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Nursing Reference Center - Browsing Diseases & Conditions

The Diseases & Conditions tab in Nursing Reference Center (NRC) provides a specific location to browse for Evidence-Based Care Sheets and Quick Lesson documents that cover individual diseases and conditions. You can browse for Quick Lessons only, Evidence-Based Care Sheets only, or both simultaneously.

  • Quick Lessons – Documents that provide a description, signs and symptoms, typical diagnostic and treatment progress tests, and the intervention in which nurses are likely to be involved during care.

  • Evidence-Based Care Sheets – Documents that provide evidence in terms of what is known and how a disease or condition can be treated. The evidence is coded according to its strength and/or source allowing nurses to evaluate and determine its applicability in relation to the situation.

To differentiate between Quick Lesson documents and Evidence-Based Care sheets, the Evidence-Based Care sheets include an “Evidence-Based” icon at the end of the item link:

Browsing diseases and conditions

Clicking a disease or condition entry displays the full record in HTML format, including a table of contents. If available, a Related Information box displaying links to other source types on the subject is also displayed. All Disease and Conditions documents include an option to view and print the record in PDF format.

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To use the Disease and Conditions tab:

  1. Access the NRC Home Page.

    Note: To access the NRC Home Page from any location in NRC, click the Nursing Reference Center logo or the Home link located at the top left of every NRC page.

  2. Click the Diseases & Conditions tab. NRC displays the Diseases and Conditions page.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Enter the disease or condition name in the Browse for box and then click the Browse button.

      • To search for only Quick Lessons -or- Evidence-Based Care Sheets, select one type in the dropdown list box. (The default setting is to search for both.)

      • If you know the exact name of the disease or condition and how it is referenced in NRC, select the Alphabetical button.

      • If you are not sure how the disease or condition is referenced NRC, or if you want to search for other related diseases and conditions, it is recommended that you select the Relevancy Ranked button.

    • Use the A-Z links to locate the disease or condition via an alphabetical list.

  4. Click the disease or condition name in the list to display the record detail.

Note: To customize the document to include patient-specific notes, click Print and then complete the Add Customized Information to Your Print Out section. For more information, see the Customized Printouts online Help Topic.