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Ellen Harper, DNP, RN-BC, MBA, FAAN

Clinical Associate Professor
DNP, American Sentinel University-Denver
MBA, University of Phoenix-Kansas City
BA, Ottawa University-Kansas City
ADN, Iowa Central Community College-Fort Dodge, Iowa


  • KU faculty since 2017
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Inducted 2013
  • Member, AAN Informatics & Technology Expert Panel 2010-present
  • Incoming Chair, AAN Informatics & Technology Expert Panel 2017
  • Member, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • Member, Nursing Informatics Working Group (NIWG)
  • NIWG Member at Large position 2017
  • Member, American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • 2012 ANA Care Coordination Quality Measurement Panel Advisory Committee
  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Eta Nu Chapter - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Member, Missouri Organization of Nursing Association            
  • Professional Practice Committee
  • Member, HIMSS
  • Chair of the Clinical & Business Intelligence Committee 2017-2018
  • Member, Nursing Knowledge - Big Data Science 
  • Co-Chair of the Nurse Value Working Group

Academic Program Affiliations

  • MSN
  • DNP

Current Areas of Teaching

  • IPHI 851 / NRSG 857, Transforming of Health Care Through Use of Information Systems and Technology
  • IPHI 853 / NRSG 853, Abstraction and Modeling of Health Care Information

Select Publications

  • Harper, E.M. and McNair, D.  (in press). The power of disparate data sources for answering thorny questions in healthcare: four case studies. In Nursing Knowledge and Practice Enabled by Big Data.  Editors - Connie Delaney, Judy Warren, Charlotte Weaver, Tom Clancy and Roy Simpson.  Published by Springer.
  • Welton, J. M., & Harper, E. M. (2016). Measuring Nursing Care Value. Nursing Economic$, 34(1), 7-14
  • Harper, E. M., & Parkerson, S. (2015). Powering big data for nursing through partnership. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 39, 319-324.
  • Lavin, M., Harper, E., & Barr, N. (2015). Health information technology, patient safety, and professional nursing care documentation in acute care settings. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 20.
  • Harper, E.M. (2013). The economic value of healthcare data. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 37(2), 1-4.

Select Presentations

  • Harper, E.M. (June 2017). It's Innovation if You Lead It, Disruption if You Don't. Podium presentation at the Direct Care Nurses: Bedside and Beyond sponsored by Missouri Nurses Conference in Columbia, MO 
  • Harper E.M. (February 2017). Data to Decisions: The Power of Disparate Data Sources to Solve Challenging Questions. Podium presentation at HIMSS 2017 conference in Orlando, FL
  • Harper, E.M. & Welton, J.M. (June, 2016) Measuring nursing value, 13th International Congress in Nursing Informatics, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Harper, E.M. & Welton, J.M.  (January, 2016). Big data and nursing care: what would florence say? Keynote presentation at ANA Annual conference in Orlando, FL.
  • Harper, E.M. (May 2015). Nursing excellence through informatics technology. Keynote conducted at the 7th International Nursing Symposium Nursing Excellence Beyond Boarders in Jeddah Saudi Arabia.


  • $400,000 AHRQ - ACTION RTFO Using Evidence-based Nursing Practices and EHR Decision Support to Reduce Fall-related Patient Injuries in Acute Care. The 18 month project focused on two, closely related HIT applications - the EHR and electronic decision support systems (DSS) use by nurses.

Awards & Honors (5 max.)

  • 2016, winner of the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in the Informatics category.
Last modified: Jul 15, 2021


Ellen Harper, DNP, RN-BC, MBA, FAAN
Clinical Associate Professor

P: 913-945-6814