June Kaminski, RN MSN PhD(c) began her education in Nursing Informatics through various upper level and graduate courses in Computer Programming and Applications in Education. These were done as a minor to her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of BC from 1987 to 1991. In 1986 she served as the Medical - Surgical ward trainer for nurses being orientated to the new Hospital Information System at a Vancouver hospital where she worked as a staff nurse. Helping nurses learn to integrate computer use into their nursing practice became a fascination of June's which she has continued to indulge over the past thirty years.
In 1990, June received faculty release time to redevelop Nursing 200: Computers in Nursing for the Diploma Nursing Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Western Canada. Careful attention was taken to integrate Nursing Informatics theory and provide hands-on training in computer applications such as word processing, graphics, use of Computer Assisted Instruction and Hospital Information systems
Later in 1996, when the BSN program was adopted at Kwantlen, June independently developed integrated learning activities for Nursing Informatics for every nursing course in the program. In the fall of 1999, a web-based program of study was introduced in addition to the paper manual approach, to encourage self-directed study for students to access lessons both within the classroom and on personal computers on campus, in libraries, or at home. The Nursing Informatics theory component was expanded to reflect current research and application. Computer application instruction was also expanded to incorporate emerging internet and utility applications such as spreadsheets, databases, web page development, chatrooms, email, multimedia, telenursing, electronic literature searches, videoconferencing, and so on.
June is currently the Program and Curriculum Coordinator for the BSN Post Baccalaureate program at Kwantlen, a hybrid nursing program that consists of mostly online courses supplemented with three practice residencies and capstone courses. Nursing informatics and interactive, creative technologies have been artfully woven into the curriculum to prepare nurses in the necessary conpetencies for effective practice.
June is currently finishing PhD study at the University of British Columbia in Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies. Her focus is educational technology, informatics, aesthetics and distance education for nursing. Currently, she is completing her PhD dissertation work on investigating faculty perceptions of how nursing informatics fits into nursing education.
In 2003, June was elected Director of Communications for the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (CNIA) and stayed in the position until 2012. She enjoyed working with this dedicated group of informatics leaders, determined to make the organization the national voice for nursing informatics. June accepted the position of President-Elect for the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (CNIA) in mid 2005. She became the President of CNIA in 2008 and Past President in 2010.
In 2003, she became the Editor in Charge of Virtual Nursing Practice and Culture for the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI) and is now Editor in Chief. In 2004, June joined Wired Woman Society as a Director-at-Large. She accepted the position of Vice President for Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Eta Chapter in 2007 and is currently the Past-President as well as a Director at Large. She is also a member of HIMSS and the National Institutes of Health Informatics. She is also the President and webmaster of the Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment associate group of the Canadian Nurses Association.
In 2006, June spearheaded, designed and launched the Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics and recruited the Editorial Board and other practicalities. The mission of The Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics is to provide a peer-reviewed venue for Canadian (and international) nurses and researchers who work with Nursing Informatics to disseminate their research, essays, reviews, presentations, multimedia and other digital publishable materials on a global scale.
In addition, June signed a publisher's agreement and is currently writing a textbook on nursing informatics, slated for publication in 2016. She also works as a consultant with various US and Canadian Universities and institutions to develop online curriculum related to nursing informatics or educational technology.
In November 2012, June was honored to receive the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and Canada Health Infoway's inaugural Nursing Faculty E-Health Award 2012 in Ottawa Canada. This award competition was aimed at supporting nursing school faculty who demonstrate exceptional leadership and commitment to e-health in nursing education. This award is a component of Canada Health Infoway's Clinicians-in-Training Initiative, aimed at improving the preparedness of graduates to work in a technology-enabled environment.
Point to Ponder
"One question that arises is, do nurses control these benign information technology tools, or do the "tools" shape the activities, decisions, and attention of the nurses as users of technology?" - June Kaminski, 2007