OJNIC Board of DirectorsMeet Our Esteemed Board of Directors!

Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN Co-Chair of the Board and Directors and OJNI Senior Editor

Nancy Staggers Dr. Nancy Staggers has an extensive background in clinical informatics, from determining user requirements to application prototyping, system selection, large systems implementation, and enterprise system evaluation. She has held executive positions, including Associate CIO, Information Technology Services for the Health Sciences Center at the University of Utah, Program Director for ECIS, Catholic Healthcare West, and Director for Corporate Informatics in Department of Defense. While in the DOD, she developed a clinical information system program, now installed in sites worldwide. Subsequently, she led a multidisciplinary team in developing the vision and user requirements for the military's computer-based patient record. Dr. Staggers began at the College of Nursing in 1998. She teaches systems implementation, project management and human-computer interaction in the Informatics programs. She does informatics consulting for large health systems.

Dr. Staggers' area of research is human-computer interaction and interface design in healthcare applications. She has completed a number of studies relatd to the optimal design of applications for nurses; mostly recently her work is on nursing handoffs.

Ida Androwich PhD, RN, BC, FAANDr Androwich is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors

 Ida AndrowichDr. Androwich is a Professor of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago teaching graduate courses in Health Care Informatics, Systems, and Population-Based Infection Control. She earned a BSN (Magna cum Laude) from Loyola University Chicago, a MS in Public Health Nursing and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Illinois. Dr. Androwich has published and presented internationally in the area of Health Care Informatics. She has had funded research related to national efforts to standardize health care vocabularies and serves in leadership roles including the ANA's NIDSEC Committee, the AMIA-NIWG Leadership Group, AONE Technology Task Force, TIGER, the Vanderbilt Terminology Summit Steering Committee, and Co-Chair of Walmart's Consumer Awareness of HIT Committee. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing Workforce and Technology Commission, was Co-Chair of the Expert Panel in NI and on the National Alliance of Health Information Technology Board.

Kathryn H. Bowles PhD, RN, FAAN Kathryn has served the OJNI in many capacities over several years.

Kathryn H. BowlesDr. Bowles holds a BSN from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, an MSN from Villanova, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her position at the Penn School of Nursing, she is the Beatrice Renfield Visiting Scholar for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, a Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute, a faculty member in the Ackoff Center for Advancement of Systems Approaches, and Director of the Health Informatics Minor. Dr. Bowles leads a program of research in the use of information technology to improve healthcare for elders and support healthcare provider's decision-making regarding hospital discharge referrals for elders.

Dr. Bowles' program of research examines decision making supported by information technology to improve care for older adults. Her ongoing study, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research, focuses on decision-making and the development of decision support for hospital discharge referral decisions. Other research areas include telehealth technology, quality of life among frail elders, intervention research to close the health care racial divide, and the use of large databases in home care to support clinical decision-making.

NOTE FROM DR. MCGONIGLE, November 2011:
"The appointment to a term chair is a high honor in the University and is an acknowledgement of a high level of productivity of a faculty member. It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN as the Ralston House Endowed Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing."

Denise Hammel-Jones, RN-BC, MSN, CLSSBB Denise is responsible for our "Crucial Conversations about Optimal Design" Column with Nancy!

Denise Hammel-Jones Ms. Jones currently works for Greencastle Associates Consulting as a Clinical Management Consultant on various healthcare technology projects. Prior to Ms. Jones career in consulting, she worked as a clinical applications and project manager for large healthcare organizations within the Philadelphia area. The experience with working on numerous Computerized Provider Order Management projects has positioned Ms. Jones to provide clinical expertise and guidance for the Computerized Provider Order Management Project at Atlantic Health, located in Northern New Jersey.

A nurse for over 17 years, Ms. Jones began her career in Critical Care nursing at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. While continuing her nursing practice in critical care, Ms. Jones held an adjunct faculty position at LaSalle University. Ms. Jones began her transition into Informatics while working in Disease Management in the late 1990's. Having experience in CPOE, EMR, Practice Management, eMAR, clinical documentation implementations as well as Nursing Minimum Data Sets and Outcome Measures , Ms. Jones is an experienced Informatics professional

Ms. Jones holds a BSN from Thomas Jefferson University and a MSN from LaSalle University. Since completing her Master's degree; Ms. Jones has obtained certification in Nursing Informatics, Lean Six Sigma, and Six Sigma Greenbelt. Ms. Jones is active is several professional organizations and is past-president of the Kappa Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

Jack Yensen, PhD RN Jack is in Charge of the Editorial Team as one of our Chief Senior Editors

Jack YensenJack Yensen has been involved in online education ever since 1970, when he first experimented with simulations on mainframes. When personal computers arrived he abandoned (almost) mainframes and time sharing and immersed himself in programming and databases. When networking started to happen, he got involved in very early email and telnet applications, and then realized in 1992 that he could enhance classroom courses and reach students globally using an FTP server to simulate a Web server, when the web first started. Now he has courses and servers and websites all over the place. Every year he visits many campuses and gives presentations and workshops on online or eLearning and shows faculty and staff how to extend courseware functionality (like WebCT and Blackboard), using Java, Flash, HotMedia, streaming audio and video and collaboration or groupware like Teamwave, Webex, & Placeware. He is also a management consultant in healthcare, assisting corporate clients to design and implement virtual universities. Jack has been involved in health and nursing informatics since 1975.