Nursing Informatics

Specialty Information

The Nursing Informatics specialty at Vanderbilt prepares advanced practice nurses to serve the profession of nursing by supporting the information processing needs of care and management, and by leading forward in nursing education through the use of information processing tools and technologies.


Our Faculty Make the Difference

Trish Trangenstein Specialty Director

Trish Trangenstein, PhD, RN-BC

Dr. Trish Trangenstein, Professor of Nursing Informatics, is the Director of the Nursing Informatics specialty. She oversees online and distance learning support services for faculty and students. Dr. Trangenstein received her PhD from New York University and is board certified in Nursing Informatics. Her interests include nursing theory, research and the role of information technologies in the delivery of education and healthcare.

Betsy Weiner, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Dr. Betsy Weiner, Professor of Nursing and of Biomedical Informatics, is Senior Associate Dean of Nursing Informatics – the first Dean of Nursing Informatics in the country. She is a nationally recognized pioneer in informatics and brings more than 25 years of experience to this role. Dr. Weiner creates informatics tools that integrate the academic, clinical and research agendas of the school.

Jeffry Gordon, PhD

Dr. Jeffry Gordon, Professor of Educational Informatics, has more than 20 years of experience in both multimedia development and assisting faculty in their integration of technology into the classroom. He is the creator of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing clinical log, an interactive tool used by students and faculty to record and evaluate clinical experiences.

Cathy Ivory, PhD, RN-BC


Dr. Cathy Ivory, Assistant Professor, is a 2011 graduate of the PhD program at Vanderbilt School of Nursing. She joined the faculty in August, 2012 after more than 15 years as a staff nurse, clinical specialist and nursing administrator. Cathy’s clinical focus area is OB and perinatal nursing and she is the 2013 President-Elect of the Association of Women’s Health, OB and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). She holds certifications in both inpatient obstetrics and nursing informatics. Her research interests include the use of standard nursing terminologies and using Health IT to increase nursing visibility, measure and improve nursing outcomes, and increase patient safety.


Modified Class Schedule

You will complete your Nursing Informatics specialty through a modified learning format that includes on-line conferencing and distributed course delivery methods which allow for continued faculty contact between sessions.


Credentials and Certification

Graduation from the MSN program prepares you to sit for examination for the applicable certification. Visit Credentialing and Certification for specific information.