Nursing collection

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The nursing collection supports the basic education of nurses in the undergraduate and graduate programs, along with the special interests of the School of Nursing's research centers. The library's collection also supports the clinical practice, administrative activity, and continuing education of professional nurses and other staff in the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Collection description

The University's nursing collection is housed in the Biomedical Library, which serves the research, education, and clinical 
practice needs of the faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students of the Nursing and Medical Schools, 
Biomedical Graduate Studies, and employees of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

This document focuses on the ways in which the nursing collection at the Biomedical Library supports the academic programs 
of the School of Nursing as well as the professional practices of the nursing staff of the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems.

Nursing students are well served by access to the entire Library system where they can become familiar with and utilize the 
collections of Van Pelt, Lippincott, and other of the 15 libraries on campus whenever appropriate. The Biomedical Library collects 
scientific materials in nursing and related health-care disciplines while materials in the social sciences and 
other fields used by Nursing School faculty and students are located throughout the Library system.

Collection development for nursing is undertaken dynamically in order to support evolving clinical practice and academic issues 
relevant to nurses across the University system. The entire spectrum of

Collection Development Policy

Doing research


Acquisition funds