ANIA Conference 2012 Nursing Informatics: Making a Big Splash

When you think of Orlando and Seaworld you often think of aquatic animals and theme park rides. This year ANIA came to Orlando to make a splash of our own-- with informatics! Our annual conference, which was held at the Orlando Renaissance at SeaWorld, had over 400 informatics nurses in attendance this year. We started off on Thursday with a vast array of pre-conference offerings including resume and job skills, evidence based practice, and HIT implementation methodologies, we were making a BIG splash this year in Orlando. After the education packed sessions we enjoyed an outside networking event where we wined and dined poolside, reuniting with old friends and welcoming new members to the festivities.

Robin Raiford kicked off the conference to a packed crowd sharing her work on Meaningful Use and information for nurses about informatics opportunities in value based purchasing. Agenda topics such as BCMA, telehealth and informatics lead us into the annual members luncheon. This year's luncheon saw the introduction of a new logo consisting of the lamp of knowledge, binary code, and a healing hand to represent ANIA for years to come. We also said warm thank you’s to board members who had completed their terms and look forward to seeing them as active members in the future. We welcomed Susan Newbold, Diane Humbrecht, Patty Sengstack, Brenda Kuhlhanek to the ANIA Board of Directors, as well as our new elections chair Nkem Egu-Nwokeji.

Dr. Jim Cato brought his expertise and perspective on EHR’s in the healthcare setting as a Chief Nursing Officer. The overflow crowd was very enthusiastic to his message. Afterwards, attendees had a final opportunity to view and the difficult task of voting on one of our extraordinary poster presentations that we had this year.

  • 1st Place - Annette Brown from Einsenhower Medical Center for her poster “A Deep Dive in the World of Nursing Informatics: An Innovative Model Blending Nursing Informatics and Professional Development”
  • 2nd Place - Kathleen Morouse from UPMC Mercy Hospital on “Innovative Applications for Smart Phone Use as a Communication Tool”.
  • 3rd Place - Lourdes Thompson from UT MD Anderson Cancer for the poster on “Electronic Pain Documentation: Less Pain!”

A powerful closing take home message was delivered by Dr. Cheryl Parker. She emphasized the importance of role modeling as an informatics nurse in our personal and professional lives and our individual responsibility to ensure that the voice of nursing is present and heard in healthcare. Planning has already started for our 2013 conference, at the Marriott River center in San Antonio, May 2-4th. Begin planning and preparing your abstracts now. We hope to see you there as we navigate the river of data to wisdom!