National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week was celebrated May 6-May 12, 2016 this year.

HIMSS joins the American Nurses Association and the Alliance for Nursing Informatics and numerous other partners in celebrating National Nurses Week, held May 6-12, 2016.

The purpose of this week-long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of Americans. Join us in celebrating the nurses of our nation, who are at the forefront of improving patient care and transforming healthcare.

Complimentary Webinars

To watch presentations on-demand, register and login on the Learning Center Website. Under Education, click on Virtual Events and there will be a tab for Clinical Informatics. The presentations will be housed on this page.

Nursing Informatics Pioneers
The Nursing Informatics Pioneers presentation, presented by Susan Newbold, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FHIMSS, CHTS-CP, identifies the work of innovators and leaders whose work contributed significantly to the development of nursing informatics.


Nursing Informatics 101
The Nursing Informatics 101 presentation, by Melissa F. Barthold, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Ruth MacCullum BS, RN-BC and Patty Guinn, RN, BS presents a discussion of Nursing Informatics - from the first nursing informaticist to the informaticists of today. The presentation includes current roles for those in NI, the factors contributing to the growth of the nursing informatics specialty and the future of nursing informatics in today's healthcare systems that use more and more technology.  The presenters (who are the first authors of the presentation) will identify the benefits that a nursing informaticist brings to a healthcare system.  Data from the current NI's will be presented, from the numbers of NI's to their average salaries.

Nursing Leaders


Informatics Nurses - Advocates for Nurses and Patient Safety - Patricia Mook, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, CAHIMS, Chief Nursing Information Officer, Inova Health System

Take a Moment for Nursing Safety - Joni Padden, MSN, APRN, BC, CPHIMS,Texas Health Resources, Nursing Informatics Specialist

To Nurse Informaticists Near and Far, Thank You for All You Do - Mary Beth Mitchell, MSN, RN, BC, CPHIMS,Chief Nursing Informatics Officer l HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee Chair,Texas Health Resources

The Role of Informatics in a C-U-L-T-U-R-E of Safety - Catherine H. Ivory, PhD, RN, BC, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt

Safety Is Fundamental for Nursing Practice - Crystal Vasquez , DNP, MS, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Director, Solution Innovation Health Forum

Nurses Embrace a Culture of Safety - Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President Informatics, HIMSS North America

Meet a HIMSS Nursing Member

Members in Action: Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN

Member of the Nursing Informatics Committee, Nursing Informatics Executive Workgroup, CNO-CNIO Vendor Roundtable and the Planning Committee for the 2016 NI Annual Symposium.   Co-chair the CNO-CNIO Vendor Roundtable Population Health Workgroup.

Members in Action: Beth Halley
Vice chair elect of the HIMSS North America Board of Directors.  Chair the HIMSS North America Board Nominating Committee, which oversee the slates for future governance leaders of HIMSS.

Press Releases

HIMSS Applauds Nurses’ Influence on the Culture of Patient Safety
HIMSS, the American Nurses Association,(ANA) and, Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) acknowledge the role that nurses play in creating a Culture of Safety, “where nurses feel supported, listened to and understood. A culture of safety fosters transparency, accountability and results,” the theme during National Nurses Week, held May 6-12.

HIMSS Unveils Tribute To Florence Nightingale, Founder of Modern Nursing On Nursing Informatics Day
The HIMSS Innovation  Center proudly presents its new tribute display to Florence Nightingale on the anniversary of her birthday, May 12, which is also Nursing Informatics Awareness Day. Florence Nightingale is considered to be the founder of modern nursing, and many people in the field of healthcare feel she built the foundation for nursing informatics.

Nursing Informaticist Vignettes


Nurse Informaticists from across the country share their personal stories on how nursing informatics impacts lives and is transforming the healthcare IT landscape.

Educational Tools

Guiding Principles for Big Data in Nursing: Identifies big data guiding principles, explores barriers and challenges and provides recommendations to advance shared objectives.

2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey: Evaluates the impact that informatics nurses bring to the clinical systems process, their impact of quality of care and the healthcare IT environment.

An Introduction to Nursing Informatics: Evolution & Innovation: Delivers aspirational guidance and unique perspectives for the emerging nursing workforce and nurses looking to expand the horizon of their careers. HIMSS Book of the Month - 20% discount throughout May 2015.

2014 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey: Captures current professional status and practice trends while identifying changes that have occurred over the last 9 years in the nursing informatics workforce.

Nursing Informatics Position Statement: Identifies specific recommendations for eliminating barriers and addressing nursing's role in transforming healthcare through the use of IT.

Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI): OJNI is a free, international, professional publication that focuses on nursing informatics in all practice settings and provides timely information about nursing informatics globally.

Nursing Informatics Toolbox: Our NI toolbox gives you all of the resources to promote and support initiatives in the growing field of nursing informatics.


Key findings from the 2015 Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey summarized in the Impact of the Informatics Nurse Infographic.

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Key findings from the 2014 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey summarized in the Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey Infographic.

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