2020 Nursing Knowledge Big Data Conference Proceedings

June 4, July 2, August 6, September 17, 2020 (Virtual)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NKBDS conference moved to an online format and was held across four separate months.  The proceedings include workgroup reports and action plans.


Session 1 - June 4, 2020 (Workgroup Leaders and Steering Committee members only)

Keynote:   Dr. Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, Professor and Dean of the Medical School, and Vice President for Academic Clinical Affairs for the University of Minnesota

The keynote acknowledged NKBDS’s accomplishments over the year, discussed the initiatives currently being done in response to the COVID-19 emergency, and fostered enriched discussions.


Session 2 – July 2, 2020:  Data and COVID: Practice and Industry Perspectives

Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, LFHIMSS, FAAN Chief Nursing Officer, IBM Global Healthcare

Ms. Murphy provided a national overview of current adoptions related to COVID-19 surveillances and emphasized the outstanding partnership model created and used by the state of Minnesota.

Laura Reed, RN, DNP, Chief Nurse Executive, Chief Operating Officer, Fairview Health System expanded on complementary experiences in practice and industry in response to the pandemic.


Session 3 – August 6, 2020: Learning from COVID: Perspectives from Academia & the VHA

Deborah Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) discussed academic nursing leadership and their advancement of research, patient-care, and workforce development.

Sheila A. Ochylski, DNP, RN-BC, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Veteran Health Administration (VHA), joined by Constance Berner, MSN, RN-BC, Nursing Informaticist, Office of Nursing Informatics, shared perspectives from the VHA, the largest integrated health care system in the United States. 


Session 4 – September 17, 2020:  Reimagining the Future of Big Data: How COVID-19 has elevated the importance of nursing informatics

This session brought all speakers from the previous sessions together for a panel discussion focused on nursing and nursing informatics education needs for the present and near future of health care, the value of nursing work and how to increase visibility and consumer engagement, and addressing future challenges.

Conference Proceedings