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Nursing Informatics uses nursing science, computer and communications, technologies to produce effective and efficient client outcomes for individuals
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“What is nursing informatics?”


Nursing informatics “is the specialty that integrates nursing science with multiple information and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice.”

As a global advisor and thought leader in healthcare information and technology, HIMSS has focused on this professional field for decades. Understanding the integral role this specialty plays today in the healthcare workforce, we’ve worked to amplify awareness by convening the experts and conducting extensive research on the topic.

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WHAT ARE NURSING INFORMATICS ROLES AND REQUIREMENTS?


If you’re looking to venture into this field of informatics, there are a variety of different skills and qualifications that can help ensure your success:

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN), at minimum
  • A master’s degree and certifications, particularly for executive roles (chief nursing informatics officer)
  • Experience and/or strong understanding of working in a clinical setting 
  • Strong technical skills; ability to quickly adapt to emerging technologies and innovation
  • Strong project management skills
  • An affinity for obtaining, analyzing, and strategizing about data
  • Understanding of medical economics
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Leadership experience

Here are a few of the many job titles in use today:

  • Nurse informatics
  • Nursing informatics specialist
  • Nursing informatics clinician
  • Clinical nurse informatics specialist
  • Chief nursing informatics officer
  • Perioperative informatics nurse
What Is Nursing Informatics & How To Become A Nurse Informatics Specialist

Nursing Informatics Specialist

  • Is responsible for providing clinical information and data analysis for effective patient care and monitoring.
  • Works with computer systems, data and information analysis systems such as a statistical information system to ensure optimal healthcare is provided.

Specific Role of Nurse Information Specialist

  • Employs informatics theories, concepts, methods, and tools to analyze information and information system requirements.
  • Design, select, implement, and evaluate information systems, data structures, and decision support mechanisms that support patients, nurses, and their human-computer interactions within health care contexts.
  • Facilitates the creation of new nursing knowledge.

THE VALUE OF NURSE INFORMATICIST

  • Every nurse is an informaticist. When information is well managed, patient outcomes are favorable. The Nursing Informatics Task Force of HIMSS identified the following value of the nursing informaticist:
  • Supports nursing work processes using technology
  • Increases the accuracy and completeness of nursing documentation
  • Improves nursing workflow by streamlining and eliminating redundancy in documentation
  • Automates the collection and reuse of nursing data
  • Facilitates analysis of clinical data and quality measurements
  • Provides content to standardized nursing language (i.e. Nursing Intervention

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The field of nursing informatics has helped drive health-care’s application of technologies such as EMRs and computerized provider order entry. Nursing informatics professionals work with a diverse group of stakeholders across the care continuum, ultimately helping to bridge the gap between clinical and technical perspectives. Their number one priority is maintaining focus on patient safety.

Over two-thirds (68%) of the 1,359 survey respondents work for a hospital or multi-facility health system
Ambulatory nurse informatics are on the rise, with 6% of respondents reporting the ambulatory environment as their primary workplace.


The percentage of respondents (66%) who have a master’s degree in nursing (24%), nursing informatics (27%), or some other field (11%) has gone up. The role of chief nursing informatics officer/senior nursing informatics officer continues to be on the rise with 41% of respondents reporting that their organization had the formal role


Overall, the results of the survey indicated that most professionals are burning bright with potential. After all, these findings confirm that many make higher wages than the average nursing professional, they enjoy the work they do, and many of them plan to keep doing it in the future.

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