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Toni H.

Hickory, PA

Personal Information

  • Specialty

    Informatics Nurse
    Nurse Educator
  • Degree

    PHD

My decision to be a nurse came early in life when my Polish grandmother, or Babcia, had numerous surgeries and illnesses and would stay with my family to recuperate. The nurses at the hospital taught my mother and me how to care for her, and we did our best, especially since there were no referrals for homecare back then. When I was almost 16, Babcia died at home in her own bed. I took science courses to prepare for my planned studies and opted for the most direct route to practice – the local diploma school of nursing. My interest in nursing informatics originated in the late 1970s when my home hospital purchased the Technicon hospital information system. Full automation was years away, but the potential of technology to support nurses and facilitate patient care was a glimmer. When I was told that there was no role for the nursing school faculty in response to my request to serve on related committees, I started to educate myself on computer applications that might, or actually did, support nursing and nursing education. During the 1980s, my dissertation focused on the use of computer assisted instruction in nursing education, and I sought out other nurses who were working with computer applications and information systems or shared a common interest. We formed a local users’ group for networking and educational purposes. I earned a second graduate degree in information science and was among the first candidates to sit for ANCC certification after Nursing Informatics was recognized as a specialty. For me, nursing informatics is an exciting specialty, and I consider myself privileged to work with aspiring informatics nurses and informatics nurse specialists at Chamberlain College of Nursing. I have great colleagues and an organization that is committed to providing an innovative, quality education. For me it is a dream come true.


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