Essential Nursing Resources

The 26th edition of the ENR is now available on the ICIRN website as of January 1, 2012.  Due to its increasing length, it will no longer be published in Nursing Education Perspectives as it has been in the last few editions, but will be available online only at  You can look forward to some new sections, such as Evidence-Based Nursing, as well as a key next to each resource indicating whether a fee is required and availability as mobile, online, or print resource. We are deeply appreciative to the National League for Nursing for publishing the previous editions of ENR in Nursing Education Perspectives.


ssential Nursing Resources (ENR) is the premier product of the Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing. The ICIRN first created a research tool for nurses and librarians beginning in 1967 and has, since that time, provide a tool listing important and helpful references and resources for nurses and librarians.

ENR is a collaborative effort from a wide array of individuals who have contributed their expertise in subject areas to bring this information together to support the nursing profession and librarians who in turn also support nursing research.

ICIRN is the point of origin for Essential Nursing Resources (ENR), bringing together in one location key content material and links to sources of relevant information for nurses. ENR is published biennially in print in Nursing Education Perspectives.

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Access the 2012 edition of Essential Nursing Resources below in the Resources area. Many of the resources listed contain links to websites and other resources. The ENR is presented in two formats for your convenience. There is an .PDF version if you wish to download it or print. There is also a .html version with live links to listed resources.

Thank you for your interest in Essential Nursing Resources which is provided as a service to the nursing profession. Please credit ICIRN when using ENR. Should you find a bad link OR if you know a great resource for ENR please let us know

Mission Statement and Goals

To establish an effective system of information resources in nursing to advance the profession through the promotion and use of its literature.

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