Family: Husband, Glenn Nelson; two daughters, Dorianne Hollis and Leslie-Ann Bidelson.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Duquesne University; master’s degree in nursing and second master’s degree in information science from the University of Pittsburgh; post-doctoral work at University of Utah.
Background: A nursing professor at Slippery Rock University since 1994, Nelson has long been an advocate of the use of computer-aided recordkeeping and research in nursing. She designed one of the nation’s first undergraduate courses in nursing informatics and her textbook, “Health Care Informatics,” is used at Slippery Rock, the University of North Carolina, Duke University and other schools.
Noteworthy: Nelson has been named a 2004 fellow of the American Academy of Nursing for her work in promoting the use of computers in nursing education and health care.
Quote: “The 2004 inductees are nurse leaders who have been identified by their peers as pathfinders in the nursing discipline. We are privileged to welcome them into the academy and look to them to help us shape forward-thinking change for nursing and health care,” said Joan Shaver, president of the academy.