Omaha System Board of Directors
A 12-member volunteer Board of Directors was established in March 2001 to provide leadership for Omaha System revisions, presentations, publications, conferences, Website, and other advisory activities. More details are included in the 2005 book, Appendix D. The Board meets every two years following the Omaha System International Conference and communicates by phone and email between Conferences. Board members also communicate with members of the Listserv.
Current Board members have diverse practice, education, research, and automation expertise related to the Omaha System. To contact a specific Board member, use the following information.
Mary Jo is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to her faculty position, she was the Director of the College of Nursing’s Institute for Urban Health Partnerships, the umbrella organization responsible for the Community Nursing Centers. In 1986, faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing incorporated the Omaha System into the data collection system for its Community Nursing Centers. With a team at the College, Mary Jo has lead work on various revisions of this data-system, the Automated Community Health Information System (ACHIS), which serves as the method for tracking the College’s Community Nursing Center practice and research. This team of nurses participated in the revision of the 2005 Omaha System.
The Web-based ACHIS program includes the data elements required by the National Health Service Corps and tracks focus areas/problems and interventions through the Omaha System as well as ICD9 and CPT codes. Mary Jo has presented data collected through the ACHIS at conferences and in publications. Currently, her research involves exploring population-level practices of community/public health nurses, and conceptual issues in community health nursing and their application in informatics. She has served on the Omaha System Board of Directors since 2001.
Kathy is a Professor and Ralston House Endowed Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Associate Director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health, and the Beatrice Renfield Visiting Scholar for the Visiting Nurse Association of New York. While a doctoral student, she conducted the first Omaha System study in an acute care setting. Kathy leads a program of federally and foundation funded research in the use of information technology to improve health care and clinical decision making for older adults. She is the author of more than 50 articles and chapters, and has been the Principal Investigator or a Co-Investigator on over 20 funded studies. Kathy instituted the use of the Omaha System in several research projects and directed the development of a clinical information system for translating research to practice. In this work, advanced practice nurses document nursing care using the Omaha System for patients during their hospital stays and one to three months in post acute care.
Kathy is the author of Chapter 5, Use of the Omaha System in Research, in the 2005 book. She has presented at Omaha System International Conferences, and numerous national and international meetings. She has served on the Omaha System Board of Directors since 2001, and was appointed to the National Quality Forum Steering Committee on Care Coordination in 2009. She also serves on the New York Academy of Medicine National Coalition on Care Coordination. Her contributions to health informatics research were recognized with the Heart Failure Society of America Nursing Investigator Award, the Rutgers University College of Nursing’s 12th Annual Recognition Award for Advancement of Technology in Health Care, and the Eastern Nursing Research Society Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Research Award. Kathy received the first Omaha System Excellence in Research Award during the 2011 Omaha System International Conference.
Pam is the Nursing Informatics Consultant for the State of Maine’s Public Health Nursing Program, the first statewide system to implement the Omaha System. Prior to accepting this position, she was a field public health nurse in rural Maine for 20 years. She has used the Omaha System in practice with maternal, child, adult and population focused clients. In 2002, she shared responsibility for the statewide implementation of the current electronic information system, which integrates the Omaha System into clinical nursing documentation.
Pam coordinates learning activities and trains new field staff in software and Omaha System use. She is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the software application and communication with their software vendor. The Maine application is currently used by approximately 70 geographically diverse staff, representing field PHNs, management and clerical users. Pam aggregates and analyzes ongoing Omaha System and other organizational data to communicate program effectiveness for the benefit of public health partners and ongoing program quality assurance. This includes leadership responsibilities for ensuring the accuracy of the data, and providing reports to numerous internal and external groups. Pam has shared Maine’s Omaha System implementation and data utilization experiences in a variety of forums including nursing informatics publications, American Public Health Association’s Annual Meetings, University of Maryland’s Summer Institute of Nursing Informatics, and Omaha System International Conferences. Pam contributed to the 2005 Omaha System book and has served on the Omaha System Board of Directors since 2005.
Jackie is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Undergraduate Nursing Program at Southern University and A & M College School of Nursing. She has been involved with the Omaha System since 2007. She is serving as a leader to orient faculty to the Omaha System, and integrate it into the curriculum and human simulation laboratory for the senior level courses. In addition, Jackie has established a program of leadership research to develop both faculty and student mentors. She has published chapters and presented her research findings through international, national and state venues.
Jackie is a 2005 Fellow of the American Association of Colleges Leadership for Academic Nurses Leadership Program and a graduate of the Chapter Leader Academy of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing. She served as Vice President of the Tau Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Vice Chair of the Louisiana Council of Administrators of Nursing Education. In 2011, she was elected president of the Louisiana State Nurses Association. Jackie is the recipient of the 2009 Legacy in Caring Award presented by the Association of Nurses Working for our Patients. Jackie has spoken and been a poster presenter at Omaha System International Conferences. She joined the Omaha System Board of Directors in 2009.
Karen is a health care consultant. She was employed at the Visiting Nurse Association of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska from 1978-1993 where she was the principal investigator of the Omaha System research. Since 1993, she has offered consultation services to prospective, new, and experienced multidisciplinary Omaha System users in practice and academic settings nationally and globally. Karen is also a consultant to software developers and companies. She has served as a visiting scholar and speaker in more than 20 other countries.
Karen’s practice includes documentation, information management, outcomes measurement, and dissemination of the Omaha System. She provided testimony for federal meetings and the Institute of Medicine. In 2008, she was included in the American Medical Informatics Association-Nursing Informatics Working Group's Nursing Informatics History Project. She received the MNRS Informatics Section Distinguished Researcher Award, and alumni awards from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Iowa. In 2010, she received the Ruth B. Freeman distinguished career award from the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association. Karen is the author of the 2005 Omaha System book, 5 more books, more than 100 articles and chapters, and 70 editorials. She participated in the translation of a previous Omaha System book into Japanese. She conducts workshops, and is a co-developer of the Omaha System Web site. Since 2001, she has been the chair of the Omaha System Board of Directors, and the lead co-chair of the Omaha System International Conferences.
Karen is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Her expertise is in public health nursing and nursing informatics. She is the director of the Omaha System Partnership for Knowledge Discovery and Health Care Quality. Karen’s cutting-edge research employs diverse methods including theory-based analysis, data mining and longitudinal analysis with the goals of improving practice quality and population health. She has disseminated her research and related activities through numerous national and international publications and presentations.
Beginning in 1998, Karen led the planning and implementation of an automated Omaha System-based outcomes management program at Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment, Stillwater, MN. She co-founded and lead the Minnesota Omaha System Users Group in 2001, and has worked with public health nurses and managers, educators, software vendors, and home care agencies to develop innovative Omaha System projects and resources. Karen and the Minnesota Omaha System Users Group received the American Public Health Association Public Health Nursing Section's 2008 Nursing Creative Achievement Award for their joint efforts. She is the author of Chapter 3, Use of the Omaha System in Practice, in the 2005 book; has been a member of the Omaha System Board of Directors since 2001; is a co-developer of the Omaha System Web site; and has been a co-chair of Omaha System International Conferences since 2005. Karen received the first Omaha System Excellence in Education Award at the 2011 Omaha System International Conference.
Suzanne is the Community Health Director of the Kitsap County Health District. She is also adjunct faculty at Olympic College’s RN to BSN nursing program, and clinical faculty at University of Washington’s Psychosocial and Community Health Nursing. In 2003, Suzanne was one of the leaders who initiated adoption of the Omaha System to measure outcomes in local public health departments throughout Washington. In 2006, she led the successful implementation of the Omaha System and electronic documentation in her county’s Parent Child Health and HIV/AIDS Case Management programs.
Suzanne was instrumental in organizing a Washington State Omaha System Users Group. She serves as a subject matter expert to local public health agencies in Washington and Oregon when they explore use of the Omaha System and electronic documentation. She is the Chair Elect of the Washington State Community Health Leadership Forum, and on the Board of Directors of the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials. She spoke about the value of using the Omaha System and electronic documentation to generate outcome reports at the 2011 Omaha System International Conference, and numerous other conferences. Suzanne received the first Omaha System Excellence in Practice Award, and joined the Omaha System Board of Directors in 2011.
Judy is an independent health care consultant and a licensed Clinical Nurse Specialist in community health nursing in the state of California. She works with agencies, groups, and software developers using computerized Omaha System-based documentation.
Judy has presented at numerous Omaha System International Conferences and American Public Health Association Annual Meetings. Her topics included effective strategies when transitioning to the use of the Omaha System and computerized documentation, the relationship between the Omaha System and Healthy People Leading Health Indicators, and the use of the Omaha System in early intervention programs. Judy is a co-developer of the Omaha System Web site. She has been a co-chair of the Omaha System International Conferences since 2008, and a member of the Omaha System Board of Directors since 2009.
Nancy was employed at the VNA of Omaha from 1967 to 2000 in a variety of staff and management positions that involved documentation, quality, compliance, and automation. In the early 1970s, she was a supervisor with responsibilities for record review when she and other managers discussed the agency’s need to streamline documentation, quantify multidisciplinary practice, generate aggregate clinical data, and prepare for automation.
Nancy was a member of the first federally funded research team in 1975, and of the following three federally funded research teams that developed, revised, and refined the Omaha System. She is the co-author the first two Omaha System books (1992) and more than 10 additional articles and chapters. She made numerous speeches about the Omaha System. After leaving the VNA in 2000, Nancy had documentation and quality of care responsibilities in quality management positions for several managed care companies. She retired from nursing in 2011. Nancy has served on the Omaha System Board of Directors since 2001.
Karen is responsible for establishing the McKesson Extended Care Solution Group’s strategic direction for clinical products and services and for their marketing strategy. Her responsibilities involve home health, hospice, and remote patient monitoring solutions. Karen joined McKesson in 2004, and brought over 30 years of home care experience to the role, including patient care, clinical supervision, project management, and operations.
Karen has served as president of the Mississippi Nurses Association Board of Directors, a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform, and a member the Mississippi Association for Home Care Board of Directors. In 2012, she was appointed as the American Nurses Association representative to the Joint Commission's Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). The PTAC is responsible for reviewing technical requirements/changes, and providing recommendations to the Joint Commission. She has written for publication, and presented extensively including at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice annual conferences and Omaha System International Conferences. Karen joined the Omaha System Board of Directors in 2011.
Bonnie is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing and the Institute for Health Informatics. She is co-director for the International Council of Nursing’s International Classification for Nursing Practice Research Center for Nursing Minimum Data Set & Knowledge Discovery, coordinator for the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) specialty in nursing informatics, and teaches web-based courses in informatics. Her program of research is in informatics, with an emphasis on standardized nursing terminologies and reuse of electronic health record data, particularly from home care, hospice, and public health. Omaha System and OASIS data are included. Bonnie facilitated implementation of the Omaha System in CareFacts Information Systems, a computerized information system with an emphasis on community-focused practice, and taught the use of the Omaha System as part of implementation to customers throughout the US. In her current research, she compares Omaha System use across agencies, evaluating methods for modeling interventions and knowledge discovery in databases reusing electronic health record data for predicting outcomes for home health patients.
Bonnie was elected to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Board of Directors in 2007. She chaired an AMIA nursing history project. Since 2008, she has served as the co-chair the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, a visible collaborative of approximately 28 autonomous national informatics organizations. Bonnie has published more than 50 articles and 11 chapters, and contributed to the 2005 Omaha System book. She was a speaker at numerous Omaha System International Conferences and other meetings, has provided federal testimony, and has been a member of the Omaha System Board of Directors since 2001.
Frances is a professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Nursing. She has extensive clinical experience in intensive care, renal care and general medicine. Her research and publications focus on advanced nursing practice, transitional care, and nursing education. She has published more than 100 papers and chapters, and secured approximately HK$10 million for her research and consultation. She serves on the editorial boards and review panels of a number of international journals. Frances is a visiting professor at Hangzhou Normal University, Nanjing Tianjin Medical University, Sun Yat-sen University of Guangzhou, and Tianjin Medical University, and is an expert consultant/teacher at Beijing University and Fudan University. She has examined best practices of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority’s nurse clinics, and preparation of clinical nurse specialists for the Health Bureau (Guangzhou) and Nanfong Medical University, China. Frances is the Honorary Nurse Consultant/External Advisor for the Hospital Authority, Hong Kong; External Secretary of the preparatory group for the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing, the advisor of the Higher Education Curriculum Design Committee, Ministry of Health, China; and an elected member of the Core Steering Group of the Advanced Nursing Practice Network, International Council for Nurses.
Frances began incorporating the Omaha System into her research in 2002, and introduced students and faculty at her university and other schools. Currently, three of her doctoral students are using the Omaha System in their dissertations, and have published articles. Frances has included the Omaha System in speeches at numerous international locations. She was a featured speaker at the 2009 Omaha System International Conference and has been a member of the Omaha System Board of Directors since 2009.