Friday, October 29, 2004

Nursing Informatics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nursing Informatics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Just come accross the wikipedia entry for nursing informatics & sent the following to a couple of lists:


I don't know if any of you have come across the WikiPedia at a free web based encyclopedia, which anyone can edit/contribute to ?

I looked at the entry on nursing informatics (at least it had one) and found a single sentence
"Nursing Informatics is a specialty of Medical Informatics and deals with the support of nursing by information systems in delivery, documentation, administration and evaluation of patient care."

I have edited it a bit & added the IMIA NI definition, but does anyone else fancy a "collaborative edit" of this page to make the entry comprehensive for anyone wanting to find out about the speciaility?

X4L - Exchange for Learning - Video

X4L - Exchange for Learning - Video

For the last 10 years or so I've been involved in developing elearning approaches for health and social care primarily using commercial packages such as WebCT and Blackboard.

During the last 4 years work on
NMAP I have become acutely aware of the importance of sharing Learning Objects - as they are very expensive and time intentsive to create -and using appropriate metadata to ensure they can be found by others while taking account of interoperability, copyright & IPR issues.

Regular readers of this blog will also be aware of my comments about the NHSu Virtual Learning Environment and I think they would benefit from being involved in this sort of work.

Currently, I am part of a team considering bidding under the JISC call Circular 9/04: Call for Projects to Produce Learning Materials for Deposit in the JORUM National Repository - Exchange for Learning (X4L) Phase 2

A colleague has today pointed my to a Video on the X4L page which gives a very good demonstration of what is needed to put learning objects into the JORUM library and using the RELOAD tool and aggregating these into new elearning courses.

NB video is a very large file - Don't try it over a 56k modem

UK Nursing journals, Impact Factors & the 2008 RAE

Yesterday I posted the message below to the LIS-Nursing email list and today received a comprehensive response showing that others have similar related concerns and some of the action to try to improve the listing of nursing journals in citation reports.

I wonder if any of you can help.

As part of our planning for the 2008 Research Asssessment Exercise,faculty academics have been asked to review their publications to seewhich may be suitable for submission in the next RAE, with particularconsideration of journal impact factors - and to submit their potentialpublications to journals in ways which may maximise their rating whenmthey are reviewed.

Our local librarian has kindly pointed me to the "Web of Science"journal citation reports for impact factors & to check how many timesindividual papers have been cited by others. He has kindly producedlists of the top journals, by impact factor, for relevant areas from the"2003 ISI Journal Citation reports".

I've also looked at some US work at

It appears that many UK nursing journals do not appear in these impactfactor listings - does anyone have other sources or methods to identifyimpact factors, or other significant metrics, which could be used in thecompilation of these sorts of publications lists?

Additionally any journals which cover nursing education, communication,health informatics etc which might not be considered "pure nursing"might fall on the boundaries between several assessment panels &therefore ranking may be more difficult.

Another area which is particularly significant to me, is clarifying howelectronic publications, databases etc can be included in the RAEsubmission & how they are likely to be judged?

I understand that the RAE panels are just being formed & may not yethave clarified or communicated their "judging criteria", but if anyonehas any early insights or thoughts on this, I would welcome yourcomments.


Health Libraries Week & discussions around the NLH

Plans are well underway for Health libraries Week (15-21 November) focusing on the value of health libraries, organised by the NeLH in conjunction with CILIP's Health Libraries Group and the other home countries.

Both national and local events and activities are planned, with an emphasis on the launch the programme to develop the National Library for Health and to launch the first phase of the Single Search Environment, with local libraries emphasising their own services and resources.

The NeLH Digital Libraries Network (DLNET) has a page of materials including powerpoint presentations (from Nov) and NLH promotional designs for incorporation into local materials.

I wonder if, in future, a health information week will be considered more appropriate than a Library week?

This has triggered some interesting debates on the Lis-Medical discussion list about the relationship or partnership between the national work in this area and local library services at Strategic health Authority level.

Posters to this list have also pointed out a range of problems about document delivery from the Department of Health and highlighted the importance of library & information professionals to quality health care deliver. However, their plight under the current

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Nurses & NHS IT developments

Speaking Up - Nurses and NHS IT developments - Qualitative analysis results of an online survey by on behalf of the Royal College of Nursing

This report has just been published providing a qualitative analysis of an online questionaire carried for the RCN by at the beginning of the year (quantiative results have previously been published).

The respondants want:
An integrated electronic clinical record
to be able to share information with their colleagues in other disciplines and in other organisations, securely and appropriately.
Expert nursing involvement in the design and implementation of the new systems
Appropriate training
Equity in access to information technology.
Standardisation of systems across the NHS
Equity of access to knowledge based systems

Concerns included:
Poorly designed systems
Security and confidentiality
Clear accountability for records

The full report shows the profile of respondants and an analysis of their comments on the questionairre.

MIE2005 Call for contributions

MIE2005 Call for contributions

The call for papers for the MIE 2005 conference (Geneva 28 August - 1 September 2005) is now available

Monday, October 25, 2004

Health Informatics Standards Development - Learning to Manage Health Information latest reports

Health Informatics Standards Development - Learning to Manage Health Information latest reports

Over the last few days I've been reading this report, which is in 4 parts and was published in March 2004, about the developments since "Learning to Manage Health Information: a theme for clinical education" was first published in 1999 and updated in 2002.

Part 1 Background and Summary of findings provides an overview and brings together the findings conclusions and recommendations from the studies described in the other 3 documents.

Part 2 Pre-registration clinical education reproduces reports of 3 projects carried out between summer 2001 and spring 2002 ; Mapping health informatics learning outcomes to current nursing and midwifery pre-registration curricula (University of Greenwich), How are health informatics outcomes embedded in undergraduate radiography and allied health professions curricula (Sheffield Hallam University), and Embedding health informatics within clinical curricula at University of West of England.
All 3 highlight the "current state" and identify some of the barriers (including time, terminology, etc) to enhancing health informatics in the curricula.

Part 3 Post-registration clinical education includes 2 pieces of work; one by the CPHVA & the other by University of Central Lancashire on the delivery and impact of health informatics in post registration education. The small samples etc make the wider generalisation of the results difficult but do propose ways forward in elearning (CPHVA) & in measuring the impact on patient care (Central Lancs).

Part 4 Teaching and Learning Strategy considers the needs of university lecturers to be able to deliver a core health informatics curriculum following work undertaken by the University of Greenwich and provides a suggested educational model, including much greater sharing of resources.

All of the studies highlight difficulties in existing and planned provision and some of the hurdles to be overcome including unrealistic expectations on behalf of NHSIA & Educational teams. There seems to be an overemphasis on basic IT skills (little mention of ECDL) and recognition that the drivers which may be influential (e.g. purchasers SHE WDC etc and quality assurance & review e.g. QAA) are not engaged with getting health informatics a higher profile in pre and post registration curricula.

NHSIA & HC2005

I understand that the NHS Information Authority staff bulletin has said that the IA will not be exhibiting, providing speakers, or authorising any of its staff to attend the HC 2005 conference in March next year.

This may simply reflect that the IA, as a body, will cease to exist very soon after the event, but if this is also true of other NHS bodies in the area e.g. NPfIT, NHSU and/or the Health and Social Care Information Centre then it will seriously reduce the usefulness of the conference and exhibition (which may be the intention), and could be seen as further evidence of the lack of consultation with significant stakeholders, which has previously been a criticism on this blog and elsewhere.

I'm sure that the HC conference will not be diminished by this - and the extra feedom this may produce may actually enhance the conference?