Collection Policies


May 1998


The ODU library collection should support instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level and the research interests of faculty in the School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing offers programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing, the latter with specializations in Critical Care Nursing Role, Nurse Administrator Role, Community Health Nrursing Role, Advanced Perinatal Nursing Role, Neonatal Nursing Role, Family Nurse Practitioner Role, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Role, Nurse Anesthesia Specialty, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists Specialty. There is also a Post-Master’s program for Family Nurse Practitioner.

The baccalaureate program in nursing is designed to prepare men and women as beginning practitioners of professional nursing, qualified for first-level positions in a variety of health settings andlor for graduate study in nursing. The program is fully accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing.

The program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing is designed to prepare graduates with expertise in theory, research, and advanced nursing practice. Graduate students are prepared to meet the present nationwide demand for nurses in advanced practice as well as to pursue doctoral study. The master’s program in Nursing is fully accredited by the National League for Nursing.

Current faculty research interests include adolescent health issues, pediatric nursing, community health, rural health, home care, older women, mental health, infectious diseases, pediatric asthma, family nursing, oncology­cancer care, disadvantaged students, legal issues in health care, health care for the homeless, stress & illness, cross-cultural health beliefs, and sexual harassment in the health fields.

There is also interest in the general medical areas of anatomy, anesthesiology, biology, physiology, pharmacology, education, management, radiology, and alternative therapies.

Electronic resources related to nursing are made available on the Library’s web page ( and through VIVA’s web site ( The Library is currently gathering information on other nursing databases for possible purchase. The bibliographer for Nursing maintains a web page with selected nursing web resources (

Materials from the collections of other nursing schools are accessible through interlibrary loan and the world wide web. The library of the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA is a source for some materials in the general medical field.

General Collection Guidelines

Language: English is the primary language of the collection. Materials in other languages will he purchased by faculty request only.

Chronological Guidelines: While some historical materials are retained, the emphasis is on current coverage of nursing subjects.

Geographical Guidelines: U.S., Canada, and Great Britain will comprise the majority of the countries of origin of material for this collection, with U.S. being foremost.

Treatment of Subject: Material on techniques and standards, manuals and textbooks, research guides and bibliographies, statistics and reference works are acquired at a research level in nursing, and relevant subject areas in general medicine. Selected philosophical treatises, histories, and a few biographies are also collected.

Types of Material: Serials, monographs, videos, and electronic resources are collected. New technology should always be reviewed for its usefulness to Nursing.

Date of Publication: Nursing uses current material and seldom will use anything older than the last five years.

Other General Considerations: There are interdisciplinary relationships with the departments of Biology, Community Health Professions, Education, Management, Psychology, and Sociology. Collection policies for these areas should be consulted for further information.

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) project will continue to add electronic materials, and the health area will be one of the supported areas. The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) is included in the VIVA FirstSearch service. Infotrac’s Health Reference Center and the IDEAL database have some nursing and medical journals.

ODU is a selective government depository. Government publications from the Dept. of Health and Human Services, which includes the Food & Drug Administration, Center for Disease Control and Health Financing Administration, are selected heavily. The DHHS web site has many documents in full text (http:I/

The Old Dominion University Distance Education Program serves the outlying areas with Nursing classes. All core collection material bought for classes at Teletechnet sites is also held in the ODU Library. VIVA’s electronic resources in nursing are available to students at DE sites. The development of the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center will add more electronic nursing resources to students at ODU and in Teletechnet classes.


Division: Nursing
Date:   June 1997
Bibliographer:    Sandy Beehler

LC Class

Subject Descriptors

Coil. Code


Human anatomy


QP 351-495



QR 46

Microbiology for nurses


RA 396

Regulation of medical education


RA 645.3-645.37

Home health care services


RA 771-771.7

Rural health and hygiene
Rural health services


RB 24-3 3

Pathological anatomy and histology


RC 266

Cancer nursing


RC 346-429

Neurology. Diseases of the nervous system


RC 954

Geriatric nursing


RD 78.8-87.3



RD 99-99.35

Surgical nursing


RG 105

Gynecological nursing


Ri 245-247

Nursing of children. Pediatric nursing


RM 125

Therapeutics—Nurses manuals


RM 147-180

Administration of drugs and other therapeutic agents


RM 3 00-666

Drugs and their action


RM 695-893

Physical medicine. Physical therapy


RS 51-55

Pharmacy and materia medica --  Dictionaries and encyclopedias;  Classification of drugs; Nomenclature, terminology,  abbreviations


RT 2 1-25

Dictionaries and encyclopedias: Nomenclature, terminology, abbreviations. Communication in nursing; Directories


RT 29

Statistics and surveys





RT 40-69

General works. Nursing assessment.                   Practical nursing


RT 71-81

Study and teaching


RT 82-86.54

Nursing as a profession;Nursing ethics. Social aspects


RT 86.7-87

Practice of nursing. Nursing economics


RT 87.A-Z

Special topics in basic nursing care


RT 97

Public health nursing


RT 98

Community health nursing


RT l20.F34

Family nursing