Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Research, guidelines, and resources for improving the quality and safe delivery of healthcare.

CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) Guidelines

Recommendations and guidelines for controlling specific pathogens, infection control practices related to devices and facilities, etc. Some overlap with other CDC guidelines.

CDC Guidelines

Guidelines for preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI), isolation precaution guidelines, hand hygiene guidelines, etc.

CMS HIPAA Resources

Regulations, guidelines and resources for complying with the Administrative Simplification provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA, Title II).


Regulations, guidelines, and references related to:

Institute for Safe Medication Practices

Non-profit organization devoted to promoting medication error prevention and safe medication use.

The Joint Commission

Not-for-profit organization that surveys, accredits and certifies healthcare facilities, organizations, and programs in the United States against performance standards.

The Leapfrog Group

Voluntary organization that promotes transparency and patient safety by comparing hospital performance on national standards of safety, quality, and efficiency, allowing purchasers of healthcare to make informed decisions.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Guidelines, regulations, and research related to improving safety for all levels of personnel working in healthcare environments.

Workplace safety research and recommendations related to specific diseases and injuries:

National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health

Reports and funding of research in the science of nursing.

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention homepage

World Health Organization

The directing and coordinating authority for healthcare issues within the United Nations system responsible for providing leadership on global health matters.


Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses

Academy of Neonatal Nursing

American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

American Association of Critical Care Nurses

American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

American Association of Nurse Practitioners

The American Occupational Therapy Association

American Nurses Association

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools

Emergency Nurses Association

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

National Association of Neonatal Nurses

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

National Student Nurses Association

Oncology Nursing Society

Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society