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BNURS 460A: Translating Scholarly Knowledge to Nursing Practice (Iyer) [and Winter 2020 BNURS 360A: Critical Reading & Information Literacy (Niitsu)]: HEALWA

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HEALWA Information


HEALWA, located online at, provides evidence-based information for eligible health professionals in Washington State, and has over 9,000 full text journals.

  1. What is HEALWA? Answer: It is a way for eligible licensed health professionals to access online resources such as Nursing Reference Center, ClinicalKey, DynaMed Plus, Natural Medicines, Joanna Briggs Library, MedLine, and CINAHL. You can go to the site and look at what is available.
  2. Who has access to HEALWA? Answer: Nurses who are currently licensed in WA state as LPNs or RNs can access HEALWA, as well as members of all of the professions that were included in the legislation. The following is from the About: HEALWA Eligible Professions page,  "The professions that are eligible to access HEALWA include Chiropractors, Dietitians, East Asian Medicine Practitioners, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists & Marriage & Family Therapy Associates, Licensed Practical Nurses, Massage Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Midwives, Naturopathic Physicians, Nutritionists, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Optometrists, Osteopathic Physicians and Osteopathic Physician Assistants, Physicians and Physician Assistants, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Registered Nurses, Social Workers and Clinical Social Work Associates, and Speech Language Pathologists."
  3. The mission of HEALWA is to serve eligible health professionals throughout Washington State, beyond the UW.
    • Are full text articles from the UW linked in article databases such as CINAHL and PubMed? Answer: No, but HEALWA does have over 9,000 full text journals, and databases such as MedLine Complete, CINAHL Complete, DynaMed, and the Nursing Reference Center. 
  4. Is CINAHL the same through HEALWA and the UW? Answer: No, the level of access to full text articles is much higher through the UW Libraries subscription to CINAHL. HEALWA has access to over 10,000 online journals, and the UW Libraries subscribes to 13,000 health related online journals.
  5. Help: Who can I contact with HEALWA questions?
  6. What does HEALWA have that the UW does not offer? Answer: The UW Libraries has access to many more e-resources than HEALWA presently has, but there are a few that the UW does not have. They include:
  • DynaMed Plus: A point of care resource that provides concise summaries and detailed recommendations based on the most current evidence. Practitioners can easily see the levels of evidence and guidelines behind each recommendation.
  • Joanna Briggs Library: A unique suite of information resources to help integrate evidence into your practice. Includes publications such as best practice information sheets, evidence summaries, and systematic reviews.
  • Nursing Reference Center: Provides evidence-based information for point of care, continuing education, nursing and research.
  • Patient Education Reference Center  (Note from Janet Schnall: The patient handouts here are also accessed through the Patient Ed section of the Nursing Reference Center, but since they subscribe to PERC, they have almost double the number than we do, approx 12,000 compared to 6-7,000).
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