Elizabeth (Betsy) Weiner, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, FACMI
Year Elected: 2009
Institution When Elected: Vanderbilt University
Currently: Vanderbilt University
Dr Weiner received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky, a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati, and a PhD in Higher Education, Social & Philosophical Studies, from the University of Kentucky. She joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health, and advanced through the academic ranks to full professor there. In 2000 she moved to Vanderbilt, where at the time of election to the College she was the Centennial Independence Professor of Nursing, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Senior Associate Dean for Informatics in the School of Nursing.
Dr Weiner has devoted her career to the development and evaluation of educational technologies for nursing. In the late 1980s, she received one of the initial IBM grants for innovative education. She and her collaborators created an award-winning informatics-based labor and delivery simulation. This program has changed the way that nursing students prepare for their clinical obstetrics experience; the videodisc has been employed in the curricula of 98% of the nursing schools in the country. At the University of Cincinnati she was Director of Academic Computing, and there developed an online course management software system called ‘Classware’ that preceded today's ‘Blackboard’ software.
In recent years her work in educational technologies has been focused on emergency preparedness and response, and in this domain she and her colleagues received the 2007 Sigma Theta Tau Computer-based Professional Education Technology Award, signifying that the software they developed was the best in the nursing community worldwide for 2005–2007. For this she was invited to join the faculty of the European Masters in Disaster Medicine program. Dr Weiner has worked with the Botswana Minister of Health and the University of Botswana to determine and meet educational needs for nurses as they expand their infrastructure to build a much needed private hospital. She has served as a WHO consultant to nurses in Jordan in the area of online learning in emergency preparedness. Her election to the College recognizes these technical innovations, and service to a global health community.