Heather Carter-Templeton is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Dr. Carter-Templeton is a leader in informatics and bibliometric analyses at the national and international levels. As a researcher, educator, and editor in her specialty, Dr. Carter-Templeton works to inform, teach, and empower nurses at the student, practice, and academic levels with regard to information literacy skills as well as the importance of using credible scientific evidence to guide their work. Her research has addressed improving information appraisal and evidence-based practice skills of nurses in rural areas of Alabama and Mississippi. These skills are essential for information consumption and understanding scientific evidence in practice, providing insight into the growth and evolution of nursing science. Furthermore, she guides others in using informatics and technology tools to support and disseminate nursing research.
Through her work, she is a champion for information literacy skills for nurses and other health professionals. As Editor of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) Connection section of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, she has worked to support and encourage community among representatives of professional nursing informatics organizations as they disseminate their work related to informatics practice and policy. Her impact is extensive and influences service, practice, policy, and research.
Dr. Carter-Templeton received her PhD in nursing from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and she is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in nursing informatics.