Answered By: Kathryn Park
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 67

You can access our top nursing databases on the A-Z Databases Nursing page. From there, your best bets are CINAHL Ultimate, which is considered to be the definitive nursing database. 

Since you are essentially searching two different topics, LVN and RN, the best approach to your search is to:

  1. Start with the phrase scope of nursing practice.
  2. Limit to peer reviewed under the Limit Your Results box.
  3. Limit to full text under the Limit Your Results box.
  4. Limit dates. As a nursing student you should not use anything older than 5 years.
  5. At this point you may be able to pick out enough articles that cover both RN and LVN.
 If you are finding there are too many to sort through on the result list try this:
  1. Add LVN the search box after scope of nursing practice to get all articles that focus on LVN.
  2. When you have found enough articles on LVN, replace LVN with RN to get all articles that focus on RN. 

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