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Accessing the Library collections from home


Our online library resources can be accessed via our new Library Discovery Portal

When you click on any of the library resources you will be prompted for a username and password. Your username and password will be your staff ID and first name. 


username = 12345

Password = PETER

Once you have logged in once you will automatically be able to access all other resources.

*Please note that your login to access library resources is NOT the same as the Health Point 'Sign in' and 'Register' on the top right of the Health Point webpage.  Click on any of the library databases or resource links to login.


Nurses working in the Counties Manukau region are also able to register for online access to a selection of databases and resources including:

Nursing Reference Centre Plus 
An evidence based information tool designed specifically for nurses.

Full text of over 1,300 Elsevier medical and surgical reference books, 600 journals, 2,800 drug monographs, 2,000 practice guidelines, 15,000 patient education handouts, 13,000 medical and surgical videos, and 5 million images. Includes a mobile app.

Ebsco Nursing ebook collection

ProQuest ebooks collection (13,000 ebooks across all disciplines)

CINAHL Complete - Full text Nursing database

Emcare - Full text Nursing database

Proquest Health Research Premium Collection
 - Family Health Database
 - Health & Medical Collection
 - Health Management Database
 - Medline
 - Nursing & Allied Health Database
 - Psychology Database
 - Public Health Database

"One-stop" access to pre-appraised evidence to support your clinical decisions.  NURSING+ provides a new path to address the key question in this era of evidence-based health care: what is the current best evidence available to support clinical decisions?

Nurses working in the Counties Manukau region who are not currently Counties Manukau Health employees are invited to to register for access via the online form.








Nursing Reference Centre Plus
An evidence based information tool designed specifically for nurses.
  - NRCP User Guide
  - NRCP Tutorial
  - How to download the NRCP mobile app


Clinical Guidelines, Care Pathways and Assessment Tools
This selection of resources curated by the team at Health Navigator [NZ]


Links Medicus (open access and free)
Educational resources for nursing. Links to international standards and guidelines, best practice resources and learning opportunities.



Evidence Based Nursing Resources
This page, curated by Cochrane, features links to various resources related to evidence-based nursing





New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Practice Guidelines
Documents directly related to the broad scope of nursing and midwifery practice. This includes all documents that describe and provide direction on nursing or midwifery practice issues.



Nursing Best Practice Guidelines (RNAO: Ontario, Canada)

Registered Nurses Association Ontario (RNAO) BPGs are recognised as a world leader in best practice guideline development, dissemination, implementation and evaluation.


  • Incorporate Nursing Order Sets (NOS)
  • Include tools for monitoring the outcome of care that inform continual practice improvement
  • Are reviewed on a 3-5 year cycle and as necessary to ensure currency and alignment of practice with the latest research and theory.

The implementation of RNAO BPGs in nursing/midwifery environments to date is proven to have led to significant improvements in client care including reductions in falls, pressure ulcers, amputations, length of stay and the incidence of urinary incontinence, as well as an increase in the number of new mothers who breast feed for longer periods.


Currently there are more than 60 best practice guidelines for patient care. Resources also include toolkits and webinars to support implementation.



see also

NZNO  - Medicines: Guidelines and Information


New Zealand Wound Care Society Guidelines and Protocols

Australian and New Zealand Committee on Resuscitation Guidelines


Intravenous Nursing New Zealand. Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice


New Zealand Primary Care Handbook 2012
Includes guidance and updates for CVD risk assessment, management and diabetes screening advice.




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NZNO Library e-newsletter


Social media





New Zealand Nurses Organisation


New Zealand Nursing Education and Research Foundation: Online Archive of nursing Oral Histories


Nurse Executives of New Zealand


Nursing Council of New Zealand


Nursing Review



BOOKS & JOURNALS (*some titles may only be available online to CM Health staff )



Popular Journal Titles


*Please note that for some of the titles below the latest issues may still be under embargo and not available in full text. In these cases please request any articles of interest using the articles request form on the library website on SouthNet.


AORN Journal
Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing
Canadian Nurse

Evidence Based Nursing

International Journal of Nursing Practice
Journal of Clinical Nursing

Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing

Journal of Emergency Nursing

Journal of Infusion Nursing

Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing

Journal of Radiology Nursing

Journal of Nursing Administration

Journal of Nursing Management

Kai Tiaki Nursing Research Journal

Nurse Education in Practice

Nurse Education Today *


Nursing Ethics

Nursing Management

Nursing Review

Nursing Standard

Nursing Times
Orthopaedic Nursing
Primary Health Care
Practice Nurse

*Please request any articles of interest using the articles request form on the library website on SouthNet


BMJ: British Medical Journal

JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association

The Lancet

The New England Journal of Medicine

New Zealand Medical Journal




Nursing books (Print) held in the CM Health Library




ProQuest ebooks collection
13,000 ebooks across all disciplines.  Books in the collection can be searched via Proquest or via our new Discovery portal and are available to our community and primary care partners.

Popular Book Titles

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Dictionary of Nursing, 2nd ed.   

Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research, 3rd. ed.
The Encyclopedia of Elder Care, 2nd. ed.
Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, 2nd. ed. 
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary


Drugs and medications

Davis's Comprehensive Handbook of Laboratory &
Diagnostic Tests with Nursing Implications

Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses


Procedures , practice guidelines and evidence based care

Lippincott Nursing Procedures
The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

Acute Medicine : a Handbook for Nurse Practitioners 

Advanced Clinical Skills for GU Nurses 

Advanced Practice Nursing, 3rd. ed.

Advanced Practice Nursing with Older Adults: Clinical Guidelines

Assess Notes: Nursing Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning

Diseases and Disorders: A Nursing Therapeutics Manual

An Evidence Base for Ophthalmic Nursing Practice 

Evidence - Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice, 3rd. ed. 

Evidence - Based Practice in Nursing

Minor Surgical Procedures for Nurses and Allied Healthcare Professionals 

A Nurse's Guide to Caring for Cardiac Intervention Patients 

Nursing Care Plans: Guidelines for Individualising Client Care Across the Life Span

Nursing Diagnosis Manual: Planning, Individualising and Documenting Client Care

Nursing Medical Emergency Patients 


Further Reading

Applied Ethics in Nursing 

Cancer in Children and Young People: Acute Nursing Care 

Caring for Children and Families 

Concept Mapping: A Critical Thinking Approach to Care Planning
Critical Thinking in Long - Term Care Nursing 

Emergency Triage
Emergency Triage: Telephone Triage and Advice
Middle Range Theory for Nursing, 3rd

Nursing Theories, 2nd. ed. 

Psych Notes

Teaching Cultural Competence in Nursing and Health Care 

Teaching Evidence - Based Practice in Nursing

Understanding Medical Surgical Nursing



Additional Resources



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This page was last updated at 10:52AM on May 27, 2019.