An In-Depth List of Nursing Education Journals

Osmosis Team
Published on Feb 24, 2020. Updated on Apr 9, 2021.

Today, we're going to explore why nursing journals are an excellent investment of your time. Advances in nursing education research improve the way that 19.3 million nurses and hundreds of thousands of nursing students from around the world learn the profession and provide care.

If you work in the field, you know that publishing impactful research in prestigious nursing education journals offers other benefits like growing the reputation of your institution, creating opportunities for you and your colleagues to become thought leaders, and having a lasting impact on students’ lives.

In nursing education alone, there are dozens of journals that publish original, peer-reviewed research. And, for a busy nurse educator like yourself, that can make determining the right journal to which you should submit your manuscripts a complicated task.

Our team wants to help you figure out the best-fit journal for each study you conduct. That’s why we’ve put together an in-depth list of nursing education journals (organized into four categories), which you can find below.

Prominent nursing education journals

Journal of Professional Nursing

Impact factor: 1.829 (source - journal website)

Overview: The Journal of Professional Nursing is the official journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. It highlights studies “that focus on baccalaureate and higher degree nursing education, educational research, policy related to education, and education and practice partnerships.

Nurse Education Today

Impact factor: 2.442 (source - journal website)

Overview: Nurse Education Today publishes original, peer-reviewed research and reviews that advances the fields of nursing, midwifery, and inter-professional healthcare education. It has an international focus.

Nurse Education in Practice

Impact factor: 1.665 (source - journal website)

Overview: This journal focuses on research in nursing education that improves or debates how nursing students are taught in practical and clinical settings. Sections in it include clinical education, midwifery education, and doctorate studies research.

Journal of Nursing Education

Impact factor: 1.070 (source - journal website)

Overview: First published more than 50 years ago, Journal of Nursing Education features studies that investigate topics related to different types and levels of nursing programs. The publication states that it posts manuscripts online just two months after accepting them.

Nursing Education Perspectives

Impact factor: 0.950 (source - Resurchify)

Overview: The National League for Nursing publishes Nursing Education Perspectives. The mission of this journal and the National League for Nursing is to promote “excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community.”

Teaching and Learning in Nursing

Impact factor: 0.29 (source - ResearchGate)

Overview: This journal is the official research publication of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. Several of the research areas that Teaching and Learning in Nursing focuses on include managing different learning styles, new faculty mentoring, instructional design strategies, and others.

Nurse Educator

Impact factor: 1.262 (source - journal website)

Overview: Nurse Educator highlights practical research that affects nursing school faculty and administrators. For example, some of the research areas it focuses on are curriculum and course development, technology in nursing education, and clinical teaching and evaluation.

Nursing research journals that publish education studies

Nursing Outlook

Impact factor: 2.540 (source - journal website)

Overview: Nursing Outlook is the official journal of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. It publishes peer-reviewed articles and reports that focus on “current issues and trends in nursing practice, education and research”.

Journal of Nursing Scholarship

Impact factor: 2.540 (source - journal website)

Overview: Read by more than 130,000 nursing leaders and first published over 40 years ago, the Journal of Nursing Scholarship features research on both the nursing field and nursing education. It is also the official journal of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing.

International Journal of Nursing Studies

Impact factor: 3.570 (source - journal website)

Overview: This journal, published since 1963, includes research on “health care delivery, organisation, management, workforce, policy and research methods” that impacts nursing and midwifery. It also features studies that examine nursing education, such as this one.

Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing

Impact factor: 2.500 (source - journal website)

Overview: The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, also publishes this journal. It focuses on research that looks at how evidence-based nursing can improve patient care, and features studies that are relevant to nurse educators, leaders, managers, researchers, and clinicians.

Journal of Clinical Nursing

Impact factor: 1.757 (source - journal website)

Overview: The Journal of Clinical Nursing’s primary focus is on scholarship that improves clinical nursing. It also features studies that advance clinical nursing education.

Journal of Advanced Nursing

Impact factor: 2.376 (source - journal website)

Overview: This publication promotes nursing research that examines practice, education, management, or policy in the field. Its readers include nurses, midwives, nursing managers and leaders, nurse educators, and nursing students.

Open access nursing education journals

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

Impact factor: 7.86 (source - journal website)

Overview:The Journal of Nursing Education and Practice is an open access journal focused on a global audience. It publishes original research, case reports, and reviews that study clinical nursing, nursing administration, nursing practice, and nursing education.

BMC Nursing

Impact factor: 1.220 (source - journal website)

Overview: This leading open access publication features research that looks at “all aspects of nursing research, training, education and practice.”

SAGE Open Nursing

Impact factor: unavailable

Overview:SAGE Open Nursing is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that offers quick publication times to nursing researchers and considers articles in areas like nursing education and practice.

Nursing education journals focused on continuing education

Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing

Impact factor: 0.925 (source - journal website)

Overview: Produced for over 50 years, this journal features original research that focuses on continuing education in the nursing field. It is relevant to continuing education professionals, nurse administrators, and nurse educators.

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions

Impact factor: 1.265 (source - journal website)

Overview: This publication is the official journal of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, and the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. It features research on continuing education in medicine, nursing, and other health professions.

Moving nursing education forward

We hope you use this list of nursing education journals to publish your research and share it with the world. After all, through your work as an educator and a scholar, you have the ability to shape how future generations of nurses learn and care for other people.

If you know of other important nursing education journals that we haven’t yet included on this list, please email [email protected] and we will add them.


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