Q. Where do I find information on current legislation in my state and connect it to the nursing practice?
Hanna Schmillen, our health sciences librarian, offers the suggestions below.
Searching CINAHL or other nursing-focused research databases is NOT your first step, but your last. Follow the steps below first.
- You need to look to your state's legislative webpage. Here is The Ohio Legislature Page and there is even an option to search current legislation by topic here. Each state will have their own, unique website and can be found with a Google search.
- You can also explore in one of our legal research databases, Nexis Uni, for more information on the law/policy/etc.
- Consider looking to some nursing professional organizations to see what they are talking about in relation to the topic.
- Are they lobbying? What is their stance on the law/policy/etc.?
- Searching CINAHL or ProQuest Nursing (library research databases) will give you results about how nurses should/can address legislation. In these resources, you may even find some of those professional organization stances and information.
Need some help citing state legislation in APA?
See these resources below for examples. Each state's citation will be a little different because each state's legal system operates slightly differently.
- Citing Ohio Code looks something like this: 33 Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3305.08 (2011), available at http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/3305.08
- Cornell has information for each state
- From California State University, a great example for Cali