Nursing Researchers to Address
New Standardized Clinical
Posted February 3, 2003
HOLLAND -- An address at Hope College by two
researchers from the University of Michigan will examine
their team's effort to improve nursing care by standardizing
the way that clinical data is collected and understood.
Dr. Gail Keenan, who is the project's principal
investigator, and research associate Julia Stocker will
discuss the "Hands-on Automated Nursing Data System" (HANDS)
on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maas Center
conference room. The address is the first being sponsored
by the Hope College Student Nurses Association.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
While nationally accepted standards already exist,
the researchers found that interpretations have varied by
setting and institution, with the result that data
concerning similar care situations is not always comparable.
The computerized system that the team is developing is
intended to provide a means of collecting and sharing a
standardized nursing data set across settings.
The researchers believe that the consistency and
the availability of the information will ultimately benefit
patients by helping health care providers, researchers and
organizations to be more efficient and effective.
Keenan is on the faculty in the Division of
Nursing Business and Health Care Systems at the University
of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor. She has written
or co-authored multiple book chapters and articles in
professional journals. A registered nurse, she has had
clinical experience in a variety of settings.
She holds her doctorate in public health/health
resource management from the University of Illinois, and was
a postdoctoral fellow in nursing informatics at the
University of Iowa College of Nursing. She holds a master
of science in nursing services administration from the
University of Illinois, a bachelor of science in nursing
from Rutgers University and a diploma in nursing from Saint
Anthony's School of Nursing.
Stocker is a student in the doctoral program at
the University of Michigan School of Nursing in Ann Arbor.
She is also a registered nurse with experience in a variety
of clinical settings.
She holds a master of science in community health
nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, a
bachelor of science in nursing from the University of
Michigan and a diploma in nursing from Bronson Methodist
Hospital School of Nursing in Kalamazoo.
The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue at
11th Street. More about the research project may be found
online at: www.umich.edu/~handsmi/