Answered By: Kathleen Hutchison
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2018     Views: 760

To decide if an article is written from a nursing viewpoint, do the following:

  • Open the article and find the credentials of the author(s). At least one of the article authors should be a nurse. Some articles will include the degrees an author has following the author's name, and some will include a biographical sentence or two about an author. These can be located at the beginning of the article, the bottom of the first page, or at the end of the article. If the authors are from other countries or if the journal publishes internationally, ask your professor about credential abbreviations from other countries.
  • Often the terms “Nurse” or “Nursing” will appear in the title or front matter of a journal dedicated to the field of nursing.
  • In the CINAHL abstract, click on the hyperlinked title of the journal. The publication details of the journal will include the subject areas covered by that journal.
  • With topics that are broad medical topics, you can create your search and include the word “nursing”.  Example: cardiac bypass surgery AND nursing