Advisory Committee of the Henderson Repository

STTI and the Henderson Repository would like to thank the following people who served as inaugural advisory committee members during and after the VHL transition to the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.

Amy M. Coenen, PhD, RN, FAAN – Eta Nu Chapter

Dr. Amy Coenen is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. Her research has focused on nursing and health care terminology standards for the electronic health record. Her areas of expertise include Nursing in Health Care Informatics and Health Care Terminology Standards.

Dr. Coenen is currently funded by the International Council of Nurses, in Geneva, Switzerland, to serve as the Director of the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) Programme.

Dr. Coenen is a representative for the International Council of Nurses to the International Organization of Standards (ISO) Technical Committee 215- Healthcare Informatics. Also, Dr. Coenen is a member of the World Health Organization Family of International Classifications (WHO FIC).

Amy M. Coenen

Annette Knobloch, DNS, MPH, RN, CNE, CPST – Zi Zeta, Upsilon Theta Chapters

Dr. Annette Knobloch is currently an associate professor at Our Lady of the Lake College, Baton Rouge, La., USA. She has taught in graduate and undergraduate nursing programs in various Louisiana schools of nursing. She has been active in child passenger safety; she has a board membership in the California-based SafetyBeltSafe, USA, and participates in activities of the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force. Early career experience included home health nursing, labor-delivery and postpartum/gyn nursing.

Annette Knobloch

Betsy E. Weiner, PhD, RN-BC, FACMI, FAAN – Iota, Beta Iota Chapters

Dr. Betsy Weiner is the Senior Associate Dean for Informatics at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is also the Centennial Independence Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, a joint appointment between nursing and medicine. Prior to joining Vanderbilt in 2000, she served 21 years at the University of Cincinnati, 10 years as director for a university-wide faculty technology center, and four years as director of university academic computing.  Considered a pioneer in multimedia development (with over 30 years of experience in the health sciences), she is responsible for the distance learning programs in nursing, and the informatics tools that help to tie together the research, practice and academic arenas. She currently is the PI on US $3 million worth of HRSA grants for faculty development. Dr. Weiner publishes and speaks nationally and internationally on both informatics and emergency planning and response, and has served as an international consultant for the World Health Organization. She was the 2008 recipient of the AMIA Virginia K. Saba Award, and in 2007 received the Computer-based Professional Education Technology Award from Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Weiner has a long and distinguished career of service with Sigma Theta Tau International, serving most recently as the Nursing Knowledge International Board of Directors Chair, a member of the Corporate Committee, and the Virtual Chapter Task Force. In prior years, she served as a member of the Board of Directors (95-99), chair of the Governance Committee (2003-2005), chair of the Library Committee (1999-2001), member of Technology Task Force (99-2001), Building Corporation, Heritage Committee, Program Committee, and Library Committee. She was also Associate Editor of the Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing (95-2001). She served two terms as Regional Coordinator. In addition, Dr. Weiner has held all local chapter offices except for Treasurer. 

Betsy E. Weiner

Grace Willard, PhD, RN – Delta Alpha-at-Large Chapter

Dr. Grace Willard’s current research emphasis is with the Improvement Science Research Network (ISRN), www.ISRN.Net in the Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice at the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio She is developing taxonomy for improvement science that will lead the national effort to improve health care quality and safety. Her taxonomy development work for this nascent field revolves around the theoretical framework for improvement science, which provides guidance for the organizational, multisite research for the ISRN. Dr. Willard’s professional career spans a wide universe of experiences including clinical practice, academia, research and military service. Early clinical experiences began with labor and delivery, expanded to medical-surgical, critical care and then intensive care. Her clinical experiences include unit-based and hospital-wide administration. Dr. Willard’s academic experiences include faculty appointments within diploma, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctoral degree programs, where she states, “the wonder of watching students grow enriches me.” She has developed, revised and implemented curriculum. She has also held academic graduate associate dean positions. Dr. Willard has extensive experience with database development for national research through her work with a private research firm. Dr. Willard’s service in the U.S. Air Force Reserve spanned 30 years and included front line events as well as administrative leadership positions with the Air Force Surgeon General’s Office. Dr. Willard has served in elected leadership positions in the Texas Nurses’ Association, where she is currently a member. She was first inducted into Sigma Theta Tau through the Beta Beta Chapter, at Texas Woman’s University, later serving in elected positions in the Epsilon Theta Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin and later in Alpha-Kappa-at-Large Chapter at the University of Colorado. Her present membership is with Delta Alpha-at-Large Chapter.

Grace Willard

Ida Androwich, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN – Alpha Beta, Tau Kappa Chapters

Dr. Ida Androwich is a professor of Nursing (and Business) and Director of Health Systems Management at Loyola University Chicago and teaches graduate courses in Health Care Informatics, Systems, Outcomes Performance Management and Population-based Infection Control. In 2008, she was Loyola’s Graduate Faculty Member of the Year. She received a BSN (magna cum laude) from Loyola University Chicago, a MS in Public Health Nursing and a PhD in Public Health (Health Resource Management) from the University of Illinois. Dr. Androwich has published and presented nationally and internationally in the area of Health Care Informatics. She has had funded research related to national efforts to standardize health care vocabularies, is PI on five funded Advanced Education in Nursing grants from HRSA, and has been elected/appointed to national leadership roles including the ANA’s NIDSEC Committee, the AMIA-NIWG Leadership Group (member-at-large and nominating chair), AONE Technology Task Force, AONE representative to TIGER, the Vanderbilt Terminology Summit Steering Committee, member of the Advisory Board for Zynx Care, CINAHL. She has consulted in informatics, terminology, and evaluation on federal and foundation grants. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Workforce and Technology Commission and was founding co-chair of the Expert Panel in NI. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Appalachian Regional Health Systems (ARH) in Kentucky and West Virginia, where she is chair of the Care and Quality Committee. She has served as chair or member of numerous master’s and PhD committees, many for students researching informatics, data mining and quality measurement. She was named the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leader of 2009 and in 2010 was awarded the Rutgers University – 13th Annual Award for Advancement in Technology in Healthcare and recently joined the Board of Directors of the Online Journal for the Nursing Informatics.

Ida Androwich

Karen (Kathy) Reno, PhD, MBA, RN, EDAC – Alpha Lambda Chapter

Dr. Karen Reno has more than 40 years of experience in health care, most spent in administrative roles as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer. Organizational recognitions received during her leadership were Solucient (now known as Thompson-Reuters) and Healthgrades top awards for multiple clinical excellence areas, ANCC’s Magnet™ certification, and Fortune Magazine’s recognition as one of America’s top 100 employers multiple years.

Dr. Reno serves as a consultant for Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International on patient safety and safe facility design. This consultation service assists organizations throughout the process of facility design to “build in” safety based on evidence-based and standards-driven design. She served as co-author of the first study guide for certification in evidence-based design and holds Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC).

She also holds a half-time appointment as an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) College of Nursing. In addition, she developed and now serves as coordinator for the executive nursing leadership concentration of the Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

Dr. Reno has been active in many state and national boards and advisory groups. She was elected to two terms on the national board for AONE and the AHA Regional Policy Board for the Midwest region. She was one of the founding board members for the Nursing Spectrum, a nursing magazine published by Gannett. She served as president and in multiple board and committee roles in the Illinois Organization for Nurse Leaders (IONL).

Her educational background includes a diploma in nursing from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA; a bachelor’s of science in nursing and management from Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wis., USA; master’s in business administration in marketing from DePaul University, Chicago, Ill., USA; and a PhD in organization development from Benedictine University, Lisle, Ill., USA.

Karen Reno

Maureen Greene, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, ACNP-BC – Delta Gamma-at-Large Chapter

Dr. Maureen T. Greene is an acute care advanced practice nurse who has built a professional career with attention to transitions in patient care. As an advanced practice nurse, Dr. Greene incorporates communication methods across care teams to promote progressive goal driven care planning. She is a national speaker on her research in discharge planning, patient's perception of discharge readiness and new research in predictors of patient need for referral to case management services. Dr. Greene provides teaching to students and professional nurses in acute care evidence-based practice projects and advanced patient care topics.

Maureen Greene

Honorary Consultant

Virginia K. Saba, EdD, Honorary PhD, DS, RN, FAAN, FACMI, LL – Tau Chapter

Dr. Virginia Saba is the President and CEO of SabaCare Inc., a consulting company which focuses on Dr. Saba's CLINICAL CARE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM (CCC)  She is a Distinguished Scholar at Georgetown University (GU), Washington D.C., USA, and Adjunct Professor at the Uniformed Services University (USU), Bethesda, Md., USA. Dr. Saba has, for over 35 years, pioneered the integration of technology in nursing. She spearheaded the nursing informatics movement nationally and internationally, initiated academic technology programs, and supported the development of health care information technology (HIT) systems including the CCC System, which is the first national nursing terminology standard approved by the Secretary of HHS, January 2007/8. During her career she served as a Nurse Officer in the PHS where she provided national leadership and promoted technology in nursing practice. During her tenure at Georgetown University, she integrated technology in the academic nursing programs, served as the nursing representative to emerging campus-wide technology programs, and conducted the federally funded national research study from which she, with her research colleagues, developed the CCC System. Also, at the USU she integrated technology into the curriculum and supported the initiation and coordination of one of the first Distance Learning Programs with over ten Veterans Administration hospitals. Dr. Saba has received numerous awards, honorary degrees and has published several nursing informatics textbooks: the 5th edition of the Essentials of Nursing Informatics is now available and 2nd edition of CCC Manual will be available in the spring of 2012. Currently, she continues to be involved in several national health care standards groups and integrates the CCC System into electronic health record systems nationally and internationally. Dr. Saba is a graduate of Skidmore College, Teachers College, Columbia University, American University and had received honorary doctoral degrees from University of Maryland, Excelsior College, and University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

Virginia K. Saba

Research Gateway Advisors

Claudia D. Smith, PhD, RN, NE-BC – Zeta Pi Chapter

Dr. Claudia D. Smith earned her PhD in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing in 2010. Dr. Smith has served as the Principal Investigator on two nursing research studies, and is/was a co-investigator on five studies, one of which is a US $1.9 million NIOSH-funded five-year, multi-site study. She has contributed a chapter on shared governance in two editions of a nursing administration textbook, and has published one journal research brief. Dr. Smith has presented on a variety of research and evidence-based topics at national and international professional nursing conferences. In her professional role, she coaches and mentors staff nurses at a large tertiary care hospital in Houston, Texas, USA, to develop their clinical ideas into nursing research studies and evidence-based practice projects.

Claudia D. Smith

Pam Willson, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE – Beta Beta – Houston Chapter

Dr. Pam Willson is the Director of Research for Elsevier Review and Testing. She works with faculty investigators and doctoral students across the United States in developing their databases or designing custom research exams. Dr. Willson is an adjunct associate professor for the College of Nursing, Graduate Studies at Prairie View A&M University. She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. In her clinical practice, she is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Departments of Gerontology and Neurology. She is part of an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) directed clinic for the secondary prevention of stroke. Dr. Willson received her BSN at Texas Woman’s University, her MSN and FNP at the University of Texas in Arlington, and her PhD at Texas Woman’s University. Her clinical research has focused on violence against women, chronic disease self-management, telemedicine, and informatics as well as APRN evidence-based translational work in the areas of Parkinson’s Disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Dysphagia, and Stroke. Current educational research is focused on predictive validity of Elsevier, Assessment standardize electronic exams for both undergraduate and APRNs[. She has presented nationally and authored 45 articles and book chapters. Dr. Willson is a Virginia Henderson Fellow, Past-President of STTI Beta Beta- Houston Chapter, and active chapter board member.

Pam Willson