VUSN to Hold 3-Day Nursing Informatics Conference for Educators

VUSN to Hold 3-Day Nursing Informatics Conference for Educators

Nursing educators challenged with incorporating nursing informatics into their curriculum in accordance with the new AACN Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education can get a jump start at a three-day conference offered by Vanderbilt University School of Nursing this summer.

The Vanderbilt Informatics Summer Teaching Academy (VISTA) will be July 20-22, 2022, at Vanderbilt’s park-like campus in Nashville, TN.  This informatics immersion for educators will be led by nursing informatics experts who will use the new AACN informatics essentials (No. 8) as a framework to provide attendees with concrete ways to embed informatics into their curricula.

Patty Sengstack wearing a white jacked and print blouse leans against a desk “The AACN Core Competencies call for the incorporation of essential informatics and communications technologies into nursing curricula within a few years,” said Patricia Sengstack, DNP, RN-BC, FAAN, FACMI, Senior Associate Dean for Nursing Informatics at Vanderbilt School of Nursing. “The nursing faculty across the nation responsible for making this happen need knowledge on how to do that. Informatics can be confusing. This conference will give nursing faculty and curriculum developers the knowledge they need to bridge that gap for their students and their schools.”

Conference attendees will identify teaching strategies, develop content and create assessment measures to help their schools of nursing transition programs to meet the new AACN informatics-focused competencies. The academy format will include case examples, use of hands-on technology and breakout sessions focused on ideas, innovation and transformation. Attendees will return to their home institutions equipped with new knowledge, applicable strategies and realistic plans to add informatics concepts to their schools’ courses and programs.

“With the pervasiveness of technology in health care today, and the need for robust analytics, informatics concepts are no longer optional in nursing education,” Sengstack said. “They are now essential components to understand in the delivery of transformational care.”

VISTA instructors include Sengstack, a former president of the American Nursing Informatics Association who has also served as chief of clinical informatics at the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center, and as chief nursing informatics officer for the Bon Secours Health System.

Other presenters are Kelly Aldrich, DNP, MS, RN-BC, FHIMSS, director of innovation, and Brenda Kulhanek, PhD, RN-BC, NPD-BC, NE-BC, director of Vanderbilt’s Nursing Informatics specialty. Aldrich was the first chief nursing informatics officer for HCA Healthcare and is the former chief clinical transformation officer for the Center for Medical Interoperability, a nonprofit led by health systems to simplify and advance data sharing among medical technologies and systems.

Kulhanek has served as division vice president of clinical education for TriStar Health, corporate associate vice president of clinical education for HCA Healthcare, and corporate director of informatics at Adventist Health; she is a past president of the American Nursing Informatics Association. As educators, the three have approximately a century of combined education experience.

“We’re using a train the trainer model to equip faculty to serve as informatics subject matter experts in their own schools. It’s our hope that nursing school deans and department heads encourage their faculty to attend and then return to share with their colleagues,” Sengstack said.

“Nurses of the future need to be educated on informatics concepts and foundations as part of their nursing education. Clinical practice cannot be separated from the technology used in health care,” she said. “It’s a vital and ever-evolving part of patient care.”

Donna Hood Named Louisiana Nursing School Administrator of the Year

Donna Hood Named Louisiana Nursing School Administrator of the Year

Donna Hood , director of Louisiana Tech University’s Division of Nursing, was named Louisiana Nursing School Administrator of the Year at the Nightingale Awards Gala in Baton Rouge. Presented by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation (LNF), the annual event honors excellence in nursing with nominations from across the state.

Under Hood’s leadership, Louisiana Tech has seen nurse pass rates of 100 percent on the NCLEX, 100 percent job placement following graduation, and an increase of incoming freshman of 26 percent. Louisiana Tech’s nursing program has been named Outstanding Undergraduate Nursing Program of the Year for the past two years by the LNF.

Hood recently collaborated with the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) to develop a minor in health informatics for nursing students. The subject of health informatics is becoming increasingly important for registered nurses, and Hood worked to develop a minor to meet the specialized needs of nursing students interested in this area of healthcare.

Among her other achievements, Hood has developed a Nursing Ambassadors student organization to promote the nursing profession, started a College Diabetes Network on the Louisiana Tech campus, and partnered with a virtual hospital to bring new simulation experiences to the nursing students in her program.

Hood has consistently demonstrated her commitment to lifelong learning and the nursing profession. To learn more about her role as a nursing school administrator, visit here.