Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

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National Institute on Nursing Informatics

Winter 2018

2.5 day course

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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 2½ 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 2½ 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.


    Endorsed by the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association This educational initiative is endorsed by the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association.


  • Course Schedule

    PD Informatics Schedule 2017 ThumbnailThe detailed schedule is available as a printable PDF – updated January 18, 2017

  • Faculty

    Institute Program Director

    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 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 Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, exploring if the use of social media technology in health promotion campaigns has clinical and health systems impacts.

    Mark Casselman MSc

    Chief Executive Officer, COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association

    Mark Casselman is CEO at COACH; Canada’s Health Informatics Association, bringing with him a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise from his 15+ year career through key roles with major organizations in the industry. Recognized as a digital health innovator, his experience includes working with executives and clinical leaders across the Canadian health ecosystem, championing innovation in consumer-focused health products and services and leading large-scale transformation and strategic planning. Mark has a proven track record of working with stakeholders and integrating both shared and different perspectives to create successes. His previous experience includes roles as Director, Healthcare Consulting (National Lead, mHealth) with PwC, Board member with the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre, Senior Project Manager with the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation & SIMS, Professor, Health Promotion with Humber College, and co-founder of Motus Health.

    Mark earned his Master of Science at Western University. He is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and Volunteer Advisor, Health Venture Services at MaRS Discovery District.

    Helen Edwards RN, BA, MN

    Director, Clinical Informatics and Technology Assisted Programs, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Canada

    Ms. Edwards has worked at SickKids for more than 35 years, in a variety of roles and describes the focus of her current role as providing leadership and influencing clinical transformation through access to patient information. In addition she is the director over the Ontario Poison Centre, Telemedicine and Motherisk programs, where enabling technologies extend the reach of specialty care.

    Judy Fleming RN, BScN, MN

    Information Services – Manager, Clinical Informatics and Systems Education, Sinai Health System, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada

    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 14 years and has been in the Clinical Informatics and Systems Education Manager role for 3 years. The 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.

    Ross Fraser CISSP, ISSAP

    Principal, Sextant Software Corporation

    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.

    Lianne Jeffs RN, PhD

    St. Michael’s Hospital Volunteer Association Chair in Nursing Research Director of Nursing/Clinical Research and Nursing Administration Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute Associate Professor and Scientific Director of the Nursing Health Services Research Unit Knowledge Translation and Exchange Program, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

    Lianne Jeffs is the inaugural St. Michael’s Hospital Volunteer Association Chair in Nursing Research; and Associate Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jeffs’ research interests include integrated approaches to patient safety, quality improvement, and knowledge translation. Of particular focus, her research program aims to gain insight into how care transitions of complex medical patients and healthcare system performance can be enhanced to improve quality patient care (patient and caregiver experience and satisfaction) and outcomes (avoidable hospitalizations and emergency room visits, and errors, and reduced costs). Her research generates knowledge that goes to the very heart of how to design and deliver safer health care in Canada. Dr. Jeffs currently holds research funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She is cross-appointed as Assistant Professor, to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

    Laurie Poole RN, BScN, MHSA

    Vice President, Telemedicine Solutions, Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN)

    Laurie is the Vice President, Telemedicine Solutions 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 is also involved in a number of community initiatives and sits on the Board of Directors for the South Riverdale Community Health Centre.

    Cheryl Reid-Haughian RN, MHScN, CCHN (C)

    Director, Professional Practice, Knowledge and Innovation
    ParaMed Home Health Care

    Cheryl Reid-Haughian is currently the Director, Professional Practice, Knowledge and Innovation with ParaMed Home Health Care.  As a senior nursing leader, her focus is on quality of care, risk management and performance, optimization of all staff and creation of healthy work environments.  She provides leadership to transformational and innovative strategies in the area of practice, research, education and policy and provides guidance and support to our operational centers.  Her most recent work includes working collaboratively with nurses to design and implement technology enabled clinical information system.

    Cheryl is passionate about nursing and home health care, optimizing health and excellence in health care and is not afraid to challenge the status quo.  Cheryl is a member of many interest groups and associations including RNAO, Sigma Theta Tau International, Community Health Nurses Initiative Group.   She is currently the Co-Chair of the provincial Ontario Home Care Association/Ontario Community Support Associations Intra-organizational Nursing Practice Council, is an active member of Community Health Nurses of Canada Board and is currently the Director, Education for Canadian Nursing Informatics Association.  In 2008, she was the recipient of the RNAO Award of Merit.  As a continuous learner and advocate of ongoing professional development, she has contributed to the greater body of knowledge in nursing, home health care and the health system through publication and her participation as co-investigator, organizational liaison and research participant in a variety of research projects focused on home health care practice, technology and innovations.

    Susan Sepa CPHIMs-CA, MSc, BScN, RN

    Group Director, Clinical Adoption, Canada Health Infoway

    Susan Sepa is the Group Director Clinical Adoption at Canada Health Infoway, leading a team of clinical and change management leaders responsible for national clinical engagement to promote the adoption and use of digital health solutions.

    Susan brings a unique set of experiences and background to this role including clinical and operational health care leadership, management and strategy consulting, and operational IT leadership. Susan has worked across Canada with multiple stakeholders including front line clinicians and health care, IT, and government leaders.  Throughout she is a tireless advocate for the patient safety and quality benefits of a fully interoperable CIS that enables care providers and patients and families with seamless and timely sharing of clinical information across the health care journey.

    Gillian Strudwick RN, MN, PhD (c)

    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

    Gillian Strudwick is currently a doctoral candidate at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and teaches in the Master of Health Informatics program at the University of Toronto. Gillian has been involved in informatics related work in both Canada and Kuwait.

    Patricia Trbovich PhD

    Badeau Family Research Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, North York General Hospital
    Assistant 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.

    Susan VanDeVelde Coke RN, MA, MBA, PhD

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Kerry’s Place Autism Services

    Dr. Coke is President and Chief Executive Officer, Kerry’s Place Autism Services. She is a health care executive/consultant with senior level experience in academic acute care, community and long term care organizations. Previous positions included: Executive Director of CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses; EVP and Chief Professional Programs at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; VP Strategic Planning/Operations at the VON National Office; Senior Vice President, Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre; Director of Surgical/Intensive Care Services at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Coke served as President of the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses and Vice President of the Canadian Nurses Association. She teaches in the graduate program at the University of Toronto, and has taught at Universities of Ottawa, Manitoba and Rush University (Chicago). She has been a member of numerous federal, provincial and local task forces and committees, focusing on improving ways to bridge the acute and community sectors. Dr. Coke is a Director on the Canadian Nurses Foundation and past Director on the VON National Board.  She has previously served as a Director (Chief Nurse) on the Sunnybrook HSC and the Anne Johnston Community Health Centre Boards of Directors.

    Peggy White RN, MN

    Project Director for the Canadian Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care (C-HOBIC) Project
    President of the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association

    Peggy White has a MN from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She has an extensive background as a health care leader in the acute care sector. Peggy is the Project Director for C-HOBIC, an initiative sponsored by the Canadian Nurses Association, which is implementing the electronic collection of standardized clinical outcomes. Peggy has published numerous articles in healthcare journals about the benefits of collecting standardized clinical outcomes in electronic health records.

  • Registration Information


    Early Bird price (ends January 13, 2017) $725 + HST
    Regular price (starting January 14, 2017) $805 + HST
    U of T Nursing Alumni save 15%* $685 + HST
    Current U of T Nursing students save 50%** $400 + HST
    U of T Nursing Adjunct and Status Faculty save 15%*** $685+ HST

    Site Groups

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


    Hotel List – Map shows the location of several downtown hotels relative to the course venue. We have not arranged special rates at any hotel. This information is presented as a matter of service only, and does not constitute a recommendation of the hotels listed.

    Please Note

    • Registration is limited.
    • Advanced registration is required. You must register by Monday, February 6, 2017. No on-site registration at 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.
    • **Current U of T Nursing student discount is available to participants who are enrolled in the BScN, MN, PMNP Diploma or PhD program at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
    • ***U of T Nursing Faculty discount is available to participants who hold a current faculty position, a clinical instructor position, an adjunct appointment or a status appointment to the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
    • This is an integrated three-day course with access to pre-course webinars. One-day registrations are not available.
    • 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 January 20, 2017. 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 enrollment. 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 of the fee and tax you paid to the University of Toronto. 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 January 13, 2017)
    $819.25 incl HST
    Regular price
    (starting January 14, 2017)
    $909.65 incl HST
    Current U of T Nursing students
    save 50%*
    $452.00 incl HST
    U of T Nursing Alumni
    save 15%**
    $774.05 incl HST
    U of T Nursing Adjunct and Status
    Faculty save 15%***
    $774.05 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.
  • Date and Location

    Winter 2018

    Two and a half day course

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

  • Contact Us

    Phone: (416) 978-7688
    Address: Centre for Professional Development (PD)
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    155 College Street, Suite 130
    Toronto, ON  Canada M5T 1P8

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