2023 Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science Conference

2023 Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science Conference

Welcome to the 2023 Nursing Knowledge: Big Data Science Conference!

This year’s conference will bring together experts and participants who will challenge each other's thinking about the value of nursing and the ways informatics can help foster improvements in nursing practice, research, education, and leadership.

Pre-conference topics include nursing language and terminologies, interoperability, population health informatics, and education.  An emphasis will be placed on how these concepts empower the work of the NKBDS Initiative, illustrated by real-world examples.  The main conference will cover several aspects of the value of nursing and the potential for collaborations between informaticians, nurse leaders, and executives.

As in previous years,  workgroups will have time to report their achievements and  meet to plan their strategic goals for the year.   New this year, time has been scheduled on Friday afternoon so that workgroups may meet in person to plan their work for the upcoming 2023-2024 year. This year's conference venue is the McNamara Alumni Center.

Keynote Speaker:  Olga Yakusheva, PhD, MSE

Title:  The Value of Nursing


Dr. Yakusheva’s talk will focus on the contribution of nursing practice and leadership to patient and organizational outcomes in the current era of value-based care and approaches to measuring value-informed nursing.

Dr. Olga Yakusheva is an economist and a Professor of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Michigan and an Associate Economics Editor for the International Journal of Nursing Studies. Her educational background is in mathematics and health economics, with a specific area of expertise in economic methods for causal analysis in non-randomized studies and big data analytics. Her research examines the work of nurses including efficiency, effectiveness, and the economic value of nursing practice and leadership. Dr. Yakusheva’s work has been published in top economics and medical journals including Review of Economics and Statistics and JAMA. Dr. Yakusheva’s research team has led studies quantifying the value-added contribution of nurses to patient outcomes and to organizational financial outcomes. Most of these studies involved big-data analytics: hundreds of thousands of patient hospitalizations individually linked to the patients’ direct care nurses, requiring expertise in structural modeling and hierarchical data groupings. Dr. Yakusheva has over 15 years of experience working with hospital electronic health records (including Epic, Allscripts, Cerner). She is currently a Principal Investigator of a federally funded 5 year study to create a clinical decision-support algorithm to guide interprofessional clinical team assignments in ICUs. Dr. Yakusheva is the lead author of a 6-part series on the Value of Nursing Practice recently published in Nursing Outlook.

 Student Early
April 20 or earlier 
April 21 - May 31
After June 1 
Pre-conference workshop only:
Main conference only:
Thursday - Friday
Full conference:
Wednesday - Friday


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June 7 – Preconference

June 7 – Preconference

7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 Welcome and Introduction for the day

     Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP

9:00 Break into Tracks 

Track 1:  Looking at the Crystal Ball - The Power of Partnerships across Public Health and Nursing Informatics

The pre-conference work on Looking at the Crystal Ball - The Power of Partnership across Public Health and Nursing Informatics is supported with financial support from the TRaining in Informatics for Underrepresented Minorities in Public Health (TRIUMPH). This project is supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under 90PH0005/01-00, The PHIT Workforce Development Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by ONC, HHS or the U.S. Government.

     Sripriya Rajamani, MBBS, PhD, MPH, FAMIA

     Robin Austin, PhD, DNP, DC, RN-BC, FAMIA, FNAP

Track 2:  Knowledge Modeling and Encoding

     Bonnie L. Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

     Susan A. Matney, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN, FACMI, FHIMSS

10:30 Break

11:00 Resume Track Activities

12:00 Lunch provided

1:00 Break into Tracks 

Track 3:  Nursing Terminologies and/or Standards Applications to Improve Clinical Practice

     Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP

     Lisiane Pruinelli, PhD, MS, RN, FAMIA

Track 4: FHIR Safe – A Hands-on Approach to FHIR Concepts and Fundamentals

     Laura Heermann Langford, PhD, RN, FAMIA

Track 5: Mind the Gap: Current Landscape, Bridges, and Roadmaps to Integrate Technology from Academia to Practice

     Marisa L. Wilson, DNCs, MHSc, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FAMIA, FAAN

     Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP

     Dorcas Kunkel, DNP, RN/PHN, CNE, CPHIMS, CDIP

     Brenda Kulhanek, PhD, MSN, RN-BC, NPD-BC, NE-BC

2:30 Break

3:00 Resume Track Activities

4:00 Summary Remarks

     Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP

     Lisiane Pruinelli, PhD, MS, RN, FAMIA

4:30 Adjourn

June 8 – Conference – Day 1

June 8 – Conference – Day 1

7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 Welcome to the 2023 Nursing Knowledge Big Data Science Conference

8:30 Keynote: Olga Yakusheva, PhD, MSE, The Value of Nursing

9:30 PanelCapturing and Leveraging the Value of Nursing

     Moderator: Catherine H. Ivory, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN


     Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN (ANAE)

     Whende M. Carroll, MSN, RN-BC, FHIMSS (HIMSS)

     Elizabeth A. Swanson, PhD, RN (Iowa CON)

10:30 Break

11:00 Workgroup Reports: Major Achievements 2022-2023

12:30 Lunch Provided

1:30 Workgroup Meetings and Planning – Breakouts 

3:00 Break

3:30 Workgroup Meetings and Planning Continued - Breakouts

4:30 Wrap-up of the Day

    Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP

    Lisiane Pruinelli, PhD, MS, RN, FAMIA

    Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP

5:30 Welcome Reception


June 9 – Conference – Day 2

7:30 Continental Breakfast

8:30 Workgroup Reports: Top Priorities for 2023–2024    

9:30 Break

10:00 Nurse Executives, Big Data, and Leading Healthcare Transformation
Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer, AONL; Chief Nursing Officer, SVP, AHA

10:45 Nurse Executive Panel

Moderator: Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP

Speakers: Rhonda Kazik, DNP, RN, CENP (Essentia)

                 Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN (AONL)

                 Ryannon K. Frederick, MS, RN (Mayo Clinic)

12:00  Lunch Provided

1:00 Break-out Meetings:  Workgroup Strategic Planning for 2023–2024

2:00 Closing Remarks

     Connie White Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP

     Lisiane Pruinelli, PhD, MS, RN, FAMIA

     Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP

2:30 Adjourn



In support of improving patient care, this activity is planned and implemented by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education Office of Interprofessional Continuing Professional Development (OICPD). The National Center OICPD is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nurses: The National Center OICPD designates this activity for a maximum of 16.5 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with their participation.

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Cancellation policy:

If you need to cancel your registration, a refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, will be issued if you cancel in writing to the conference email, nursingbigdata@umn.edu, by May 17, 2023. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.