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Abstract

A few years ago, during the American Informatics Medical Association’s annual conference keynote address, Dr. David Brailer spoke about the importance of integrating information technology (IT) in healthcare. His remarks included the old saying about how a rising tide floats all boats. This adage prompted a discussion between nursing informatics leaders at the conference on the kind of nursing boats that could be launched on this rising tide. Nurses have long embraced the use of technology in practice and have been leaders in the use of technology in education.1 However, there are some gaps in the informatics and information literacy competencies we teach in nursing education that are needed for effective nursing practice (Pravikoff et al 2005 and Jensen 2009). The nurses hearing Dr. Brailer saw the need to organize a concerted effort to integrate the use of IT into practice and education in the future. It is this rising tide of nursing practice incorporating new technologies that will “float the boat” of healthcare information technology (HIT) adoption.