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Nursing Collection Development Guidelines


General School Guidelines


Undergraduate Program Goals:

The undergraduate program in Nursing provides the student with a general professional nursing education built on a foundation of liberal arts and sciences.  The overall focus is on health promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The first year of the baccalaureate nursing program is available on all eight campuses. The second year is offered at the Kent, Ashtabula, Salem, Stark, and Trumbull campuses.  Senior-level nursing courses are available at all campuses via interactive computer technology.


Graduate Program Goals

The primary goal of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is to prepare students to function in clinical, managerial or leadership roles as dictated by their concentration and role choices, and to prepare them for doctoral study.  The Joint Ph.D. in Nursing (JPDN) program with the University of Akron has as its goal to produce nurse scholars, with the ability to conduct and apply research, integrate and extend knowledge through teaching, and to develop and implement healthcare policy.


Areas of Concentration in MSN Program

  • Nursing of the Adult (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner)
  • Parent Child Nursing
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing


Degrees and Certificates Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (dual degree, M.S.N.-M.B.A.)
  • Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Administration (dual degree, M.S.N.-M.P.A.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Nursing (Ph.D.) - Joint Program with the University of Akron
  • Post-Master's Certificates:  administration, education, adult primary care nurse practitioner, women's health nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.


Nursing College Web Site 


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Scope of Collecting Coverage


The following subject areas are collected at the research level:

  • Advanced practice
  • Cardiovascular nursing
  • Community health nursing
  • Critical care nursing
  • Ethics
  • Geriatric nursing
  • Maternal-child nursing
  • Medical-surgical nursing
  • Neurology
  • Nursing research
  • Nursing theory
  • Obstetrics/gynecological nursing
  • Oncology nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Psychiatric nursing
  • Rehabilitation

The following subject areas are collected at the advanced instructional level:

  • Administration and management
  • Communication in nursing
  • Family nursing
  • Home health nursing
  • Legal aspects of nursing
  • Nursing as a profession
  • Nursing education
  • Nursing process/diagnosis
  • Patient education in nursing
  • Perioperative nursing
  • Respiratory care
  • Statistical methods
  • Terminal care
  • Transcultural nursing
  • Transplantation nursing
  • Urologic nursing
  • The following subject areas are collected at the basic instructional level:
  • Basic sciences
  • Care plans
  • Diet and nutrition in nursing
  • Dosages and solutions
  • Fluids and electrolytes
  • Fundamentals of nursing
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Laboratory diagnosis
  • Pharmacology

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Apply the Following Parameters to the Above Scope of Coverage Areas


  • Emphasis on English language materials.

Date of Publication:

  • Emphasis on current materials, retrospective materials that are consistent with the subject profile may be purchased to support teaching and research.

Geographical guidelines:

  • Primarily from United States

Society or Publisher Emphasis:

  • Scholarly and professional publishers.

Multiple Copies:

  • Acquire as needed

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Material Types

Recent Acquisitions




  • Extensive collection of scholarly publications at advanced instruction and research level in nursing.

Educational Media:

  • Selectively acquire educational media materials in support of the instructional program.

Theses and dissertations:

  • Selectively acquired as requested by the College.

Microform reproductions:




Active list of KSU Nursing subscriptions


Government Documents

Kent State University University Libraries is a Federal Depository Library which is designated by Congress to provide access to U.S. Government publications.  The collection includes a large print collection, supplemented by microforms and CD-ROMs, and online access to an increasing array of Federal documents.



Government Search Engines

  • FirstGov: the U.S. government’s official portal to federal and state information online.
  • Google UncleSam: this Google search engine covers federal, military, and state web sites.

Agency Material of Particular Interest

Online Services and Electronic Resources:

Various electronic resources and online databases are made available through the University Libraries website.  Key databases for Nursing are:  CINAHL, MEDLINE, Cochrane Library,PsycINFO.  Many nursing journals are available through the Electronic Journal Center.

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Interdisciplinary Relations

Faculty in the College of Nursing share common areas of research interests with faculty in other subject areas such as business administration, communication studies, education, psychology, and sociology.


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