The Field Of Nursing Informatics Essay

710 Words Feb 18th, 2016 3 Pages
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 (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society [HIMSS], 2016). Information technology has changed today’s health care dramatically for the better. The field of nursing informatics has allowed nurses and physicians to utilize new information technologies to work faster and smarts so more time can be spent with patients and their families. I interviewed a Nursing Informatics specialist at my organization to gather pertinent information regarding day to day tasks and how learn how Nursing informatics has changed the direction of healthcare.
I interviewed a colleague who works as a nurse informatics specialist within the same organization as I work as a clinical nurse named Mary. She told me her background was in an ICU setting. Mary worked as a clinical nurse in Adult ICU for 10 years before she made the move to Informatics. Mary like many nursing informatics specialist does not have a master’s degree in informatics but is enrolled in a master’s program currently. Mary stated when our hospital organization was moving from paper charting to electronic charting, the organization opened positions for nursing Informatics specialist to ease the transition and at the time did not require a higher level of degree to consider for the…

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