Nursing and Health Careers

This guide provides information on the subjects of health and nursing. 

Northern Lakes College Programs that may find this guide useful:

  • Practical Nurse
  • Health Care Aide
  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)
  • Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)
  • University Studies

What Does a Licensed Practical Nurse do?

From ALIS (Alberta Learning Information Service). Licensed practical nurses provide care for individuals, families and groups in a variety of health care settings. They may practice independently or as part of a health care team.

Copyright Information

Visit the Copyright Guide  to be sure you are following guidelines when you reproduce material from any source.

  • Copyright

    by My NLC Library Last Updated Oct. 2020

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Find Articles

Databases provide a way to search for articles on particular subjects in magazines or journals. Databases may include full text of articles or they may only include abstracts (summaries and citations) for articles.


  • general article database might include 1500 journals or magazines addressing many subject areas.
  • specialized article database might only cover a few hundred journals, but will focus on one particular subject area.


Your NLC Library subscribes to many databases. 


Use these specialized databases to find articles on topics related to the study of nursing and allied health, or use the Discovery search on the Library home page to search other databases.

            Provides full-text articles from seven current nursing publications. OVID.

           EBooks collection containing over 4,600 titles. Content includes reference works, academic books, professional development titles in the Social Sciences.

  • SocINDEX with Full Text

    Provides comprehensive research articles covering the broad spectrum of sociology study. Ebsco.

Subject Headings and Reference Material

Browse the library catalogue using these sample subject headings:

  • Clinical Pharmacology.
  • Drugs--Handbooks, Manuals, etc.
  • Family nursing.
  • Human development.
  • Nursing.
  • Nursing assessment.
  • Nursing process.
  • Patient care planning
Nursing eBook Collections


Search individual nursing collections here. There are also some eBooks included in the CINAHL and other articles databases.

DSM-5 Manual

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) is available in the Slave Lake Campus Library Reference Collection.

The American Psychiatric Association provides definitions, symptoms, and treatments of common mental disorders on the "Families and Patients" portion of the association website.

Image Resources

Not all sources comply with copyright. Here are a few of several sites that contain photo, clipart, or other graphic imagessuitable for academic use. Images must be credited to the creator of the work, even if they are open access images. See also information on the Copyright at NLC LibGuide.

           Free-to-use stock images

          Scientific and Medical ART Imagebase contains downloadable medical illustrations, animations and interactive multimedia. 


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