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Health Sciences Open Educational Resources



Open Access Journals:

  • Elsevier  (Open access journals for medical, health and life sciences.)

Web Pages:

Nursing Textbooks:

  • Building a medical terminology foundation: Textbook which focuses on breaking down medical terms into their word parts, pronouncing medical terms, and learning the meaning of medical terms within the context of an introductory anatomy and physiology course. Includes embedded videos and interactives. CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) license.
  • Clinical procedures for safer patient care: Textbook using a checklist approach to provide standardised processes for clinical skills and to help nursing schools and clinical practice partners keep procedural practice current. Each skill/procedure has learning objectives, an overview of the relevant theory, checklists of steps with the rationale behind each step, and a summary of key takeaways. CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) license.
  • The complete subjective health assessment: Textbook designed for the novice learner who is seeking to develop a foundational understanding of the complete subjective health assessment in the context of health and illness. CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike) license.
  • Health case studies: towards closing the healthcare communication gap: Book composed of eight health case studies which include a patient narrative or story that models best practice in healthcare settings. Learning objectives are associated with each case with a focus on interprofessional interaction and collaboration rather than medical content. CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike) license.
  • Nursing care at the end of life: what every clinician should know: Textbook providing an in-depth look at death and dying with an emphasis on the value of effective interpersonal communication. Includes an overview of illness trajectories, models of care, evidence-based approaches to pain and symptom management, ethical concerns, and cultural considerations. CC BY-NC-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) license.
  • Nursing pharmacology: Textbook designed for entry-level undergraduate nursing students. It explains the basic concepts of pharmacology and describes common medication classes. Winner of the 2020 Open Textbook Award for Excellence. CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) license.
  • Transitions to professional nursing practice, 2nd edition: Textbooks providing a pivotal leaning experience for students transitioning to a bachelor nursing degree. Topics covered include professional nursing practice, healthcare in the 21st century, autonomy and accountability, nursing philosophy, communication, interprofessional collaboration, critical thinking, introduction to evidence-based practice. CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) license.
  • Vaccine practice for health professionals, 1st Canadian edition: Textbook designed for students in post-secondary health profession programs, including nursing. Intended as a guide to best practices it provides information on the administration of vaccine, and communication with clients. CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike) license.

Psychology Textbooks:

  • Abnormal psychology, 2nd edition: Textbook discusses mental disorders generally covered in an introductory abnormal psychology course. Disorders are covered by discussing their clinical presentation and DSM criteria, epidemiology, comorbidity, etiology, and treatment options. CC BY-NC-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) license.
  • Interpersonal communication: a mindful approach to relationships: Textbook covers topics typically taught in an undergraduate interpersonal communication course. Topics covered include: family interactions, interpersonal dynamics, language, listening, and nonverbal communication. Includes student workbook, slide decks, and instructor manual. CC BY-NC-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) license.
  • Learning statistics with R: a tutorial for psychology students and other beginners: Textbook covers the contents of an introductory statistics class, as typically taught to undergraduate psychology students, focusing on the use of the R statistical software. CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike) license.
  • Lifespan development: a psychological perspective, 2nd edition: Textbook providing a comprehensive look at human growth and development. Chapters correspond to a period of development, each treated from a different perspective such as physical development, cognitive development , and psychosocial development. CC BY-NC-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) license.
  • Noba psychology textbooks: Noba provides three ready-made psychology textbooks and allows instructors to customise or build their own. The platform contains over 100 modules written by respected psychologists and includes instructor resources such as slide decks, test banks, and essay topics. CC BY-NC-SA (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike) license.
  • Psychology, 2nd edition: OpenStax textbook designed to meet the requirements of a single semester introduction to psychology course. Offers comprehensive treatment of core concepts, grounded in classic studies and current and emerging research, and includes coverage of the DSM-5 in examinations of psychological disorders. CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) license.