Overview

Chapter Mission

To advance the field of nursing informatics through communication, education, research and professional activities.


About the Chapter

The DelMarVa Chapter was founded in 2015 and serves all of Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. Members include Nurses, Pharmacists, Respiratory Therapists, Technologists, and Educators from Hospitals, Vendors, Higher Educational Institutions, and other health care ventures.



The American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) is comprised of nursing and other Clinical Health IT professionals who

are committed to their specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge and wisdom in nursing and informatics practice
 
identify informatics practice as a specialty that is essential to the delivery of high quality, and cost-effective health care
 
are committed to their professional development and seek to actively engage in a community of like-minded professionals
 
use informatics to improve the health of populations, communities, families and individuals by optimizing information management and communication (ANA, 2008*)




Member of the Month for August


Katherine (Kathy) Podbesek, MSN, RN-BC

 

My nursing career has been quite an interesting path, affording me a variety of nursing experiences through the past (nearly) 40 years.  I started out in a neurosurgical step-down unit and emergency care at a large university healthcare organization. From there I moved to the Tidewater, Va area where I continued in the critical care area then migrated to the nephrology arena where I felt like I had found my niche. During my tenure in nephrology I held roles as staff nurse, nurse manager and Area Director for a national dialysis provider.  Growing weary of the travel, I went to a totally different patient care area as a staff nurse in PACU.  It wasn’t long before I answered the call to return to the nephrology field where I remained for another 10-years, which includes my recruitment and relocation to Delaware.  I believe it was my work within nephrology I began to realize the gravitational pull toward an informatics interest but not fully aware of what kind of career journey that would present for me.  Through the suggestion and influence of a special colleague I was exposed to the ‘real world 'of informatics.  As I was already on the educational journey of pursuing my MSN, I quickly realized an informatics track was my destiny.  I’ve been in Informatics for the past 12 years, becoming ANCC Board certified in 2012.  I have presented several podium presentations on Nephrology and Informatics both on a local and national level. I believe I can state with deep conviction I have truly found my niche as a Clinical Informaticist!  My role as a Clinical Informaticist has provided professional growth, enormous career satisfaction and state of contentment I had no idea I would achieve when I started my nursing career. What a journey is has been and I’m proud to continue to make a difference and influence patient safety and outcomes in the work I love to perform.

Fun fact: my next career goal - to work in doggy daycare when I retire.