Nursing & Healthcare Career Resources

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Health Reference Center Academic (Infotrac) – Includes more than 2,500 full-text nursing and allied health periodicals, reference books, pamphlets, and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries. Created specifically for students, health care professionals, and knowledgeable consumer health researchers, provides up-to-date information on the complete range of health care topics. Use Topic Finder for quick searching.

Nursing Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – AHRQ, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America’s health care system. Site includes information on evidence-based resources for medical professionals, the impact of working conditions on patient safety, resource links for health care providers, and reports on research findings.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners – AANP is a full-service national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. Includes information about NPs and career resources.

American Nurses Association – ANA is a full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses. Site includes information on careers and credentialing, nursing practice, ethics, and workplace safety. Click here for ANA\California.

National Institute of Nursing Research – One of the National Institutes of Health, NINR works to improve the health and health care of Americans through the funding of clinical and basic research and research training on health and illness across the lifespan. NINR supports research in a number of science areas. Site provides information on research and training opportunities, as well as publications, multimedia, and news.

National League for Nursing – NLN is a professional organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. It offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives. NLN members represent nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education, health care organizations, and agencies. Click here for the NLN Career Center.

National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) – NSNA fosters the professional development of future registered nurses and facilitates their entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance. Click here for the NSNA Career Center. Click here for the California Nursing Students’ Association.

Nurse.org – Provides listings of permanent and travel job opportunities as well as career guides, hospital reviews, nursing education, nursing organizations, and scholarships..

Nursing on the Net Web Sampler – The National Network of Libraries of Medicine) maintains a “web sampler of resources for nursing professionals.” Site provides links to nursing organizations and associations, nursing videos, nursing guides, National Library of Medicine and other NIH websites, evidence based nursing, nursing standards, school nurse resources, health news, health fraud, continuing education, and more.

Health Care Careers

American Medical Association: Education and Careers – Provides education resources, tools, and CME courses for physicians, residents, and medical students. The AMA Career Planning Resource offers practical information for the transitions from medical school to residency to practice. Also provides resources for International Medical Graduates about what is necessary for those educated abroad to begin a medical career in the United States.

California Health Care Careers – The State of California Employment Development Department profiles health care occupations. Enter an occupation in the search box, and the site offers a brief description, wages, outlook, requirements, sources of further information, and career growth possibilities.

ExploreHealthCareers.org – Interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers. Includes information on and links to education/training programs, financial aid resources, specialized learning opportunities, and current issues in health care. Site is managed by Liaison International with the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP) as a main contributing partner. FASHP consists of 14 health care education associations.

Grossmont College: Allied Health and Nursing Programs Offers a variety of associate degree and certificate programs and courses which prepare students for careers, career upgrades, and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Programs include Cardiovascular Technology, EKG/Telemetry, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Orthopedic Technology, and Respiratory Therapy.

Grossmont College: Health Professions Programs – Offers associate degree and/or certificate programs in Cardiovascular Technology, Occupational Therapy, Orthopedic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, and Telemetry/ECG Technician.

Grossmont College: Nursing Programs – Offers Associate Degree Registered Nurse (ADN) and LVN-RN Step-Up Program. In collaboration with Pt. Loma Nazarene University, offers RN to BSN Degree Completion Program at Grossmont College campus.

Health Occupations Students of America – HOSA is an international student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education. Its mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. Site includes Career InformationClick here for California HOSA.

Health Resources and Services Administration: Bureau of Health Workforce – Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA’s BHW programs provide policy leadership and grant support for workforce development, focused on telehealth, rural and underserved populations, and community-based training. Includes information on grants, scholarships, loans, and loan repayments for health professions students and practitioners.

MedlinePlus: Health Occupations – Provides links to information on a wide variety of jobs in health care fields.

Not Invented Here LifeWorks – Interactive career exploration website for middle and high school students, their parents, and teachers. Provides detailed information on over 200 health careers, as well as how to prepare for college. There are many videos and stories featuring people in different fields explaining their jobs and why they chose their career. (Note: The Office of Science Education of the National Institutes of Health originally created the site content, but NIHLifeworks.org is no longer supported by, or connected with, the National Institutes of Health. When NIH eliminated its LifeWorks site, a civically-minded individual decided to host the site.)

Occupational Outlook Handbook – This U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website provides information on the duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations. See Healthcare Occupations for information on health care practitioners and technical occupations as well as health care support occupations.

San Diego Nursing & Allied Health Service-Education Consortium – SDNSEC was formed with the goal of coordinating the clinical placement process in order to mutually benefit both nursing service providers (agencies) and nursing programs. All the major nursing education programs and all the major health care facilities, as well as many other health care agencies, are involved in the nursing aspect and several hospital systems are utilizing the Allied Health planning option. As of 2018, 68 programs and approximately 148 facilities are involved.

San Diego State University College of Health and Human Services – Consists of the following professional schools: Exercise & Nutritional SciencesNursing, Public Health, Social Work, and Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences.

San Diego State University School of Nursing – Programs include BS in Nursing, RN-to-BSN (for already-licensed RNs), LVN to RN, Nurse-Midwifery, MS in Nursing, and School Nurse Credential.

Veterans Affairs Careers – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers health career information and job postings for physicians, dentists, nurses, allied health professionals, pharmacists, and mental health practitioners.