Message from the President ( Past)



September 2020

Our next COVID19 series will be on September 29, 2020 (6:00-7:30 pm). We are thrilled to welcome Hartford Healthcare's Informatics team. They will be presenting on  Digital Transformation and Optimized Clinical Workflows to Support COVID-19 Rapid Response with an emphasis on Clinical Data Visualization, Colleague re-deployment, Surge Management as well as PPE Challenges.

Invited Speakers: 

  • Susan Marino, RN, BSN, MBA, Vice President and CNIO, VP and CNIO, Informatics, Hartford Healthcare
  • Michelle Schneider, RN, Analytics Clinical Lead, Informatics, Hartford Healthcare;
  • Linda Ruggiero, MSN, BSN, RN, System Director, Informatics, Hartford Healthcare
  • Dianna Kiraly, MS, RN-BC, System Director, Informatics, Hartford Healthcare

July 2020

Our next  COVID19 series will be on July 21, 2020 (6:00-7:30pm) on Tele-Health & Tele-Nursing and our featured speakers will be:

  • Teresa Rincon RN, PhD, CCRN-K, FCCM; Director of Clinical Ops & Innovation | Virtual Med; UMassMemorial  Health Care
  • Lisa C. Dutton, MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC; Professional Development Manager, Ambulatory Nursing; Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Laura MacLean MS, RN-BC; Nursing Program Director of Ambulatory Informatics; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; [email protected]
The WHO declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic in March of 2020. As of July 1, 2020, the CDC reported that there were more than 2.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 130,000 deaths related to COVID-19 in the U.S. Risk related to transmission and complications (respiratory distress requiring hospitalization and death) are high. Telehealth and Tele-Nursing has been used as a strategy to decrease transmission of and enhance patient care related to COVID-19. This program will discuss innovations in Tele-health and the Remote Monitoring Care Companion implemented by Mass General Brigham.

June 2020

We are welcoming the following speakers for our 3rd  COVID19 educational series,  on the evening of June 23, 2020  :  

  • Lee Ann Williams  PhD, MSN, RN-BC, RN-NPD: CNIO, Senior Director, Clinical Education and Informatics, Quality and Practice (Boston Childrens Hospital),
  • Catherine Turner BSN, MBA, RN-BC Associate Vice President, Marketing (Meditech)
  • Janet Deroche : Associate Vice President, Professional Services (Meditech)

The slides from the Virtual Informatics Summit presentations are available. Once you click on the session, click on the presentation title. You will see slide/manuscript files. HIMSS 2020 Digital is also online.  

April 2020

On April 21, 2020 NENIC ( welcomed Christine Suchecki MSN, RN-BC ((Inpatient Clinical Informatics Lead, Partners e-care, Partners Healthcare) ) and reviewed the process for innovating and rapidly decreasing the inpatient nursing documentation burden during the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you missed the presentation, you can find it on our YouTube channel! Subscribe now.



Trends in Clinical Informatics: A Nursing Perspective scheduled for 4/24/2020 - Cancelled. For more information, click here.

NENIC also wants to keep you informed during this COVID19 pandemic. Therefore we will be sponsoring the following program  on April 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm :  COVID19: Disaster Admission Navigator and Decreasing Documentation (Remote/Zoom access only).

• Speaker: Christine Suchecki MSN, RN-BC (Inpatient Clinical Informatics Lead, Partners e-care, Partners Healthcare) Brochure

This program will describe a process for rapidly decreasing inpatient nursing documentation burden during the COVID-19 pandemic, development of a Disaster Admission Navigator and NI governance.It is a continuing nursing education (CNE) activity and carries 1.5 contact hours. It  is offered as a joint program with Boston Children's Hospital.

We are always scanning the literature, like the one below,  and speaking with each other about resources. We will typically place them in the "Latest News" section on our web page. 

J Jeffery Reeves, MD, Hannah M Hollandsworth, MD, Francesca J Torriani, MD, Randy Taplitz, MD, Shira Abeles, MD, Ming Tai-Seale, PhD, MPH, Marlene Millen, MD, Brian J Clay, MD, Christopher A Longhurst, MD, Rapid Response to COVID-19: Health Informatics Support for Outbreak Management in an Academic Health SystemJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association, , ocaa037,

The AMIA 2020 Virtual Informatics Summit  has concluded but if you missed it, here are all the sessions.

The slides from the Virtual Informatics Summit presentations are available as well. Once you click on the session, click on the presentation title. You will see slide/manuscript files.

We are proud to extend complimentary registration toThe AMIA 2020 Virtual Informatics Summit  and it is open for registration. The Summit takes place March 23-26, the originally scheduled dates of the live meeting, from 11:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. EDT. This Virtual Summit is in GoToWebinar format and an open opportunity for anyone. There is no cost to register.

On a personal note, we are with you.  Fred Rogers said “When I …. would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people helping’”. It is a privilege to serve dedicated, helping professionals striving to improve patient care.

Winter 2020

    Thank-you Andrea Santos MSHI, BSN, RN, our Past President, for her leadership and direction this past year!

Our Winter Education and Networking meeting on March 18 2020 (5:30-7:30) featuring Holly B. Fontenot PhD, WHNP-BC,FAAN will move forward as a Remote, Zoom session only!

Dr. Fontenot will be speaking on Closing the HPV Vaccination Gap and her efforts developing a  mobile app to serve underserved populations. (BROCHURE)

The New England Nursing Informatics Consortium is a community. We work to support our members educationally, operationally and continue to transform patient care though informatics.  We understand the profound impact this virus is having on our communities and are working to bring good information to you that transcends organizational and solution provider boundaries. 

Fall 2019  NENIC is a dynamic regional organization of nurses, allied healthcare professionals, and HIT solution providers and as such it’s my pleasure to serve   as the 2019 President. 

This year the organization plans to continue to provide educational and   professional growth opportunities to our members. In addition, my personal goal for NENIC this year is to broaden the knowledge and audience   of  all NENIC offers to our members and the organizations they serve.

Specifically, we will do this through an organization wide effort to expand our digital presence and a concerted focus on growing our membership.

Highlights from 2019-2020 so far!

  • A  dynamic and informative presentation from Kristin Hill MA  (Practice Administrator,  Population Behavioral Health, Department of Psychiatry, Rush University Medical Center) . The program , developed by Hill and her colleagues, was a 2018 HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award recipient. Here are quick links to the slide presentation and the session recording 

 (L-R: Andrea Santos, KristinHill, Diane Menasco)

 Summer 2019

NENIC’s mission is to support Nurses as we transform healthcare through nursing informatics.  Our primary focus is to realize our mission through professional development, continuing education and sharing resources and information. We welcome all healthcare professionals with a desire to learn more about clinical informatics, solution providers , or others working with H.I.T., we hope you will join our organization and contribute to helping advance the NENIC mission.

Thank you to everyone who made this years Trends in Clinical Informatics: A Nursing Perspective a success especially our speakers and poster authors. It was a great day! 

Finally we want to recognize Karen Bavuso MSN, RN ,  her contributions to the profession of nursing and her efforts to advance patient care through informatics, as the 2019 recipient of the Rita D. Zielstorff Nursing Informatics Leadership award! Congratulations and well deserved!

Spring 2019  

March 26, 2019   Spring Education and Business Meeting

Optimizing the E.H.R. with an essential data set: Decrease documentation ( Virtual Meeting) 

  • Darinda Sutton , MSN, RN-BC, FACHE (CNO for Foundation and Premier segments of Cerner ) will be joining us and giving us an update on local initiatives. She will be speaking about over designed E.H.R.’s and non-value-added-data elements. Her work on implementing essential clinical data set standards and streamline (i.e. reduce) documentation will be insightful.  (Registration is complimentary for NENIC Members but required for CE and to receive the webinar video link)

Winter 2018

 Year end message from Paula Wolski MSN, RN-BC 2018 President

As we near the end of 2018 and enter the hectic holiday season I feel that reflecting on the accomplishments and changes that NENIC has made over the past year an inspiring task.  We as a volunteer organization continue to bring our members services and opportunities that are valuable and for some rewarding.  Early in 2018 we embarked on a membership drive that gave members the possibility of obtaining new members and in turn receive free one-year membership.  This helped us grow our membership base and the hope is that those members in turn will participate in the many offerings that NENIC provides including free remote educational sessions.  We hope to bring this opportunity back to our members again this year as well.

We have embarked on a social media campaign, if you participated in Trends 2018 you know that we live tweeted during this event and it was well received.  We plan to continue to Live tweet at all our future offerings so that we can garner some immediate feedback on content and give us more exposure to other like-minded folks.  We hope to shortly expand our presence on LinkedIn so that our members will have another forum to obtain up to date information on happenings as well as exposure to Informatics content.  There are some other items being reviewed that may enhance opportunities for our members to ask questions of our community so check back in frequently to see how things are moving.

We have also added a journal club with the inaugural session being in November 2018.  This session reviewed nursing dashboards.  The event was well attended and offered CEU’s.  Our program development group hopes to offer this online material up to 5 times a year with a generous partnership with the journal CIN: Computers, Informatics and Nursing.  We hope that all of you take advantage of this opportunity to learn and share with your colleagues.

As my term as President ends I look back and see all that this organization has accomplished and I feel a sense of pride both for what has been done but also for what is to come.  I believe that we will continue to expand our digital presence in 2019 and beyond.  I look forward to seeing both new colleagues and old acquaintances at many NENIC events and hope that you will join us.

The NENIC Board wishes you peace and Joy during this Holiday season and a happy, healthy and educational New Year in 2019.  Thank you for all of your support.

Fall 2018 


NENIC is partnering with CIN: Computers, Informatics and Nursing and offering a virtual, on-line journal club. We are still in the planning stage but are targeting the inaugural meeting for November 19, 2018 at 5:30-6:30 pm (EST).   

NENIC selected the following article (below) for discussion because of the importance of dashboards to clinical practice today and in the future:

  •  Wilbanks, B. A., & Langford, P. A. (2014). A review of dashboards for data analytics in nursing. Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN, 32(11), 545–549.
  • Click here for access to the article: 

We are thrilled to announce that Primary Author Bryan A. Wilbanks PhD., DNP, CRNA will be joining us for the discussion.

Marianne Kerr, CIN Publisher, has made the article available (above) at no charge for the months of November and December. Special thanks to Leslie H. Nicoll PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Heather Carter-Templeton PhD, RN-BC and Bryan A. Wilbanks PhD, DNP, CRNA for their support in this exciting initiative. 

 There will be CE for this event for registered participants.  Registration will open next Wednesday (11/14/2018). 

  • A link to join the discussion , on ZOOM, will be sent to you in a confirmation notice after you have registered.
  • Registration required to receive your continuing education certificate.
  • Click here for presentation

Fall 2018 

 The 2018 FALL Education and Networking Program offering was : 
Monday October 29, 2018  5:30-7:30p 
Newton Wellesley Hospital-  Shipley Auditorium
Beyond the EHR: What's Next for Nursing Informatics? 
  • Featured Speaker: Mark Sugrue MSN, RN-BC, FHIMS, CPHIMS     

This event was a complimentary to all NENIC members and you can join us in person or remotely.  This program is a joint offering  from NENIC and The Boston Children’s Hospital.   

If you are interested in this presentation, please visit our YouTube Channel     

Summer 2018

We are especially proud to announce the 2018 winner of the Rita D Zielstorff Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, Ms. Debra Furlong MS, RN!  Congratulations. ( Denise Goldsmith MS, MPH, RN, FAAN, Debra Furlong MS, RN, Rita Zielstorff MS, RN, FACMI) 

Please take a moment to celebrate and congratulate our 2018 Rita D. Zieltorff Award recipient , Deb Furlong MS, RN

Summer 2017

Thank you for another great annual symposium this year! Trends in Clinical Informatics: A Nurse’s Perspective was a huge success, thanks to you! The day was filled with exciting speakers, insightful posters and great product updates from our sponsors. We also want to thank Partners Healthcare and The Children’s Hospital of Boston for their continued support.

 If you were unable to join us, you can find proceedings from the day in our innovation library . We will also be posting video recordings later this summer.

2017 Rita D Zielstorff Nursing Informatics Leadership Award

 We want to congratulate the 2017 recipient of The Rita D. Zielstorff Nursing Informatics’ Leadership Award  to  Mr. Mark Sugrue MSN, RN-BC, FHIMSS, CPHIMS (CNIO, UMass Medical Center). Mr. Sugrue continues to be a  beacon of leadership in our community and is well deserving of this prestigious award.

 We will be spending the summer months looking at how to improve our educational and development offerings as  well as looking at how NENIC can better serve our community. If you have suggestions, please send them along!  We would love to hear them.

 We hope that you all are having a wonderful summer.

Spring 2017

Special thanks to   Mark Sugrue MSN, RN, FHIMSS, CPHIMS (CNIO, UMass Medical Center and ACNO of Professional Practice) who presented  Driving Analytics to the Point of Care  at our spring event.  Mr. Sugrue also offered an update from HIMSS17 and  Denise Goldsmith MS, MPH, RN, FAAN , AMIA NIWG chair, provided AMIA updates.  We want to thank both Boston Children's Hospital , our Joint Provider partner , and Newton Wellesley for their support. 

Our  15th Annual Symposium (May 12, 2017)  – Trends in Clinical Informatics: A Nursing Perspective is this Friday and we hope to see many of our members there!

May 12th is also Nursing Informatics Day and Florence Nightingale's birthday. She would have been 197 years old. Happy Birthday to one of our greatest Nurse Scientists and Statisticians.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Jane Englebright PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN who will share her insights on simplifying and standardizing clinical documentation to generate big data. In addition, Marcie Brostoff MS, RN, NE-BC (Boston Children’s Hospital), Sarah Collins, PhD, RN (Partners), Andrew Phillips PhD, RN (MGH-IHP) and others will also be providing updates on best practices and examples of nurses who are transforming patient care with informatics.  

Winter 2016

Dr. Patricia Brennan, director of the National Library of Medicine, will be speaking at Boston College on March 27, 2017. Dean Susan Gennaro PhD, RN, FAAN has extended an invitation to the NENIC community so register soon and give Dr. Brennan a warm New England welcome! Register here.

Thank you to all who attended our Fall Education and Development Program! The program was a great success with member participation from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine! Denise Goldsmith MS, MPH, RN, FAAN and I  were able to offer a glimpse into the world of Nursing Clinical Decision Support: Governance,Life Cycle and Implementation at the Bedside.  For those of you who were unable to attend, we will have a recording soon in our Members Only section.

Continue to enjoy  encore Trends presentations by Bonnie Westra PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI on Big Data: Implications for Nursing Informatics and Joseph Kvedar M.D. on The Internet of Healthy Things. More highlights available in our  Innovation Library  and video for NENIC  members.

Fall 2016

Congratulations to Mary K Kennedy MS, RN-BC, recipient of the 2016 Rita D. Zielstorff Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, in recognition of Mary’s contributions to Nursing Informatics, the Profession of Nursing and Advancing Patient Care through Technology.

 Congratulations to Denise M. Goldsmith, MS, RN, MPHFAAN  Chief Nursing Information Officer ( Brigham and Women's Hospital) has been nominated as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing  , an organization of distinguished leaders in nursing who have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession and to healthcare.  Invitation to fellowship is a recognition of Denise's accomplishments within the nursing profession and includes a commitment to engage with health care leaders within and outside the nursing profession to transform America's health care system.

Congratulations to Tiffany Kelly PhD, MBA, RN on her recent publication Electronic Records for Quality Nursing and Healthcare.

 Also congratulations to Virginia Saba EdD, RN, FAAN, FACMI and Kathleen McCormick PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FHIMS, past NENIC presenters, on being awarded a Doody's Core Title (DCT) for 2016! The award honored the 6th edition of the Essentials of Nursing Informatics (McGraw-Hill). 

 Lastly, please check out the  August 2016 edition of CIN (Computers Informatics Nursing)  Journal with member highlights from our 2016 Annual Symposium  Member Highlights at 2016 NENIC Consortium's 2016 Symposium.

Spring  2016

Congratulations to our NENIC colleagues for their publication in the latest issue of Applied Clinical Informatics:  Analysis of Nursing Clinical Decision Support Requests and Strategic Plan in a Large Academic Health System  K. Whalen (1, 2), K. Bavuso (3), S. Bouyer-Ferullo (3), D. Goldsmith (4), A. Fairbanks (3), E. Gesner (3), C. Lagor (3), S. Collins (3, 4, 5)
(1) Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; (2) University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO; (3) Partners Healthcare System, Wellesley, MA; (4) Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; (5) Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Appl Clin Inform 2016 7 2: 227-237 


In this study, the authors sought to understand the nature of requests for clinical decision support (CDS) interventions for nurses at a large hospital. Using requests from their hospital system and a literature review, the team identified high-priority areas for CDS conversion from paper forms. Their findings and approach suggest a mechanism by which hospitals can prioritize and strategically plan for CDS implementation.