Clinical: A Quick Guide to Using the Osmosis Suite for Aspiring Nurse Practitioners

A Quick Guide to Using the Osmosis Suite for Aspiring Nurse Practitioners

Osmosis Team
Published on Nov 13, 2023. Updated on Nov 10, 2023.

We're happy to announce the nurse practitioner release of our new Clinical Sciences library is live! Keep reading to learn why we're so excited about this series and how you can incorporate it into your studies.

What's the new Osmosis by Elsevier Clinical Sciences library?

Designed to strengthen your clinical decision-making skills, the Clinical Sciences library from Osmosis by Elsevier provides hundreds of clinically-focused videos, helpful decision-making trees, new board-style questions, and expert-reviewed, patient-centered content.  

Clinical Sciences videos are paired with evidence-based decision-making trees that guide you through differential diagnoses, identify the correct diagnosis for your patient, and outline the appropriate management. Linked assessment items are also available for each video so you can test your knowledge of the content and prepare for exams.  

All of the new content was created by experts in their specialties, so you can feel confident that the content you're studying will help you succeed in clinicals and exams. Most importantly, we've also aligned the new content to the six population foci so you can focus on the content they need and want. 

What types of Clinical Sciences videos are available?  

There are three types of videos in the Clinical Sciences library:  

1. Approach to Presentation

Guides you through the management of a patient presenting with a specific symptom (e.g., dyspnea), sign (e.g., jaundice), laboratory finding (e.g., hyponatremia), or suspected broad disease (e.g., congenital heart defect). After first identifying differential diagnoses, you'll make your way through the clinical reasoning process to arrive at the correct diagnosis using the patient's history, physical assessment, and diagnostic results.

2. Approach to Disease

Walks you through the management of a patient with a specific disease or condition. Reviews the basic definition of the disease or condition, explains the pathophysiology, discusses anticipated history and physical assessment findings and diagnostic results, and explains the management of care.  

3. Health Promotion and Preventative Health

Helps you navigate your way through health promotion and prevention strategies so you can empower your patients and provide appropriate preventive care. 


How does the Clinical Sciences library differ from other content on Osmosis?  

Osmosis content has always been developed based on the principles of learning science so we can make learning approachable and enjoyable for learners. One of the learning science principles is "content chunking," which breaks difficult-to-understand concepts down into bite-sized pieces that are easier to comprehend. To do this, our content team has developed a variety of video libraries, from Basic Sciences like anatomy and physiology to Clinical Sciences where the foundational knowledge you've worked so hard to learn is applied clinically.

Let's look at an example of the Clinical Sciences library using pneumonia.

Pneumonia is a broad topic, and if we made one single video covering all of the information on pneumonia, it would be as long as a full-length movie and overwhelming to study! However, if we break it down into bite-sized chunks of information, you can build on each concept as you progress.


We recommend you use the Osmosis anatomy and physiology videos in Foundational Sciences to understand the basics of lung anatomy and function. The Pathology Review series helps you understand how certain pathologies affect the lungs. The Pharmacology series focuses on the mechanisms of certain medications used to treat lung pathologies and how they could affect your patient. Once you understand those essentials, you can view the Clinical Sciences content on pneumonia to guide you through the differential diagnoses of a patient with a pneumonia presentation, the clinical diagnosis of pneumonia, and the clinical management of a patient with pneumonia.  

How can the Clinical Sciences library help me with my studies?  

During clinicals, you'll have a wide range of tasks, ranging from providing patient care to attending simulations and lectures, all while balancing studying, work, and your personal life. Our intention is to help you feel more confident and support your success in clinicals and exams by making learning more accessible and straightforward. That's why we've created decision-making trees to pair with new Clinical Sciences videos to guide your learning using clinical algorithms with the latest evidence-based guidelines and assessment items.  

1. Decision-making trees: These are clinical algorithms or flowcharts, and they're based on current evidence-based clinical guidelines and at the right level for students in clinicals. Use them as a quick way to review or as a handy refresher. Seeing a patient in the clinic or on the wards and need to present to your preceptor? Take a quick peek at a decision-making tree on your Osmosis mobile app to guide you in taking a patient history, doing a physical examination, exploring differential diagnoses, and next steps in management. Need a quick refresher before your next exam? This is how you can review high-yield concepts in an organized way. 

2. Videos: They're the same style of videos you know and love, but now they guide you through the clinical decision-making process. Take your understanding further with additional explanations at each point of the decision-making tree, and learn more Clinical Pearls and High Yield Facts. Watch a video on the mobile app on your commute or between patients to get ready for the next clinical day, or watch videos at home to prepare for clinicals and exams.


3. Assessment items: Reinforce your learning and prepare for exams using assessment items aligned to each video! 


Where can I find the Clinical Sciences library in Osmosis?  

When you're on the Osmosis platform, you can use the search bar to find any of our new Clinical Sciences topics simply by searching for the term or topic; you'll know it's a Clinical Sciences video if "Clinical sciences" comes after the title. However, we recommend also looking at the library page to find topics in your population focus, labeled with a purple NEW label. Since we've aligned our content with the population foci, using the library page can help ensure you don't miss any important topics related to your area of concentration.  

Why do I only see "NEW" labels on Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and when is more content coming?  

We're glad you asked! We've released some content for Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners and plan to continue adding content to that population focus through fall 2023. Here's the timeline for the remaining Clinical Sciences topics:  

Why do some videos say "To be retired," and when are they being retired?  

If you've been a longtime Osmosis learner, you may have noticed that our older Clinical Practice video series now has "Clinical (To be retired)" in the title. It identifies videos that will eventually be removed, making way for our new and improved Clinical Sciences content. However, we won't retire them until 2024 and will give you plenty of notice beforehand!


We're excited to replace this content with Clinical Sciences to provide:  

  • Better organization
  • More concise content
  • Clinically relevant information that follows the most updated guidelines and knowledge 

We hope you love this new library as much as we do. Happy learning! 

About the Author

Kelsey LaFayette, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C is a nursing content manager at Osmosis from Elsevier, where she helps lead the development of content, from writing learning objectives to identifying content to cover to editing scripts. Kelsey's been an RN for 12 years with a background in pulmonary, medical-surgical, critical care, and urgent care. During her time as an RN, she engaged in clinical teaching of nursing students and new graduate nurses, where she developed a love for teaching. Kelsey joined Osmosis as a subject matter expert in 2020 while studying at the University of Illinois-Chicago as a Family Nurse Practitioner student. She graduated in May 2022 with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and licensed as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.  

Contributors and Editors

Maria Pfrommer, DNP, Ph.D., FNP-BC, RN, Director of Nursing Education at Osmosis by Elsevier

Elizabeth Lucas, EdD, RN, CNE, Senior Nursing Content Manager at Osmosis by Elsevier

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