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Open Educational Resources for Nursing

This guide serves as hub for resources and information about Open Educational Resources (OER) for Nursing.

Navigating Resources

nursing students work on a simulation mannequin

Looking for Open Educational Resources (OER) can be overwhelming and time consuming. Librarians at IU have curated this list to help organize and potentially identify content and topics related to the curricula. The first list below provides repositories and other places to search for OERs. The second list parcels out specific subject areas or concepts within nursing education. This is by no means a comprehensive list, items may become dated or unavailable over time. We will periodically update the site by adding and removing content accordingly. If there are resources you know, love, and use, feel free to reach out and we will add it here!

OER Nursing Repositories

Subject Specific OERs


Practice Tests

Study Materials

General Materials

  • 20 Nursing Skills Videos
    • Concepts include: head-to-toe assessment, making an occupied bed, donning sterile gloves, and more. 
  • Using pictures to study for nursing 
    • Using pictures like mnemonics to study for nursing classes. These easy pictures and quizzes make learning nursing fun. A great resource for nursing students.
  • Immune System 
    • YouTube video explains how the immune system reacts to a bacteria infection

Anatomy & Physiology



  • Basic Metabolic Panel/Chemistry 7 Reference Video
    • What is the BMP or Chem 7 or Chemistry Fishbone Diagram explaining labs -Blood Book Hyponatremia Sodium Lab Value Blood Hyponatremia Mnemonic Nursing Student This is the second video explaining the basics of the BMP Fishbone diagram explaining the Hyperkalemia Hypokalemia, Na K Cr Hypomagnesemia BUN Creatinine Addisons Dehydration Study Sheets for Nurses
  • Chemistry for Nursing
    • Slides & video content explaining introductory chemistry for nursing students

Maternity Nursing

Substance Use Disorders

Mental Health

Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health


General Health Care

  • Health Case Studies
    • Health Case Studies is composed of eight separate health case studies. Each case study includes the patient narrative or story that models the best practice (at the time of publishing) in healthcare settings. Associated with each case is a set of specific learning objectives to support learning and facilitate educational strategies and evaluation.
  • Positions Used in Medical Examinations
    • In this interactive object, students view the various positions used during medical examinations. They then match the names of the positions with the correct images and with their descriptions.
  • Affirmative and Inclusive Healthcare for Gender Diverse Patients
    • This three-part module series addresses a range of topics around providing care for gender-diverse patients. The series defines key terms to help learners understand how to utilize gender-inclusive language, discusses the role of advanced practice nurses in caring for gender diverse patients seeking mental health care, and explores the diagnosis of gender dysphoria in adolescents and children as well as key considerations when treating gender dysphoria and co-morbid mental health conditions.
  • American Federalism in Health Policy
    • This American Federalism in Health Policy module explores the question of Federalism from a health policy perspective. It defines the concept of Federalism as it relates to health policy, recommends control structures for a given health policy issue, and teaches learners to defend their recommendation of control structure based on policy, operational, and ideological grounds.
  • Clinical Compliance
    • The Clinical Compliance series of modules provides a clinical compliance orientation for new Bachelor of Science in Nursing students to help prepare them for skills lab and clinical rotations.
  • Communication in Quality & Safety
    • The Clinical Compliance series of modules provides a clinical compliance orientation for new Bachelor of Science in Nursing students to help prepare them for skills lab and clinical rotations.
  • The Digital Research Challenge
    • This case-based learning activity walks learners through the steps of the digital research process, including exploring resources, evaluating sources, summarizing main ideas, synthesizing main ideas, revisiting a query and checking copyright.
  • E-Empathy: How to Convey Empathy in Goals of Care Conversations using Telehealth for Persons with Kidney Disease
    • The E-empathy module explores the unique issues that persons with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. It strives to describe the way in which providers can build or block relationships in telehealth and identify best practices in displaying empathy in goals of care conversations using telehealth visits.
  • Fit for Academic Success
    • The Fit for Academic Success module includes five interactive, multimedia lessons focused on the following topic areas: learning strategies and time management, academic writing, managing technology challenges, basic research concepts, and using library resources. There is also an ESL module built into this resource for students entering the program for whom English is a second language.
  • Learning in a New Language: Success in Health Care
    • This Success in Health Care module is intended for students who speak English as a second language (ESL), or who are new to American schools. In addition, this module will also help all students, as nursing is a challenging academic program and students often find they need to adjust their educational styles and skills to succeed.

Nutrition & Fitness

  • Nutrition for Nurses (2024)
    • Nutrition for Nurses is structured to support the flexible integration of nutrition content across both system-based and nursing competency-based curricula. It can be used whether nutrition is taught as a standalone course or part of another nursing course. The table of contents for Nutrition for Nurses presents content in 20 chapters, organized into 9 thematic units.
      The text emphasizes evidence-based practice and holistic assessment to facilitate the integration of nutritional awareness for pre-licensure nursing students in the provision of client-centered care. Nutrition for Nurses helps students develop sound clinical judgment as well as a deep understanding of the impact of nutrition on body systems across the lifespan.
  • Guide to Nutrition
    • This guide walks students through introductory topics within nutrition, including: understanding calories, micronutrients, and other related concepts. 

Cardiovascular Care

  • Cardiac Diagnostic Tests for Nursing
    • YouTube video explains common cardiac diagnostic tests
  • ECG Strip Identification & Evaluation
    • This course begins with a discussion of the physiology of cardiac conduction, and then covers the basics of how to read an ECG strip, and the normal components of the ECG waveform. We will then examine basic cardiac dysrhythmias, including atrial and ventricular dysrhythmias, and blocks. Finally, selected nursing diagnoses for patients with dysrhythmias will be offered, along with suggested associated nursing interventions.

Maternity & Pediatric Care

  • Maternity Series
    • Provides overview information about prenatal nursing care, labor and delivery nursing care, postpartum nursing care, and newborn care
  • Pediatric Jeopardy-Style Game
  • Pediatrics: Developmental Stages
    • In this interactive module, learners explore biological, motor, psychosocial, cognitive and social development stages, including infant, toddler, preschool, school age and adolescence.
  • Preeclampsia Case Study
    • Flash-based; In this interactive case study the learner assumes the role of a nurse who cares for a pregnant patient from the first point of telephone contact to post delivery. As the scenario unfolds the learner is presented with questions and other activities that, depending on response, lead to remediation or allow the case to progress to completion.

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)