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A message from Victoria Bradley, DNP, RN, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, 2009 ANIA CARING Annual Conference Chair.

It is time again to network with colleagues to share lessons learned, identify best practices and seek new knowledge at the 3rd Annual ANIA CARING nursing informatics conference. This annual event marks the 16th year for ANIA and the third year held jointly with CARING. The conference theme is "Raising the Stakes for Nursing Informatics" and will be held on April 23-25, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The keynote and special session speakers reflect the important role of nursing informatics in our complex chaotic healthcare environment. Marilyn Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Vice President of Patient Care Services for Kaiser Permanente will share results of the study on how nurses spend their time with ramifications for IT. Kathleen Shinn, Patient Safety Advocate will share an adverse neonatal outcome, bringing home the criticality of our efforts to promote patient safety; and Marion J. Ball, EdD, Fellow, Center for Healthcare Management at IBM Research provides a closing address that shares forces that are impacting us in healthcare and how to use HIT as an enabling strategy to address these complex issues.

A total of 20.5 hours of continuing education are available for attendees.

The conference includes 28 speaker sessions and over 20 poster presentations in four tracks: Leadership and Governance; Education and Career Development; Implementation Methodology; and Evaluation and Outcomes. Four pre-conference sessions will also be held with focused learning in Project Management, Writing for Publication, Change Management, and Outcomes Measurement. A People's Choice Award will be presented for the outstanding poster presentation, as selected by the attendees.

You will not want to miss the historical groundbreaking event of the ANIA CARING membership luncheon celebrating the merging of ANIA and CARING into one nursing informatics association.

So do not delay in signing up for the opportunity to add to your repertoire of informatics skills, reconnecting with old friends and new friends in Las Vegas 2009. Look for the full conference brochure, online registration information, hotel reservation information, and all communication updates at

Preview of Conference Keynote Speakers

How Nurses Spend Their Time: Effects on Quality and Safety in Hospitals


The work environment of medical-surgical nurses can either facilitate or hinder the delivery of safe, quality care. This presentation will present the findings of how medical-surgical nurses spend their time in 36 units across the United States and will discuss the implications for hospital design, workflow, and clinical technology. New efforts to solve for the findings will be shared.

Dr. Chow is vice president of National Patient Care Services, Program Office, at Kaiser Permanente. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 2000 to position the organization as a national model for nursing care and a best place to work for nurses. She is also program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, a leadership program designed for nurse-executives.

Dr. Chow is a co-author of "Fail Often to Succeed Sooner: Adventures in Innovation," a call to innovation published in The Permanente Journal, Fall 2005 (vol. 9 no. 4). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, at-large nursing commissioner on The Joint Commission board, and member of the Joint Commission Resources board. Dr. Chow previously served as vice president of Patient Care Services for Summit Medical Center and as Dean for Clinical Affairs at Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California. (Source:

Alyssa's Story: The Heart of a Medical Error

Kathleen Shinn, RN; Patient Advocate

Ms. Shinn will review the historical events of an adverse neonatal outcome and discuss the importance of early disclosure and transparency after an adverse clinical event. Strategies to involve the family in validating their feelings and need to participate in discovery and resolution of an event will be shared, as well as principles of high reliability organizations that possibly could have prevented this neonatal adverse event from happening. (Source:



Enabling Technologies: Transforming Health Care; Current and Future Impact on Patient Safety, Culture, and Process

In working to improve patient safety, this presentation looks to the vision of care outlined by the Institute of Medicine. In redesigning processes, we have observed several over- arching principles. First is the importance of working toward creating a culture of safety! This included appreciating and nurturing interdisciplinary communications and clearly defined processes to engage caregivers in identifying areas that should be addressed, with special emphasis on the nursing profession. The focus on nursing builds upon the growing body of evidence that better work environments for nurses mean safer care for patients. The nursing shortage will be a very troubling issue over the next decade, which is already being felt. How can we use enabling technologies to address some of these issues? How do we address the need for patients to get involved in their own care and prevention? (Source:
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