Nursing Websites

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This guide lists many useful websites for the nursing field. Here you will find government websites, associations, NCLEX information and other sites that will aid you in finding the information you need to complete your studies.

  • Associations & Organizations
  • Alternative & Complementary Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Statistical Information
  • Career & Credentialing Information
  • Government Agencies
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Nursing History
  • Diseases
  • Consumer Health

Associations and Organizations

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses AMSN‘s goals focus on workplace advocacy; evidence-based practice, research and knowledge; professional development; national leadership and influence; and organizational health in the field of medical-surgical nursing. It has a membership of approximately 11,500 nurses.

American Academy of Nursing The Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing The association serves as the national voice for academic nursing education, research and practice.

American Association of Critical Care Nurses The world’s largest specialty nursing organization, offering professional and personal support. Links to CE activities, Career Center, publications, certification information, clinical resources, local chapter and more.

American Association of Men in Nursing This is a professional group concerned with issues affecting men as nurses. The mission is “to shape the practice, education, research, and leadership for men in nursing and advance men’s health”.

American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) The mission of the association is to illuminate holism in nursing practice, community, advocacy, research and education.

American Nurses Association A professional organization representing the interests of registered nurses in the US. ANA seek to advance the nursing profession by promoting standards of nursing practice and by lobbying Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. It is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 4 million registered nurses.

American Nurses Association - New York State ANA-New York is dedicated in fostering high standards of nursing, promote the professional and educational advancement of nurses, and advocate for the welfare of nurses to achieve the outcome of better health for all. Includes a Career Center with helpful tips, membership information and a CE section.

American Public Health Association The association advocates for public health issues and policies backed by science. It is the only organization that influences federal policy, has a nearly 150-year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health.

American Society of Registered Nurses ASRN seeks to encourage the personal and professional development of nurses, on local, national, and international levels, and foster communication and education. Links to employment opportunities, awards & scholarships, expert panels and other membership benefits.

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses - Founded in 1949, AORN unites its more than 41,000 members by providing education, representation, and standards for quality patient care. Clinical resources, credentialing resources, scholarships, webinar, etc. are available to members.

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses The mission of AWHONN is to improve and promote the health of women and newborns and to strengthen the nursing profession through advocacy, research, education, etc. Includes student and professional resources such as certifications, CE, research, grants, careers and other resources. It also has a section for consumers.

Emergency Nurses Association The association strives to be the global emergency nursing resource and advocate for Safe Practice and Safe Care. Links includes clinical practice resources, CE, online courses and toolkits, publications, job center and more.

Learning Nurse.Org An informal learning, continuing education and professional development site for the nursing student and educator. Has quizzes, games, professional resources, website links, nursing resources, etc.

List of Nursing Organizations presents a list of nursing organizations, some of which are highly specialized.

NANDA International NANDA International develops, refines and promotes standardized nursing diagnostic terminology that accurately reflects nurses’ clinical judgments.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses The association is committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. Has links to scholarships & awards, chapters, grants and information on membership.

National Association of School Nurses Includes resources, programs, advocacy and research opportunities for the school nurse.

National Black Nurses Association The NBNA’s mission is “to represent and provide a forum for Black nurses to advocate and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color”. Includes links to resources, webinars, conferences and programs, jobs listing, publications and much more.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing The NCSBN is an independent, not-for-profit organization through which boards of nursing act and counsel together on matters of common interest and concern affecting public health, safety and welfare, including the development of nursing licensure examinations. Information regarding the NCLEX exams and other helpful information is presented here.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization The NHPCO is the largest membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. Several sections on this website covering conference, webinars, regulatory and other topics are listed.

National Institute of Nursing Research An Institute of the NIH, dedicated to improving the health and health care of Americans through the funding of nursing research and research training. Funding opportunities, grants and training are listed here.

National League for Nursing The first nursing organization in the United States, the NLN offers professional development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 40,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members. Their mission is to prepare the nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations in the health care environment.

National Student Nurses Association With a membership of approximately 60,000 nationwide, the NSNA fosters the professional development of future registered nurses and aids in their entrance into the profession by providing educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance.

New York State Nurses Association This is the nation's oldest and largest state professional association for registered nurses. It also is New York's largest union solely dedicated to promoting the interests of RNs and their patients.

Oncology Nursing Society The ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. It includes more than 225 local chapters, advocates for oncology nurses, has practice resources, CE activities and more.

Practical The ultimate guide to everything you need to know about starting your career as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Registered Nursing.Org Promotes excellence in nursing through enabling future nurses with the tools they need to succeed. Includes nationwide job listing, resume & interview tips, NCLEX information, salary information, and other helpful resources.

Sigma Theta Tau International This is the international Honor Society of Nursing. Potential members who meet the eligibility criteria are invited to join Sigma – baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. Membership benefits include education opportunities, research, publications, career information and much more.

Society of Pediatric Nurses The mission of SPN is to advance the specialty of pediatric nursing through excellence in education, research and practice. Has education and practice resources, online education, webinars, certification resources, grants & awards and much more for members.

Transcultural Nursing Society The TCNS seeks to provide nurses and other health care professionals with the knowledge base necessary to ensure cultural competence in practice, education, research, and administration.

Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA) VNAA is a national industry association that supports, promotes and advocates for community- based, not-for-profit home-based care and hospice providers.

Alternative & Complementary Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) A division of the National Institutes of Health concerned with alternative medicine. This website provides professional and consumer information related to alternative and complementary therapies.


DailyMed Provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs. It is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts). This site provides a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling found in medication package inserts.

Drug Information Portal From the National Library of Medicine. The NLM Drug Information Portal gives users a gateway to selected drug information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and other key U.S. government agencies. More than 49,000 drugs can be searched. The portal covers drugs from the time they are entered into clinical trials ( through their entry in the U.S. market place. Many drugs in other countries are covered, but not as thoroughly as U.S. drugs.

Medline Plus: Drugs, Herbs and Supplements Includes information on prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more. Regarding dietary supplements and herbal remedies the site discusses their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions. (Physicians’ Desk Reference)

The online version of the PDR, the most recognized drug information reference available in the U.S. It provides healthcare professionals access to important drug information.

US Food and Drug Administration: Drug Center This site has links to resources for the healthcare professional and consumer. Topics include resources, news, recalls, approvals, drug safety and other topics.

Statistical Information

CDC WONDER databases Provides access to a wide array of public health information. Access statistical research data published by CDC, as well as reference materials, reports and guidelines on health-related topics.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC: Data & Statistics Includes data and statistics by topic and a variety of tools.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Provides information for communities in New York. Includes:

  • Explore Health Rankings- for county information
  • NYS Community Health Indicator Reports (click on the county you are interested in)
  • NYS Health Indicator Reports- Communicable Diseases
  • NYS County Health Indicators by Race/Ethnicity (CHIRE) (click on the county that you are interested in)
  • NYS Department of Health-Data & Reports
  • NYS Environmental Public Health Tracking
  • Other sites

Erie County, New York Community Health Assessment 2019-2022 This document is a "picture" of the health status of Erie County residents.

Erie County: County Health Indicator Reports (CHIRS) The data provides over 300 health indicators, organized by 15 health topic and data tables with links to trend graphs and maps.

Erie County Department of Health The mission of the Erie County Department of Health is to protect the public's health, to prevent disease and premature death through promotion of healthy living and wellness. Click on Programs/Info and then select topic or select Data/Statistics.

Erie County Department of Health: Data & Statistics Links to recent health data, statistics and reports.

FastStats A-Z Quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Global Health Observatory WHO’s gateway to health-related statistics for more than 1000 indicators for its 194 member states.

Health, United States This is an annual report on trends in health statistics.

Health: United States Census Bureau The Bureau provides accurate, detailed and up-to-date statistics related to health in America. This interactive data tool allows users to explore data and technical information related to the Healthy People 2030 including state-specific snapshots. Healthy People 2030 tracks approximately 1,200 objectives organized into 42 topic areas, each of which represents an important public health area.

National Center for Health Statistics Has everything needed for statistics on health in the United States. This site includes statistical data about U.S. public health topics, such as health care, diseases, drug use, birth and death rates, and aging. Includes reports, surveys, programs, topics, data and much more.

New York State Department of Health: Statistics Contains statistics on health care, diseases, drug use, birth and death rates, etc., in New York communities.

State Health Facts/ The Henry J. Kaiser Foundation Data from hundreds of State Health Facts indicators on health coverage, access, and costs, as well as demographic and economic data, into interactive custom reports for a single state or multiple states.

Career & Credentialing Information

See also: NCLEX Advice Guide

Khan Academy Practice questions for NCLEX-RN.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX & Other Exams What to expect when you take the NCLEX. Information on test plans, locations, FAQs and other resources are available.

NCLEX Examination - This site provides information on both the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN examinations. Online registration, guidelines and requirements are included.

Nurse Plus Academy NCLEX-RN questions based on 2018 NCLEX exam categories of Physiological Integrity, Psychosocial, Safe & Effective Care Environment and Health Promotion & Maintenance. Great place to practice the NCLEX questions and read the rationales to the answers. Keeps your test results without a Username/Password.

Nursing.Org- 6 Things to Know About the NCLEX Exam 2021

Office of the Professions: New York State Nursing This site provides NYS license requirements, online registration and renewal, laws, rules and regulations, application forms, child abuse training, infection control training, scholarships, as well as grants and loans information.

Government Agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CDC′s mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. It is a clearinghouse for credible information on injuries, workplace hazards, chronic and infectious diseases, environmental health, and more. A registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. Provides information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and contact information.

Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health A database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents. Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases, and similar materials selected from over 700 organizations for a professional audience.

FastStats A-Z Quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

National Center for Health Statistics Has everything needed for statistics on health in the United States. This site includes statistical data about U.S. public health topics, such as health care, diseases, drug use, birth and death rates, and aging. Includes reports, surveys, programs, topics, data and much more.

National Institutes of Health The National Institutes of Health is made up of 27 different components called Institutes and Centers. Each has its own specific research agenda. The NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency—making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives. Includes health information, news, videos, images, and other information.

New York State Department of Health Includes information for consumer, providers and health facilities. Topics include information on vital records, health insurance, conditions & diseases, data & reports, Health topics A to Z, to name a few.

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion This is a portal for health related resources and news from the U.S. government. Access to health literacy, dietary and physical activity guidelines, and other health resources.

US Department of Health and Human Services The HHS’s mission is to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.

US Food and Drug Administration FDA is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation, and by regulating the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products.

US National Library of Medicine NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library that makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources, databases, images, etc., on a wide range of topics. Includes MedlinePlus, an excellent resource for carefully reviewed unbiased patient education material.

World Health Organization WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

Evidence Based Practice

Excellent websites from reputable sources which present basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Practice.

Evidence Based Practice Tutorial From Duke University’s Medical Center Library & Archives.

Evidence-Based Practice Tutorial: An Interprofessional Tutorial From the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries.

Using Evidence Based Nursing in Practice From the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hills.

Nursing History

American Association for the History of Nursing A professional organization open to everyone interested in the history of nursing. The purpose of the association is to foster the importance of history as relevant to understanding the past.

American Nurses Association- Hall of Fame Since 1976, the ANA has honored those nurses whose dedication and achievements have significantly affected the nursing profession.

Nursing, History and Health Care From the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. “This unique site serves as a source of historical background information on issues regarding the nursing profession and the provision of nursing care. It addresses a wide range of topics critical to comprehending and broadening our understanding of health care and nursing concerns, including the role of professional nurses, nurse shortages, workplace problems and public health issues”.


AIDSinfo: Information on HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention and Research This site, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a valuable central resource which has combined information on HIV clinical trials and treatment for patients, their families, health care providers, and researchers.

American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

American Diabetes Association The mission of the ADA is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes

American Heart Association- The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke

CancerQuest Sponsored by Emory University, this site provides reliable information about cancer biology and treatment. Divided into sections such as Patient Information, Cancer Biology, Education Center, and Newsroom.

Consumer Health

Cleveland Clinical- Health Library This site offers the public as well as healthcare professionals over 5,000 articles, videos, tools and podcasts for managing one’s health.

Consumer Health Information in Many Languages Resources This site has consumer health information presented in a variety of languages. Hosted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Evaluating Internet Health Information Take this tutorial from the National Library of Medicine to learn how to evaluate health information you find on the Internet. This is the AAFP’s (American Academy of Family Physicians) consumers website, featuring physician-reviewed patient education materials, that includes care for the physical, mental, and emotional health of the whole family.

Health Encyclopedia From the University of Rochester Medical Center

Lab Tests Online A health information web resource designed to help patients and caregivers understand the many lab tests that are a vital part of medical care. Laboratory and medical professionals, who are experts in the field, develop and review all content, including articles on lab tests, conditions/diseases, screening, patient resources, and lab test news. The site is produced by AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to clinical laboratory science and its application to healthcare.

Mayo Clinic Patients can find information on diseases & conditions, symptoms, tests & procedures, and drugs & supplements.

Medical Encyclopedia From MedlinePlus.

Medline Guide to Health Web Surfing From the National Library of Medicine.

MedlinePlus Provides an abundance of information, dictionaries, videos, etc. Offers carefully selected links to health information on 1,000 topics.

MLA: Medical Library Association- Find Good Health Information Aids in the selection of quality medical sites.

Updated June 2021