Barbara McNeil

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Barbara J. McNeil, PhD, RN-BC

Adjunct Faculty/Consultant
Gonzaga University/McNeil Consulting
INA Member since 1977

I am a board-certified informatics nurse who has had 34 years of experience in nursing, specifically research, nursing education both graduate and undergraduate, healthcare informatics, and curricular development, assessment and evaluation. I retired from Lewis-Clark State College in 2006.  For the last 10 years, I have taught evidenced based practice courses and served as a research advisor for first year medical students at the WWAMI Medical Education Programs at the University of Idaho/WSU-Pullman and WSU-Spokane sites. Currently, I am an adjunct faculty for the MSN program at Gonzaga University and serve as vice-chair for the American Nurse Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Informatics Nurse Expert Content Panel and as an editorial board member for RN Idaho, published by the Idaho Nurses Association.

As a nurse consultant, I provide consultation services for nursing programs seeking to develop nursing curricula or to determine program effectiveness. I am an active program evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) which is the accrediting body for graduate and undergraduate nursing programs in the U.S.

My clinical interests include the care of patients with diabetes mellitus, application of evidence-based practice, healthcare quality/safety initiatives, quality improvement programs, and competencies in nursing/clinical informatics. This year, I served as a volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps for Idaho. Over the years, I have served INA as the Membership Chair and editorial board member for the RN Idaho.

In other pursuits, I enjoy the challenge of learning new languages; traveling; flyfishing; biking; hiking; golfing; and camping. Together with my husband and Llewellyn setter, Dukey, I am fortunate to be able to explore the incredible outdoors in the Inland and Pacific Northwest. I am active in environmental issues.  We currently reside in the Boise, Idaho area.

In what ways has membership in INA been valuable to you?
Through INA membership, I have built networks and been grounded in the profession of nursing. INA membership has been the gateway for working with nurse informatics specialists across the nation.

Why would you encourage other RNs to join INA?
We need to ensure unity in the voices of nurses across Idaho. We need to have a strong, visible presence in healthcare issues and be at the table with other healthcare leaders. Nurses joining INA are committed to professional development and to safe/quality healthcare.