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Omaha System International Conferences

The Omaha System International Conference is held every two years as a venue for those in practice, education, research, and software development to exchange experiences. Details about the next conference are listed below; previous award recipients and conference summaries follow.

Mark your calendars! The Omaha System International Conference will return to Eagan, Minnesota on April 20-22, 2017! Join us for good information, good networking, and good food!

April 20-22: 2017 Omaha System International Conference (Eagan, Minnesota)

  • April 20: Omaha System Basic Workshop Pre-Conference. Designed to introduce, describe, and practice the terms and definitions of the Omaha System with the focus on case studies.
  • April 21-22: The Omaha System International Conference: A Key to Practice, Documentation, and Information Management. Offers opportunities for those in practice, education, research, and software development to discuss current and future use of the Omaha System in diverse settings. The host school will be Helen & Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • Why come? Read testimonials of attendees from various disciplines who've found the conference to be inspiring and of great value!

Registration and Details:

  • Register online for the Pre-Conference (April 20) and Conference (April 21-22).
  • Download the 2017 Flier (PDF). Updated! Further updates coming soon.
  • Pay online with a credit card after you've registered.
  • It is expected that healthcare professional contact hours will be awarded on April 20, 21, and 22, 2017. Because of contact hour rules, the registration form asks for license numbers of all USA clinicians. Nurses, social workers, physicians, therapists, and all other health care providers who have current professional licenses in the USA need to provide their license number and the state where issued regardless if they wish to claim credit for attendance or not.

Location: Eagan, Minnesota is a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul, just eight miles from the airport and Mall of America.

Posters: Call for posters is closed; details of accepted posters coming soon!

Awards: Three awards will be presented during the conference to recognize individuals who have excelled in Omaha System-related practice, education, and research. Recipients will receive a certificate and a $150 check.

Updated! Exhibitors: The following exhibitors will be available on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. Click on the exhibitor names below to view their websites.

Updated! 2017 Omaha System Partnership Meeting and Recognition: Join us Friday, April 21, 6:30 PM - 8:00PM, at the Country Inn and Suites Meeting Room for an Omaha System Partnership update 2015-2017, awarding Student Methodologist, Early Career Methodologist, Senior Methodologist, and Community Research Partner recognition. Cost: $20 includes dinner (assorted gourmet salads and dessert) payable at the event; registration limited to 35 participants. Or attend online at https://umn.webex.com/meet/mons0122. For more information or to register, please contact Karen Monsen.

Watch this site for details: agenda will be coming soon! Updated! New this year: the Friday afternoon session will focus on updating the Omaha System terminology and book! Please watch for a later announcement to prepare for this session.

Planning Committee: Thanks to Lynn Choromanski, RN-BC, PhD; Jeana Holt, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, APNP; Barbara Joyce, RN, PhD, CNS, ANEF; Karen S. Martin, RN, MSN, FAAN; Karen A. Monsen, RN, PhD, FAAN; Patricia Trapp, RN, MAE.

Previous Omaha System International Conferences

Award Recipients

2015
Excellence in Practice: Nicole Koster, Physiotherapist, MS-Public Health
Excellence in Practice (posthumous): Judith G. Riemer, RN, PHN, CNS, MS
Excellence in Education (joint): Semra Erdogan, RN, PhD, and Selda
Secginli, RN, PhD
Excellence in Research: Sally P. Lundeen, RN, PhD, FAAN

2013
Excellence in Practice: Kathleen L. Dubbels, RN, BSN, RNC
Excellence in Education: Joseph T. Burley, RN, MNEd
Excellence in Research: Bonnie L. Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI

2011
Excellence in Practice: Suzanne Plemmons, RN, MN, PHCNS-BC
Excellence in Education: Karen A. Monsen, RN, PhD
Excellence in Research: Kathryn H. Bowles, RN, PhD, FAAN

Reports of Past Conferences

2015 Omaha System International Conference Report

Location and Host School: The 2015 Conference and Pre-conference Workshop were held at the Eagan Community, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, Minnesota on April 16-18, 2015. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing was the host school. Click here to review the conference PDF flier or to see conference photos. The book of handouts that was distributed at the Conference is indexed in CINAHL.

Awards: Three award recipients were selected. The awards recognized individuals who excel in Omaha System-related practice, education, and research. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee representative presented the recipients with a certificate and a $150 check. Nicole Koster, MS-Public Health and Judith G. Riemer, RN, PHN, CNS (posthumous) received the Excellence in Practice Award; Semra Erdogan RN, PhD and Selda Secginli, RN, PhD (joint) received the Excellence in Education Award; and Sally P. Lundeen, RN, PhD, FAAN received the Excellence in Research Award. Please click here to read more about their accomplishments and contributions to the Omaha System.

Participants: Members of various disciplines registered from 20 states, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and The Netherlands. Many registered online. Twenty posters were displayed. Six groups exhibited. Six generous donors gave 12 Mall of America gift certificates for a drawing. The speakers and planners were Terese Blakeslee, Wisconsin;  Kathryn H. Bowles, Pennsylvania; Lynn Choromanski, Minnesota; Sheree East, New Zealand; Kim Edelman, Minnesota; Oscar Garza, Minnesota; Holly A. Graber, Wisconsin; Diane E. Holland, Minnesota; Kay R. Jansen, Wisconsin; Trina M. Joqunoori, Minnesota; Barbara Joyce, Colorado; Mark W. Jurkovich, Minnesota; Madeleine J. Kerr, Minnesota; Ann M. Kinney, Minnesota; Kathy Kujawa, Illinois; JG (Ard) Leferink, The Netherlands; Kathleen B. Malkin, Arizona; Karen S. Martin, Nebraska; Karen A. Monsen, Minnesota; Erin M. Moore, Ohio; Igor Nestrasil, Czech Republic; Erika Lozada Perezmitre, Mexico; Judith Peters, Minnesota; Tina Peters, Minnesota; Suzanne Plemmons, Washington; Rebekah Rud, Minnesota; Nancy J. Scheet, Nebraska; Suzanne Seely, Missouri; Nicole K. Sowers, Minnesota; Diane Thorson, Minnesota; Karen Utterback, Missouri; Sandra L. Walls, Michigan; John Whitington, Minnesota; Bev Zabler, Wisconsin.

Research Pre-Conference: The Second International Conference on Research Methods for Standardized Terminologies was held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Dakota County Public Health Department, West St. Paul, Minnesota as a pre-conference to the Omaha System International Conference. It was sponsored by the Omaha System Partnership for Knowledge Discovery and Health Care Quality through the Center for Nursing Informatics, University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

2013 Omaha System International Conference Report

Location and Host School: The 2013 Conference and Pre-conference Workshop were held at the Eagan Community, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, Minnesota on April 4-6, 2013. The University of Pennsylvania was the host school. Click here to review the conference PDF flier or to see conference photos. The book of handouts that was distributed at the Conference is indexed in CINAHL.

Awards: Three award recipients were selected. The awards recognized individuals who excel in Omaha System-related practice, education, and research. The University of Pennsylvania representative presented the recipients with a certificate and a $150 check. Kathleen L. Dubbels, RN, BSN, RNC received the Excellence in Practice Award; Joseph T. Burley, RN, MNEd received the Excellence in Education Award; and Bonnie L. Westra, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI received the Excellence in Research Award. Please click here to read more about their accomplishments and contributions to the Omaha System.

Participants: Members of various disciplines registered from 19 states, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, The Netherlands, and Turkey. Many registered online. Twenty-four posters were displayed. Six groups exhibited. Twelve generous donors gave Mall of America gift certificates for a drawing. The speakers and planners were Aysun Ardic, Turkey; Ingrid Attleson, Minnesota; Kathryn H. Bowles, Pennsylvania; Lynn Choromanski, Minnesota; Pamela J. Correll, Maine; Jos deBlok, The Netherlands; Sheree East, New Zealand; Kristen Edsall, Minnesota; Jason J. Fratzke, Minnesota; Lois Glanz, Iowa; Karen B. Hirschman, Pennsylvania; Alexandra Hopkins, Colorado; Ron Hutchins, Michigan; Edith Ruth Arizmendi Jaime, Mexico; Nicole Koster, The Netherlands; Beverly J. Larson, Wisconsin; Yingzia Luo, China; Arthur Manalac, California; Karen S. Martin, Nebraska; Karen A. Monsen, Minnesota; Cynthia K. O’Sullivan, Connecticut; Suzanne Plemmons, Washington; Lenore K. Resick, Pennsylvania; Judith G. Riemer, California; Gretchen Sampson, Wisconsin; Nancy J. Scheet, Nebraska; Greta Siegel, Minnesota; Nancy S. Smolar, Pennsylvania; Karen Utterback, Missouri; Bonnie L. Westra, Minnesota; Carolyn S. White, Kansas; Frances Kam Yuet Wong, China SAR.

Research Pre-Conference: The First International Conference on Research Methods for Standardized Terminologies was held on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Dakota County Public Health Department, West St. Paul, Minnesota as a pre-conference to the Omaha System International Conference. It was sponsored by the Omaha System Partnership for Knowledge Discovery and Health Care Quality through the Center for Nursing Informatics, University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

2011 Omaha System International Conference Report

Location and Host School: The 2011 Conference and Pre-conference Workshop were held at the Eagan Community, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, Minnesota on April 7-9, 2011. The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University was the host school. Click here to review the conference PDF flier or see conference photos.

Awards: Three award recipients were selected for the first time. The awards recognized individuals who excel in Omaha System-related practice, education, and research. The San Jose State University School of Nursing presented the recipients with a certificate and a $150 check. Suzanne Plemmons, RN, MN, PHCNS-BC received the Excellence in Practice Award. Karen A. Monsen, RN, PhD received the Excellence in Education Award. Kathryn H. Bowles, RN, PhD, FAAN received the Excellence in Research Award. Read more about their accomplishments and contributions to the Omaha System here.

Participants: Members of various disciplines registered from 15 states, Canada, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and The Netherlands. Many registered online. Twenty posters were displayed. Seven groups exhibited, and seven generous donors gave Mall of America gift certificates for a drawing. The speakers and planners were Kathryn H. Bowles, Pennsylvania; Victoria L.S. Britson, Iowa; Daryl Canham, California; Phyllis M. Connolly, California; Pamela J. Correll, Maine; J.B.I. de Blok, The Netherlands; Marcia Dobrick, Wisconsin; Kathleen L. Dubbels, Minnesota; Sheree East, New Zealand; Oladimeji F. Farri, Minnesota; Kathleen M. Ford, Arizona; Karen S. Martin, Nebraska; Karen A. Monsen, Minnesota; Barbara A. Mork, Minnesota; Cynthia K. O’Sullivan, Connecticut; Suzanne Plemmons, Washington; Beverly K. Rhodes, Canada; Judith G. Riemer, California; Nancy J. Scheet, Nebraska; Nicole K. Sowers, Minnesota; Cheryl W. Thompson, Pennsylvania; Diane Thorson, Minnesota; Karen Utterback, Missouri; Bonnie L. Westra, Minnesota; Bev Zabler, Wisconsin; Yue Zhao, PR China.

2009 Omaha System International Conference Report

Location and Host School: The 2009 Conference and Pre-conference Workshop were held at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, Minnesota on April 16-19, 2009. The University of Minnesota School of Nursing was the host school; the conference was part of their centennial celebration. Click here to review the conference PDF flier or see conference photos.

Participants: Members of various disciplines registered from 17 states, Estonia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and The Netherlands. Many registered online. Twenty-two posters were displayed. Six groups exhibited, and donated 5 Mall of America gift certificates for a drawing. The speakers and planners were Amy J. Barton, Colorado; Kathryn H. Bowles, Pennsylvania; Rosemary V. Chaudry, Ohio; Phyllis M. Connolly, California; Pamela J. Correll, Maine; Connie J. Delaney, Minnesota; Marcia Dobrick, Wisconsin; Kathleen M. Ford, Arizona; Jo Anne Grace, Colorado; Louis C. Henry, Jr., Minnesota; Jacqueline J. Hill, Louisiana; Carol J. Judkins, California; Madeleine J. Kerr, Minnesota; Lisa V. Klotzbach, Minnesota; Leslie M. Larsen, Wisconsin; Karen G. Lindberg, Minnesota; Karen S. Martin, Nebraska; Marylyn M. McEwen, Arizona; Karen A. Monsen, Minnesota; Judith G. Riemer, California; Charlotte E. Stepanian, Massachusetts; Jill E. Timm, Minnesota; Karen Utterback, Missouri; and Frances KY Wong, Hong Kong, China.

2007 Omaha System International Conference Report

Location and Host School: The 2007 Conference and Pre-conference Workshop were held at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, Minnesota on April 12-14, 2007. The University of Minnesota School of Nursing was the host school. Click here to see conference photos.

Participants: Members of various disciplines registered from 16 states, New Zealand, and Wales. Seventeen posters were displayed; eleven groups exhibited. The speakers and planners were Amy J. Barton, Colorado; Nancy M. Benavides, Michigan; Kathryn H. Bowles, Pennsylvania; Phyllis M. Connolly, California; Connie J. Delaney, Minnesota; Linda Denison, Wisconsin; Constance J. Dreyer, Minnesota; Beth Furlong, Nebraska; Vicki D. Gines, Missouri; Nancy P. Hanrahan, Pennsylvania; Elizabeth A. Jones, Minnesota; Madeleine J. Kerr, Minnesota; Debra J. Konicek, Illinois; Leslie M. Larsen, Wisconsin; Maureen E. Leonardo, Pennsylvania; Karen Lindberg, Minnesota; Amy Lytton, Minnesota; Karen S. Martin, Nebraska; Karen A. Monsen, Minnesota; Trung Nguyen, Minnesota; Susan Pfeifer, Washington; Carol A. Romano, Maryland; Debra A. Solomon, Minnesota; Karen Utterback, Mississippi; Bonnie J. Westra, Minnesota; and Shona K. Wilson, New Zealand.

Online: Many participants registered online. Participants and others viewed the Breeze online presentation (audio recording with PowerPoint) for the rest of 2007 that was sponsored by CareFacts Information Systems, Inc., CHAMP Software, Inc., Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative, SNOMED® International, and the University of Minnesota.

2005 Omaha System International Conference Report

Location and Host School: The 2005 Conference and Pre-conference Workshop were held at the Woodlake Lutheran Church, Richfield, Minnesota on April 21-23, 2005. College of St. Catherine Department of Nursing was the host school. Click here to see conference photos.

Participants: Members of various disciplines registered from 21 states, Estonia, and Wales. Fourteen posters were displayed; seven groups exhibited. The speakers and planners were Mary Jo Baisch, Wisconsin; Amy J. Barton, Colorado; Kathryn H. Bowles, Pennsylvania; Susan J. Buelow, St. Paul, Minnesota; Jean R. Christensen, Wales; Ida Clark, Illinois; Phyllis M. Connolly, California; Pamela J. Correll, Maine; Constance J. Dreyer, Minnesota; Marcelline R. Harris, Minnesota; Mary Jo Holford, Illinois; Madeleine J. Kerr, Minnesota; Debra J. Konicek, Illinois; Leslie M. Larsen, Wisconsin; Karen S. Martin, Nebraska; Karen A. Monsen, Minnesota; Diane Pravikoff, California; Judith G. Riemer, California; Patricia M. Schoon, Minnesota; Heather Shlosser, Vermont; Alice Swan, Minnesota; and Thomas Williams, Wisconsin.

2003 Omaha System International Conference Report

Location and Host School: The 2003 Conference and Pre-conference Workshop were held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Conference Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 24-26, 2003. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing was the host school. Click here to see conference photos.

Participants: Members of various disciplines registered from 19 states, Canada, and Wales. The speakers and planners were Amy J. Barton, Colorado; Kathryn H. Bowles, Pennsylvania; Patricia A. Chiverton, New York; Dame June Clark, Wales; Marie J. Cowan, California; Constance J. Dreyer, Minnesota; Victoria L. Elfrink, Ohio; Linda Olson Keller, Minnesota; Debra J. Konicek, Illinois; Sally P. Lundeen, Wisconsin; Karen Dorman Marek, Missouri; Karen S. Martin, Nebraska; Kathy J. Mitchell, Virginia; Karen A. Monsen, Minnesota; Julie Pahlen, Minnesota; Beth B. Patterson, Maine; Lisa A. Plowfield, Delaware; Judith G. Riemer, California; Gretchen Sampson, Wisconsin; Doris J. Schoneman, Wisconsin; Susan J. Warner, Minnesota; Carol L. Weinhoff, Wisconsin; and Bonnie L. Westra, Minnesota.

2001 Omaha System International Conference Report

Location and Host School: The 2001 Conference and Pre-conference Workshop were held at Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota on March 22-24, 2001. Bethel College Nursing Department was the host school. Click here to see conference photos.

Participants: Participants represented practice, education, and research, and came from 21 states, New Zealand, Wales, and Japan. The speakers and planners were Linda K. Ament, Nebraska; Amy J. Barton, Colorado; Kathryn H. Bowles, Pennsylvania; Christine M. Broeker, Minnesota; Joseph T. Burley, Florida; Jean R. Christensen, Wales; Phyllis M. Connolly, California; Jean F. Coppola, New York; Rebecca W. Dahl, Arizona; Constance J. Dreyer, Minnesota; Victoria L. Elfrink, Ohio; Ann M. Jones, Minnesota; Nancy A. Keefe, Indiana; Sally P. Lundeen, Wisconsin; Karen S. Martin, Nebraska; Karen A. Monsen, Minnesota; Donna F. Neff, Ohio; Nancy J. Scheet, Nebraska; Helen L. Sloan, Louisiana; Debra A. Solomon, Minnesota; Andrea E. Sorensen, Minnesota; Ronna J. Steffen, Minnesota; Barbara A. Thomas, New York; Bonnie L. Westra, Minnesota; and Shona K. Wilson, New Zealand.