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AccessAPN: Getting Started

What Is AccessAPN?

About AccessAPN

AccessAPN is a comprehensive online resource dedicated to the education of advanced practice nursing students, from McGraw Hill in partnership with Sigma Theta Tau.

AccessAPN features a wide range of content that aligns perfectly with the curricula of Advanced Practice Nursing programs, including those for Nursing Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Doctors of Nursing Practice.

Visit the AccessAPN Support page on the Access User Center for helpful user resources.

Note: You may need to connect to your institution's subscription for access to the resources in this LibGuide.

MyAccess Profile

To engage with AccessAPN and its content and resources, users need to create a free MyAccess profile (upper-right sign in dropdown menu) in AccessAPN. Users are encouraged to login each time they use the site. Download the PDF flyer below to learn more about creating a MyAccess profile.

Linking to Content

Instructors can link to content in AccessAPN through their LMS using the durable URLs found in the browser of all text and chapter content, multimedia, cases, study tools, and clerkship content. For a tutorial on how to link to content in AccessAPN via durable URLs, please view the brief video below.

Overview of AccessAPN


In the Books tab in AccessAPN, you will find some of the leading current, authoritative text resources. Textbooks, chapters, and chapter sections are durable URL-enabled and can be linked to in coursework, e.g., LMS, lecture slides, etc. Check out the library at these links:

Check out these new and noteworthy texts in AccessAPN:

Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals Model and Guidelines, 4e:

Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals has proven to be one of the most foundational books on EBP in nursing and healthcare. Building on the strength of previous versions, the fourth edition is fully revised to include updated content based on more than a decade of the model’s use, refinement in real-life settings, and feedback from nurses and other healthcare professionals around the world.

Key features of the book include:

  • NEW strategies for dissemination, including guidance on submitting manuscripts for publication
  • EXPANDED focus on the importance of interprofessional collaboration and teamwork, particularly when addressing the complex care issues often tackled by EBP teams
  • EXPANDED synthesis and translation steps, including an expanded list of outcome measures to determine the success of an EBP project
  • Tools to guide the EBP process, such as stakeholder analysis, action planning, and dissemination
  • Explanation of the practice question, evidence, and translation (PET) approach to EBP projects
  • Overview of the patient, intervention, comparison, and outcome (PICO) approach to EBP question development
  • Creation of a supportive infrastructure for building an EBP nursing environment
  • Exemplars detailing real-world EBP experiences

(NOTE: blurb taken from Sigma Marketplace; check out their free downloads with this title here)

AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing, 4e:

Succinct, complete guidance on how to safely and competently care for adult, critically ill patients and their families – written by top clinical experts.

Endorsed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), this acclaimed textbook sets the standard for critical care nursing education. Recognizing the learner’s need to assimilate foundational knowledge before attempting to master more complex critical care nursing concepts, the book features a practical building-block organization that starts with the basics and logically progresses to advanced topics. 

Bolstered by helpful tables and essential content cases, AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing is an essential tool for clinicians at the point of care, and those preparing for CCRN® certification in critical care nursing.

AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing, Fourth Edition is presented in four sections:

  • The Essentials presents core information that new clinicians must understand to provide safe, competent nursing  care to all critically ill patients, regardless of their underlying medical diagnoses.
  • Pathologic Conditions covers pathologic conditions and management strategies commonly encountered among  adult critical care patients.
  • Advanced Concepts in Caring for the Critically Ill Patient moves beyond the essentials and includes information  about specific pathologic conditions that require specialized critical care management.
  • Key Reference Information features normal laboratory and diagnostic values, troubleshooting guides for  hemodynamic monitoring, summary tables of critical care drugs, and cardiac rhythms and treatment guides.

Learning aids include Knowledge Competencies that can be used to gauge progress, Priniciples of Management to summarize key concepts and “Essential Content” case studies with questions and answers to further reinforce the learners’ knowledge. 

Johns Hopkins Nursing Professional Practice Model: Strategies to Advance Nursing Excellence:

Do you have a work culture that fosters collaboration, stimulates innovation, and empowers nurses to achieve success in exceptional ways? In Johns Hopkins Nursing Professional Practice Model: Strategies to Advance Nursing Excellence, authors Deborah Dang, Judith Rohde, and Jeannette Suflita present a model proven to inspire professional nurses to deliver exceptional care and outcomes. Whether you’re a bedside nurse or an executive, you’ll learn how to adapt the Johns Hopkins Nursing Professional Practice Model to your work setting. Packed with exemplars, self-assessment guides, planning tools, and lessons learned, this manual guides you in creating and sustaining an environment where professional nursing practices flourish. Learn strategies to:

  • Empower front-line nurses and encourage interprofessional collaboration
  • Build and implement programs that promote adaptation, ownership, and accountability
  • Establish practice and leadership standards
  • Structure organizations to foster leadership and advance nursing excellence

With a focus on achievement, caring, empowerment, and influence, Johns Hopkins Nursing Professional Practice Model can help reshape the future of nursing. Are you ready to get started?

2nd Place 2017 AJN Book of the Year: Johns Hopkins Nursing Professional Practice Model: Strategies to Advance Nursing Excellence awarded second place in the 2017 AJN Book of the year award in the History and Public Policy category.

(NOTE: blurb taken from Sigma Marketplace)

AccessAPN features a variety of content concerning diversity in nursing, education, and practice as part of McGraw Hill's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. DEI references on AccessAPN include but are not limited to:

(NOTE: Other titles in AccessAPN may also include chapterized DEI content)

You can read more about McGraw Hill's commitment to inclusion and diversity at:

Contact Us

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Cases in AccessAPN provide materials for short, targeted case-based learning. They vary slightly, but for each case you get a patient history and systems review, short answer questions, clinical pearls, and references. Cases are durable URL-enabled and can be linked to in coursework, e.g., LMS, lecture slides, etc. The results of the quizzes can be emailed and collected for a grade, e.g., student to instructor.

Cases can be generated from these resources in AccessAPN:

  • AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing
  • AACN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing
  • Pharmacotherapy Casebook and Care Plans
  • Pharmacotherapy Principles and Practice Study Guide

Review Questions

The Review Questions tab in AccessAPN provides thousands of Q&A for board exam preparation: 

  • Review Questions texts which are great for self-assessment with review Q&A designed to prepare advanced practice nurses for board exams.
  • Users can generate randomized and customized quizzes.


Webinar Series

  • General Overview Webinars:
    • Sign up to attend an upcoming webinar. The session provides an overview of site features and available content.
  • Archived Webinars:
    • Browse our list of past webinars and register to view a recorded session. 

To request live custom training for your institution, email Customer Success at