Skip to main content




March 06, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU nursing professor emeritus pens technology books

Nursing students at Slippery Rock University have a new way to learn about the value of using computers, social media and informatics in health care.

Ramona Nelson, SRU professor emeritus of nursing, has co-written three books about technology and nursing.

The books are: “Introduction to Computers for Healthcare Professionals,” co-written with Irene Joos and Marjorie Smith. The book explains software programs, operating systems and computer-assisted communication of importance to nurses;

“Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach,” co-written with Nancy Staggers, which covers technology as it can be applied to treatment, documentation, provider order entry systems and adoption issues; and

“Social Media for Nurses: Educating Practitioners and Patients for a Networked World,” co-written with Irene Joos and Debra Wolf, which covers the knowledge and skills nurses and health professionals need to use the Internet and social media to educate health consumers.

Nelson, who taught nursing at SRU from 1994 until her retirement in 2008, was an early advocate for combining computer technology and nursing science to improve health care delivery. In 2004, she was named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

The books are available at:

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.