Sept. 15, 2004
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Sept. 15, 2004
SRU NURSING PROFESSOR
RAMONA NELSON RECEIVES NATIONAL HONOR
FOR PIONEERING WORK IN
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
-- For her pioneering work in promoting the use of computers in
nursing education and health care, Slippery Rock University nursing
Professor Ramona Nelson has been named a 2004 fellow by the
American Academy of Nursing.
will be inducted into the academy on Nov. 13 in Washington,
"The 2004 inductees are nurse leaders who have been identified by
their peers as pathfinders in the nursing
discipline,”Joan L. Shaver, president of the
academy, said. “Weare privileged to welcome them
into the academy and look to them to help us shape 'forward
thinking' change for nursing and health care."
Said Nelson, “For me, this is a major honor. There are more
than 2 million nurses in the country. There are only 1,700 fellows
in the American Academy of Nursing. Every fellow in the academy has
made a significant contribution to the future of health
A pioneer for
informatics in nursing
Nelson, a professor at SRU since 1994, is a pioneer in nursing
informatics, which combines computer information and nursing
science to create innovative approaches to delivery of health care.
According to the academy’s Web site, she recognized the
importance of technology at a time when computers in clinical and
educational settings were in their infancy.
began to purse a degree in informatics in 1984, earned her degree
in 1988 and then pursued post-doctoral work in nursing informatics
at the University of Utah.
With this solid foundation,
Nelson then began a tireless campaign to educate others about the
importance of informatics in education and service. She became a
regular presenter at national and international conferences,
including the Rutgers International Computer Conference and the
International Medical Informatics Conference.
She also published a practical book "Computers in Small
Bytes," soon to be in its fourth edition, and a comprehensive book
"Healthcare Informatics: An Interdisciplinary Approach," which
in addition to use at SRU has been adopted by University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of South Florida and Duke
University Medical Center, among others.
She developed one of the first courses in nursing informatics
at the undergraduate level, which began as an elective in 1988 and
progressed to a required course in 1991. As Web-based distance
education began to evolve, Nelson took a leadership role in
developing and promoting best practices in online
professor of informatics at the University of Colorado, and Mary
Anne Rizzolo, director of professional development at the National
League for Nursing, nominated Nelson. Both are fellows in the