I have had the great pleasure of knowing Dee and working with her for many years, mainly through working on the editorial board of the On-Line Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), first as web designer for a dozen years, along with being a contributing editor, then as Chief Senior Editor.
In all that time, Dee has been an exemplar of an enthusiast and advocate for nursing and health informatics and has consistently shown unflagging energy, commitment and drive in pursuit of a flagship vehicle for nursing informatics. Without OJNI, the field would have been much sparser and many of the articles published in OJNI have had a wide impact on nursing and nurses.
In all those years, Dee’s commitment and passion have been unrelenting, despite her many other commitments – I know this as I checked her resume to refresh my memory of some of the timeline and the resume itself (abbreviated) is 42 pages in length ?. After many years of dedicated service, Dee has decided to retire from her position as Editor-in-chief and from her consummate management of OJNIC (the founding corporation behind OJNI). I am confident that our readership will join me in thanking Dee for her service to OJNI and nursing informatics and wishing her the best for her new adventures.
Dee has been a shining light for us all at OJNI for close to two decades. We have all been delighted with her obvious leadership abilities coupled with a compassionate, personable, and insightful personality. Dee is not only very intelligent and professional – she is also a very kind and caring individual. We have all enjoyed her keen awareness of the state of nursing informatics and technology in general, and the way she always frames this in forward-looking and multidimensional ways.
When Dee announced her retirement from OJNI, we were all very sad yet understood fully that she has other important work that she needs to do. She has left very big shoes to fill but we thank her for showing us the way to shape and present a journal that can continue to inspire and educate nurses about the ever evolving field of informatics.
We wish to take this opportunity to bid Dee a fond farewell from the journal (but not our lives!). We wish her very well on the next leg of her inspirational journey.
Dee, we salute you!
Ida Androwich, June Kaminski and the OJNI Team