Bonnie Westra

NURS - Content - 180x222 - WestraBonnie Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Associate Professor
Director, Center for Nursing Informatics

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Office Location:
6-155 Weaver-Densford Hall

Mailing Address:
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Co-operative Membership:
Population Health and Systems

Center Membership:
Center for Nursing Informatics

Center for Gerontological Nursing

Educational Background:
BS, 1975, College of St. Theresa, Winona, MN (Nursing)
MS, 1979, University of Colorado, Denver (Community Health Nursing)
PhD, 1991, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Gerontology, Chronic Illness)

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Research Interests:
Informatics; terminology; knowledge discovery in databases; quality improvement; systems analysis; home care; hospice; public health.

Current Research Funding:
Title of Project: The Impact of a Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse on Wounds and Incontinence Outcomes for Home Health Care Patients
Role: Primary Investigator
Funding Agency: Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society (WOCN)
Project Dates: 11/1/2009-6/30/2012

Title of Project: Needs Assessments to Inform Improvement in Home Care Services
Role: Primary Investigator
Funding Agency: UMN CTSI Community Engagement
Project Dates: 8/1/2011-7/31/2012

Title of Project: University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UMN CTSI)
Role: Co-Investigator, AHC-IE Informatics Workgroup Co-Chair
Funding Agency: National Institutes of Health
Project Dates: 7/1/2011-6/31/2016

Title of Project: University Partnership for Health Informatics
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: DHHS, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Project Dates: 4/12/2010-7/31/2013

Selected Publications:

Kunkle, D., Westra, B.L., Hart, C.A., Subramanian, A., Kenny, S., & Delaney, C.W. (2012). Updating and Normalization of the Nursing Management Minimum Data Set Element 6: Patient/Client Accessibility. CIN. 30( 3), 134–141. DOI: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e31823eb913

Choromanski, L., Collins, B.J., Hart, C.M., Westra, B.L., & Delaney, C.W. (2012) Creating an ICNP Subset: Children with HIV/AIDS in Developing Countries, CIN, 30(4). 183-189 DOI: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e3182388655

Monsen, K.A., Melton, B.G., Timm, J.E., Westra, B.L., Kerr, M.J., Raman, N., Farri, L., Hart, M., & Martin, K.S. (2011). An Empiric Analysis of Omaha System Targets, Applied Clinical Informatics, 2, 317–330

Dierich, M.T., Mueller, C., & Westra, B.L. (2011). Medication Regimens in Elderly Home Care Patients . Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 37 (12), 45-55.

Westra, B. L., Savik, K., Oancea, C., Choromanski, L., Holmes, J. H., & Bliss, D. (2011). Predicting improvement in urinary and bowel incontinence for home health patients using electronic health record data. Journal of Wound, Ostomy, & Continence Nursing, 38(1), 77-87.

Westra, B. L., Dey, S., Fang, G., Steinbach, M., Kumar, V., Savik, K., et al. (2011). Data mining techniques for knowledge discovery from electronic health records. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2(1), 55-74.

Westra, B. L. (2011). HITECH University-Based Training. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 29(4), 263-264.

Plasek, J. M., Pieczkiewicz, D. S., Mahnke, A. N., McCarty, C. A., Starren, J. B., & Westra, B. L. (2011). The role of nonverbal and verbal communication in a multimedia informed consent process. Applied Clinical Informatics, 2(2), 240-49.

Monsen, K. A., Westra, B. L., Oancea, S. C., Yu, F., & Kerr, M. J. (2011). Linking home care interventions and hospitalization outcomes for frail and non-frail elderly patients. Research in Nursing & Health, 34(2), 160-168.

Westra, B. L., Subramanian, A., Hart, C. M., Matney, S. A., Wilson, P. S., Huff, S. M., Huber, D. L., Delaney, C. W. (2010). Achieving "meaningful use" of electronic health records through the integration of the Nursing Management Minimum Data Set. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 40(7-8), 336-343.

Westra, B. L., Oancea, C., Savik, K., & Marek, K. D. (2010). The feasibility of integrating the Omaha system data across home care agenices and vendors. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 28(3), 162-171.

Melton, G. B., Westra, B. L., Raman, N., Monsen, K. A., Kerr, M. J., Hart, C. H., et al. (2010). Informing standard development and understanding user needs with Omaha System signs and symptoms text entries in community-based care settings. AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings, 2010, 512-516.

Monsen, K. A., Westra, B. L., Yu, F., Ramadoss, V. K., & Kerr, M. J. (2009). Data management for intervention effectiveness research: Comparing deductive and inductive approaches. Research in Nursing & Health, 32(6), 647-656.

Westra, B.L., Oancea, C., Savik, K., & Marek, K.D. (Accepted). The feasibility of integrating the Omaha system data across homecare agencies and vendors, CIN: Computers, Informatics, and Nursing.

Westra, B. L., Delaney, C. W., Konicek, D., & Keenan, G. (2008). Nursing standards to support the electronic health record. Nursing Outlook, 56(5), 258-66.

McCormick, K.A., Delaney, C.J., Brennan, P.F., Effken, J.A., Kendrick, K., Murphy, J., Skiba, D.J., Warren, J.J., Weaver, C.A., Weiner, B., & Westra, B.L. (2007). Guideposts to the Future - An Agenda for Nursing Informatics. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 14, 19-24.

Westra, B.L., Solomon, D., & Ashley, D.M. (2006). Use of the Omaha System data to validate Medicare required outcomes in home care. Journal of Healthcare Information Management, 20(3), 88-94.

Westra, B.L, Solomon, D., & Ashley, D.M. (2006). Use of the Omaha System Data to Validate Medicare Required Outcomes in Home Care. Journal of Healthcare Information Management, 20(3), 88-94.

Westra, B.L. (2005). National Health Information Infrastructure (NHII) and Nursing: Implementing the Omaha System in Community-Based Practice.

Westra, B.L. (1999).  The Omaha System:  Bridging Home Care and Technology.  On Line Journal of Nursing Informatics. Available:

Westra, B.L.,  Holland DE, Aufenthie J, Cullen L, Finley J, Griebenow L, Hess G, Jacobson T, Kennebek S, McHale J, McMyler E, Ohland J, Ryan S, Wollan P.  (1998)  Testing the Uniform Needs Assessment Instrument for hospital discharge planning with older adults.  Journal of Gerontolological Nursing, 24(5):42-6.

Marek, K.D., Jenkins, M., Westra, B.L., & McGinley, A.  (1998). Implementation of a Clinical Information System in Nurse-Managed Care, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, ,30(3), 37-44.

Button P, Androwich I, Hibben L, Kern V, Madden G, Marek K, Westra B, Zingo C, Mead CN. (1998). Challenges and issues related to implementation of nursing vocabularies in computer-based systems. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 5(4), 332-334.

Button, P., Androwich, I., Hibben, L., Kern, V., Madden, G., Marek, K., Westra, B., Zingo, C., and Mead, C.N.  (1998).  Challenges and Issues Related to Implementation of Nursing Vocabularies in Computer-based Systems.  Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 5:332-334.

Westra, B.L., Johnson, S.J., Brady-Schluttner, K., Ellenbecker, Sue, Johnson, M., Lassegard, E., Maas, Meridean, Stone, J.L. (1996).  Evaluating Physical Functional Outcomes:  One Category of the NOC System. Medsurg Nursing, The Journal of Adult Health, 5 (3), 157-162

Westra, B. L., Martin, K. S., & Swan, A.  (1996). Recognizing the need for standardized documentation and classifying patient needs. Journal of Home Health Care Management and Practice, 8(5), 24-31.

Westra, B. L., & Raup, G.  (1995). Computerized charting: An essential tool for survival.  Caring, IV(8), 57-61.

Westra, B. L., Cullen, L., Brody, D., Jump, P., Geanon, L., & Milad, E.  (1995).  Development of the home care client satisfaction instrument. Public Health Nursing, 12, 393-399.

Werley, H., Devine, B., Zorn, C., Ryan, P., & Westra, B.  (1992).  The Nursing Minimum Data Set:  Abstraction Tool for Standardized, Comparable, Essential Data.  1992 IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics.  Stuttgart:  Schattauer.

Westra, B. L. & Rodgers, B. L.  (1991).  The concept of integration:  A foundation for evaluating outcomes of nursing care.  Journal of Professional Nursing, 7 277-282.

Werley, H., Devine, B., Zorn, C., Ryan, P., & Westra, B.  (1991).  The Nursing Minimum Data Set:  Abstraction Tool for Standardized, Comparable, Essential Data.  American Journal of Public Health, 81, 421-426.

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