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RNs Selected for Alliance for Nursing Informatics' Leadership Program

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - RNs Selected for Alliance for Nursing Informatics' Leadership Program

By ADVANCE for Nurses, January 13, 2010

Two nurses have been selected by the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) to participate in a Nursing Informatics Emerging Leaders Program, a 2-year professional development program that pairs nurses with mentors "to develop leaders capable of assuming national leadership positions in an informatics-related organization."

The program, which is in its inaugural year, is jointly supported by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

The two nurses selected for the program are Ellen Makar, MSN, RN-BC, Yale-New Haven Health System, New Haven, CT, and Sandra Ng, MSN, RN-BC, University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Their selections were based on a number of criteria, including a mid-level position in informatics in a healthcare setting, a current license to practice as a registered nurse and the ability to make a difference as a leader in the field of informatics.

Makar is a clinical coordinator in the Decision Support Department at Yale-New Haven Health, where she retrieves and analyzes administrative health data for projects that require operational, clinical, and financial decision-making. She also is a doctoral student at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College in St Louis. She will be paired with two mentors: Bonnie Westra, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and Carol Petersen, manager, Perioperative Informatics, at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.

Ng is responsible for operating trials of ground-breaking hardware and applications in a clinical setting at UCSF Medical Center, redesigning workflow processes, and evaluating impact of these innovations on various clinician workflows during routine patient care. She will be mentored by HIMSS Vice President of Informatics, Joyce Sensmeier, and Curtis Dikes, National Director, Clinical Informatics Technology Integration at Kaiser Permanente.

"Clinical workflow design and processes are the foundation of quality patient care with nurses focused on providing both effective and efficient care to their patients," Sensmeier said. "Through this mentoring program, nurses are introduced to the benefits of care collaboration and clinical informatics in nursing so that they can step in as the future leaders of the nursing profession." 

Co-sponsored by AMIA and HIMSS, ANI represents more than 5,000 nurses, brings together 26 distinct nursing informatics groups.