Ragnhildur Bjarnadottir

Ragnhildur Bjarnadottir, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Department: Family, Community and Health Systems Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6508
Business Email: rib@ufl.edu

About Ragnhildur Bjarnadottir

TEACHING

Dr. Bjarnadottir teaches Applied Statistics and Nursing Informatics and Information Management to DNP students.

RESEARCH

Dr. Bjarnadottir’s research focuses on leveraging health informatics and data science to improve health care quality for underserved populations. Her dissertation research examined home care nurses’ assessment and documentation of patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity. She has also explored EHR implementation and nurses experiences with documentation systems in the long-term care setting. In her current research, Dr. Bjarnadottir uses text-mining methods to identify factors associated with risk of patient falls in acute care nurses’ progress notes.

SERVICE

Dr. Bjarnadottir holds memberships in the American Medical Informatics Association, Academy Health, Sigma Theta Tau International – Alpha Theta and Alpha Zeta Chapters, and the Southern Nurses Research Society.

Accomplishments

Jonas Policy Scholar
2017-2019 · American Academy of Nursing
Member
2017-2019 · Academy Health
Treasurer
2017-2019 · Sigma Theta Tau International, UF Alpha Theta Chapter
New Investigator Award
2017 · Academy Health Interdisciplinary Research Group for Nursing Issues
Reviewer
2017 · Applied Clinical Informatics
Member
2016-2019 · Southern Nurses Research Society
Reviewer
2016-2017 · Informatics for Health and Social Care
Leadership Award
2016 · Columbia University School of Nursing
Postdoctoral Fellowship
2016 · University of Florida Informatics Institute
Member
2015-2019 · Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
PhD Student Representative
2015-2019 · Columbia University Medical Center Student Health Advisory Council
Treasurer
2015-2019 · Doctoral Student Organization, Columbia University School of Nursing
AMIA Annual Symposium Abstract Reviewer
2015-2017 · American Medical Informatics Association
Member
2014-2019 · American Medical Informatics Association
PhD Student Representative
2014-2019 · Columbia University Graduate Students Advisory Council
Member
2014-2016 · Eastern Nursing Research Society
Educational Fund
2013 · Iceland Chamber of Commerce
Recipient
2013 · Landsbankinn Annual Scholarship
Race and Health Think Tank
2012-2013 · Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
Recipient
2012 · Hans Adolf Hjartarson Memorial Fund
Member
2008-2019 · Icelandic Nurses Association

Research Profile

Dr. Bjarnadottir’s area of expertise is Nursing Informatics, Data Science, Clinical Decision Support, Quality of Care, Underserved Populations.

Leveraging health informatics and data science to improve health care quality for underserved populations. Dissertation research examined home care nurses’ assessment and documentation of patients’ sexual orientation and gender identity. Has also explored EHR implementation and nurses experiences with documentation systems in the long-term care setting. In current research, uses text-mining methods to identify factors associated with risk of patient falls in acute care nurses’ progress notes.

Publications

2021
Improving secure messaging: A framework for support, partnership & information-giving communicating electronically (SPICE).
Patient education and counseling. 104(6):1380-1386 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pec.2020.11.021. [PMID] 33280967.
2021
Nutrition Support Therapies on the Medication Administration Record: Impacts on Staff Perception of Nutrition Care.
Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 36(3):629-638 [DOI] 10.1002/ncp.10590. [PMID] 33095472.
2021
Twenty-first Century Bedside Manner: Exploring Patient-Centered Communication in Secure Messaging with Cancer Patients.
Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education. 36(1):16-24 [DOI] 10.1007/s13187-019-01592-5. [PMID] 31342283.
2020
Fall Prevention Decision Making of Acute Care Registered Nurses.
The Journal of nursing administration. 50(9):442-448 [DOI] 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000914. [PMID] 32826513.
2020
Identification of important factors in an inpatient fall risk prediction model to improve the quality of care using EHR and electronic administrative data: A machine-learning approach.
International journal of medical informatics. 143 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2020.104272. [PMID] 32980667.
2020
Identifying relations of medications with adverse drug events using recurrent convolutional neural networks and gradient boosting.
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 27(1):65-72 [DOI] 10.1093/jamia/ocz144. [PMID] 31504605.
2020
Patient Falls and Injuries in U.S. Psychiatric Care: Incidence and Trends.
Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.). 71(9):899-905 [DOI] 10.1176/appi.ps.202000004. [PMID] 32600184.
2020
Using an Electronic Medication Event-Monitoring System for Antiretroviral Therapy Self-Management Among African American Women Living With HIV in Rural Florida: Cohort Study.
JMIR formative research. 4(2) [DOI] 10.2196/14888. [PMID] 32130114.
2019
A data-driven and practice-based approach to identify risk factors associated with hospital-acquired falls: Applying manual and semi- and fully-automated methods.
International journal of medical informatics. 122:63-69 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2018.11.006. [PMID] 30623785.
2019
Assessing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Home Health Care: Perceptions and Attitudes of Nurses.
LGBT health. 6(8):409-416 [DOI] 10.1089/lgbt.2019.0030. [PMID] 31815599.
2019
Nurse Documentation of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Home Healthcare: A Text Mining Study.
Computers, informatics, nursing : CIN. 37(4):213-221 [DOI] 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000492. [PMID] 30601189.
2019
The Role of Nurse Managers in the Adoption of Health Information Technology: Findings From a Qualitative Study.
The Journal of nursing administration. 49(11):549-555 [DOI] 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000810. [PMID] 31651615.
2018
Benefits of Implementing and Improving Collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Electronic Health Records.
Computers, informatics, nursing : CIN. 36(6):267-274 [DOI] 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000417. [PMID] 29406395.
2018
What Can We Learn about Fall Risk Factors from EHR Nursing Notes? A Text Mining Study.
EGEMS (Washington, DC). 6(1) [DOI] 10.5334/egems.237. [PMID] 30263902.
2017
Exploring the role of the nurse manager in supporting point-of-care nurses’ adoption of electronic health records: protocol for a qualitative research study.
BMJ open. 7(10) [DOI] 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018129. [PMID] 29025847.
2017
Implementation of Electronic Health Records in US Nursing Homes.
Computers, informatics, nursing : CIN. 35(8):417-424 [DOI] 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000344. [PMID] 28800581.
2017
Patient perspectives on answering questions about sexual orientation and gender identity: an integrative review.
Journal of clinical nursing. 26(13-14):1814-1833 [DOI] 10.1111/jocn.13612. [PMID] 27706875.
2017
The Relationship Between Individual Characteristics and Interest in Using a Mobile Phone App for HIV Self-Management: Observational Cohort Study of People Living With HIV.
JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 5(7) [DOI] 10.2196/mhealth.7853. [PMID] 28751298.
2016
Academic Health Center-Community Justice Program Partnerships: Linking Men in the Justice System to Health Care.
Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action. 10(2):225-33 [DOI] 10.1353/cpr.2016.0031. [PMID] 27346768.
2016
Correlates of online health information-seeking behaviors in a low-income Hispanic community.
Informatics for health & social care. 41(4):341-9 [DOI] 10.3109/17538157.2015.1064429. [PMID] 26837012.
2016
Factors associated with resident influenza vaccination in a national sample of nursing homes.
American journal of infection control. 44(9):1055-7 [DOI] 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.01.019. [PMID] 26971139.
2016
Integrating a Proposed Population Health Model with Nursing Informatics Research.
Studies in health technology and informatics. 225:732-4 [PMID] 27332322.
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2015
“Striving for Excellence”: Minimum Data Set Coordinators’ Perceptions of Their Role in the Nursing Home.
Journal of gerontological nursing. 41(9):32-41 [DOI] 10.3928/00989134-20150728-09. [PMID] 26375148.
2015
Infection prevention and control in nursing homes: a qualitative study of decision-making regarding isolation-based practices.
BMJ quality & safety. 24(10):630-6 [DOI] 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-003952. [PMID] 26002947.
2015
Perceived barriers to infection prevention and control for nursing home certified nursing assistants: a qualitative study.
Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.). 36(5):355-60 [DOI] 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2015.05.001. [PMID] 26071320.
2015
Understanding infection prevention and control in nursing homes: A qualitative study.
Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.). 36(4):267-72 [DOI] 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2015.02.023. [PMID] 25794923.
2008
[Vaginal birth after one previous cesarean section].
Laeknabladid. 94(9):591-7 [PMID] 18784385.
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1999
[Perinatal death classification in Iceland 1994-1998.].
Laeknabladid. 85(12):981-6 [PMID] 19439796.
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1994
[Laparoscopic cholecystectomies. First 100 attempted cases at Reykjavik City Hospital].
Laeknabladid. 80(6):225-31 [PMID] 21593523.
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Grants

May 2021 ACTIVE
Harmonizing and Integrating Nursing Data into Multidisciplinary Datasets to Evaluate Hospital Care and Readmissions of Older Adults with Alzheimers Disease and Alzheimers Disease-Related Dementias
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIA
Apr 2021 ACTIVE
Advancing Interdisciplinary Science of Aging through Identification of Iatrogenic Complications: The UF EHR Clinical Data Infrastructure for Enhanced Patient Safety among the Elderly (UF-ECLIPSE)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIA
Aug 2020 ACTIVE
Shareable, Interoperable Clinical Decision Support for Older Adults: Advancing Fall assessment and Prevention Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Findings into Diverse Primary Care Practices (ASPIRE)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: BRIGHAM AND WOMENS HOSPITAL via AGCY HEALTHCARE RES AND QUALITY
Sep 2019 ACTIVE
Tailored Clinical Decision Support Formats Designed to Improve Palliative Care for Cancer and Chronically Ill Patients: A Pre-Clinical Test
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NINR
Apr 2019 – Mar 2021
Advancing Interdisciplinary Science of Aging through Identification of Iatrogenic Complications: The UF EHR Clinical Data Infrastructure for Enhanced Patient Safety among the Elderly (UF-ECLIPSE)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIA

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
2016 · Columbia University School of Nursing
Master of Public Health, Concentration: Sociomedical Sciences
2013 · Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
2008 · University of Iceland, Department of Nursing

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2019-2021
NGR7970L Adv Nursing Project
2019-2021
NGR7940L Residency in Adv Nurs
2017-2021
NGR7891 Health Policy and Finance in Advanced Nursing Practice
2017-2021
NGR6870 Nursing Informatics and Informationa Management
2020-2021
NUR4827 Lead and Inspire 4: Leadership and Innovation in Nursing Practice
2017-2019
NGR6840 Applied Statistical Analysis I
2021
NUR3227C Principles of Personalized Nursing Care 2

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-6508
Emails:
Business:
rib@ufl.edu