The Internet for School Nurses

Produced by Jama Chorush and Dolores Judkins
Oregon Health & Science University Library
Funded by a grant from the National Library of Medicine

"First Choice" Health Sites

MEDLINEplus healthfinder® NOAH: New York Access to Health PubMed

This web page was developed in conjunction with a class for School Nurses in Multnomah County, Oregon. It follows the syllabus of the class.

Internet and Web Browser Basics Guidelines for Using the Internet Medical Databases
Health Related Web Sites Searching the World Wide Web Nursing Discussion Groups
Sites with Health Information for Children and Adolescents

Internet and Web Browser Basics

University of Albany Library: Internet Tutorials
This is a very comprehensive site. It includes sections on both Netscape and Internet Explorer.

Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial
A very thorough guide to all aspects of Internet use. Created by the University of California, Berkeley. The only browser covered is Netscape.

Virtual School: Internet Tutorial
Very basic Internet information from Vanderbilt University. Although directed at young students, it contains some good information.

Internet Explorer Tutorial
A tutorial for Internet Explorer from Eastern Illinois University.

Effective Bookmark Management: Netscape Bookmarks Tutorial
An excellent tutorial on managing bookmarks created by Infopeople of Berkeley.

Guidelines for Using the Internet as an Information Source

Medical Databases

Clinical Databases
PubMed provides free access to MEDLINE (the premier medical database), HealthSTAR, and PreMEDLINE in one database. Includes very current citations.

PubMed help
NLM Gateway
A Web-based system that lets users search simultaneously in multiple retrieval systems at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). It allows users of NLM services to initiate searches from one Web interface, providing "one-stop searching" for many of NLM's information resources or databases.

A subscription based database covering nursing and allied health literature; this links only to information about the database. Access is available through the OHSU Library, or a PORTALS library.

Focuses on all aspects of cancer.

A subscription based database focusing on psychological literature; this links only to information about the database. Access is available through the OHSU Library, or a PORTALS library.

NLM Databases & Electronic Resources
A variety of other medical databases available though the National Library of Medicine.

OHSU Library Databases
A list of databases available through OHSU. Not all available to non-OHSU people.

Consumer Health Databases

Produced by the National Library of Medicine, this database contains links to carefully selected Web resources for over 400 health topics. Included are links to medical and drug reference sources, dictionaries, directories, organizations, news, and the MEDLINE database. Your first stop when searching for consumer health information.

A gateway consumer health information web site produced by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Among chosen sources of online information are the federal government, state and local agencies, universities, and not-for-profit organizations. 20 hot topics are highlighted each month for quick and easy searching.

NOAH: New York Access to Health
Brings together health information from across the Internet with a considerable amount of information in Spanish.

Health Source: Consumer Edition
A subscription based database, it provides full-text from over 280 periodicals, nearly 1,200 health pamphlets, and 20 health reference books, covering subjects such as nutrition, exercise, medical self-care and drugs and alcohol. Available through most public schools in Oregon as well as most public libraries in Oregon.

Other relevant databases

The world's largest source of education information, with more than 1 million abstracts of documents and journal articles on education research and practice. Also available through commercial sources.

EBSCO databases
A number of other databases available through most public schools in Oregon as well as most public libraries in Oregon which include some health information.

Tools for Finding Databases on the Internet

Direct Search
Compiled by Gary Price of George Washington University. This massive collection of links to databases is organized by subject.

Health Related Web Sites

School Nursing School Health Immunization
Child and Adolescent Health General Health and Medicine Rare Disorders
Drugs and Pharmacology Mental Health Multicultural Health Care
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Federal Government Resources State and Local Resources
Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco Medical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias Health and Medical News
Sites with Health Information for Children and Adolescents

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

Martha Dewey Bergren's Home Page
An 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.

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.

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 American Academy 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 American Family Physician 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.

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 Reference
Articles 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 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

Multicultural Health Care

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.

Transcultural and Multicultural Health Links
An annotated, selected list of references to diversity-specific links to health information.

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 (Select "Minority Health")
Produced by the Arizona Health Sciences Library, a listing of sites emphasizing minority health.

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.

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.

Searching the World Wide Web

DirectoriesVirtual LibrariesSearch Engines

Nursing Discussion Groups

SCHLRN-L, The School Nurse Discussion List
Information about the list:
To subscribe, send the message "subscribe SCHLRN-L firstname lastname" to:


Tools for Finding Internet Discussion Groups

  • CataList

Developed by
Jama Chorush, MLS
Dolores Zegar Judkins, MLS

Oregon Health & Science University Library
in partnership with
Multnomah Education Service District
Department of School Health Services

Funded by a grant from the National Library of Medicine. Thank you to Karen Hansen for her help in updating this page.

This project was funded by a grant from the National Library of Medicine.

This page was last updated on April 21, 2004.
For information, comments, or suggestions for additions, please contact:
Dolores Judkins at