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Note – there are numerous resources within this discipline that also may cross into other disciplinary areas. These include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and nutrition and patient care.

Boundless Anatomy and Physiology

This is a comprehensive text covering topics ranging from the human body organ systems, immunology, human development, reproduction, nutrition, metabolism, disorders and aging of organ systems.

Includes: Lecture slides, quiz, and flowcharts.

Concepts of Biology-1st Canadian Edition

This is a comprehensive text for a university level introductory biology course. The topics covered include: cellular foundation of life (water, cells, transport, membranes, energy), cell division, molecular biology, biotechnology, animal structure and function.

Includes: Lecture slides, problem sets, solutions, stimulations, and glossary.

Principles of Pharmacology – Study Guide

This text was created by the University of University of Minnesota by a professor in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology. This text is a succinct guide of fundamental pharmacology topics such as; drug receptor interactions, classification of receptors, responses to stimulation, signal transductions, and autonomic nervous system.

Includes: Flowcharts and related scientific terminology charts.

Anatomy and Physiology 2e

This text was a collaboration among many anatomy and physiology professors and was developed using pedagogical practices. This textbook has been successfully adopted, adapted, and has an average 4.9/5 professor rating.

Includes: Surgical videos, histology, interactive diagrams, chapter review, interactive link questions, review questions, critical thinking questions, and instructor resources (solution guide, PowerPoint slides, testable images and guided lecture notes).

Human Biology

This text provides an overview of the human body systems and processes as well as covers immunology and fetal development.

Includes: Simulations, exercises, solutions, and critical thinking questions.

Human Biochemistry

This is a comprehensive text meant for university level biochemistry courses covering topics such as cellular structure, lipid structure, carbohydrate, DNA, binding, transport, kinetics, metabolism, catalysis, oxidation, and signal transduction. There are links and references for further investigation and chapter based questions. This largely imitates commercial biochemistry textbooks.

Includes: Simulations, exercises, solutions, and critical thinking questions.

Human Nutrition

This text was made for The Science of Human Nutrition course at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. The book covers basic concepts in human nutrition, key information about essential nutrients, basic nutritional assessment, and nutrition across the lifespan.

Includes: Research studies, career connections, and figures.

Intermediate Nutrition (Lindshield)

This text was made for the Intermediate Nutrition course at the University of Kansas. The book covers concepts in human nutrition, key information about essential nutrients, absorption, transport, and metabolism of nutrients.

Includes: Research studies, and figures.

A Laboratory Guide to Clinical Hematology

This text was created by members of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at University of Alberta. This text provides information on hematology related diseases, causes, some treatments, and characteristic diagnostic patterns.

Includes: Images, and some interactive images.

Nursing Pharmacology

This text was made by several contributors, many of whom are nursing course instructors or healthcare workers  and underwent a peer review process. It explains basic concepts of pharmacology and describes common medication classes.

Includes: Practice questions, critical thinking activity, answer key, glossary, and interactive images.


This combination of four resources are a potential replacement for laboratory manuals for anatomy and physiology. It covers all of the organ systems. It also covers cytology, histology, integumentary system, and blood. There are a lot of diagrams related to different anatomical  views of the human body along with detailed pre-lab, laboratory protocols, and post-lab activities.

Includes: Pre-lab questions, laboratory activities, post-lab questions, images, and glossary.

Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care

This resource was produced in British Columbia. This text serves a supplementary resources for information about how to perform clinical procedures. The format of the text includes video demonstrations, flowcharts, and checklists to ensure high compliance to protocol. The topics covered include: infection control, patient assessment, patient positioning, wound care, oxygen therapy, medication administration and tubal attachments.

Includes: Critical thinking exercises, flowcharts, video demonstrations, and glossary.

Creative Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions

This text was developed in collaboration with various healthcare professionals from many institutions across Canada. The text is centered around patient care activities such as challenging their unconscious assumptions about a patient’s race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and evaluation of learning.

Includes: Exercises, and critical thinking questions.

Nursing Care at the End of Life: What Every Clinician Should Know

Published by SUNY (State University of New York System) with the goal to foster the necessary skills for nurses to provide compassionate care to individuals who are nearing the end of life and families who are or have experienced the loss of a loved one. This text covers effective interpersonal communication between the patient and clinician at the three stages; anticipation, in the moment, and afterwards. The text provides a basic foundation of death and dying, including models of care and evidenced based approaches.

Includes: Examples, and online resources.

The Complete Subjective Health Assessment

This text was developed by Toronto Metropolitan University. The textbook deconstructs the categories of the complete subjective health assessment, providing learners with explanations and examples of what constitutes relevant subjective data. This textbook provides an opportunity to learn how to respond to normal, abnormal, and critical findings when completing a complete subjective health assessment. Topics covered include: Subjective Health Assessment, Cultural Safety, and Care Partners.

Includes: Quiz, glossary, and flowcharts.

Health Case Studies

This resource was produced in British Columbia. It features 8 case studies on a variety of health conditions at various time points. Each case study includes the patient narrative or story that models the best practice (at the time of publishing) in healthcare setting.

Includes: Case studies.

Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare

This resource has been created by the University of the Arctic Northern Nursing Education Network (NNEN) which includes twelve nursing schools in Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Russia. It is meant to fill the gap of northern and Indigenous health care needs. It provides content on health and health care from a northern perspective for the growing number of health professionals being educated in northern communities. It focuses on community health, social determinants and structural Impacts on northern and Indigenous health, culture and health, innovations in northern healthcare, and professional practice in northern and Indigenous communities.

Includes: Reflection questions, and case studies.

Vital Sign Measurement Across the Lifespan – 2nd Canadian Edition

The purpose of this textbook is to help learners develop best practices in vital sign measurement. Its intended audience is students in health-related post-secondary programs as well as healthcare providers. Using a multi-media and interactive approach, it will provide opportunities to read about, observe, practice, and test vital sign measurement.

Includes: Technique tips, points to consider, interactive activities, videos, chapter summaries, and printable flashcards.

Supporting Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities & Mental Illness

This multidisciplinary resource develops topics of interest to all those who care about and for individuals with co-occurring intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Each chapter presents current evidence informed practice knowledge. Each topic is also presented with audio enabled text boxes emphasizing ‘Key Points for Caregivers.’ For those who are interested in background knowledge, there is a comprehensive literature base provided.

Includes: Audio book, online tools, and research studies.

Leadership and Influencing Change in Nursing

This text was developed by various nursing professionals in Saskatchewan and Canada. The goal was to provide student nurses with the foundational knowledge to meet the leadership challenges found within the ever-changing Canadian health care environment. There is significant indigenous specific content and cultural appropriate practices. Other topics covered include: ethics, managing conflict, evidence informed decision making, labour relations, and nursing leadership.

Includes: Case studies, exercises, activities, research extensions, and flowcharts.

Handbook of eHealth Evaluation: An Evidence-based Approach

This text was created at University of Victoria. This handbook presents the science and practice of eHealth evaluation based on empirical evidence gathered over many years within the health informatics discipline. The handbook describes different approaches used to evaluate the planning, design, implementation, use and impact of eHealth systems in different health settings. It also provides a snapshot of the current state of knowledge on the consequences of opting for eHealth systems with respect to their effects and implications on provider performance and health outcomes.

Includes: Figures, and case studies.

Interpreting Canada’s 2019 Food Guide and Food Labelling for Health Professionals

This resource was created by Toronto Metropolitan University and York University. It covers the legal requirements of food labelling, how to interpret recommendations, and how to integrate the food guide into the nursing process with specific focus on the role of social determinants of health as it relates to the food guide and the nursing process.

Includes: Practice questions, glossary, and figures.

Literature Reviews for Education and Nursing Graduate Students

This text focuses on research methods with a focus on nursing related literature reviews. The topics covered range from developing a research question to locating and evaluating sources to writing a sample literature review using appropriate publication guidelines. This book has been peer-reviewed by 7 subject experts and is available for adoption and use in courses or as a library resource.

Includes: Practice questions, and online resources.

Evidence-Based Massage Therapy: A Guide for Clinical Practice

This resource was created by Lambton College. It provides a clinical guide on healthcare that can provide massage therapy for the purpose for musculoskeletal pain.

Includes: Videos, figures, and online resources.

Vaccine Practice for Health Professionals: 1st Canadian Edition

This text was created by Toronto Metropolitan University. It is intended to guide best practices in vaccine delivery in Canada. This textbook provides information related to clinical practice, including the administration of vaccines, and communication with clients.

Includes: Videos, case studies, practice questions, glossary, and figures.

Undergraduate Diagnostic Imaging Fundamentals

This resource was created by the University of Saskatchewan. It focuses on the principles of viewing and analysing radiology based medical imaging. This textbook contains both normal images and images with different abnormalities or disease.

Includes: Case studies, images, and online resources.

The Scholarship of Writing in Nursing Education: 1st Canadian Edition

This resource was created by Toronto Metropolitan University and is intended to guide best practices in the journey of scholarly writing in the context of the nursing profession.

Includes: Audio podcasts, videos, check your understanding (interactive) activities, student tips, chapter summaries and ‘writing your journey’ boxes.

Concepts of Fitness and Wellness

An introduction to fitness and wellness is presented in this textbook. This text covers healthy behaviours, fitness principles, different types of exercise, stress, substance use and abuse, nutrition, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and sexually transmitted infections.

Includes: Videos, terminology checklist, and test your knowledge questions with answers.



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