June received her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of BC and supplemented these with upper level and graduate courses in Computer Programming and Applications in Education. She became interested in nursing informatics in 1986 as the Medical-Surgical ward trainer for nurses being orientated to the new Hospital Information System in Vancouver. Helping nurses learn to integrate computer use into their nursing practice became a fascination of which June has dedicated many hours towards ever since. Since 1989, June has worked as Nursing Faculty at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia. She is currently Program and Curriculum Coordinator for Kwantlen's new hybrid BSN Post Baccalaureate program. She is also a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies with a focus on Technology Education at the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral dissertation is focused on how nursing faculty perceive the dis/allowing of a cuilture for nursing informatics within nursing education.
June developed integrated curriculum for Nursing Informatics for all BSN students at Kwantlen in the early 1990s and continues to update it at http://nursing-informatics.com/kwantlen. June is also Editor in Chief and Designer of the Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics. She was the Director of Communications of the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association from 2003 to 2012, (and served as President in 2008-9). She is President-Elect of the Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment, and President and Research/Global Health Chair for the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, Xi Eta Chapter As well, June developed a web environment to promote professional development through accredited CE courses and other tools for nursing informatics competency for practicing nurses, viewable at Nursng Iinformatics Learning Center She engages in freelance web design work - Hygeia Design and research and curriculum design in First Nations Pedagogy.
In November 2012, June was honored to receive the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and Canada Health Infoway's inaugural Nursing Faculty E-Health Award 2012 in Ottawa Canada. This award competition was aimed at supporting nursing school faculty who demonstrate exceptional leadership and commitment to e-health in nursing education. This award is a component of Canada Health Infoway's Clinicians-in-Training Initiative, aimed at improving the preparedness of graduates to work in a technology-enabled environment.
Jack Yensen has been involved in online education ever since 1970, when he first experimented with simulations on mainframes. When personal computers arrived he abandoned (almost) mainframes and time sharing and immersed himself in programming and databases. When networking started to happen, he got involved in very early email and telnet applications, and then realized in 1992 that he could enhance classroom courses and reach students globally using an FTP server to simulate a Web server, when the web first started. Now he has courses and servers and websites all over the place. Every year he visits many campuses and gives presentations and workshops on online or eLearning and shows faculty and staff how to extend courseware functionality (like WebCT and Blackboard), using Java, Flash, HotMedia, streaming audio and video and collaboration or groupware like Teamwave, Webex, & Placeware. He is also a management consultant in healthcare, assisting corporate clients to design and implement virtual universities. Jack has been involved in health and nursing informatics since 1975.
Dr. Kathleen Mastrian is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for Nursing at Penn State Shenango. She earned as BS in Nursing at Penn State, a Master's in Nursing From Pitt and a PhD in Medical Sociology from Kent State University. Dr. Mastrian is the campus coordinator for the nursing program and teaches two nursing informatics courses. In addition, Dr. Mastrian teaches a Freshman Year Seminar (FYS) in Social Problems, serves as coordinator of the FYS courses for the campus, and teaches INSYS 200 (Technology as a Teaching Tool) to adult students.
She has been involved in the education of non-traditional aged students for over 20 years in the RN nursing program. The average age of the students is early to mid 40's. She pioneered the use of Credit by Portfolio Assessment to award advanced standing nursing credit for registered nurses. She has also been active in the development of technology enhanced courses for registered nurses facilitating asynchronous participation. Dr. Mastrian has co-authored a textbook, Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge that was published by Jones and Bartlett in August of 2008
Nedra Farcus is an Instructor in Nursing at Penn State Altoona. She earned a BS in Nursing from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1970, an MS in Family Nursing from Duquesne University in 1979, a post masters certificate in Nursing Informatics at Duquesne University in 2000 and a Ph.D in Nursing at Penn State University in 2012. Ms. Farcus teaches RN to BS nursing courses at Penn State Altoona, Penn State Scranton, Penn State Dubois, and Penn State World Campus, including the course titled Introduction to Nursing informatics. She has been involved in nursing for over thirty years and has experience in clinical practice, teaching, and academic administration. Her clinical interests include implementing and evaluating electronic delivery systems for enhancing communication with individuals enrolled in palliative care and hospice and their families. Her educational interests include the exploration, implementation, and evaluation of various electronic delivery methods for nursing education courses.MEET THE REST OF THE TEAM!