Resources for Nurses

Resources for Administrators of Special Education

The topics listed are individual websites that can be accessed by members of The American Academy of Special Education Professionals (AASEP). If you are not a member of AASEP, and would like to join AASEP, click on the following link: Join AASEP to Register.

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School Nursing

  • National Association of School Nurses Home Page - Includes position statements and issue briefs, the NASN newsletter, table of contents for the Journal of School Nursing, and links to a variety of health related web sites.
  • National Association of School Nurses for the Deaf - The National Association of School Nurses for the Deaf is an association open to School Nurses currently working with Deaf students across the nation.
  • Martha Dewey Bergren's Home Page - Extremely comprehensive set of links covering a broad range of topics related to child health. Includes nursing, medical, legal and educational sites. Highly recommended for all school nurses.
  • Guidelines for the Nurse in the School Setting - From the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children, this site includes a 110 page book that can be downloaded.
  • School - Online site for School Health Alert newsletter.

School Health

  • American Academy of Pediatrics - School Health Resources for Pediatricians - Information intended for pediatricians and other health professionals working in or with schools. Topics of interest to school nurses can be found in Frequently Asked Questions, Health News, and "School Lessons" sections.
  • American School Health Association - The ASHA is a multidisciplinary organization that advocates high-quality school health instruction, health services and a healthful school environment. 
  • Bandaids and Blackboards - A site designed to help professionals, parents and children understand what it's like to grow up with chronic medical conditions. Created by Joan Fleitas, an RN and educator.
  • Center for Health and Health Care in Schools - Includes links to health information, reports on school health and an electronic journal.
  • CUErgo School Ergonomics Program - Information on computer use and backpacks from the Cornell University Ergonomics web. Includes school ergonomic program guidelines.
  • HeadLice.Org - Produced by the National Pediculosis Association, this site has a broad range of information about head lice and scabies, including a special section for kids with interactive games.
  • National Assembly on School-Based Health Care - The National Assembly on School-Based Health Care is dedicated to promoting accessible, quality school-based primary health and mental health care for children and youth through interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts.


  • Immunization Action Coalition and the Hepatitis B Coalition - This site aims to be the "premier source of childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization information and hepatitis B educational materials". All information is copyright-free. Includes 16 languages.
  • CDC - Vaccination for Specific Groups of People - Current vaccination schedules for children, adults, travelers, and other specific groups.

Child and Adolescent Health

  • Adolescence Directory Online - An electronic guide to information on adolescent issues developed at the Center for Adolescent Studies at Indiana University. Parents, teens, health professionals, counselors and educators will find useful links to Internet resources.
  • Advocates for Youth - Advocates for Youth is an organization dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies which help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health.
  • AMA Adolescent Health Links - The American Medical Association provides this resource for information on adolescent health issues and their Guidelines for Adolescent Preventive Services (GAPS) program.
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children - EMSC is a national initiative designed to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness or injury.
  • Family Village - A large collection of resources for families of children with disabilities and special needs. It contains an extensive list of disabling childhood conditions, parent programs, online books, equipment companies bulletin boards and chatrooms. It is included in the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics' "Best of the Internet."
  • Infectious Diseases in Children - Online version of monthly newspaper for Pediatricians.
  • Injury Prevention Web Site - Fun and educational safety site designed by Chidren's Hospital of Pittsburgh . Separate sections for children, teens, parents and health professionals. Comprehensive Home Safety Handbook, Babysitters' Guide and Tips Sheets for a large number of recreational and other activities can be viewed and printed. Several animated cartoons for children.
  • InteliHealth:Children's Health - (Select "Children's Health" under the "Your Health" category).  A comprehensive collection of health information developed by Harvard University . Highly readable information about many childhood conditions and illnesses. Objective essays about controversial topics like television watching and teen violence are highlighted.
  • Medem: Medical Library: Children's Health - Health information produced by a group of national medical societies, including the American Medical Association.
  • Resources for Nurses and Families - Child and Family Health - Links to Internet resources for both nurses and families. A number of sites offer support for parents of children with a chronic illness or disability. Many sites designed for children, are listed as well.
  • Society for Adolescent Medicine - A multidisciplinary organization of professionals committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well being of all adolescents.

General Health and Medicine

  • - The American Academy of Family Practice offers well-written, easy-to-understand health and medical information. Users may search by keyword or browse by age group or organ system. They will find self-care flow charts, health facts on specific topics with referral information, and health information handouts. Also look at the AAFP site for information. The <cite>American Family Physician</cite> has full-text articles available to all.
  • Health Web - Extensive and very well-organized access to high-quality, non-commercial, health-related Internet resources. Provided by the health sciences librarians and information professionals from the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago .
  • InteliHealth - Harvard Medical School 's comprehensive consumer health site. Features include an interactive "Symptom Scout", "Ask-the-Expert" searchable answers to thousands of questions; and a drug database.
  • - This site, written with the patient in mind, contains recent health news, a library of medical references, a glossary, and more. The site is searchable.
  • - Medicial ReferenceA - rticles written by physicians and scientists for consumers. Sections on Diseases and Conditions, Procedures and Tests, Medications, Healthy Living and a medical dictionary are available for browsing.
  • NOAH (New York Online Access to Health) - NOAH seeks to provide high quality, full-text health information to consumers in English and Spanish. Maintained by a volunteer staff of medical and consumer health Librarians from across the country.
  • Occupational Safety and Health Information - Information on all aspects of occupational health, including ergonomics in school from the OHSU Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET).
  • OHSU Library - Consumer Health Resources Center - Includes links to a variety of sites, including Spanish language, low literacy and multicultural health information.
  • Skin Care - From the American Academy of Dermatology, this site provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of the skin, hair, and nails.
  • FirstGov for Consumers: Health - Aimed at providing one-stop shopping for consumer information. This site offers relevant government information in the categories of food health, your home, transportation, children, buying smart, product safety, your money, and education. Provided by six U.S. Government Agencies.
  • Young Women's Health Page - This site was developed by young women for young women through a project with the OHSU Center for Women's Health.  It includes links to a variety of sites on the physical, mental, and sexual aspects of young women's health.

Rare Disorders

  • National Organization for Rare Disorders - You can search the Rare Disease Database for descriptions of the disease, find a support group or help in the Organizational Database, check details of medications in the Orphan Drug Designation Database, read the group's newsletters, link to associated sites, and more. There is a charge for long reports, but abstracts are free.
  • Office of Rare Diseases - Information on more than 6000 rare diseases, including current research, publications from scientific and medical journals, completed research, ongoing studies, and patient support groups.
  • Family Village - Specific Diagnoses Card Catalog - Links to consumer health information and support for a very extensive list of disorders.

Drugs and Pharmacology

  • Ask NOAH About: Pharmacy: Drugs and Medications - An excellent source of information on all aspects of drugs and pharmacology.
  • PDR health - From the publishers of Physicians Desk Reference. The main sections of this huge resource are: Drug Information, full text of the PDR Family Guides to Prescription Drugs, Women's Health, Encyclopedia of Medical Care, and Clinical Trial Information. Magazine Archives features full-text of articles from 13 medical journals.
  • Pharmacology for Nurses - Contains hundreds of articles specific to nursing and pharmacology.
  • Pediatrics: Pharmacology/Medications - From, information about pediatric drugs and commonly used medications.
  • Rx List - Searchable database. Gives the brand, generic, and category for more than 4000 drugs. Also has most common indications and side effects.
  • Listing of Newly Approved Drug Therapies - Browse through lists of drug therapies organized accorded to year approved or disease category. Detailed clinical information is available for each drug, along with links to other web sources.
  • MEDLINEplus: Drug Information - A guide to more than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications provided by the United States Pharmocopeia (USP).

Mental Health

  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Designed for both professional members of the organization and parents and families. The "Facts for Families" series was developed to provide concise and up-to-date information on topics that affect children, teenagers and their families. They are available in English, Spanish, German and French.
  • - Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives - Find tips for choosing a psychiatrist, pamphlet series with useful information on various mental health diseases, mental illness health coverage issues, links to check out psychiatric medications and more.
  • Internet Mental Health - A free encyclopedia of mental health information which contains hundreds of entries on mental illness, medications, and other topics. Click on a disorder, and you're taken to a menu that includes descriptions, treatments, research, magazine articles, and links to related sites.
  • Mental Help Net - Comprehensive guide to mental health online. Covers information on disorders; such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, chronic fatigue syndrome, substance abuse, and other addictions; professional resources in psychology; psychiatry and social work; journals; and self-help magazines
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - This site contains information for the researcher as well as the general public. The public information section provides specifics on mental disorders, diagnosis and treatment, in addition to links to other NIMH programs.

Coping with Violence and Disaster Sites

  • Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters - A booklet that describes the impact of violence and disasters on children and adolescents, with suggestions for minimizing long-term emotional harm.
  • Responding to Tragedy: Resources for School-Based Programs- Materials assembled by professionals around the nation to assist children, their families and school staff cope.
  • NASP: A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope- Tips for Parents and Teachers - This handout from the National Association of School Psychologists may be used by other organizations without receiving specific permission as long as it is reprinted or posted to websites verbatim, credits NASP, and includes links to the NASP website.
  • NEA: Crisis Guide - The NEA Crisis Communications Guide and Toolkit provides resources to empower members facing crises and to guide their school communities toward hope, healing, and renewal.

Multicultural Health Care

  • EthnoMed - Contains medical and cultural information on a variety of ethnic groups in order to assist providers in bridging language and cultural barriers during medical visits. It is designed to be used quickly by providers before seeing a patient. Includes patient education materials in languages other than English.
  • OHSU Patient Education Links - Non-English Sites - A list of sites for non-English source of health information; primarily Spansish language.
  • Multicultural Health Clearinghouse - Health information for African Americans, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, gay/lesbian and students with disabilities.
  • Minority Health - The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  • The Alternative Medicine Homepage - This annotated directory is for consumers, professionals, and students who would like to learn more about various forms of alternative health care. It links to sources of information on unconventional, unorthodox, unproven, or alternative, complementary, innovative, integrative therapies. Includes practitioners' directories.
  • MEDLINEplus: Alternative Medicine - Links to a variety of resources on alternative and complementary medicine.
  • Healthfinder: Alternative Medicine - (Select "health library" and then "alternative medicine").  Information on alternative medicine, including organizations, journals, and general information.
  • Health Encyclopedia: The Natural Pharmacy - Physicians and pharmacists offer objective information derived from scientific studies about alternative therapies. They discuss herbs and supplements and present both the positive and negative findings so that users can make informed decisions. Detailed scientific information, treatments for specific conditions, and facts about interactions with other drugs are available. Free registration required. Includes Commission E monographs.
  • HerbMed - A project of the Alternative Medicine Foundation, HerbMed provides access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health.  It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and the general public. 

Federal Government Health Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - An vast collection of health information produced by the CDC. In addition to an alphabetic list covering a wide range of topics, sections on traveler's health and health statistics are featured. Some highlighted resources include Spanish translations and links to Spanish language sites, Prevention Guidelines, Hoaxes and Rumors and Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
  • Department of Health and Human Services - This site contains specifics on DHSS programs, such as Head Start and Medicaid, as well as general information on public health topics like HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy.
  • Food and Drug Administration - Well-designed site covering subject areas of animal drugs, foods, human drugs, biologics, cosmetics, and medical devices. FAQ's for each topic area provide concise answers to questions commonly asked by consumers. Includes material aimed at all levels of interest from children to medical professionals and scientists.
  • National Institutes of Health - This site was established "to assist users in finding information about NIH programs and services and to highlight important items of interest to the general public and the medical research community.
  • National Library of Medicine - World's largest biomedical library provides access to both consumers and health professionals through Medline and other bibliographic databases, library services, conferences, research programs and on-site and regional training programs.

State and Local Health Resources

  • Oregon Health Division - Health-related news, OHD programs and services, public health information and statistics, and fact sheets and reporting regulations for diseases are included.
  • Oregon Health Plan - Documents (in PDF format) about the Oregon Health Plan and health care policy in Oregon as well as links to other health care sites.
  • Multnomah County Health Department - Describes services offered by the department, public health care information and links to health databases and other web sites.
  • CascadeLink: Community Health - Provides links to health web sites in the Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, Washington< region.

Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco

  • CDC's Tips: Tobacco Information and Prevention Sources - This enormous resource will be of interest to consumers, educators and medical professionals and researchers. Features educational publications such as fact and tip sheets, guides to quitting, results of recent studies and surveys, and links to other organizations. Separate sections for kids and teens.
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information - Information service of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Select from thousands of resources including fact sheets, brochures, pamphlets, posters and videotapes. There is information specific to a wide variety of individuals and communities, including ethnic groups, homosexuals, the disabled, and children. Outstanding links to topical information from other Internet sources.
  • Web of Addictions - Extensive and well organized links to selected Internet sites about alcohol and drug addiction. Although is a very useful site, it appears that it hasn't been updated since April, 2000.

Medical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  • Medical Dictionary
  • MEDLINEplus: Dictionaries - A selection of dictionaries on biomedical topics.
  • Adam Medical Encyclopedia - An excellent encyclopedia that includes diagrams, pictures, and a huge variey of information on all aspects of healthcare.

Health and Medical News

  • Healthfinder: News Media Link - Healthfinder offers links to major sources of medical news. These include services of the major television networks, NPR, Reuters, and the New York Times. Most news sites are updated daily.
  • MEDLINEplus: Health News by Date - News updated frequently.