UTA CARES Grant Program

Creation of this OER was funded by the UTA CARES Grant Program, which is sponsored by UTA Libraries. Under the auspices of UTA’s Coalition for Alternative Resources in Education for Students (CARES), the grant program supports educators interested in practicing open education through the adoption of OER and, when no suitable open resource is available, through the creation of new OER or the adoption of library-licensed or other free content.  Additionally, the program promotes innovation in teaching and learning through the exploration of open educational practices, such as collaborating with students to produce educational content of value to a wider community. Information about the grant program and funded projects is available online.

Project manager’s Note

I would like to thank my colleagues, Laura and Rae, for their partnership on this book. This was a first-time project of its kind for all of us, and the many challenges that 2020 brought required extra patience and flexibility, and for that, I am grateful. Librarians are some of the hardest working people I know, and it was a joy to work with them. Craig, thanks for jumping on board and providing your valuable perspective. And to the students who will take the time to read this manual, it is my hope that you will walk away with practical, helpful information to help you succeed. I look forward to working alongside with you in this amazing profession.

Contributing AUthor/Project Manager

Leslie Jennings, MSN, RN, CNE; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington, College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Contributing Authors

Laura Haygood, MLIS, AHIP; Research and Education Librarian, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Gibson D. Lewis Library

RaeAnna Russell Jeffers, RN, BSN, MS-IS; Health Sciences Librarian, University of Texas at Arlington, UTA Libraries

Craig Keaton, MSW; Doctoral Student – Adjunct Professor, University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work

Special contribution and thanks

Kathleen Straker, M.Ed., President, Karista Press

Additional Thanks to…

We would like to thank our two student reviewers who took the time to provide feedback for us~ Lisa Nguyen and Mayanda Serhan, we appreciate you!


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Strategies for Success in Nursing School: From Start to Finish by Leslie Jennings, RN; RaeAnna Jeffers; Laura Haygood; and Craig Keaton is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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