NURSING+ has 2 versions: Basic and Premium. The Basic version is free and the Premium model costs $15.00CAD/year (or free if you are an active MORE rater). What you get is on this chart, and here's why we charge for the Premium model.
|Price||Free||$15.00 CAD per year|
|searching – a cumulative searchable database of articles that is continuously updated (from 2003 forward)|
|searching – extended to PubMed via clinical search filters (for searches yielding few PLUS results)|
|alerts - e-mail alerts about new evidence by area of specialization (eg, public health)|
|alerts - e-mail alerts about new evidence by clinical topic (eg, diabetes)|
|alerts - e-mail alerts about new evidence retrieved by your saved searches|
|article records - ratings of each eligible article for clinical relevance and newsworthiness by at least 3 practitioners for each specialty for which the article might be pertinent|
|article records - per specialty ratings, not just average overall ratings for all specialties combined|
|article records - links to the article's abstract via PubMed (if available) and fulltext article via PubMed or the publisher's site (if available for free)|
|article records - link from one article record to other articles in the same topic area|
|article records - view comments entered by MORE raters|
|article records - comment on articles, and view comments entered by other NURSING+ users|
|saving - citations can be download in multiple formats (for reading, citation management)|
|saving - individual article records can be saved to your profile|
|saving - searches can be saved to your profile, and alerts can be generated when new articles are added|
|user-responsive design (for smart phones and any other devices)|
|record of activity (eg, for Continuing Education documentation) [coming in 2016]|
|links to evidence-based resources (guides, centers, calculators)|
Why do we charge for the Premium model?
The real question is "How can we afford to provide NURSING+ for free?"
The truth is that we can't, unless enough people sign up for the Premium model. The McMaster Health Knowledge Refinery that feeds content to NURSING+ costs over $1M per year to run. We have sponsors for some of its products, but unfortunately not for NURSING+.
We would like the best evidence for nursing care to be available for nurses around the world, regardless of ability to pay. We hope that the added features of the Premium model will more than repay those willing and able to afford it (at less than 5¢ per day!).