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Rosalee Seymour, PhD, RN Rosalee helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Roz Seymour, known by her peers and students as Dr. Roz, graduated from the Hahnemann Hospital Diploma program in Philadelphia, PA. She began her career as a staff and operating room nurse. Dr. Seymour received her BSEd with a minor in public school nursing from West Chester State University and began teaching at Hahnemann. She earned a master of science degree with a focus in mental health nursing from the University of Delaware and became a clinical specialist. Her doctorate is in Educational Leadership and Administration. She has taught at the Diploma, Associate, Baccalaureate Generic and returning RN, and Master's levels. Dr. Seymour has instructed various courses throughout her career, including psychiatric nursing, nursing research, teaching/learning methods, rural health, health informatics, nursing issues, and nursing theory. Dr. Seymour has taught at Hahnemann University, Widener University, Wilmington College, and currently at East Tennessee State University. She was the Executive Director for the Delaware Board of Nursing. She has been an active member of each state nurses' association in which she has resided and will be a delegate to the ANA convention in July, 2000. Her research focus is in teaching/learning and evidence-based care using computers as tools. Dr. Seymour's preferred methodology is Meta-analysis and/or quantitative. She has numerous presentations and publications. Dr. Seymour is also certified in nursing informatics.

Nedra Farcus MS, RN Nedra helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

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 and a post masters certificate in Nursing Informatics at Duquesne University in 2000 . She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Ms. Farcus teaches RN to BS nursing courses at the Penn State Altoona Campus, including the course titled Introduction to Computing and 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 and socialization opportunities for homebound chronically ill older adults. Her educational interests include the exploration, implementation, and evaluation of various electronic delivery methods for nursing education courses.

Toni Hebda, PhD, RN Toni helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

During the past 28 years I have had a variety of experiences in nursing. I graduated from Washington Hospital SON, a diploma program, and worked in medical-surgical areas and in-patient psychiatric care while I attended Duquesne University for my BSN. I then began teaching at my diploma school while I earned my MNEd from the University of Pittsburgh. After a short hiatus from the classroom, I returned to the University of Pittsburgh for my doctoral studies in higher education. I had an interest in computer applications within healthcare during this time. For my dissertation I surveyed baccalaureate programs to determine the extent to which they employed computer-assisted instruction. I completed my doctoral work in 1986. In 1988 I co-founded a group for nurses and other healthcare professionals and support staff who were either interested in learning more about the use of computer applications to support healthcare or were already working in the area and were willing to share their knowledge. I served in several offices for the organization that became Tri-State Nursing Computer Network. My interest in informatics led me to obtain my MSIS from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Library and Information Management and ANCC certification as Informatics Nurse.

Throughout the years I have had positions in staff development, served as vice-president of nursing at a small hospital and was a faculty member in the baccalaureate programs at West Virginia University, Cleveland State University and Waynesburg College. I also taught graduate-level nursing informatics courses on-line for Duquesne University using First Class courseware. My most recent full-time position was in information services at Allegheny General Hospital. In that role I conducted system training, supported several clinical systems and helped clients to identify their needs for system selection and support. At present I am working on the third edition of Handbook of Informatics for Nurses and Health Care Professionals with my co-authors. We also wrote the Internet Resource Guide for Nurses and Health Care Professionals. Throughout the years my I have instructed basic students in medical-surgical, pediatric and maternity care. I attempted to provide basic information literacy skills for my basic students. Due to extenuating family circumstances I took a leave from my informatics position and failed to send in materials to obtain my ANCC recertification as Informatics Nurse. I plan to re-certify in the near future and will be re-turning to full-time employment soon. I am a member of the American Nurses Association and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS).

Debra Wolf, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN Debra helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Debra WolfDebra Wolf, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Chatham University leading DNP students through an online curricular program. She is also an independent Healthcare Informatics Consultant connecting healthcare organizations and vendors through various types of system design and implementations. Currently she is a consultant/mentor for Thomas Edison State College's Department of Nursing where she was an intricate part of developing the MSN curriculum for the Nursing Informatics program. Her academic curriculum focuses on healthcare informatics, EBP, Research, and delivery of nursing care in a managed care environment. Dr. Wolf's past position as the Administrative Director for Education, Research and Nursing Informatics at the UPMC St. Margaret where she led several departments including Research, Education and 2 diploma schools of nursing. She earned her BSN and MSN from La Roche College, and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

She specializes in nursing research, administration/leadership; nursing informatics; and nursing education with an emphasize in evidence based practice. Most recently Dr. Wolf was invited to testify in front of the IOM on the future needs of nursing where she emphasized the need for innovative technology to be integrated into all nursing programs. Major accomplishments include the successful conversion of a community hospital from paper to electronic health record while implementing physician order entry; implementing a program of research within an acute care setting, establishing a research intern program which supported nurses working at the bedside through grant funding, restructuring Department of Nursing Education to be based in evidence, and incorporating Advanced Practice Nurses as Nurse Educators. She has participated in numerous IRB approved research studies and quality improvement studies. Dr. Wolf also works as a healthcare informatics consultant supporting the development and integration of innovative technology into acute care while fostering collaboration between academia, acute care and vendors of technology.

Her program of research focuses on nurses impacting patient outcomes using a patient-centered model of care. She is a member of NLN, ANA, ANIA-CARING, TIGER, Sigma Theta Tau (3 Chapters- Theta Mu, Lambdau, Eta), Past Board Member and Program Chair for WPHIMSS Chapter, and past taskforce leader for NNSDO Scope of Practice. She has published multiple times with most recent publication found in the JIHM and ABNF. Dr. Wolf has presented nationally/internationally, with presentations at the MAYO Clinic in Minnesota, Finland and Guilin, China.

Denise Hammel-Jones, RN-BC, MSN, CLSSBB Denise helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Denise Hammel-Jones Ms. Jones currently works for Greencastle Associates Consulting as a Clinical Management Consultant on various healthcare technology projects. Prior to Ms. Jones career in consulting, she worked as a clinical applications and project manager for large healthcare organizations within the Philadelphia area. The experience with working on numerous Computerized Provider Order Management projects has positioned Ms. Jones to provide clinical expertise and guidance for the Computerized Provider Order Management Project at Atlantic Health, located in Northern New Jersey.

A nurse for over 17 years, Ms. Jones began her career in Critical Care nursing at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. While continuing her nursing practice in critical care, Ms. Jones held an adjunct faculty position at LaSalle University. Ms. Jones began her transition into Informatics while working in Disease Management in the late 1990's. Having experience in CPOE, EMR, Practice Management, eMAR, clinical documentation implementations as well as Nursing Minimum Data Sets and Outcome Measures , Ms. Jones is an experienced Informatics professional

Ms. Jones holds a BSN from Thomas Jefferson University and a MSN from LaSalle University. Since completing her Master's degree; Ms. Jones has obtained certification in Nursing Informatics, Lean Six Sigma, and Six Sigma Greenbelt. Ms. Jones is active is several professional organizations and is past-president of the Kappa Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

Amany Abdrbo, PhD, RN Amany helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Amany Abdrbo received her baccalaureate degree in nursing, her Masters education from Cairo University, Egypt, and her PhD in nursing informatics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2007. She teaches nursing informatics at Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing for her post doctoral scholar work. She is actively involved in curriculum development for Masters classes in nursing informatics and conducting nursing informatics research studies regarding nurses and nursing students' perceptions about information system use in hospitals.

In 2006, she was awarded two research grants from the American Nurses Association (ANF) and Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) to fund her doctoral dissertation. In 2007, she was awarded the Summer Institute of Nursing Informatics (SINI) Abstract High Scholarship from The University of Maryland, School of Nursing. In 2008, she was awarded the Honorable Mention Certificate from the Nursing Informatics Research Section of Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) for the merit of her PhD dissertation work.

Kathleen Hunter, PhD, MS, BSN, RN Kathy helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Kathleen HunterKathleen (Kathy) Hunter is a full-time member of the faculty at Chamberlain College of Nursing. In this role, she has been the subject-matter expert for development of the nursing-informatics-specialization courses in the master's program. Dr. Hunter graduated from Church Home and Hospital School of Nursing in 1969 with a diploma in nursing. Dr. Hunter earned her B.S.N. (1976), M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1989) from the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing. Dr. Hunter has extensive experience in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating computer-based information systems for healthcare. She has the perspectives of the computer-system end user, the system designer and developer, the informatics nurse educator, and the informatics policy expert. She has published articles and made presentations nationally and internationally on topics related to nursing informatics and healthcare informatics (e.g., telehealth, nursing-related databases and data sets, the computer-based patient record, and standardized nomenclatures for describing nursing practice. Dr. Hunter was a critical influence in the recognition of nursing informatics as a nursing specialty and in the writing of the first scope of practice and standards of practice for nursing informatics.

Dr. Hunter is an active participant and contributor to healthcare-informatics organizations, including ANIA-CARING, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS]; and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In 1996, Dr. Hunter was the first recipient of the HIMSS Clinical Systems Award. In 1999, she received the first Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing.

Beth Elias, PhD RN Beth helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Beth is an Assistant Professor for the University of Alabama School of Nursing, Birmingham, Alabama, and The Epsilon Group, Charlottesville, Virginia. Her researcg focuses on medical informatics, poinnt-of-care testing devices, and understanding the integration of information technology in healthcare. Beth has a BS in computer science, a Masters of Science in management of information systems, and a PhD in instructional technology from the University of Virginia.

Karen Courtney, PhD, MSN, BSN, BA, RN Karen helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Karen CourtneyKaren Courtney received a BA (Psychology) and BSN with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Healthcare Administration and Nursing Informatics were her specialty focus for an MSN at Duke University. She received a PhD in Nursing from the University of Missouri - Columbia where she was a National Library of Medicine Pre-doctoral Informatics Fellow (2003-2006). She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, School of Health Information Science in British Columbia, Canada. Her research interests focus on using telehealth tools to bridge geographic distances to enhance the delivery of care. She is currently working on interventions with multi-user telehealth devices in geriatric communities.

Tammy L. Stuart MS RN PhD (c) Tammy helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Tammy Stuart Tammy is an Assistant Professor School of Nursing, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Accelerated BSN/RN to BSN Program Courses Taught include Pathophysiology/Pharmacology, Nursing Informatics, Provider Courses, and Nursing Leadership.

Education: BA/BSN from Salve Regina University, Rhode Island MA, MS from University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing, Worcester, MA. PhD, enrolled at Walden University

Positions held: Director of quality/risk management and medical staff, Manager/director of critical care units and telemetry units, cardiovascular Clinical nurse specialist

Memberships: MONE, NATF, Epsilon Beta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, AACN

Valentin O. Rivish, RN, BSN, MSN Valentin helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Valentin O. RivishI am currently a Nurse Manager at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System (PVAHCS), and an Adjunct Faculty for the Nursing Division at the GateWay Community College teaching both clinicals and didactic material. The Introduction to Nursing Informatics class is a new class at Gateway that I am co-teaching. My previous positions at the PVAHCS include Nursing Supervisor (house supervisor), Clinical Applications Coordinator (CAC), Tele-Health Care Coordinator, Inpatient Case Manager, and Intensive Care Unit Nurse. As a CAC, I taught hospital-wide employees (RNs, LPNs, NAs, physicians, interns, residents, and others) how to use the VA's Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) software. I served as the medical center Bar Code Expansion Coordinator. I have had the privilege to build, test, and put into practice all of the Inpatient and Outpatient MRI order sets and order templates.

Nadia Still, PhD (c), MSN, BSN RN Nadia helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Nadia Still is a Nursing Informaticist for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. She has served as Project Lead for CPOE implementation, VBP measurement, and the transition from paper to an EMR and CPOE in their Ambulatory Care Clinic. She received a BSN from Widener University and a MSN in Informatics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing.

Marge Benham-Hutchins, RN, PhD Marge helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Marge is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. She teaches informatics, educational technology, gerontology, theory and philosophy. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona, College of Nursing with a substantive research area of health informatics. Her current research interests include the socio-technical aspects of clinical informatics specifically the influence of technology on communication and information exchange between providers from multiple professions during patient care transition (handoff).

Manolo D. Moneda, RN, BSN, MBA Manny helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Manny is currently working as the Nurse Manager for the Specialty Clinics and was recently the Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS). He also holds an Adjunct Faculty position in the Nursing and Business Divisions at GateWay Community College. He was also in charge of Nursing Education and Training before retiring from the U.S. Air Force Reserves after serving 27 years of Active Duty and Reserves service. Manny's previous positions at the PVAHCS include being a Clinical Applications Coordinator (CAC) for eight years, Nursing Supervisor, and Medical/Surgical Nurse. As a CAC, he implemented the roll-out of the Bar Code Medication Administration software at the VA. He was also instrumental in the development of standards of practice order sets in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) at the VA.

Susan Rose MSN, RN-BC Susan helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Susan Rose After a 26 year career at the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System, Susan has retired with a wealth of experience in nursing practice utilizing the electronic medical record. Primary Care Case / Care Management evolved along with the conversion to a world class electronic medical record during Susan's career. Ms. Rose played a big part in enhancing the practice in primary care to a medical home nursing model and is certified in Ambulatory Care Nursing. She was previously the chairperson of the VA Sig for the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing.

She brings her EMR experience to a nationally known computer convention, the Ohio Linux Fest. Here she presents as well as consults over the selection of nationally known speakers who speak on open source medical programs. Susan Rose is an active member of the local HIMSS organization.

Ms. Rose is employed as adjunct faculty at Penn State University for Nursing Informatics and Transition to Professional Nursing. Susan also writes web page and donates web services to local nonprofits. Her web site is presented as a community service. She is the networker in western Pennsylvania for the American Holistic Nurses Association and is a member of the national practice committee.

Nick Miehl, MSN, RN PhD Student Nick helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Nick Miehl is a Lecturer in Nursing and the Simulation Lab Coordinator at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He earned a BS in Nursing from Gannon University in 2000, an MSN in Forensic Nursing from Duquesne University in 2004 and a post masters certificate in Nursing Education at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He is currently a PhD student at The Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Nick teaches Accelerated RN to BS nursing courses at the Penn State Erie campus, including the Introduction to Computing and Nursing informatics course. This program utilizes an innovative hybrid course delivery model comprised of both face-to-face and online learning approaches. Nick's research interests include the utilization of simulation in health care education, development of active student-centered learning environments and innovations in instructional design and technology.

Denise L. Hoisington RN, MSN, MS, PhD Denise helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Denise is an associate professor at Ferris State University. Teaching duties include Nursing Research for RN and RN to BSN students. She teaches both in the classroom and online for this course. She also does half of her load as an instructor in a college core course named Computers in Health Care, CAHS 300. She developed this course and the student population is diverse bringing in students from Health Systems Administration, Health Information Management, Nursing and Diagnostic Imaging. She is currently developing a capstone course for a new Medical Informatics Minor for which the CAHS 300 will be the first class taken for the minor.

Denise has been a nurse for over 35 years and has worked in most every department. She also taught for 13 years prior to taking a job in an Informatics Department at a small local hospital. For eight years she worked to implement a system wide HCIS for the hospital. She was manager of that department for over six years. Besides implementation of the HCIS, she was involved in implementing a paper scanning program for the front office, back office and Health information so that all paper documents were integrated into the Enterprise Medical Record. She assisted with computerizing the phone system, switchboard, initiated forms automation, updated all servers and hardware, implemented a PACs system that integrated to the EMR, and other initiatives. She was responsible for the IS budget for all departments including the capital budget. During her time as manager she chaired the IS steering committee and was involved in making sure all testing and updates were completed on the HCIS. She also implemented the all parts of HIPAA as they became law and also served on numerous committees.

Danita R. Potter, PhD, RN Danita helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Danita PotterPresently, Danita R. Potter is an Associate Professor of Nursing and President of the Grambling State University Professional Organization of Nursing (GSU PON). Dr. Potter teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the school of nursing. Dr. Potter serves as chair of the University's Library and Resource Committee and Psychiatric Course Coordinator. Dr. Potter is a member of the American Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, National Black Nurses Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Association of Study of Higher Education, and a Lifetime Member of the GSU National Alumni Association (GUNNA). As an Endowed Professor of Nursing at the University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) and Tenured faculty, Dr. Potter was 1 of 8 (class of 2006) faculty to graduate with a certificate from the Academy of Teaching Excellence at ULM.

During her tenure at ULM, Dr. Potter served the School of Nursing in several capacities including Academic and Admissions Standards, Safety, Assessment & Evaluation, Treasurer of Lambda Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Student Counselor of Lambda Mu Sigma Theta Tau, Chair of the Convocation Committee, Faculty Advisor for NAACP, Awards Committee, PR Committee, Nursing Star Gala Committee, and Mentor of the Emerging Scholarship Program. In 2008 and 2009, Dr. Potter was a two-time recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Johnson & Johnson Minority Faculty Scholarship to support her dissertation.

In addition to her professional career, she is very active in the community and has demonstrated that by serving on a local advisory board for Unitech Training Academy, as a nurse consultant for a local assisted living agency, as Member-at-Large and Executive council for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, on church-based committees and elementary and junior high school PTOs. She has also co-chaired the first, second, third, and fourth Annual Community Health Fair for Omicron Iota Omega Chapter of AKA, and Co-Chaired ULM School of Nursing's health fair.

Dr. Potter has contributed to youth education and health by conducting community health fairs, local and regional presentations related to: Teen Awareness Drugs and Alcohol, Teenage Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases & HIV/AIDS, and First-Time Teenage Mothers and Nurse Caring Behaviors. On February 22, 2012, Dr. Potter will present her Dissertation work at the 26th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society in New Orleans, Louisiana. Recently, Dr. Potter has been honored by her alma maters: Alcorn State University of Lorman, MS and Carroll High School of Monroe, LA, as an Outstanding Alumnus for her accomplishments in nursing education, community leadership, and role modeling to the youth. Dr. Potter has been recognized at the national, regional, and local levels such as American Colleges and Universities of Nursing (AACN) Syllabus, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Leadership Conference, Hampton Connections, ASU Today-Alumni, ULM Media Relations, and the News star.

John Jenkins John helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

John serves as Medical Faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Donna W. Bailey PhD RN Donna helps our authors hone their manuscripts to perfection!

Donna is a Teaching and Learning Consultant and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill