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Nursing Informatics Day – May 12

Canadian Nursing Informatics Association

May 12 is the birthday of Florence Nightingale. The Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (CNIA) recognizes this day as Canada’s Nursing Informatics Day and created a new pin to represent and celebrate nursing informatics. It is a stylized representation of Florence Nightingale’s rose diagram.

In addition to being the founder of modern nursing, Nightingale was an eminent statistician and innovator in the visual presentation of health information. The rose diagram, which is a colour statistical graphic entitled Diagram of the Causes of Mortality in the Army of the East, was used to demonstrate that epidemic disease was responsible for more British deaths in the course of the Crimean War than battlefield wounds. Nightingale used the graphic as a way to explain complex statistics simply, clearly and persuasively, making her a forerunner of modern nursing informatics.

This pin is currently being sold in support of the Dr. Kathryn J. Hannah Nursing Informatics Scholarship. This scholarship was established to raise funds to support graduate-level scholarship for Canadian nurses pursuing advanced education in nursing informatics. Applications for this scholarship will open in December 2016.

CNIA is pleased to add this distinctive pin as one component of the fundraising campaign for the scholarship. Once the target for the scholarship is met, future pin sales will be used to support CNIA’s work in helping shape nursing informatics in Canada. To purchase this pin, e-mail nipin@cnia.ca.

To learn more about CNIA, check out their membership profile.