Nursing Informatics: The History Of Nursing Informatics

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The History of Nursing Informatics
Nursing informatics (NI) is the specialty that integrates nursing science with multiple information management and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage, and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice (ANA, 2014). NI supports nurses, consumers, patients, the inter-disciplinary healthcare team, and other stakeholders in their decision-making in all roles and settings to achieve desired outcomes. This support is accomplished using information structures, information processes, and information technology.
History of Nursing Informatics
Nursing Informatics (NI) had its start as an idea in the mind of Florence Nightingale who called for standardized clinical
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It has widespread uses in healthcare, including specialty practice. Numerous roles have developed based on the growing education and applications of the nursing informatics knowledge base. Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, vice president of informatics for HIMSS said, “the demand for informatics nurses is outpacing supply, especially as electronic health records become the norm and hospitals move to optimize their use.” Reports indicate that only 9% of hospitals had adopted electronic health records in 2008 (MMN, 2017). In 2013, more than 80% have demonstrated meaningful use of EHRs, per the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The U.S. has around 8,000 nurse informaticists today, with a forecasted need of 10 times that number in the years to come (MMN, 2017). That is a considerable amount of workforce required, it is clear why nursing informatics is a booming specialty with plenty of exciting opportunities. Per the latest data from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, average salaries for nurse informaticists increased 42% in seven years, from $69,500 in 2004 to $98,702 in 2011 (Hill et al.,…show more content…
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