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Nurses immerse themselves in
conference on nursing informatics, held Feb. 8 - 10 in Charleston, was
a first for the Southeast that attracted nurses from nine states.
The program, Weekend Immersion in Nursing Informatics (WINI), is a
nursing computer informatics continuing education course that travels
around the country to provide cost-effective, in-depth nursing
Dan Gracie, Children's Hospital, works on a case project along with
other WINI participants. The national conference was held Feb. 8 - 10
Of the 37 nurses attending the event, 12 nurses came from MUSC,
according to Laurie Zone-Smith, Ph.D., R.N., manager of the Center for
Professional Development and Clinical Education Resources, which served
as lead sponsor of the event. Program sponsors, Get Well Network and
McKesson & Motion Computing, provided meals and snacks.
Zone-Smith praised the MUSC Nursing Planning Committee members: Bonnie
Foulois, R.N.; clinical educator Weatherly Brice, R.N.; Kim
Harris-Eaton, R.N.; and Mary Fischer, R.N., for their work in planning
the weekend session.
“This was one of the most organized and welcoming professional
conferences I ever attended,” said Zone-Smith. “The conference brought
clinical informatics-minded nurses from nine other states to
Charleston. We now have 12 nurses from MUSC who are prepared to take
their exam to achieve their Nursing Informatics Board Certification
this year. It was a smashing success.”
Brice said MUSC nurses normally have to travel far away to get this
kind of training. “The other choices would have been conferences in
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Canada and Texas,” Brice said. “So, this was really
a coup that it was offered in the Southeast in response to our request.”
WINI focuses on basic competencies in nursing informatics and provides
guided discussion and education on topics, including systems life
cycles, theories used in nursing informatics, and professional practice
trends and issues.
Friday, Feb. 22, 2008
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