Board Member Spotlight: Joyce Sensmeier

Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN


What advice would you give your younger self?
Have faith in yourself! Your education and experience have helped you develop valuable expertise to enable you to carve out a successful career. Don't be afraid of new opportunities, even if you're being asked to do something you haven't done before. Also, stretch yourself beyond your 'day' job and volunteer for activities that you are interested in. Seek out a mentor, and take time to listen to others' experience.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Lake Tahoe, California

What made you want to pursue a career in nursing?
After I gave birth to my children I realized what an important role nurses play in healthcare. There was a nursing shortage at that time, so I thought I would be able to have steady employment in nursing. And both things were true! Nursing has been an amazing career for me and I have been fortunate to find a career path that is both innovative and rewarding.

What book should every nurse read?
Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg. 

What has been your most interesting/surprising outcome while conducting nursing research?
I haven't done formal research, but in my work at HIMSS we publish a triennial workforce survey of nurse informaticists. It is always surprising to see how the role changes and evolves in both increasing salary, educational background and leadership responsibility.

What is a fun fact many people may not know about you?
I love sports and was on the tennis team in college.

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About Joyce
Joyce Sensmeier is Senior Advisor of Informatics for HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology.

Sensmeier joined HIMSS as the Director of Professional Services in 2000. She served as Vice President of Informatics from 2005-2019. In her current role, she provides thought leadership for the areas of clinical informatics, standards and interoperability.

Sensmeier became Board Certified in Nursing Informatics in 1996, earned the Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems in 2002, and achieved fellowship status in HIMSS in 2005. She previously served at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, Ill., as a nursing coordinator leading clinical information system implementations.

Sensmeier has made contributions to enabling health information exchange through standards profiling and harmonization initiatives. She led advancement of Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), an international standards profiling organization which, over the past decade, has achieved both regional and international adoption of its public domain technical framework. She is President of IHE USA, and previously served as the Standards Implementation Technical Manager for the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP).

An internationally recognized speaker and author of multiple book chapters, articles and white papers, Sensmeier was recognized in 2010 as a fellow with the American Academy of Nursing, a credential held by 2,000 nursing leaders throughout the world. She is co-founder and ex-officio chair of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, a global collaboration of 25 distinct nursing informatics groups that represents a unified voice for nursing informatics professionals.

Sensmeier earned a BSN from Elmhurst College and a master's degree in Nursing Administration from St. Xavier University, both in Illinois.

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