The development of nurse-managed centres for health is receiving increased attention in the United States of America. Nursing centres serve a variety of clients and exhibit multiple management designs. This article describes the development of The Nursing and Health Information Centre (NHIC) at Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, USA. The NHIC is unique in that it is managed by the Department of Nursing and serves as a site for implementing the clinical objectives of the nursing programme.