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Paula Procter

Paula M Procter RN, CertEd(FE), MSc, SFHEA, FBCS, CITP, FIMIANI

Professor of Nursing Informatics


Paula is an academic who has pioneered the use of and education around health informatics and continues as a recognised leader in this field internationally; if asked she refers to herself as an 'information futurist' within health care.  Alongside her academic role she is an active member of the Departmental Leadership Team, and represents the Department across Faculty and University forums particularly associated with her major skill set in informatics and telematics in education and healthcare. She teaches across all academic levels and is particularly known for an online undergraduate module she developed and runs dealing with information and communications technology (ICT) for the entire Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional undergraduate programmes, accounting for some 2,500 students 24/7, 365 days a year.

  • About

    Paula is engaged internationally in supporting the use and education about informatics; she has over the past three years jointly run a deep dive track around big data, reduction in health inequalities and proactive healthcare provision at the Summer Institute of Nursing Informatics, at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.  Paula is the Co-Chair of the International Nursing Informatics Education Working Group, the UK representative and International Co-Chair for the TIGER International Committee.

    Paula is widely published and recently has been successful in receiving awards for her publications Social Media and Population Health Virtual Exchange for Senior Nursing Students: An International Collaboration (2016) with co-authors Julianna Brixey, Michelle Honey and Fern Todhunter, awarded first prize for a poster presentation at NI 2016; and her paper Ubiquitous Adoption of Innovative and Supportive Information and Communications Technology Across Health and Social Care Needs Education for Clinicians (2017) was awarded the Mantas' Prize for Best Paper on Education in Biomedical and Health Informatics at the Information for Health 2017 conference.

  • Teaching

    Paula teaches at all academic levels from first year undergraduate, through post graduate (including Masters and Doctoral Studies) and continuing professional development.  Her topics include informatics, telematics, big data and health inequalities, using evidence in practice, research principles and processes, information systems as applied to health and social care, and information futures in the context of health technology including robotics, pharmacogenomics, nano technologies and the internet of things.

    Paula believes that it is through engaging with students and the sharing of ideas that future knowledge will be developed, this certainly has been true throughout her extensive academic career.

  • Research

    • Longitudinal Evaluation of an eLearning resource - Measuring student performance from stored metrics within a managed learning environment 2009 to current (See Systems of eCare)
    • Student evaluation of an eLearning resource - Individual cohort student evaluation (See Systems of eCare)
    • Dementia and Robots - patient and carer driven project exploring the acceptance of mobile robots to support safe exercise regimes within care homes (Sheffield Hallam University, Nursing and Robotic collaboration)
    • eHealth and Interoperability - building a sustainable use case based upon town planning (Sheffield Hallam University, Nursing and University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA), Nursing collaboration)
    • Population health, senior students learning through virtual electives within social media (Sheffield Hallam University, Nursing; University of Auckland, Nursing: University of Texas Health Science Center Houston (USA) and University of Nottingham, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences).

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    PROCTER, P, HAYWARD, R, HEYES, B, OWEN, A. (2013) 'Encouraging nurses to take the lead on the information agenda'. Nursing Management. Volume 19 Number 9, February.

    PROCTER, P (2013). International Nursing Informatics Activities, Summer 2012: including Report of International Medical Informatics Association Special Interest Group (IMIA-NI) Annual General Assembly Meeting, June 2012. HINow, BCS Publication

    PROCTER, P, WOODBURN, I (2012). 'Encouraging nurses to develop effective electronic documentation'. Nursing Management. Volume 19 Number 6, October.

    PROCTER, P (2012). 'Developing information and communication technology knowledge for undergraduate nursing students using an e-learning approach'. NET 2012, 23rd International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference, Cambridge, UK. September.

    PROCTER, P (2012). ‘Managing Aged Care: Can information and communications technology help?’, Invited paper for Health Informatics Society of Australia, Sydney, Australia. August.

    PROCTER, P (2012). Nursing Informatics: Coming of Age: The Wisdom Years. Invited Keynote, Nursing Informatics Australia 2012 Conference, Sydney, Australia. August.

    PROCTER, P (2012). 'Advancing Informatics Knowledge for Undergraduate Nursing Students'. World Congress in Nursing Informatics (NI 2012) p326-331 , June, Montreal, Canada.

    PROCTER, P. (2012) 'Bridging the information gap for the common good'. Inaugural Commonwealth Nurses Conference, March, London, UK.

    PROCTER, P (2011). 'Meaningful Informatics'. HI Now, Volume 6, Number 2, pp10-12. British Computer Society Publication, London.

    PROCTER, P (2010). 'Common Language: A report on the IMIA NI General Assembly'. HI Now, Volume 5, Number 2, pp16-17. British Computer Society Publication, London.

    PROCTER, P (2010). 'Nursing and eHealth'. Healthcare IT Management, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp26-28. European Association of Healthcare IT Managers, Brussels, Belgium.

    PROCTER, P (2010). 'Report from IMIA NI General Assembly'. HI Now, Volume 4 Number 3, pp10-11. British Computer Society Publication, London.

    ZHAO, J, KAN, MY, PROCTER, P, ZUBAIDAH, S, YIP, WK, LI, GM (2010). 'eEvidence: Information Seeking Support for Evidence-based Practice: An Implementation Case Study', AMIA Annu Symp Proc; 2010; 932-6

    ZHAO, J, KAN, MY, PROCTER, P, ZUBAIDAH, S, YIP, WK, LI, GM. (2010) 'Improving Search for Evidence-based Practice using Information Extraction'. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. : 937-941

    PROCTER, P (2009). 'Is Nursing Ready for the Emerging New Technologies for Health Information?', Summer Institute for Nursing Informatics, University of Maryland at Baltimore, USA. Invited Speech.

    PROCTER, P, SONTHAM, G (2009). 'Describing Nursing for a Patient Care Information System: Where is the Wisdom?' Computers Informatics Nursing, Volume 27, Issue 5.

    PROCTER, P, KAN, MY, LEE, SY, ZUBAIDAH, S, YIP, WK, JHAO, J, ARTHUR, D, LI, GM, (2009). 'eEvidence: supplying evidence to the patient interaction', Stud Health Technol Inform; 146:488-92

    PROCTER, Paula, KAN, Min-Yen, LEE, Siu Yin, ZUBAIDAH, Siti, YIP, Wai Kin, JHAO, Jin, ARTHUR, David, LI, Goh Mien (2009) 'eEvidence: Supplying Evidence to the Patient Interaction', In: SRANTO, K et al (Eds) NI2009 Nursing Informatics – Connecting Health and Humans. pp 4880492. IOS Press. ISBN 978-1-60750-024-7

    BOND, Carol S, PROCTER, Paula (2009). 'Prescription for nursing informatics in pre-registration nurse education', Health Informatics Journal 15: 55-64.

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