Nursing Informatics Pioneer to Speak


BUFFALO, N.Y. -  Dr. Susan J. Grobe, a nursing informatics pioneer, will be the keynote speaker at the May 13 Trocaire College Registered Nursing Pinning Ceremony.  Grobe is a retired professor from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing.

 Grobe has spent more than 30 years in nursing informatics – a field that integrates information technology with healthcare.  She has received many honors for contributions to nursing informatics, becoming the first of two nurse fellows elected to the American College of Medical Informatics; the first nurse invited to serve on the National Library of Medicine Board of Scientific Counselors; the first nurse to serve as host for the International Medical Informatics Association Nursing Informatics Symposia; and the first and only nurse to receive an honorary degree at Orebro University in Sweden.

 Grobe hosted the first national continuing education conference on Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) at The University of Texas, Austin in 1983, and with Dr. Gary Hales, initiated the newsletter on CAI, which evolved as the journal, Computers in Nursing.  She also studies the automated classification of nursing interventions and developed the Nursing Intervention Lexicon and Taxonomy – a language and classification system used to describe patterns of care for patients in automated data records.  In addition, Grobe has published extensively in scientific and educational journals.

 “Dr. Grobe serves as a role model for our graduates,” said Dr. Susan Lombardo, Associate Dean of the Trocaire College McAuley School of Nursing.  “We are honored to have such an outstanding and accomplished nursing scholar share her expertise with our novice nurses.”

 The Nursing Pinning Ceremony is a time-honored tradition that has been in practice since the 1860s when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George and in turn presented a medal of excellence to her hardest working nursing graduates.  The nursing pin is a type of badge worn by nurses to identify the nursing school from which they graduated.  The pins are presented to newly-graduated nurses by the faculty at a pinning ceremony as a symbolic welcome into the profession.

 Grobe, whose address will focus on the top ten things graduates should remember for their nursing career, will be introduced by her niece, Jennifer Allen, who is graduating from Trocaire’s Registered Nursing program in May.

 Trocaire will host two Nursing Pinning Ceremonies on May 13 – the Practical Nursing ceremony at 4:00 pm and the Registered Nursing ceremony at 6:00 pm.  Both will be held at St. Martin of Tours R.C. Church on Abbott Road in Buffalo, NY.