Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

National Institute on Nursing Informatics

Winter 2021

2 day course

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Delivery Format: In-Class or Via Live webcast

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  • Course Description

    The National Institute on Nursing Informatics is a unique educational opportunity for nurses interested in learning more about advances in Canadian nursing and health informatics. The two day onsite institute will focus on key issues and challenges related to informatics in practice, administration, research and education. Prior to the institute onsite immersion, attendees will be provided with access to a series of short (15-20 minutes) preparatory webinars to be viewed at their own pace and convenience as well as recommended readings. Webinar content will focus on informatics foundations to prepare registrants for the onsite program. These sessions will focus on the evolution of informatics, clinical data standards, entry-to-practice informatics competencies for nurses, and core concepts related to information and communication technology in healthcare. Onsite, attendees will be provided with a recap of the webinar key learnings and an opportunity to discuss the preparatory materials in more detail. Over the course of the Institute, attendees will hear from a variety of faculty and practitioners from the field and participate in a number of interactive sessions focused on a range of informatics topics of particular interest to nurses. The speakers bringing their perspectives, expertise and experiential challenges to bear on the institute discussions will include individuals with expertise in the areas of:

    • health information system evaluation and implications for nursing
    • human factors and systems design
    • consumer informatics
    • privacy and the management of personal health information
    • the use of social media in nursing
    • organizational change management
    • telemedicine and telehomecare
    • primary and secondary uses of health and nursing information

    The Institute will be led by Dr. Lynn Nagle, a national leader in nursing and health informatics, and supported by a number of guest lecturers and discussion leaders. Participants will benefit from the extensive practical, academic, and research knowledge of the faculty and collective experience of the other Institute attendees. The curriculum will cover a broad range of topics with content being delivered through a combination of didactic webinars, facilitated discussions and interactive panel presentations. With the support of expert faculty, attendees will be actively engaged in discussions of theoretical and practical approaches to health and nursing informatics. Participants will be equipped with sufficient foundational knowledge and resources to be able to subsequently participate in informatics related operational and educational discussions and activities in their work settings.


    The program will be of particular interest to nurses and other health professionals currently working in informatics but also to leaders/managers and practitioners in all practice settings who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of health informatics. In addition, nurse educators who are responsible for the integration of informatics into nursing curricula and those considering a future career in informatics will benefit from this Institute. Throughout the two day institute, participants will have the opportunity to interact and network with other attendees. Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Centre for Professional Development, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.

  • Schedule and Location

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    Course Schedule

    The schedule for the 2021 institute is not available yet but the schedule for the 2019 institute is available for reference – updated September 19, 2018


    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Health Sciences Building University of Toronto 155 College Street Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 1P8 ( map )

  • Faculty

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    Course Faculty

    Institute Program Director

    Lynn M. Nagle RN, PhD, FAAN

    Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Nagle teaches in undergraduate and graduate programs focused in nursing, health administration and health informatics at the University of Toronto. In addition, she has her own health informatics consulting practice, Nagle & Associates, Inc., and is currently Editor-in-Chief for the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership. Known internationally for her work in health and nursing informatics, she has many publications and presentations to her credit. Dr. Nagle has been recognized for her national and international contributions s to nursing and health informatics as the recipient of Canada’s Health Informatics Organization (COACH) Clinical Leadership award in 2014 and her induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2015.

    Course Faculty

    Richard Booth RN MScN, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University Richard Booth is an assistant professor at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing (Western University) and a status-only assistant professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (University of Toronto). He is a clinician researcher with an active research program exploring health informatics, social media technology, and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Along with his current teaching and research requirements, he is a Faculty Scholar Fellow with the provincial Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), exploring the use of social media technology and its related impact on clinical and health systems utilization. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).

    Helen Edwards RN, BA, MN

    Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Hospital for Sick Children Helen Edwards is the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO) at SickKids. She brings more than 35 years of front line, education, project management and administration experience in the paediatric, technology and informatics fields. Helen started her career at SickKids as a bedside nurse and educator in paediatric intensive care, followed by managing hospital-wide redesign and technology projects. She was named the Director of Clinical Informatics and Technology Assisted Programs in 2003 and in 2018 was named the CNIO. She describes the focus of her role as influencing and driving the technological transformation within the hospital, to ensure that technologies support the hospital’s clinical activities, practices, workflows and strategic directions. This is accomplished through the implementation and ongoing support of Epic and other information, communication and medical devices technologies. Helen has an undergraduate and master’s degree in Nursing and has a clinical cross-appointment with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.

    Ross Fraser CISSP, ISSAP

    Principal, Sextant Software Corporation, Toronto, Canada Ross Fraser is an acknowledged expert in healthcare privacy and security. He has lectured on confidentiality, authentication, cryptography, and digital signatures across Canada, the US, and the UK and has written security policies and implemented security systems for private sector corporations, Canadian governments and Ministries of Health, the National Health Service in Great Britain, and health care organizations in the not-for-profit sector. Ross also served for six years as convenor of the health informatics security working group at ISO, the International Standards Organization (ISO), and was senior editor of four international standards on privacy and security in health care. He currently advises Canada Health Infoway on the privacy and security of a national e-prescribing project.

    Judy Fleming RN, BScN, MN, CPHIMS-CA

    Information Services – Manager, Clinical Informatics and Systems Education, Sinai Health System, Mount Sinai Hospital Judy has worked in health care for more than 25 years. She brings with her an extensive acute care clinical background that is intertwined with her experience in Informatics initiatives as they relate to usability, project management, education, optimization and data reporting. She has worked in Informatics for 15 years and has been in the Clinical Informatics and Systems Education Manager role since 2013. A key responsibility of her role is a focus on the end user experience and the successful integration of technology into clinical practice. This includes engagement of clinicians to: complete workflow analysis and re-design; manage, monitor and respond to patient safety concerns and issues; identify and plan for the educational needs of clinicians; align data collection with clinical reporting requirements and strategic directions.

    Laurie Poole RN, BScN, MHSA

    Vice President, Clinical Innovation, Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) Laurie is the Vice President, Clinical Innovation at the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). For the past 16 years, Laurie has assumed leadership roles with increased responsibility in health system transformation, particularly in the area of chronic disease management. Currently, she is overseeing the implementation of a provincial telehomecare expansion program which is bringing virtual health care to communities and homes. Laurie’s portfolio also supports clinical innovation and other specialty programs. A registered nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration, Laurie is also the Past President of the Canadian Society of Telehealth (CST). In 2014, Laurie was recognized by the Women’s Executive Network for her contribution to the public sector. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the American Telemedicine Association and the South Riverdale Community Health Centre.

    Gillian Strudwick RN, PhD

    Project Scientist in Clinical Informatics, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Gillian Strudwick is a Project Scientist in Clinical Informatics at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She teaches in the Master of Health Informatics program at the University of Toronto. Her emerging program of research is in the field of health informatics.

    Patricia Trbovich PhD

    Badeau Family Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, North York General Hospital Associate Professor, University of Toronto Patricia Trbovich is Associate Professor of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and of Clinical Engineering in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, where she leads the HumanEra team. Her areas of expertise include human factors engineering and patient safety. Her research program aims to develop a fundamental understanding of how to design IT to support high order cognitive functions while striking a balance between automation and human operation. She has also conducted extensive research on mitigation of interruptions on delivery of high-risk medical procedures. She is collaborating with researchers in Brazil and Spain to develop of Human Factors expertise in their healthcare systems.

  • Registration Information


    Early Bird price (ends December 28, 2018) $560 + HST
    Regular price (starting December 29, 2018) $620 + HST
    U of T Nursing Alumni save 15%* $525 + HST
    Student in U of T Faculty of Nursing save 50%** $310 + HST
    U of T Nursing Adjunct and Status Faculty save 15%*** $525+ HST

    Site Groups

    A group discount rate is available for site groups of three or more people. For details please contact

    Please Note

    • Registration is limited.
    • Advanced registration is required. You must register by January 21, 2019.  There is no on-site registration on the day of the event.
    • U of T Nursing Alumni discount is available to participants who hold a BScN, MN, PMNP Diploma, MScN or PhD from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
    • U of T Nursing Faculty discount is available to participants who hold a faculty position, adjunct or status appointment, or are a Clinical Instructor (current academic year only) at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
    • Student in U of T Faculty of Nursing discount is available to students who are currently registered in the BScN, MN, PMNP or PhD programs at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    • Applicable taxes (13% HST) will be added to the registration fees.
    • Refund Policy – To withdraw from the course and receive a refund, your written request must be emailed to by December 28, 2018. No refunds will be given after this date. All refunds are subject to an administration fee of $100 + tax. As an alternative, a colleague may attend in your place. Please send your substitution request at least 7 days before the course.
    • Course Cancellation Policy – The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to unavailability of instructors, facilities or insufficient enrolment. Decisions on course cancellations are made at least 15 calendar days prior to the course starting date, so early registration is recommended. If you enroll in a course that is subsequently cancelled, you may transfer to another section of that course if an alternative is available; or you may receive a full refund. We are not responsible for travel arrangements, travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you.

    Payment method options


    You have two payment options if you are an individual registering for this course:

    1. Register online with a credit card.
    2. Register by mail with a certified cheque or money order.

    Site Groups

    If you are registering on behalf of a site group of three or more people and want to take advantage of the special discounted price please contact

    Credit Card:

    You can register and pay online with a credit card.

    Certified cheque or money order:

    You can register and pay by mail.

    Step 1: Type your information onto the online form and then print the page (i.e. don’t click “Confirmation and Payment”. Don’t pay by online credit card).
    Step 2: Obtain a certified cheque or money order payable to “University of Toronto” for the registration fee plus 13% HST. No personal cheques. No debit cards.

    Fees (including HST)

    Early Bird price (ends December 28, 2018) $632.80 incl HST
    Regular price (starting December 29, 2018) $700.60 incl HST
    Student in U of T Faculty of Nursing save 50%* $350.30 incl HST
    U of T Nursing Alumni save 15%** $593.25 incl HST
    U of T Nursing Adjunct and Status Faculty save 15%*** $593.25 incl HST
    Step 3: Mail the paper registration form with payment (no personal cheques, no cash, no credit cards, no debit cards) to:

    Centre for Professional Development Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing University of Toronto Suite 130, 155 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1P8

    Step 4: When we receive your registration form we will email a confirmation notice.
  • What past participants have said about this course:

    “Very informative. Excellent content and presenters. Looking forward to next year.”

    “Each presenter was passionate about each topic and left participants wanting to learn more!”

    “Great examples of tools and case studies to bring back to practice. Finally an informatics conference that has useful tools for system design and implementation”

    “This was a fantastic program. I have only been in informatics for one year, but you totally hit the nail in the head with our challenges and how we can approach our implementation in planning/design in the future.”

  • Contact Us

    Phone: (416) 978-1784
    Address: Centre for Professional Development (PD)
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    Suite 130
    155 College Street,
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M5T 1P8 map

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