Celebrating 25+ years of Nursing Informatics Education
About WINI
WINI provides an opportunity to have guided discussion and education in a variety of informatics topics including the foundations of nursing informatics practice, the systems life cycle, and Data Management and Health Care Technology.
Weekend Immersion in Nursing Informatics (WINI) is a nursing informatics continuing education course that travels around the country to provide affordable, in-depth nursing informatics education.  Approved by the Maryland Nurses Association, an approved provider of nursing continuing education, WINI focuses on basic competencies in nursing informatics.  WINI was developed by ICCE, LLC, managing members Carol J. Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAMIA, FAAN, and Kathleen Smith, MScEd, RN-BC, FHIMSS.   Both members are board certified in nursing informatics by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Liberty Rovira, MSN, RN-BC, also ANCC board certified in nursing informatics, has joined the WINI faculty.
Kathleen Smith, M.Sc.Ed., RN-BC, FHIMSS, and Carol Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FAMIA, FHIMSS, FAAN were co-recipients of the 2011 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award for their outstanding, long-term commitment to creating and conducting an innovative nursing informatics continuing education program and the promotion of HIMSS as a valuable resource and professional membership organization for nurses. “The HIMSS award recipients are individuals and organizations who have succeeded in ensuring high quality and consistent delivery of healthcare with the use of information technology. Congratulations to all of the award and scholarship recipients for their achievement and willingness to share their expertise with HIMSS and throughout the industry,” said JoAnn Klinedinst, Vice President, Professional Development, HIMSS.  HIMSS North America is a not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology and management systems for the betterment of healthcare and represents more than 70,000 individual members, 630 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations.
Awards
The WINI Faculty received the Information Technology Award for Knowledge Advancement award from Sigma Theta Tau, the International honor society in nursing in 2001.  In November 2003, the WINI Faculty received the Outstanding Nurse Educator award from the Maryland Nurses Association for their work presenting WINI throughout the US and in Canada. In 2010 Carol J. Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAMIA, FAAN and Kathleen Smith, MScEd, RN-BC, FHIMSS were co-recipients of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Leadership Award for their outstanding, long-term commitment to creating and conducting an innovative nursing informatics continuing education program (WINI) and the promotion of HIMSS as a valuable resource and professional membership organization for nurses.
Both Ms. Smith and Dr. Bickford are recognized informatics leaders in their own professional careers but merit significant accolades for their dedicated commitment to develop, and tireless efforts to sustain, the innovative Weekend Immersion in Nursing Informatics (WINI) continuing education program over the last 25+ years. Between 1995 and 2021 they have reached about 9000 participants with the almost 150 WINI programs held throughout the US and portions of Canada.
Advantages
Hosting a WINI at your location is an easy, low-cost way to deliver an intensive immersion into nursing informatics, provide 18 contact hours of nursing informatics education, and explore the 2021 nursing informatics scope and standards of practice and nursing informatics certification test content outline and requirements.
Networking
Create organizational brand recognition and a networking opportunity within your hospital, system, or community
Contact Hours
Provide continuing nursing informatics education contact hours (18) to your staff, members or students
Less Cost
Reduces travel costs by hosting on your location
All Materials Provided
All course materials ANCC Board Certified Informatics Nurse faculty 18 contact hours of nursing informatics continuing education
Logistics
Carol Bickford will partner with you to produce a successful workshop with ease. WINI will be scheduled for 2 days.
Your Choice
WINI may be conducted exclusively for your nurses or open to the public. You may choose to co-host with other hospitals, schools of nursing, and local organizations to increase attendance. The revised WINI integrates 2021 ANCC NI test content for the NI certification exam with ANA’s nursing informatics scope and standards of practice.

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