota Student Nurse's Association provides educational opportunities for student nurses through leadership, education, scholarship, legislature, and career networking. 

History of Nursing

The Florence Nightingale Digitization Project

The Florence Nightingale Digitization Project began in 2014 as a collaborative effort between the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, England, the Boston University Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, the Royal College of Nursing and the Wellcome Library. More collaborative partners are in the process of joining the Project. Together, these institutions have compiled their holdings into a collaborative database consisting currently of more than 2,300 letters handwritten or narrated by Florence Nightingale that for the first time are now available to researchers through a single source.


Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing 

The Barbara Bates Center is the preeminent history of nursing research center and archive. Their priority is to increase the understanding of the importance of the history of nursing and healthcare to the development of our healthcare system and in crafting effective health policies and patient care strategies. 


Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics 
from Harvard University 

This online collection offers important historical perspectives on the science and public policy of epidemiology today and contributes to the understanding of the global, social–history, and public–policy implications of diseases.


The History of Vaccines

The History of Vaccines is an award-winning informational, educational website created by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, one of the oldest medical societies in the United States. A group of prominent Philadelphia physicians, including Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Rush, established the College in 1787 “to advance the science of medicine and to thereby lessen human misery.”

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Health Agencies and Organizations

National Institutes of Health 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency - making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.


The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 

The mission of NIOSH is to develop new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice.


National Cancer Institute 

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) leads the cancer research community toward accelerating the rate of scientific discovery and reducing the burden of cancer in the United States and around the world. NCI is the federal government's principal agency for cancer research and training. Our scope of work spans a wide range of research disciplines - from basic science to epidemiology to clinical trials. Most of NCI’s budget is used to fund research at universities and research centers across the country.


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 

The strategic goals cut across the Institute’s heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) research portfolio and are rooted in a desire to understand and promote health and resilience, stimulate discoveries in the causes of disease, enable the translation of discoveries from basic research into clinical practice, and foster training and mentoring of emerging scientists and physicians.


World Health Organization 

These values are inspired by the WHO vision of a world in which all peoples attain the highest possible level of health, and our mission to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable, with measurable impact for people at country level. We are individually and collectively committed to put these values into practice.

Statistics and Facts

National Center for Health Statistics 

The mission of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. As the Nation’s principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant, and timely data.


Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 

The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR ) series is prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) State Health Facts

KFF serves as a nonpartisan source of facts, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health policy community and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in-depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to improve their health or the general public can use to understand health insurance.


County Health Rankings 

The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities.


World Health Organization Data Reports

Explore the various data reports compiled and published by the World Health Organization - including air pollution, body mass indexes, health systems, immunizations, urban health, world health statistics, and more. 

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