faculty profile

Betsy Weiner   PhD, RN-BC, FACMI, FAAN

Senior Associate Dean for Informatics
Centennial Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing, Professor of Biomedical Informatics

Bio

Betsy Weiner, PhD, RN-BC, FACMI, FAAN, is the Senior Associate Dean for Educational Informatics and the Centennial Independence Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, a joint appointment between nursing and medicine. Prior to joining Vanderbilt in 2000, she served 21 years at the University of Cincinnati, ten years as director for a university wide faculty technology center, and four years as director of university academic computing. 

Considered a pioneer in multimedia development (with over 30 years of experience in the health sciences), she is responsible for the distance learning programs in nursing, and the informatics tools that help to tie together the research, practice, and academic arenas. Dr. Weiner publishes and speaks nationally and internationally on both informatics and emergency planning and response. She was the 2008 recipient of the AMIA Virginia K. Saba Award.

Education

  • PhD, University of Kentucky
  • MSN, University of Cincinnati
  • BSN, University of Kentucky

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • SIM PROF: Crafting the Ultimate Faculty Simulation Experience. Innovative Nurse Education Technologies. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Principal Investigator, 2009-2011.
  • Bridging the Gap to Quality Care: The ISAT (Informatics, Simulation, and Telehealth) Initiative for Nursing Faculty. Faculty Development: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education and Practice Initiative (Faculty Development; ITNEP). Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Principal Investigator, 2009-2013.

Academic Interests

  • Application of Second Life for simulation and practice of healthcare
  • Faculty Development in informatics, simulation, and telehealth
  • Curriculum and development of informatics competencies for nurses

Representative Publications

Journals

Weiner, E.(2011). Research issues for nursing and midwifery contributions in emergencies. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 26(2), 109-113. doi:10.1017/S1049023X11000124

Weiner, E., & Slepski, L.A. (2011). Informatics solutions for emergency planning and response. In V.K.Saba, & K.A.McCormick (Eds.), Essentials of nursing informatics (5th edition, pp. 513-524). New York: McGraw-Hill Medical

Norman, L. & Weiner, E. (2010). Emergency preparedness and response for today's world in B. Cherry & S. Jacob (eds). Contemporary Nursing:Issues, Trends, and Management. 5th edition. St. Louis:Elsevier, 317-332.

Weiner, E., McNew, R., Trangenstein, P., & Gordon, J. (2010). Using the virtual reality world of Second Life to teach nursing faculty simulation management. In Safran, C., Marin, H., & Reti, S. (Eds.). Proceedings from MEDINFO 2010: Partnerships for Effective eHealth Solutions, 13th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (pp. 615-619). Cape Town, South Africa: IOS Press. Doi:10.3233/978-1-60750-588-4-615.

Trangenstein, P.A., Weiner, E., Gordon, J.S., & McNew, R. (2010). An analysis of nursing education's immersion into Second Life, a multi-user virtual environment (MUVE). In Safran, C., Marin, H., & Reti, S. (Eds.). Proceedings from MEDINFO 2010: Partnerships for Effective eHealth Solutions, 13th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (pp. 644-647). Cape Town, South Africa: IOS Press. Doi:10.3233/978-1-60750-588-4-644.Weiner, E. & Trangenstein, P. (2009). The emerging role of educational informatics. In K. Saranto, P. Brennan, H. Park, M. Tallberg, & A. Ensio (Eds.), Connecting Health and Humans: Proceedings of NI2009, the 10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics (pp. 567-571). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.

Gordon, J., Weiner, E., McNew, R., & Trangenstein, P. (2010). Teaching during a pandemic event: Are universities prepared? In Safran, C., Marin, H., & Reti, S. (Eds.). Proceedings from MEDINFO 2010: Partnerships for Effective eHealth Solutions, 13th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics (pp. 620-624). Cape Town, South Africa: IOS Press. Doi:10.3233/978-1-60750-588-4-644.

Trangenstein, P., Weiner, E., Gordon, J., & McArthur, D. (2009). Nursing informatics for future nurse scholars: Lessons learned with the Doctorate of Nursing Practice. In K. Saranto, P. Brennan, H. Park, M.Tallberg, & A. Ensio (Eds.),Connecting Health and Humans: Proceedings of NI2009, the 10th International Congress on Nursing Informatics (pp. 551-555). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.

Weiner, E. (2008). Supporting the integration of technology into contemporary nursing education. In Weiner, E. (ed.). Technology: The interface to nursing educational informatics. Nursing Clinics of North America, 43(4), 497-506.

Weiner, E. & Trangenstein, P. (2007). Informatics solutions for emergency planning and response. Proceedings of MEDINFO 2007, International Medical Informatics Association, 1164-1168.

Trangenstein, P., Weiner, E., Gordon, J. & McNew, R. (2007). Data mining results from an electronic clinical log for nurse practitioner students. Proceedings of MEDINFO 2007, International Medical Informatics Association, 1387-1391.

McCormick K. A., Delaney, C., Brennan, P. F., Effken, J. A., Kendrick, K., Murphy, J., Skiba, D., Warren, J. J., Weaver, C. A., Weiner, B., & Westra, B. L. (2007). Guideposts to the future: An agenda for nursing informatics. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 14(1), 19-24.

Weiner, E. (September 30, 2006) Preparing nurses internationally for emergency planning and response. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 11(3, Manuscript 3).

Weiner, E. & Trangenstein, P. (2006). Preparing our public health nursing leaders with informatics skills to combat bioterrorism in the United States. Proceedings of Nursing Informatics 2006 (pp. 215-219). Seoul, South Korea: IOS Press.

Trangenstein, P. & Weiner, E. (2006). Meeting the informatics needs of today's nursing students. Proceedings of Nursing Informatics 2006 (pp. 205-210). Seoul, South Korea: IOS Press.

Gordon, J., Weiner, E., Trangenstein, P. & McNew, R. (2006). Demonstration: An online clinical log for nursing practitionersProceedings of Nursing Informatics 2006 (pp. 1005). Seoul, South Korea: IOS Press.

Weiner, E., Gordon, J. & Irwin, M. (2006). An international online curriculum for nurses in Emergency planning and response. Proceedings of Nursing Informatics 2006 (pp. 1004). Seoul, South Korea: IOS Press.

Pryor, E., Heck, E., Norman, L., Weiner, E., Mathews, R., Black, J., & Terndrup, T. (2006). Integrated decision making in response to weapons of mass destruction incidentsDisaster Medicine, 21(1), 24-30.

Weiner, E. (2006). Informatics can play a key role in emergency preparedness and response. Nursing Outlook, 54(1), 55-57.

Weiner, E., & Irwin, M. (2006). Nuclear Case Study: Nursing curriculum for International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education. Nashville, TN: Little Planet Learning, Inc.

Weiner, E., Irwin, M. & Slepski, L. (2006). Radiological Case Study: Nursing curriculum for International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education. Nashville, TN: Little Planet Learning, Inc.