Nursing Reference Center Plus has a care plan for that!

by Amanda Andrews on 2022-12-28T08:30:00-04:00 in Nurse Practitioners, Nursing | 0 Comments

Time is a valuable commodity for all nurses. Now, you can save time with Nursing Reference Center Plus!

Nursing Reference Center Plus (NRC Plus) is an excellent evidence-based information resource. Developed by nurses for nurses, NRC Plus is unmatched in scope and helps to meet nurses’ practice, education, and research needs (EBSCO, 2022).

It is easy to access care plans in NRC Plus. Problem-based care plans help to address patient issues and support patients in reaching their goals. There are fifty different care plan topics available, including Risk for Injury, Fatigue and Nutritional Imbalance and more.

Access NRC Plus

You can access NRC Plus from Library Services’ Databases page. From the Library’s homepage:

  • Click on the Databases tab. Click on the Select a Database… drop-down menu and select Nursing Reference Center Plus from the list.


  • From the top menu bar, click on the Search Sources drop-down menu and choose Databases. This brings you to the Databases A-Z list, where you can search alphabetically for Nursing Reference Center Plus.

Once you’ve accessed NRC Plus:

  • Click on Care Plans on the home page.


  • Select the Diseases tab in the top menu bar. You can then enter search terms for a specific care plan in the search box.

Search for care plans

For example, let's search for ‘risk for injury’:

  1. In the Diseases tab (A), enter ‘risk for injury’ in the search box and click on the Search button.
  2. On the results page, under Material Types, select the checkbox next to Care Plans (B). 3. From the filtered results, select the “Injury: Risk for” care plan (C).

Once you have selected a care plan, you will find a list of Tools (D) along the right-hand side of your screen. These include:

  • E-mail Alert (E): You can save your searches as alerts and have NRC Plus email you any new results. Simply enter your email address and use the drop-down menu to choose how often you would like to receive alerts.
  • Print (F): Click on the Print button to display the care plan in your browser window. To print, simply click on the Print button in the dialog box.

For further assistance with care plan tools and how to use them, please visit the Nursing Reference Center Plus Help section.

Access care plans on the go

NRC Plus offers mobile access for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android devices. You can utilize care plans and all of NRC Plus’ other great content on the go. Follow the detailed mobile app instructions in the Mobile Apps and Resources subject guide to download the NRC Plus app.

NRC Plus will save you time by enhancing your access to evidence-based, nursing-related content. Whether you are interested in care plans, quick lessons, competency checklists, or skills with videos, NRC Plus is an excellent tool to incorporate into your daily work.

For more information on Nursing Reference Center Plus or other nursing-related resources, please reach out to Library Services at asklibrary@nshealth.ca. We are here to help!


1. EBSCO (2022). Nursing Reference Center Plus. https://support-ebsco-com.libraryproxy.nshealth.ca/help/?int=nup&lang=en&feature_id=&TOC_ID=Always&SI=1&BU=0&GU=0&PS=0&ver=&dbs=nup.


Amanda Andrews

Librarian Educator, Education & Training Lead
Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Eastern Zone

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