Where is Nursing Informatics in Undergraduate Nursing Education?
Where it belongs and how to get it there.
A program for all Nursing Educators on a Special Princess Caribbean Cruise


Learn and vacation at the same time. We all need a break and it’s here in a tropical paradise: Turquoise waters teeming with colorful fish, lush jungles, exotic animals and amazing natural wonders. The locals are friendly, the shops bustling and the legends fascinating. You’ll find yourself amid swaying palm trees, velveteen sands, crystal-clear Caribbean beach-waters, and spectacular colonial architecture with distinct European flavor. So why not enjoy a day of sunbathing and snorkeling or exploring a wealth of historical treasures on this Eastern Caribbean cruise vacation. And there is no better way to see the Caribbean than on the enchanting Ruby Princess, the newest ship in the Princess fleet. Throughout your cruise, whether you love activity or crave tranquility, Princess offers everything you could need for a relaxing, rejuvenating retreat, including a wide variety of freshly prepared cuisine and innovative experiences all designed to help you escape completely.®

Hosted by Your Educational Leader

Dr. Coonan is Dean and Professor at the Adelphi University School of Nursing in Garden City, New York. Pat has many years of experience in developing programs in informatics with courses that provide the base for practical application and integration of technology learning into educational programming. He also has the practical experience of having worked for the IBM Corporation and implementing technology enhanced solutions to clinical care. Informatics is not just knowledge of computers or electronic medical records; it is understanding and using technology to enhance personal productivity and patient outcomes.

Your Education Program = 10 Contact Hours, Course fee: $320

The importance of accessing, using, and communicating nursing information through the application of nursing informatics is increasing within all areas of nursing practice. The information technology revolution in healthcare has created the demand for nurses with sound knowledge on Nursing Informatics (NI), however many schools do not offer enough informatics education. Maybe it’s because faculty and administrators have limited NI knowledge, therefore the knowledge gap gets passed on. “Baccalaureate graduates intercede between the patient and technology; therefore the ability to assess the need for, as well the efficacy and use of technology is critical.” (AACN).

At the end of the program you will be able to:

  1. Define the essential NI skills and knowledge for nursing practice in the future healthcare paradigm.
  2. Understand the necessary informatics competencies that are important to UG student success
  3. Integrate appropriate nursing informatics competencies into undergraduate nursing programs
  4. Develop abilities to integrate informatics into your practice and their practice
  5. Know how to educate nursing students in core informatics content
  6. Increase preparation of nursing faculty in informatics
  7. And you will Pass on better information, be informed!

What Your Continuing Education Cruise Package Includes:

  • Ten hours of continuing education on a new challenge to undergraduate education
  • Inside Cabin with private bathroom & shower
  • Optional Upgrades to Outside or Outside with Balcony cabins
  • 8 Great meals a day in 6 restaurants
  • Dozens of activities onboard
  • First Run Movies
  • Gala Captain’s Dinner
  • Shipshape Yoga and Fitness Center
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Magnificent library and Solarium
  • Great Entertainment including an exciting Las Vegas style casino

Your Ports of Call

Princess Cays, Bahamas: where you’ll enjoy a private beach party on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. One hundred miles long and only two miles wide, Eleuthera offers unspoiled beaches. Your private resort at Princess Cays is situated on more than 40 acres and features over a half-mile of white-sand shoreline, all at the southern tip of the island. The resort boasts outstanding amenities while carefully preserving this natural paradise. Take in the views from the observation tower. Enjoy a barbecue. Sip a cool drink or browse the shops and the local craft market. All of Princess Cays’ facilities are linked by walkways. Recreational activities abound. Enjoy volleyball and a full range of water sports, or simply relax on the beach.

St. Maarten: St. Maarten offers a delightful case of split personality. Legend has it that a Frenchman and a Dutchman divided ownership of the island through a walk-off. No formal boundary exists between the Dutch and French sides of the island; a simple welcome sign tells you when you cross from one country to the other. But the differences are as noticeable as the spelling of the island’s name. The French spell it St. Martin. And it’s this split personality that lends so much to the island’s charms, including an international reputation for the finest cuisine in the Caribbean.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands: The US Virgin Islands are America’s paradise, offering an easygoing blend of island ways and American practicality. St. Thomas, capital of the island group, offers every imaginable sport: snorkeling, golfing, hiking, and sailing. Just a few miles away lay St. John and Virgin Islands National Park. Stunning mountain scenery, crystalline waters, and white-sand beaches with palms swaying in the breeze – the US Virgin Islands are truly a slice of paradise.. St. Thomas has a reputation as a duty free-mecca for shopping.

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos: Grand Turk, the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, is a small island bursting with turn-of-the-century Caribbean charm, retaining the look and feel of the Caribbean 40 years ago. Grand Turk was founded by Bermudian salt rakers some three centuries ago and its Bermudian-British-colonial architecture surrounded by colorful local dwellings make the island a treasure to visit. It is blessed with miles of uncrowded, beautiful beaches and is close to several uninhabited cays such as Gibb’s Cay, home of the stingray encounter. While there are many landside attractions to explore such as the Old Prison, Lighthouse Park, and the re-created salt salina, the real beauty of the island lies underwater. Grand Turk is world-famous for its healthy and beautiful coral reefs that surround the island, stretching almost from the coastline to the 7,000-foot vertical wall just offshore.

Your Cruise Itinerary


Itinerary with Educational Programming

Day 1. Sunday, March 10 — Depart Ft Lauderdale at 4 pm
Be sure to give enough time for your flight arrival in case of a delay.
One and a half hour Educational Program- Introduction at 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Day 2. Monday, March 11 — Princess Cay.

Day 3. Tuesday, March 12 — Day at Sea.
Four Hour Educational Program 8 am to 12 pm, Then fun on board your luxury cruise ship.

Day 4. Wednesday, March 13 — St Maarten

Day 5. Thursday, March 14 — St Thomas

Day 6. Friday, March 15 — Grand Turk.

Day 7. Saturday, March 16 — Day at Sea.
Four Hour Educational Program 8 am to 12 pm, Then fun on board your luxury cruise ship.

Day 8. Sunday. March 17 — Arrival Ft. Lauderdale
Give yourself plenty of time to go through Immigration and Customs before your flight home

Information about onshore excursions and optional tours at all ports of call will be provided after registration.

Your Ruby Princess cruise ship

The Ruby Princess has so many special features such as:

The Sanctuary: Leave stress at the door when you enter The Sanctuary, a blissful signature haven just for adults. Enjoy a soothing massage, recline in a lounge chair with headphones and let our Serenity Stewards serve you spa fare and refreshing fruit drinks.

Theaters: This ship’s theater venues are designed with great acoustics, the best seats in the house with stellar acts in the Princess theater. Or, take in first-run feature-length films in the “Movies Under the Stars” outdoor theater.

Hot Spots: The ship’s Hot Spots are just that – sizzling! They feature a dazzling casino, Movies Under The Stars outdoor theater, night clubs, multiple dance floors and more. There is the Gatsby’s Casino. The Explorers Lounge (nightclub-style performances). Skywalkers Nightclub (top deck nightclub) and Club Fusion.

Lounges: Whether you’re in the mood for a cozy space to sip cocktails with someone special or a swanky place to savor a cigar and make new friends, the Ruby Princess provides it all.

Food & Dining: The Ruby Princess chefs are true culinary artists who insist on serving the very finest cuisine – and it shows. Their entire fleet has been inducted into the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs gastronomic society. Each chef’s menu is creative and the selections change every day. Pair that with impeccable service and you’re in for an unforgettable gourmet experience. From Paninis and pastries in the International Cafe, a wide variety of wines by the glass in Vines Wine Bar, and live entertainment in the signature Italian-inspired Piazza. This ship offers several formal dining rooms in the cruise tradition, with Traditional Dining at the same times for each meal, with attentive service provided by your own waiter throughout the cruise. There is Anytime Dining, which means you aren’t limited to eating at a fixed time or place on the ship. Instead, the choice of when and where you want to eat is flexible, based only on your stomach’s whim. Specialty Restaurants offer a memorable dining experience in an intimate and upscale atmosphere. Each restaurant offers a distinctive menu with both traditional favorites and more adventurous options prepared and served by a staff dedicated to making your evening unforgettable.

Your Included Accommodations:

Interior Stateroom: Interior staterooms are a great value. They feature two twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed. Other amenities include a refrigerator, television, closet and bathroom with shower. Approximately 160 square feet of space.


Optional Upgraded Accommodations: There are a limited number of Outside and Outside with Balcony cabins available and they are on a “first come-first served” request basis.

Oceanview Staterooms*: Oceanview staterooms include all the amenities of an interior double, plus it features a picture window, providing added ambience and memorable views. (categories E-G have obstructed views). Approximately 158 to 181 square feet of space.

Balcony Staterooms*: These impressive staterooms offer the elegance of a balcony with fine patio furniture. It offers all the amenities of a standard oceanview stateroom, plus a spacious closet and desk. Approximately 233 to 285 square feet, including balcony.

PER PERSON PRICING** (Course fee additional per person)

Per Person in Double Cabin $859.47

Optional OUTSIDE (Ocean View) CABIN upgrade (on request)**
Per Person in Double Cabin $1,049.47 to $1,109.47 depending on cabin location

Optional OUTSIDE CABIN with BALCONY upgrade (on request) **
Per Person in Double Cabin $1,309.47

Cabin price includes port charges and government taxes. Pricing for Single or Triple cabins available upon request. FUEL SUPPLEMENT: Princess reserves the right to re-instate the fuel supplement for all guests at up to $9 per person per day if the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index) oil price exceeds $70 per barrel.

** Note: Pricing and availability subject to change without notice. Book early to secure your space and price.

A Portion of, or your entire trip may be tax-deductable. Check with your accountant or financial advisor.

For more information on the Continuing Education Program, contact:
Patrick R. Coonan
Infinite Horizons Consulting LLC
Email: pcoonan@ihcllc.com
516-477-1230 or 516-522-0091

For registration information, contact:
RMC Travel
Box 448
Montauk, NY 11954
Tel: (631) 668-5327 • Fax: (631) 668-4852
Email: Rcortell@aol.com

Important: Trip is subject to cancellation for insufficient participation. Notification of cancellation will occur by December 14, 2012

AIR TRANSPORTATION: For those needing assistance in making airline reservations to Ft. Lauderdale, please call the RMC Air Desk at 631-757-6726