November 14, 2016

Gillian Strudwick, CNF’s inaugural award recipient of the Dr. Kathryn J Hannah Nursing Informatics Scholarship, is conducting her doctoral research on nurses’ use of electronic health records.

gillian“I am very grateful to the Canadian Nurses Foundation and the Dr. Kathryn J Hannah Nursing Informatics Scholarship award committee for establishing this award, and selecting me as this year’s recipient.”

Upon graduating from the doctoral program at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, Gillian plans on sharing her nursing informatics research in hopes of having a positive impact on mental health care in Canada.

How health information is managed and used directly impacts the health and wellbeing of Canadians. Whether it’s the treatment of illness, the development of disease prevention programs or the delivery of life-saving health services, success in today’s health care system is linked to the ability of health professionals to rapidly access, collate and interpret data in order to make informed decisions to improve the care of Canadians.  This process is known as “health informatics”.

Nursing Informatics is the “science and practice that integrates nursing, its information and knowledge, with management of information and communication technologies to promote the health of people, families, and communities worldwide.” (IMIA Special Interest Group on Nursing Informatics 2009).

About the Scholarship

Named after Dr. Kathryn J Hannah, a pioneer and internationally-renowned leader in nursing informatics, this new scholarship is awarded to a Canadian nurse who is pursuing graduate education to advance leadership and innovation in nursing informatics.

Working with the nursing informatics community, a campaign was launched to raise $150,000 to support award recipients now and in the future.  This campaign is well on its way to reaching its goal and CNF is honoured to have received donations from many individuals and corporate sponsors – including two premier contributors, Cerner Canada and Allscripts, suppliers of healthcare information technology solutions.

“Nursing leaders like Dr. Kathryn Hannah not only change practice, they change the world by creating a path forward and mentoring new leaders. Advancing nursing knowledge is crucial to every aspect of patient care and health service delivery for all Canadians. We need more nurses prepared at the graduate level with experience in health informatics.”  Christine Rieck Buckley, CEO, Canadian Nurses Foundation

Applications for the 2017 scholarship open in December. The Scholarship remains open for contributions.

About the Canadian Nurses Foundation

Founded in 1962, the Canadian Nurses Foundation fosters national nursing excellence through the provision of research grants, awards and scholarships. For more information about the Canadian Nurses Foundation, visit

About Dr. Kathryn J Hannah

kjhDr. Kathryn J. Hannah, nurse and leading health informatics expert, Calgary, Alberta, was recently named a Member of the Order of Canada for her efforts to promote the use of information technology to enhance nursing care in Canada and abroad.

Dr. Hannah has held senior management positions in both the health care delivery system and as a branch Director at Alberta Health. She has taught and conducted research in her various roles at the Faculty of Nursing and then the Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She has also served as Adjunct Professor, in the School of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria and in Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Utah. Currently, Dr. Hannah is currently Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing University of Victoria. She is the Health Informatics Advisor to the Canadian Nurses Association and Executive Project Lead for C-HOBIC.

Kathryn led some of the most significant nursing initiatives in Canadian history and has been a change leader both in Canada and internationally. Always ready to support nurses with her expertise, this scholarship extends her generous mentoring to future nurses seeking to continue innovation in health information management to support optimal health outcomes and professional nursing practice.

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