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"Raising the Stakes for Nursing Informatics" was the subject matter of the third ANIA-CARING collaborative conference held in Las Vegas, NV, on April 23-25, 2009. More than 300 attendees had the opportunity to hear three keynote speeches, attend four preconference sessions, choose from simultaneous presentations, view posters, and speak with 18 exhibitors.


The four preconference sessions offering a more in-depth look at a variety of topics were the following: "Writing for Publication" by Kathleen C. Kimmel and Carlene Anteau; "Project Management for Nurses" by Brian Gugerty and Lisa Anne Bove; "Making Change-The Dollar and Sense Essentials of System Implementation by Marina Douglas; and "Measuring Clinical Acceptance and Outcomes of Clinical Information Systems" by Victoria M. Bradley and Steve Shaha.


The Thursday evening exhibitors' reception kicked off the 3-day event. The attendees had plenty of time to talk to the vendor representatives, network, and eat. The location of the conference was the Las Vegas Hilton and was familiar to attendees of previous nursing informatics events.


Keynote speaker, Marilyn Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN, from Kaiser Permanente, presented "How Nurses Spend Their Time: Effects on Quality and Safety in Hospitals." Dr Chow also presented her organizations' past successes as well as their innovative work at a technology prototype center.


Kathleen Shinn, BSN, RN, presented her very personal account entitled "Alyssa's Story: The Heart of a Medical Error." Her infant daughter was victim of a medical error that tragically resulted in her death. Kathleen recommended changes that need to be implemented within technology as well as processes to prevent medical errors. The attendees were spellbound by her words, applauded her courage to speak, and vowed to make changes in practice to prevent medication errors.


The closing keynote speaker was Marion J. Ball, EdD, FHIMSS, FCHIME, who discussed "Emerging Technologies: Transforming Health Care: Current and Future Impact on Patient Safety, Culture, and Process." She discussed many concepts including successful implementation, impact on patient safety, culture and processes, people, and technology.


Other sessions were refereed papers and posters. Approximately, papers were presented by members and others. The novice-to-expert level of the attendees was considered in selecting papers. There were four simultaneous tracks, making it difficult to select from the many great presentations. Awards were given for the three top posters selected by the attendees. A highlight was getting the proceedings on a flash drive at the beginning of the conference.


ANIA and CARING members heard reports from the respective presidents, James J. Finley (ANIA) and Jerald T. Chamberlain (CARING), during the ANIACARING Membership Celebration Luncheon. A major topic of discussion was the impending merger of the two organizations. Victoria M. Bradley, chair of the conference committee, and her team were thanked for their efforts in planning this year's event.


The theme of the 2010 ANIACARING conference is "Re-Evolution in Nursing Informatics" and will be held in Boston, MA, at the Westin Waterfront. Dr Peter J. Murray, acting director of the International Medical Informatics Association, is the invited keynote speaker.


Do consider attending the 2010 event for education, networking, great seafood, and fun! For further information about ANIA, visit, and for CARING, visit By the time you read this article, we should be merged into ANIACARING at


Contributed by Susan K. Newbold, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FHIMSS



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CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE[horizontal ellipsis]

Susan K. Newbold, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FHIMSS, is Associate Professor of Nursing Informatics at Vanderbilt School of Nursing in Nashville, TN.


William Perry, MA, RN, is Adjunct Instructor, Wright State University, Dayton, OH.