CONTACT: DEREK MAURER
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: June 1, 1999
UI College of Nursing to host nursing informatics institute
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Up to 50 participants from as far
away as Ireland will take part in the five-day Institute on Nursing Informatics
and Classification at the University of Iowa College of Nursing June 15-19.
Nationally known presenters at the institute include Christopher
Chute, head of medical information resources for the Mayo Medical Center and
Foundation in Rochester, Minn., and Rita Zielstorff, corporate manager of
Partners Healthcare System's department of nursing in Boston. A number of
recognized UI nursing faculty will also give talks and lead discussions on
information system design, standardized nursing language and other topics.
The institute is sponsored by the College of Nursing's
organizations, systems and community nursing area of study and the Center
for Nursing Classification.
The term "nursing informatics" refers in part to computerized
information systems used to create and manage records for individual patients.
Nursing classifications are standardized terms that describe nursing diagnoses,
treatments and outcomes in these computerized systems. The UI College of Nursing
is recognized internationally for its leadership in developing informatics
and classification systems.
"Informatics and classification are really about empowering
consumers and all health care providers to have an equal voice within the
health care system," said Connie Delaney, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing
at the UI and one of the institute's organizers. Although discussions of information
and classification systems can seem impersonal, Delaney said, "nurses have
the relationships to patients and the commitment to advocacy that bring sensitivity
to the computerized picture -- a sensitivity that adds a dimension of caring
that's been missing from patient records."
She gave the example of a patient whose medical condition
might be complicated by such factors as fatigue, fear, lack of knowledge,
role conflicts, immobility, pain and so on. Even now, most medical records
ignore such information. But nursing classification provides standard terms
to describe individuals' responses to illness,
and nursing informatics make it possible to include this information in computerized
records, enabling nurses and other health professionals to render better and
more compassionate care.
The informatics and classification institute is for nurses
and others interested in designing, implementing and evaluating nursing information
systems, as well as those interested in standardized nursing language. In
addition to presentations and panel discussions on technical, legal and scientific
issues pertaining to nursing information systems, the institute will include
field visits to Alverno Health Care Facility in Clinton, the Genesis Medical
Center in Davenport, and the UI Hospitals and Clinics. Hands-on experiences
will acquaint participants with image analysis technology, the Information
Commons at the UI's Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the UIHC's Virtual
Hospital, rural telemedicine and telecommunications technology for education,
advanced practice nursing and research.
Participation in the institute is limited to 50 to
facilitate more direct interaction between faculty and participants. Social
outings will include a shopping opportunity at Coral Ridge Mall and a sunset
cruise with dinner aboard the Celebration Belle, the largest luxury excursion
vessel on the upper Mississippi.
For more information about the Institute on Nursing Informatics
and Classification, contact the UI College of Nursing's organizations, systems
and community nursing area of study at (319) 335-7051.