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.
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.
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.