Christine Kennedy, BSN,MA,RN,CNOR
Nursing Informatics Coordinator, Information Services
Lawrence and Memorial Hospital
My professional career in healthcare started as a surgical technologist for the Rhode Island Branch of the Air National Guard. I worked as a surgical technologist at a local community hospital before returning to college to obtain my degree in nursing. As a nurse I worked in the operating room and participated on the national level for the Association of PeriOperative nurses as well as the Competency and Credentialing Institute. As part of the Association of PeriOperative nurses I was chair of the educational task force as well as a member of the research committee. For the Credentialing committee I served as an educational expert, reviewing text books and rewriting chapters for certification review materials. I obtained my Masters Degree in Education and a Post Grad Certificate in Health Care Informatics. My journey then took me to teach at New England Institute of Technology where I served as Associate Professor. As part of the college community, I served on the accreditation committee as well as Best of Tech committee. Currently my career is a pleasant mix of healthcare and IT. As a nursing Informaticist I am involved with all aspects of the electronic health record and the IT system life cycle. I am responsible for building documentation flowsheets, lead informaticist for meaningful use, and support a host of applications. My projects include patient portal, Stage 1 year 2 attestation, Nursing core team, upgrades. I belong to the hospital Forms committee, Steering Committee, and am involved in multitude of process innovation events. Currently I serve as regional representative for New England Informatics Consortium, Association of PeriOperative Nurses PNDS task force, as well as RI chapter member.