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Informatics – The Newest Nursing Masters Degree

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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 nursing informatics specialists report they are satisfied to highly satisfied with their jobs
● 81% of nursing informatics specialists report they are satisfied to highly satisfied with their career decision
● 20% of nursing informatics specialists report having 1-5 years of clinical bedside experience
● 60% of nursing informatics specialists have a post-graduate degree
● 43% of nursing informatics specialists have a post-graduate degree specifically in nursing
● 28% of nursing informatics specialists have a post-graduate degree in informatics
● The average salary for nursing informatics specialists in 2014 is $100,717
● 37% of nursing informatics specialists are not supervisors
● 58% of nursing informatics specialists currently work in hospitals.
○ This number is expected to drop as 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
○ Educators
○ Researchers
○ 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 work flow needs
○ Envision, design, and manage new ways to apply technology to healthcare improvements

It is recommended that ALL nurses have basic training in these informatics areas:
Basic Computer Competence:
■ Concepts of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
■ Using the Computer and Managing Files
■ Word Processing
■ Spreadsheets
■ Using Databases
■ Presentation
■ Web Browsing and Communication

Information Literacy:
■ Identify information needed for a specific purpose
■ Locate pertinent information
■ Evaluate the information
■ Apply it correctly

Information Management:
■ Collect data
■ Process data
■ Communicate processed data as knowledge

Nursing Informatics help 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.

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Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC344585/
http://www.eweek.com/it-management/nursing-informatics-specialists-play-bigger-role-in-health-it.html/
http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/nursing-informatics-adds-value-healthcare-transforming
http://hitconsultant.net/2014/02/25/infographic-2014-nursing-informatics-workforce-survey/
http://www.amia.org/programs/working-groups/nursing-informatics
http://www.thetigerinitiative.org/docs/TigerReport_InformaticsCompetencies_000.pdf
http://ojni.org/issues/?p=3095
http://ojni.org/issues/?p=3093

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