Minnesota Nursing magazine

Creating sharable, comparable data

The center collaborates with community partners locally to internationally to transform nursing, health and health care. One way this is accomplished is through the Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science Conference, which was held June 1–3, 2016. Following opening remarks by Dean Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, 11 work groups presented major milestones from the national action plan achieved during the year. They also provided their top three priorities for having one voice to support a national agenda for sharable and comparable nursesensitive data that is useful for implementation, quality reporting and research. National experts on two panels presented their insights for integrating nursing data into research, finance and health policy. Panelists included the Hon. Erin Murphy, deputy minority leader, Minnesota House of Representatives; Pamela F. Cipriano, president, American Nurses Association; Deborah E. Trautman, chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Norma M. Lang, professor and dean emerita of nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Maryan Zirkle, program officer on the Research Infrastructure, Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) and Dave Anderson, data engineer and fellow at UnitedHealth OptumLabs.

Examples of insights included:

  • Nursing generates a massive amount of data that can add value to big data science, if it is standardized for aggregation and comparison.
  • Big data can be used to shape health policy to improve health, support evolving models of care delivery, achieve better outcomes, decrease costs, lead innovation and build strategic partnerships.
  • We need to make sure nursing is at the table in big data and big data analytics.
  • There continue to be critical gaps in some nurse scientist education programs in areas of software programming, data modeling, data visualization and evaluation methods.

The 2017 Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science Conference is June 7-9, 2017, in Minneapolis. More information can be found at http://z.umn.edu/bigdata.


Center for Nursing Informatics

Karen Monsen and Connie White Delaney

Center Director: 
Karen Monsen, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAMIA
Connie White Delaney, PHD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP

To lead the discovery, application, and cutting edge thinking for nursing informatics scholarship to improve the health of individuals and communities. Center members discover and employ innovative methods of informatics research; use standardized nursing terminologies and essential minimum data sets; and apply research methods to clinical and other information systems.

For more information:
Phone: 612-624-0490
Email: mons0122@umn.edu