HEALWA: Evidence-based medical information you can trust

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Staying current on evidence-based medical practices is crucial to nursing. In a time when the conve­nience of Google and Wikipedia can expose patients and health care practi­tioners to inaccu­rate medical infor­ma­tion, HEAL​-WA​.org provides a reliable alter­na­tive. This digital library combines the conve­nience of a search engine with a massive collec­tion of author­i­ta­tive clinical research from the latest e‑journals, databases and e‑books.

From a computer or mobile device, a HEALWA user can access the latest research on, for example, safe patient handling or opioid abuse, point-of-care diagnos­tics for diabetes or the flu, print­able patient handouts in English and Spanish, and free oppor­tu­ni­ties to earn contin­uing educa­tion credits.

All nurses licensed in Washington state have access to HEALWA. Created by an act of the Washington State Legis­la­ture in 2007, and admin­is­tered through a collab­o­ra­tion between the Univer­sity of Washington Health Sciences Library and the Washington State Depart­ment of Health, HEALWA is the only resource of its kind in the entire country. And for nurses, regis­tering for a HEALWA account is free.


Regis­tering takes about five minutes and requires your license number and the email address you use to commu­ni­cate with the DOH.

  • In a web browser, navigate to www​.heal​-wa​.org and click the Getting Started” link near the center of the homepage.
  • Select the option to Create a UW NetID.” Then enter your last name, date of birth and license number (including the letters).
  • HEALWA will send a message to the email address you entered to verify your identity. You’ll be asked to create a username and password.
  • Create a username and password.
  • Start using HEALWA!

To log in next time, click the Log In” link in the top left of the homepage. To log, out simply close the browser window.


After regis­tering for a HEALWA account, the next question we often hear is, How do I find what I’m looking for?” To take the guess­work out of searching, we’ve created Toolkits” and Where to Look.”

To use the toolkits, click the blue Toolkits” button on the left side of the homepage. You’ll find resources grouped according to profes­sional license. The RN toolkit includes Nursing Refer­ence Center, DynaMed (a great alter­na­tive to UpToDate), Patient Educa­tion Refer­ence Center, CINAHL Complete and more.

Feel free to use any profession’s toolkit! Once you’re logged in, all HEALWA’s resources are avail­able to you.

If you know what sort of infor­ma­tion you need but not where to find it, visit the Where to Look” page. It’s nestled in the Help” section, which can be found from the homepage by clicking the Help” link in the top right, then Where to Look” along the left side of the page. Here you’ll see resources listed according to infor­ma­tion need, like drugs, mental health condi­tions and alter­na­tive medicine.


For help navigating the HEALWA collec­tion, take a HEALWA webinar. To sign up, visit the News” section on HEALWA’s homepage. Atten­dees earn one Contin­uing Nursing Educa­tion (CNE) credit.