As each year goes by, new initiatives in nursing informatics help to forge an awareness of the importance of the field, as well as a comfort in using technology, especially information and communication technologies (ICTs) in nursing. In 2006, some more concrete and powerful initiatives have occurred. One major initiative has been the development of the NurseONE nursing portal by the Canadian Nurses Association. NurseONE is a national, bilingual web-based health information service for the Canadian nursing community. The goal of NurseONE is to provide quick access to quality, up-to-date health-care information to support the 250,000+ nurses in Canada deliver effective, evidence-based care and help them manage their careers, regardless of where or when they work.
Over the last two decades Canadian leaders in nursing informatics have discussed and conceptualized a nation wide nursing informatics strategy that would benefit all nurses and nursing students. In 2006, the Canadian Nurses Association launched the Canadian Nurses Portal Project, shortened to NurseONE to address this vision, in the form of a e-nursing strategy. “The purpose of the e-nursing strategy is to guide the development of ICT initiatives in nursing to improve nursing practice and client outcomes” (Canadian Nurses Association, 2006, p. 7).
Visit NurseONE at: http://www.nurseone.ca/
As well, in 2006, this Journal, the Canadian Nursing Informatics Journal (CJNI) was launched by the CNIA. The Mission of the CJNI is to provide a peer-reviewed venue for members of the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association, and other researchers who work with Nursing Informatics to disseminate their research, essays, reviews, presentations, multimedia and other digital publishable materials on a global scale. In the coming months and years, the CNIA intend to develop the CJNI into a dynamic vehicle to express the voice for Nursing Informatics that is championed by the association and lived by many nurses both in Canada, and around the globe.
Several other ongoing initiatives were either continued or begun, with the intention of being activated in 2007 and beyond. These include:
2006 has been a good year for the CNIA and we look forward to an even more productive 2007. We wish all of our members the very best of the Holiday Season and look forward to sharing a wonderful New Year with you all.
CJNI Editor In Chief,
Canadian Nurses Association. (2006a). E-nursing strategy for Canada. Ottawa: Author.