What is the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association?

May/June 2017   Comments

As the voice for nursing informatics in Canada, the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (CNIA) partners with jurisdictions, nursing and health informaticians, and health informatics organizations across Canada to ensure that nursing informatics informs clinical practice, education, research, administration and policy.

CNIA is a member of CNA’s Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties. Membership in this network allows CNIA to be part of CNA’s national nursing voice and influence health policy.

One of CNIA’s current focuses is on the value of standardized data in health care to facilitate knowledge-driven care and health-system use. This past year, CNIA and CNA developed a joint position statement on nursing informatics. This visionary document speaks to the impact of digital health technologies on the practice of nursing across all health-care settings.

May 12 is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. In addition to being the founder of modern nursing, Nightingale was an eminent statistician and innovator in the visual presentation of health information. She is recognized as one of the first nurse informaticians for her use of data during the Crimean War (1853-1856) to convince people that epidemic disease was responsible for more British deaths in the course of the war than battlefield wounds. CNIA recognizes May 12 as Nursing Informatics Day. To celebrate, CNIA created a new pin that is a stylized representation of Nightingale’s rose diagram.

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