Preconference Tutorial

Weekday Immersion in Nursing Informatics

This course focuses on practice trends and issues facing the nursing profession and provides a comprehensive examination of nursing informatics theories, the impact of human factors, systems analysis, and design approaches. Introductions to managing information databases and systems as well as the evaluation of information technologies and systems are included. Case studies and question and answer sessions provide numerous problem solving opportunities. The program is designed for nurses who want to clarify or expand their working knowledge of nursing informatics. The course is conducted by certified informatics nurses and permits individuals to complete a personal assessment of their knowledge, skills, and abilities in preparation to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Nursing Informatics Certification Exam.

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At the completion of the conference, participants will be able to:

  • Identify current professional practice trends and emerging issues facing the nursing profession
  • Discuss theories used in nursing informatics
  • Analyze the human factors that affect nursing informatics
  • Identify methods of managing information and databases
  • Plan for implementation and support of a computer system
  • Review essential information about computer systems, their functions, and basic terminology related to hardware and software
  • Discuss systems testing and evaluation techniques
  • Review test-taking strategies for taking the ANCC Certification Exam

Course Materials

All course materials are included in the registration fee. In addition, each participant will receive a one-year subscription to the Computers, Informatics, and Nursing journal; the Scope and Standards of Nursing Informatics Practice; and the textbook, Essentials of Nursing Informatics, 5th Edition by Saba and McCormick.


Dr. Carol J. Bickford and Ms. Kathleen Smith are board certified in nursing informatics. They both received the Information Technology Award for Knowledge Advancement from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2001 and the Outstanding Nurse Educator Award from the Maryland Nurses Association in 2003. Together, they are managing partners of Informatics Consulting and Continuing Education, LL.C.

Carol Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS is a registered nurse with more than 30 years experience in diverse medical-surgical, ambulatory care, administrative, and informatics positions. Dr. Bickford is a senior policy fellow in the Department of Nursing Practice and Policy at the American Nurses Association. She has published and presented both nationally and internationally. Dr. Bickford is an active contributing member of numerous organizational informatics committees, workgroups, and special interest groups.

Kathleen Smith, MScEd, RN-BC, FHIMSS, has more than 30 years experience in a variety of nursing positions, including extensive experience as an educator and instructional designer. She is the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer for Care Systems, an automated staff management system. Ms. Smith, who has an independent nursing informatics consulting practice, has presented nursing informatics seminars at local, national, and international meetings. She is an active member of a variety of nursing informatics committees and workgroups.


Monday, July 15 7:30 a.m. Registration
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16 8 a. m. - 5:30 p.m.


Breakfast is included and will be served 7:30-8 a.m. each day. Lunch is included on Monday and Tuesday.

Continuing Education

16.5 Nursing Contact Hours
Fee: $600/$650 after July 2