Nursing Informatics is a rapidly growing sector of the healthcare industry and this infographic gives a visual summary of this nursing career.
Informatics – The Newest Nursing Masters Degree
Nursing Informatics is a rapidly growing sector of the healthcare industry. Nursing informatics specialists combine nursing skills with information technology in order to improve patient care.
● 57% of specialists report they are satisfied to highly satisfied with their jobs
● 81% of specialists report they are satisfied to highly satisfied with their career decision
● 20% of specialists report having 1-5 years of clinical bedside experience
● 60% of specialists have a post-graduate degree
● 43% of specialists have a post-graduate degree specifically in nursing
● 28% of specialists have a post-graduate degree in informatics
● The average salary for a specialist is $100,717
● 37% of specialists are not supervisors
● 58% of specialists currently work in hospitals.
○ This number is expected to drop as the need for these specialists moves into acute care and other settings.
● 30% of healthcare organizations currently have nursing informatics specialists
○ This has doubled since 2011
Nursing Informatics Specialists serve as:
○ Communication and IT developers
○ Chief nursing officers
○ Software engineers
○ Implementation consultants
○ Policy developers
Nursing Informatics Specialists:
○ Develop standards to support evidence-based practice, research, and education
○ Devise standards for national data infrastructure
○ Communicate new data to be put into practice
○ Support safe patient-centered care by using information retrieval and processing effectively
○ Use technology-based methods of communication to address workflow needs
○ Envision, design, and manage new ways to apply technology to healthcare improvements
It is recommended that ALL nurses have basic training in these areas:
Basic Computer Competence:
■ Concepts of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
■ Using the Computer and Managing Files
■ Word Processing
■ Using Databases
■ Web Browsing and Communication
■ Identify information needed for a specific purpose
■ Locate pertinent information
■ Evaluate the information
■ Apply it correctly
■ Collect data
■ Process data
■ Communicate processed data as knowledge
Nursing Informatics helps to Advance Healthcare
Some recent examples of this:
○ Development of a mobile app called Story Care that helps caregivers and healthcare providers for dementia patients coordinate care. It also coordinates community-based support for caregivers.
○ Bibliometric mapping breaks down huge sets of data into an easily digestible form such as an infographic for the purpose of fostering data comprehension.