• Professor, Informatics, Biomedical Informatics Admin, Adjunct Professor, University of Utah
  • Adjunct Professor, College Of Nursing
  • Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Informatics Admin

Research Statement

Dr. Nancy Staggers has an extensive background in clinical informatics, from determining user requirements to application prototyping, system selection, large systems implementation, and enterprise system evaluation. She has held executive positions, including Associate CIO, Information Technology Services for the Health Sciences Center at the University of Utah, Program Director for ECIS, Catholic Healthcare West, and Director for Corporate Informatics in Department of Defense. While in the DOD, she developed a clinical information system program, now installed in 16 sites nationwide. Subsequently, she led a multidisciplinary team in developing the vision and user requirements for the military's computer-based patient record.

Research Keywords

  • Nursing Informatics
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Clinical Informatics


  • Staggers, N., Guo, J., Blaz, J., & Jennings, B. (2009). Clinical System Design Considerations for Critical Handoffs. HCI International 2009 Conference [CD]. San Diego, CA. Conference Paper, Other, 07/15/2009.
  • Koch, S., Shereen, A., & Staggers, N. (2009) Using Personas and Prototypes to Define User Requirements for a Novel Patient Monitoring Display for Nurses. NI2009. Helsinki, Finland. Conference Paper, Other, 06/15/2009.
  • Crucial Conversations about Usability. Health Information Management Systems Society National (Virtual) Conference 11/25/08. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/24/2008.
  • Nanotechnology: Implications for Consumers, Clinicians and Informaticists. Biomedical Informatics Seminar, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/08/2008.
  • Case studies in Usability and Clinical Application Design. (Nancy Staggers, Michelle Troseth, Denise Tyler, Greg Alexander and Marisa Wilson). Summer Institute for Nursing Informatics, School of Nursing, University of Maryland. Baltimore, MD. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/25/2008.
  • Keynote: Patient Care and Informatics: An Optimal Fit. Iowa Annual Nursing Informatics and Classification Conference. Iowa City, IA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 06/15/2008.
  • The Scope and Standards for Nursing Informatics Practice. Nancy Staggers and Carol Bickford. HIMSS national WebEx (42 sites connected). Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/15/2008.
  • A critical missing element in Longitudinal Health Records: Usability. Forum on the Future of Defense Health Information Technology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/01/2008.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Supporting Continuity of Care for Poisonings with Electronic Information Exchange. PI: M. Poynton. AHRQ, 03/15/2010 - 03/15/2012. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Rocky Mountain Center for Translational Informatics for Public Health. PI: Matthew Samore. Co-PI(s): Catherine Sates. Centers for Disease Control, 09/15/2009 - 09/14/2014. Total project budget to date: $4,986,000.00
  • Optimizing Family Health History Tools for the National Children's Study. PI: Staes. National Children's Study, 05/01/2009 - 04/30/2010. Total project budget to date: $20,000.00


  • English, fluent.


  • Cho, I., Kim, E. Choi, W.H. Staggers N. (2016). Comparing usability testing outcomes and functions of six Electronic Nursing Records Systems. International Journal of Medical Informatics. Accepted, 01/12/2016.
  • Staggers, N., & Nelson, R. (2016). The data, informatics, knowledge, wisdom model and related research implciations. In S. Henly (Ed.), International Handbook of Advanced Quantitative Methods in Nursing Research (pp. 267-279). London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. Published, 01/04/2016.
  • Georgsson, M., & Staggers, N. (2016). An evaluation of patients' experienced usability of a diabetes mHealth system using a multi-method approach. Journal of Biomedical Informatics. Published, 12/11/2015.
  • Georgsson, M., Weir, C., & Staggers, N. (2016). A modified user-oriented Hueristic Evaluation of a mobile health system for diabetes self-management support. Computers, Informatics, Nursing.. Published, 12/11/2015.
  • Georgsson, M., & Staggers, N. (2015). Quantifying usability: An evaluation of a diabetes mHealth system on effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction metrics with associated user characteristis, JAMIA. Published, 09/15/2015.
  • Staggers, N., Elias, B., Hunt, J., Makar, E., & Alexander, G., (2015). Nursing-centric technology and usability: A call to action. CIN-Plus, 33(8): 325-332. Published, 08/14/2015.
  • Weir, C., Staggers, N., Gibson, B., Doing-Harris, K., Barrus, R., & Dunlea, R. (2015). A qualitative evaluation of the crucial attributes of contextual informtion necessay in EHR design to support patient-centered medical home care. BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making, 15(30). Published, 04/17/2015.
  • Staggers, N., Iribarren, S., Guo, J-W., & Weir, C. (2015). Evaluation of a BCMA's electronic medication administration record. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 37(7), 899-921,. Published, 01/19/2015.
  • Chung, S. Y. & Staggers, N. (2014) Measuring nursing informatics competencies of nurses in Korea. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 32(12), 596-605. Published, 11/12/2014.
  • Nelson, R., & Staggers, N. (2014). Health Informatics: An Interdisciplinary Apporach. St. Louis: Elsevier. Published, 06/2014.
  • Guo, J-W, Sward, K., Beck, S.L., Wong, B., Staggers, N., & Frey, L. (2014). Using a content analysis to identify study eligibility criteria concepts in cancer nursing research. Computers Informatics Nursing.. Published, 03/2014.
  • Guo, J.-W., Sward, K., Staggers, N., Beck, S. (2014). Quality of reporting randomized controlled trials in cancer nursing research. Nursing Research, 63(1), 26-35. Published, 03/2014.
  • Matney, S., Maddox, L., & Staggers, N. (2014). Nurses as knowledge workers: Is there evidence of knowledge in patient handoffs? Western Journal of Nursing Research, 171-190. Published, 01/2014.
  • Staggers, N. (2013). National testimony about EHR implementation and usability. Crucial conversations about optimal design. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, 17(3), 1-3. Published, 09/2013.
  • Staggers. N., Benham-Hutchins, M., Goncalves, L., & Heermann-Langford, L. (2013). Exploring patient-centered handoffs in surgical oncology. Journal of Participatory Medicine, 5, July 10, 2013 (online). Published, 07/2013.
  • Staggers, N., Xiao, Y., & Chapman, L. (2013). Debunking usability myths. Applied Clinical Informatics, 4, 241-250. Published, 05/2013.
  • Staggers, N., & Blaz, J. (2013). Research on nursing handoffs for medical and surgical settings: An integrative review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69(2), 1365-2648. Published, 01/2013.
  • Koch, S., Weir, C., Westenskow, D., Gondan, M., Agutter, J., Haar, M., Liu, D., Staggers, N. (2013). Evaluation of the effect of information integration in the displays for ICU nurses on situation awareness and task completion time: A prospective randomized controlled study. International Medical Informatics Association, 82(8), 665-675. Published, 01/2013.
  • Reviewing the Impact of Computerized Provider Order Entry on Clinical Outcomes: The Quality of Systematic Reviews. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 81, 219-231.. Published, 07/2012.
  • Nurses' information management and use of electronic tools during acute care handoffs. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34(2), 151-171. Published, 07/2012.
  • Koch, S., Weir, C., Haar, M., Staggers, N., Agutter, J., Gorges, M., et al. ICU nurses’ information needs and recommendations for integrated displays to improve nurses’ situational awareness. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 19(4), 583-590. Published, 03/2012.
  • Why patient summaries in Electronic Health Records do not provide the cognitive support necessary for nurses’ handoffs on medical and surgical units: Insights from interviews and observations. Health Informatics Journal, 17(3), 209-223. Published, 09/2011.
  • Alexander, G.A., & Staggers, N. (2009). A systematic review on the design of clinical technology: Findings and ecommendations for future research. Advances in Nursing Science, 32(3), 252-279. Published, 09/15/2009.
  • Staggers, N., & Jennings, B.M. (2009). The Content and Context of Change of Shift Report on Medical and Surgical Units. Journal of Nursing Administration. Published, 09/15/2009.
  • Weir, C., Staggers, N., & Phansalkar, S. (2009). The state of the evidence for computerized provider order entry: A systematic review and analysis of the quality of the literature. International Journal of Medical Informatics. Published, 09/15/2009.
  • Staggers, N., & Troseth, M. (2009). Technology informatics guiding educational reform (TIGER) Usability and clinical application design collaborative summary report. Published, 03/30/2009.
  • Koivunen M., Välimäki M., Koskinen A, Staggers, N. & Katajisto J. (2009). The impact of individual factors on health care staff‘s computer use in psychiatric hospitals. The Journal of Clinical Nursing. Published, 01/15/2009.
  • Staggers, N., McCasky, T., Brazelton, N., & Kennedy, R. (2008). Nanotechnology: Implications for Patients, Providers and Informatics. Nursing Outlook, 56(5), 268-274. Published, 08/30/2008.
  • Staggers, N. (2008). Overview of Nursing Informatics. In D. McGonigle & K.Mastrian (Eds.), Nursing Informatics and the Foundation of Knowledge (pp. 83-96). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, Publishers. Published, 08/15/2008.
  • Nelson, R., & Staggers, N. (2008). Implications of the ANAs Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Informatics on Nursing Education. Nursing Outlook, 56(2), 93-94. Published, 06/15/2008.
  • Staggers, N., Weir, C., & Pfansalkar, S. (2008). Patient safety and health information technology: Role of Critical Elements of the Electronic Health Record. In R. Hughes (Ed.), Patient Safety & Quality: an Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses (chapter 47). AHRQ Publication No. 07-. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. E-pub 4/08. Available at: Published, 04/15/2008.
  • Gorges, M., & Staggers, N. (2008). Evaluations of Physiological Monitoring Displays: A Systematic Review. Journal of Clinical Monitoring, 22(1), 45-66. Published, 02/25/2008.