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UMSON professor receives national nursing informatics award

Tuesday December 3, 2013
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Nancy Staggers, RN, PhD, FAAN, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, received the Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award at the American Medical Informatics Association’s leadership dinner Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.

According to a news release, the award is given to a nursing professional who has made a significant impact on the care of patients and the discipline of nursing.

Honorees must have a focus in nursing informatics, a commitment to AMIA through membership and have shown vision, leadership and a global impact. The recipient must have made a strong contribution to the nursing professional practice, education, administration, research and/or health policy.

“Informatics tools have gone from novel and rare to essential and commonplace,” Staggers said in the release. “It is a very exciting area of work. I’m pleased to have been a part of the initial road integrating these tools into healthcare and into the nursing arena and am humbled by the recognition from my colleagues.”

During her 28-year informatics career, Staggers has earned international clinical informatics expert status in operational health information technology and academic environments. Staggers has led electronic health record projects for the U.S. Department of Defense and public and private sectors, transitioning institutions from paper to electronic healthcare. Staggers’ initial work on informatics competencies in the U.S. includes efforts in Finland, Brazil, the Philippines and South Korea. In addition, Staggers led the American Nurses Association’s task force in rewriting the national scope and practice documents for nursing informatics in 2001 and 2008 and was co-leader of the usability collaborative for Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform. Staggers also has published more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters.


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