Nursing + Technology = Nursing Informatics

Technology is playing an increasingly larger role in the way healthcare facilities operate. For better or worse, nurses are among the most affected by the benefits and pitfalls of technology. As such, it makes sense for a facility to have nurses play a key role in incorporating technology to improve workflow and patient care. Such is the role of a nurse informaticist.

What is Nursing Informatics?

The American Nurses Association defines nursing informatics as “a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice.” Areas of informatics include:

  • System design and implementation
  • Education
  • Research (analysis and evaluation)
  • Standards and policy development
  • Quality improvement
  • Management
  • Administration

According to the HIMSS 2014 Nursing Informatics Survey, nurse informaticists play a crucial role in the development, implementation, and optimization of clinical applications, including nursing clinical documentation, computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and electronic medical/health records (EMR/EHR).

Professional Development and Networking

The American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) was founded in 1992 to provide informaticists with networking opportunities and educational support. Currently, the ANIA has over 3,000 members, including nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in informatics practice.

Interested in becoming a nurse informaticist? Check the ANIA website for information about scholarships as well as a certification review intensive CE series in preparation for the informatics nurse certification exam.   To learn more about the ANIA and their offerings, you can visit their website.

To be kept abreast of the happenings in the world of nursing informatics you may want to take some time to peruse the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI) website. This journal is an international, peer reviewed quarterly online publication focusing on issues pertinent to nurse informaticists, including Meaningful Use, use of technology to improve workflow, and the use of technology to improve patient care. View the Fall 2014 issue here.

Job Satisfaction

The HIMSS 2014 Nursing Informatics Survey, which contains survey responses from 1,407 nurse informaticists, questioned respondents about their satisfaction with their job as well as career choice.

  • Over half said they were satisfied or highly satisfied with their current position
  • 81% were satisfied or highly satisfied with their career choice

Overall, those who responded seemed to be quite satisfied with their choice of career in informatics but not necessarily with the current position they hold.

For additional findings from the 2014 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, including what informaticists earn and indicators of how the field has changed from 2007 to today, click here.

Are  you considering a job in informatics?  How do you feel your institution could benefit by the implementation of new technologies?

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