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Nursing LibGuide: Health Policy

Resources for nursing students

Getting Started

This guide provides resources for finding legislative information. You may also use it to find information on health policy and issues related to the organization, economics, and politics of healthcare systems.

Looking for an interesting bill to study? Here's a tip... start by searching or the Wisconsin State Legislature site.

Or, use Google to retrieve information on past, current, and potential legislation. To create an effective Google search statement, try combining the following: The Boolean connector AND, the word legislation, and words that succinctly describe your topic. Here's an example of a good search statement: nurse staffing AND legislation.

Or, visit nursing organization websites or use this directory to find other organizations that may promote advocacy and provide information on pressing legislative or policy issues.

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Need a refresher on how Congress works?
This series of short videos provide an overview of the legislative process.

Something New

The New York Times

Among the most respected news publications in the nation, The New York Times provides in depth coverage on many issues - including those related to health policy. Alverno students can create an account through The New York Times Group Pass and view full text articles online. Please visit Alverno's NY Times LibGuide for more information.


The Alverno Library's Best Websites for Nursing page provides access to quality websites that have been vetted by staff librarians. This is a fast and easy way to find free reliable information online.

Looking for websites on a specific topic? Click the tabs located about this box.

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Books and ebooks

Use the tabs to find books and ebooks on specific topics.

Or, use TOPCAT to search for Alverno Library books or to request items from other libraries in the SWITCH consortium. Click here to access ebooks available through the Alverno Library.

Logging in from off campus? Use the 14 digit barcode located on your student ID to access resources from off campus. Questions? Please contact a librarian for assistance.

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Escape fire

The film Escape Fire is now available through the Alverno Library as a streaming video and can be viewed from any computer with Internet access. Your network login name and password are required to view these videos online.

An Escape Fire DVD is also available for students wishing to view the film on a DVD player.

Citing Government Documents

This document has examples of citations for a federal bill and Wisconsin state bill.
NoodleTools icon
NoodleTools is available to Alverno students and can be used to create APA citations for legal and government documents - including State and U.S. bills and resolutions.

APA manual
The Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA manual) provides examples of how to cite legal and legislative materials. Copies of the manual are available at the Alverno Library.

The bluebook
For guidelines on how to cite legislative materials, the APA manual recommends consulting The Bluebook: A uniform system of citation. Questions about citing a state bill or resolution? This excerpt from the Bluebook will help.

Cornell University icon
Use the APA menu on the Cornell University Library LibGuides to find examples of how to cite government documents.

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Dolores Skowronek
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