The purpose of the Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG is to support, encourage, and improve the quality of nursing research in the areas of health systems, information technology, policy, and quality and safety.
Examples of health systems research include administration, management, leadership, implementation and evaluation of best practices. Examples of policy research includes: policy development, implementation and adherence at the local and national levels, as well as effective use of data in the public policy process. Topics related to information and technology include knowledge management, IT application and evaluation, as well as IT utilization for educational and training purposes. Examples of quality and safety topics include performance measures, sustainable interventions and practices, and innovative research methodologies.
*The topics noted above are not all inclusive, rather examples of research areas included in the new research interest group.
Who Should Join?
Students, practitioners, faculty, and scientists at any level with an interest in Health Systems, Policy, and/or Informatics are encouraged to join.
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Meet the RIG Leadership
Lisiane Prunelli, PhD, RN
L. Prunelli Bio
Lisiane Pruinelli, PhD, MS, RN
University of Minnesota - School of Nursing
Dr. Pruinelli is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. She earned a PhD degree from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and a Master’s of Sciences and a Bachelor’s of Nursing Sciences degrees from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. In addition, she is an Affiliate Faculty at the Institute for Health Informatics, where she collaborates in research and advising. She teaches statistics and health informatics for undergraduate and graduate students.
She began her career as an acute care nurse and a multi-organ transplant coordinator where she worked with hundreds of organ transplant patients. She realized that when people waiting for transplants where healthier they responded better after the transplants. Her life’s work is to demonstrate that we can improve recipient’s lives before and after the transplant. In addition, she is a clinical informatics researcher at the University of Minnesota where she leverages innovative nursing informatics tools and cutting-edge data science methods to investigate complex disease conditions. Her research is focused on disease trajectories, building models over a continuum, with the goal to identify the problems and targeting interventions to increase the quality of health care delivery and improve the end to end patient care experience. She uses large and heterogeneous electronic health data to discover new knowledge using a multidisciplinary approach to health.
Dr. Pruinelli’s key words: big data science, applied informatics, complex disease conditions
Amany Farag, PhD, RN
A. Farag Bio
Amany Farag, PhD, MSN,RN
University of Iowa-College of Nursing
Dr. Farag is an Assistant Professor at the college of Nursing University of Iowa, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UIHC Nursing and patient care department, and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. Dr. Farag completed her PhD and Postdoctoral fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She joined the University of Iowa in August of 2012. She is author and coauthor of multiple national, international and regional publications and presentations. She is also a reviewer for several national and international nursing journals. Dr. Farag secured a consistent funding for the past 7 years. Her most recent work on nurse fatigue was funded by the National Council State Board of Nursing for a total amount of $220,000 over two years period. Most recently she was awarded the 2017 junior scholar award from the Health systems, policy and informatics research interest group at the Midwest Nursing Research Society, and the recipient of 2018 author of the year from the Journal of Emergency Nursing.
Dr. Farag’s key words: human factors engineering, safety and quality, organizational behavior
Dr. Farag joins the HSPI to: “I would like to connect with scholars who share similar interest. Given the unique nature of health systems research having a community with common interest is of a great importance. It provides avenue for sharing ideas and collaboration.”
Sarah Brzozowski, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
S. Brzozowski Bio
Sarah Brzozowski, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC
University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Nursing
Ms. Brzozowski is completing her third year of her PhD program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Nursing where she is exploring nursing leadership and the system that surrounds nursing leaders. Her current research is in primary care settings where she is exploring nursing practice and the support nurses need to be successful in their role. Her ultimate research goal is to contribute to the understanding of nursing leadership competencies and develop training to support leaders. When she is not in school, she is a Nursing Program Specialist for Professional Practice and Magnet Program Director at UW Health.
Ms. Brzozowski’ key words: Leadership, nursing practice, ambulatory.
Ms. Brzozowski’s joins the HSPI to: “I am looking forward to connecting with researchers around the Midwest. I am also excited to see what we can accomplish as a RIG with the incredible expertise each member has to offer.”
Clayton Shuman, PhD, RN
C. Shuman Bio
Clayton J. Shuman, PhD, RN
University of Michigan School of Nursing
Dr. Shuman’s expertise is in implementation and translation science with a specific focus on the effect of context on implementation success/failure; outcomes (patient, unit, and organization level); and sustainability of intervention effects following implementation. His research advances the science of implementation by examining the process of transferring interventions into local practice settings and developing and testing implementation interventions that expedite and sustain evidence-based practices (EBP), thus, ultimately improving patient care delivery and outcomes. His current work investigates the role of nurse managers in creating and fostering climates conducive for implementation and use of evidence-based practices. Dr. Shuman’s research has been applied to many different populations, including neonatal intensive care patients, drug-dependent pregnant women, older adults in acute care and community settings, and limited-English proficiency patients.
Dr. Shuman’s key terms: implementation, health services, leadership
Dr. Shuman joins the HSPI to : “I am delighted and honored to serve the MNRS HSPI RIG. The RIG is comprised of exceptional nursing scientists and students with expertise in informatics, health services research, and policy. The eclecticism of our RIG not only provides opportunities for scholarship and development, but is fertile ground for collaborations which result in rigorous science to advance knowledge and inform policy.”
Past Chair and Grant Representative
Karen Lopez, PhD, MPH, RN
K. Lopez Bio
Karen Dunn Lopez, PhD, MPG, RN
University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Biomedical Health and Information Science
Dr. Dunn Lopez uses a wide range of methods including human factors engineering and human centered design approaches, her program of research focuses on identifying factors that can improve the usability and usefulness of health information technologies with an merging focus on tailoring technologies to individual characteristics. Within her program of research, many of the technologies are grounded in innovative uses of standardized nursing terminologies. She has authored and co-authored over 35 peer reviewed articles and has been cited over 500 times. Some of the highlights of her work include:
Dr. Dunn Lopez Current Funding:
Dr. Dunn Lopez’s key words: usability, decision support, innovative research applications of standardized nursing terminologies
Dr. Dunn Lopez joins the HSPI to: “MNRS has been one of my major professional homes since I was a doctoral student but was fearful of the balancing the workload of RIG leadership with my busy faculty workload. I was gently nudged by a former RIG chair who convinced me that the chair role was shared by a dynamic team, the workload was manageable, and I could determine priorities and projects for the RIG during the year I chaired. I learned all of this was true, but what I did not know is that MNRS RIG leadership would become a gateway to other professional leadership opportunities both within and outside MNRS. Since becoming a RIG leader, I have served as a Governing Director to the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) as an MNRS representative. This has led to amazing opportunities to use my nursing informatics knowledge as the basis for public policy statement collaborations for ANI and often in collaboration with leaders at AMIA and ANA. Because of my service in ANI, I was recently invited to represent be on the Board of Directors at Xcertia (Xcertia.org). Xcertia is a collaborative of experts that use a consensus process to develop guidelines for the use of mhealth in the areas of: privacy, security, operability, usability and effectiveness. As the only nurse Board Member with representatives from AMA, AHA, HIMSS, Mayo Clinic, IBM Watson and other prestigious organizations, I guide the organization and apply my expertise in usability and nursing informatics to developing usability standards for mhealth apps.”
Past Chair and Grant Representative
Said Abusalem, PhD, RN
Anita Reger, RN, BSN, CPC, CPC-P
A. Reger Bio
Anita Reger, RN, BSN, CPC, CPC-P
University of Missouri St. Louis - College of Nursing, PhD student
Univeristy of Minnesota - Minneapolis - School of Nursing, Leadership in Health Information Technology for Healthcare Professionals certificate program student.
Currently, Ms. Reger is finalizing a multi-code set mapping of heart failure in adults starting with the Omaha System based on the 2013 ICSI Clinical Guidelines for Heart Failure. She is fascinated with data management and the subsequent results and new questions that arise from reviewing data. To get to this point requires a good data setup, asking the right questions, narrowing scopes, cleaning data, writing queries, and seeing the patterns and values that result. She is looking forward to her PhD completion hopefully Fall 2019. She enjoys listening to and is inspired by her fellow RIG members as they reaffirm what her heart is telling her.
She has been in the healthcare field in some capacity or another for over 35 years. For as long as she can remember, she has always wanted to be a nurse. She is a relatively new RN and have been bitten by the "we have to do it better" bug. Her fascination with Healthcare Informatics started when she helped to purchase a computer billing system for a private practice she was managing. The report writer was very basic, called "Just ask". With just a few hand-holding sessions from the sales representative, she was giving her physicians far more data than they knew existed much less wanted to look at. Today, they would probably see this as a good thing, versus an intrusion. She went on to other positions and ended up working as an EHR application manager for a major health system implementing Epic. She has since learned of how data extracted from these EHR systems can assist in so many other facets of healthcare, that she is firmly convinced that if we look at the right data, we will be able to improve the healthcare of many individuals, urban and rural, young and old and those in between. Currently, she is a coding analyst at a major payer organization where she maintain 37 databases of coding structure performing all the new implementations and maintaining those already in production. It is a big job and the fall is her busiest work time as she is loading October 1 code sets and the ICD 10 CM and PCS code sets. She is interested in turning her focus more towards data analysis and hopefully, impacting clinical practice in some fashion. She look forward to RIG meetings and the annual Big Data conference where she is with like-minded individuals who think as she does.
Ms. Reger’s key terms: heart failure, quality measures and outcomes, data management
2018-2019 RIG Awards
Health Systems, Policy and Informatics is proud to announce the following award opportunities to the RIG membership:
- Dissertation Award
- Senior Investigator Award
- New Investigator Award
Nominations are now closed. Winner will be announced at the 43rd Annual Research Conference in Kansas City, MO. Please plan to join us for the full conference and the HSPI RIG meeting.
- Networking: Provide a network to exchange novel/emerging methods, approaches to study, and the development of new knowledge to guide nursing research in health systems, information technology, policy, and quality and safety.
- Knowledge: Explore novel/emerging methods, approaches to study, and the development of new knowledge to guide nursing research in health systems, information technology, policy, and quality and safety.
- Practice: Draw upon and build stronger evidence to make informed healthcare decisions and highlight the importance of translating and disseminating health systems, policy, and informatics research to impact nursing leadership, clinical nursing, and federal and state policy makers.
RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary
If you are interested in learning more about the Health Systems, Policy, and Informatics RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG Minutes from the 2017 Annual Conference.
Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG Minutes from the 2016 Annual Conference.
Member in the Spotlight
Jessica Castner, PhD RN FAEN
Jessica Castner is a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing, a recognition she received for pioneering the integration of environmental health research with emergency nursing expertise. She earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Master’s in Public Health Nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Bachelor’s in Nursing from Marquette University.
Dr. Castner’s research focuses on reducing the human health risks from environmental and occupational exposures related to asthma and cardiopulmonary outcomes. Her impact and contributions to the science revolve around four interconnected themes of air quality, mhealth tools for respiratory and environmental exposure monitoring, unscheduled healthcare utilization, and healthy work environments. Dr. Castner’s recent accolades include the 2015-2017 Rockefeller University Heilbrunn Family Center for Research Nursing Nurse Scholar, 2017 Marquette University College of Nursing Young Alumni of the Year, and 2017 Nursing Outlook Excellence in Research Award. She is a board-certified emergency nurse (CEN), with additional clinical certifications as an Asthma Educator (AE-C), Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) Provider and Instructor, and Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC) Provider. Dr. Castner’s research trajectory began at the University at Buffalo where she has been privileged to serve as lead faculty in the Environmental Health Study of Western New York.
Dr. Castner’s service has included Associate Editor and editorial board for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, and co-chair of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments Research Work Group (2016-present), and co-chair of the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s Health Services, Policy, and Informatics Research Interest Group (2015-2016). Dr. Castner has led initiatives to institute best-practice conflict resolution, overcome barriers for women in science, advance diversity and inclusion, and enhance cultural competence for the combat veteran family. Dr. Castner looks forward to integrating her skills and experience with the priorities and initiatives of the assembly membership and leadership.