Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decisionmaking.

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

American Heart Association

Can obtain new recommendations for blood pressure at this site.

American Hospital Association

American Hospital Directory

You can search by state and other criteria such as city or zip. A list of all hospitals for the state or city will appear.
Hospital Report

  • Name & address
  • Number of beds
  • Services provided
  • Inpatient days
  • Utilization statistics

American Nurses Association

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Auscultation Assistant

Learn more about breath and heart sounds.

Cancer Links

Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

Center Watch. Clinical Trials Listing Service

You can use this site to find a wealth of information related to clinical trials, such as a listing of more than 41,000 industry- and government-sponsored clinical trials as well as new drug therapies recently approved by the FDA. This site is designed to be a resource both for patients interested in participating in clinical trials and for research professionals.

Searches for clinical trials can be done by topic or geographic area. Detailed descriptions are given for each center including an overview, clinical research experince, highlights of ongoing research, sponsors, staff expertise, patient demographics, and contact information.

ConsultGeriRN is the clinical nursing website of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing. It has geriatric protocols, evidence-based for managing common geriatric syndromes and conditions, linkage to specialty nursing associations, hospital competencies, opportunities to acquire continuing education
materials and much more.

Disaster Nursing/Bioterrorism

University of Texas School of Nursing pages on disaster nursing.

Discover Nursing

 Contains information about what a career in nursing means; nursing profiles, men in nursing, nursing organizations, nursing (the basics), nursing scholarship search, preparing for nursing school etc.

Forum - Nursing Forum: Wiley Online Library

Hand Hygiene  Interactive CDC Program

The Center for Disease Control site reviews key concepts of hand hygiene and standard precautions.  Excellent site for health professionals.

HSTAT (Health Services Technology Assessment Text)

HSTAT is a free, electronic resource that provides access to the full-text of documents useful in health care decision making. It was developed by the National Library of Medicine. HSTAT includes:

  • clinical practice guidelines
  • quick-reference guides for clinicians and consumer brochures
  • evidence reports sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR)
  • AHCPR technology assessment reports
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus development conference and technology assessment reports
  • NIH Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center research protocols
  • HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service (ATIS) resource documents
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA/CSAT) treatment improvement protocols
  • Public Health Service (PHS) Preventive Services Task Force Guide to Clinical Preventive Services.

Healthy People 2010 Final Review

Healthy People 2010 was a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative. Its goals were to increase the quality and years of healthy life and eliminate health disparities. It was a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.

Healthy People.Gov

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. 2020 topics and objectives are presented

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, JCAHO is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Since 1951, JCAHO has developed state-of-the-art, professionally based standards and evaluated the compliance of health care organizations against these benchmarks.

MedlinePlus. National Library of Medicine

The MEDLINEplus pages provide a carefully selected list of professional and consumer resources that bring together health information being published on the web by Federal government health agencies, professional associations, health libraries, research organizations and universities.

It provides access to extensive information about specific diseases and conditions and also has links to clearinghouses, organizations, dictionaries, lists of hospitals and physicians and clinical trials.

Health Topics



Drug Information


Medscape's goal is to provide clinicians and other healthcare professionals with the most timely source of clinical information that is relevant to patients and practice. It makes available to a broad medical audience clinical information with the depth, breadth, and validity needed to improve the practice of medicine.

A one-time free registration is required. Medscape automatically delivers to you the specialty site that best fits your profile. You can also change your Medscape home page to any of the specialty and profession sites. Some of Medscape's features include:

  • over 850 online CE activities
  • Conference coverage
  • Daily professional healthcare/clinical news in your specialty
  • weekly e-mail newsletters
  • medical/nursing journals and textbooks
  • professional medical news from Reuters, Medscape Medical News and medical news journal publishers

Medscape Reference

Information for physicians, nurses, and other health professionals on drugs, diseaases and procedures.  Some topics covered include: allergy & immunology, anatomy, cardiology, critical care, dermatology, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, nephrology, neurology, obstetrics, surgery and many other topics.

Medscape Apps

Free medical apps are available from Medscape for your iphone or other mobile device. Get an extensive drug reference and interaction checker covering over 7,000 brand, generic and over-the-counter drugs; a multimedia clinical reference with over 3,000 diseases, conditions, and procedures; medical news and CME/CE in over 30 specialty areas.

National Guideline Clearinghouse

Offers access to over 600 evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on common treatments and conditions developed by medical specialty societies, professional associations, public and private organizations, government agencies and health care organizations. The database provides detailed search options along with the ability to browse by disease/condition, by treatment/intervention, or by the name of the guideline developer.

In addition, the NGC database offers a feature that allows the user to create tabular comparisons of guideline summaries. The NGC also contains syntheses of guidelines covering similar topics, noting areas of agreement and disagreement.

National Health Centers and Institutes

National League for Nursing

The National League for Nursing advances quality nursing education that prepares the nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing healthcare environment. NLN is the leading accrediting body for all types of nursing education programs within the U.S. and its territories. It is also the major provider of testing services for nursing schools, from pre-admission through graduation, as well as certification for specialty nursing groups and health care institutions.

Nursing Student Association, National

Nursing Student Association, University of Texas at Austin

Nurse Practice Act (Downloadable Copy)

This link will take you to the BNE page. From here click on Nursing Law and Rules, located in the top right corner.

Nurse Zone is designed by nurses and is exclusively dedicated to nurses. It's an online community with articles and columns written by experts, updates on the latest in nursing and healthcare innovations, free continuing education contact hours and links to other useful Web sites. Plus you can get information on fitness, exercise, nutrition, and discounted services and products important to nurses.

A Student Nurse Center is available which provides assistance in choosing a nursing school, securing financial assistance, getting connected with your peers, study tips, nclex prep, and more.

Online RN to BSN Directory

Online RN to BSN Directory is a comprehensive online resource for registered nurses considering a bachelor's degree in nursing. It contains all the unbiased, research based information you need to make informed decisions about your education. From selecting the right program to choosing a specialty and finding a job, it has answers to all your questions.

PDA Resources

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute applications for Palm OS and PocketPC Devices

Schools of Nursing List by State

Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau International is the honor society for nursing. Epsilon Theta Chapter is the local unit which was chartered May 16, 1980 at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

The purposes of Sigma Theta Tau are to recognize superior achievement, promote the development of leadership qualities, foster high professional standards, encourage creative work, and strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the nursing profession. Examples of activities include program meetings, conferences and conventions, and awarding of scholarships and research grants. Members receive a monthly journal and other publication as a benefit of membership.


This anti-stalking resource web site was established by University of Texas at Austin researchers to provide assistance and to facilitate the dissemination of information about the topic. The website was established through a grant provided byt he Criminal Justice Division of the Texas Governor's Office as part of the federal Violence Against Women Act.

The website provides an effective means for presenting the results of available research into stalking and is intended to be a resource by stalking victims, mental health professionals, and law enforcement personnel.

StatRef-Medical and Nursing Reference Books

Provides searchable full-text access to many medical and nursing books. Some titles are:

  1. AHFS Drug Information 2001
  2. Basic and Clinical Pharmacology
  3. A Nurse's Guide to Cancer Care
  4. Pediatric Nursing
  5. Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses
  6. DSM-IV
  7. Nursing Diagnoses in Psychiatric Nursing
  8. Merck Manual
  9. Olds Maternal-Newborn Nursing & Women's Health

STRYVE Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere

STRYVE is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention whhich takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts.

Testicular Cancer Resource Center

The Testicular Cancer Resource Center is a charitable organization devoted to helping people understand testicular and extragonadal germ cell tumors. Specifically, we provide accurate and timely information about these tumors and their treatment to anyone and everyone interested.

Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners

Information on changes to the Nurse Practice Act and board regulations, board position statements, regulatory issues and activities of the board. A downloadable copy of the Nursing Practice Act is available. Statistical information available on the total number of advanced practice nurses by category and various counts on RNs.

Urology Health

For information on impotence select "Sexual Function and Infertility" located on the left.

UT Library Resources for Research in Nursing

This research page was put together by the UT Library Nursing Bibliographer. It lists some of the major resources which the University of Texas at Austin has available for research in nursing plus links to other web resources. Topics include the following:

  1. How do I find nursing articles?
  2. How do I find a specific Nursing Journal
  3. Faculty Resources
  4. Associations and Organizations
  5. Bioterrorism
  6. Nursing Research on the Internet
  7. Government and State Information
  8. Statistics