Nursing Informatics Essay

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Group Project: Introduction to Nursing Informatics
Nursing Informatics has become its own nursing specialty and touches every field, making it a necessity to learn and become an integral part of nursing curricula. The ongoing contributions of Informatics, has been growing over the last number of decades and has maintained its momentum since initially being recognized. The field initially began to become standardized in the 1960’s, however Informatics itself began when computers could hold large amounts of data. Different medical fields began to require the information systems and as the notion grew, companies began creating different systems to compete for the growing needs. The future of Nursing Informatics is not only quickly growing as
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The faculty has resources such as the AACN and the IOM to utilize when looking to create an initial syllabus for the course, and then as a resource when the course needs to update and change its path. The ever evolving field of Informatics is such a necessity for nursing curricula because eventually, nurses will have to learn and use some form of Informatics in their field of practice, taking that technology and utilizing it to optimize their patient care. Expecting this new education to be learned on site with no foundation, is a disservice to nurses, their employers and the patients. According to the IOM (2010), “Nursing curricula need to be reexamined, updated, and adaptive enough to change with patients’ changing needs and improvements in science and technology, the IOM committee says” (p. …show more content…
(2014), a survey conducted on 222 new/novice nurses and 326 nurse managers showed a gap in 13 of 28 knowledge and skills areas which were thought to be critical to effective Electronic Health Record use. Additionally, the IOM released "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System" in November of 1999 (IOM, 1999). This included information regarding: errors being costly in both loss of trust and diminished satisfaction; errors are more commonly caused by faulty systems, processes, and conditions which lead people to mistakes; health care is a decade behind other high-risk industries; developing and testing new technologies to reduce medical errors; and more (IOM, 1999). PAGE NUMBER?? This publication launched a large push for technology that could decrease cost and promote safety. Several years after the IOM report Congress passed and signed into law the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act; this "law incentivized the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records and other health IT systems" (Miller et al., 2014, para. 4). "In the past, academia has struggled with what is important to include in each level of nursing education because the industry lacked awareness of the skills required for nurses...Today, nursing program faculty are working to develop curricula that includes current information technology..." (Miller et al., 2014, para.

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