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Nursing Informatics is the "science and practice (that) integrates nursing, its information and knowledge, with information and communication technologies to promote the health of people, families, and communities worldwide." (adapted from IMIA Special Interest Group on Nursing Informatics 2009).

The application of nursing informatics knowledge is empowering for all healthcare practitioners in achieving patient centered care.

Nurse informaticians work as developers of communication and information technologies, educators, researchers, chief nursing officers, chief information officers, software engineers, implementation consultants, policy developers, and business owners, to advance healthcare.

Core areas of work include:

  • Concept representation and standards to support evidence-based practice, research, and education
  • Data and communication standards to build an interoperable national data infrastructure
  • Research methodologies to disseminate new knowledge into practice
  • Information presentation and retrieval approaches to support safe patient centered care
  • Information and communication technologies to address inter-professional work flow needs across all care venues
  • Vision and management for the development, design, and implementation of communication and information technology
  • Definition of healthcare policy to advance the public’s health

AMIA’s Nursing Informatics Working Group serves as the United States’ representative to the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group.


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Kenrick Cato, PhD, RN, CPHIMS, FAAN

Chair 2023-2024
Professor of Nursing / Nurse Scientist, Pediatric Data and Analytics
University of Pennsylvania/ Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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Carolyn Sun, PhD

Chair Elect 2024
Assistant Professor
Hunter College
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Lois Walters-Threat, DNP, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Member-at-Large 2023-2024
Adjunct Faculty, Health Information Technology MPS Information Systems Department
University of Maryland Baltimore County
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Paula Wolski, MSN, RN, NI-BC

Member-at-Large 2024-2025
Program Director Informatics, Nursing and PCS
Brigham and Womens Faulkner Hospital
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Ragnhildur Bjarnadottir, MPH, PhD, RN

Member-at-Large 2023-2024
Assistant Professor
University of Florida
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Yun Jiang, PhD, MS, RN, FAMIA

Member-at-Large 2024-2025
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
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Kimberly Powell, PhD, RN, FAMIA

Secretary 2022-2023
Assistant Professor
University of Missouri - Columbia
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Elizabeth Umberfield, PhD, RN

Secretary Elect 2024-2025
Nurse Scientist
Mayo Clinic
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Christina Baker, PhD, NCSN, RN-BC

Student Representative 2023-2024
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, College of Nursing
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