Nursing informatics is a specialized, data-driven field in which registered nurses aim to strengthen the quality of choices made by patients, nurses and other healthcare professionals through a combination of nursing science, computer science and information analysis. A master’s degree in nursing informatics is required to enter this field and to be eligible for national certification. These programs educate students in the collection, interpretation and implementation of data relevant to nursing practice and research. Students need a strong understanding of statistics and a variety of analytical methods. Registered nurses who are trained in informatics can go on to positions in healthcare which may include:
- Nursing informatics specialist
- Nursing informatics consultant
- Coordinator of nursing information systems
- Clinical informatics officer
- Project director for nursing information
- Nursing and Healthcare Informatics Program
- Discuss the influence of professional nursing standards, the code of ethics, principles of servant leadership, Benedictine values, nursing philosophy, and personal beliefs on the professional informatics nurse’s practice.
- Value the input of collaboration with the patient, family, healthcare team to improve quality and safety in patient outcomes when developing strategies, policies, or procedures for introducing, evaluating, or modifying information technology applied to nursing practice, administration, education, or research.
- Analyze and interpret patient, nursing, or information systems data to improve nursing services and to inform health policy and advocacy efforts.
- Translate nursing practice information and informatics technology between nurses, healthcare team members, administration, systems engineers, analysts, or designers.
- Develop or implement policies or practices to ensure the integrity, privacy, confidentiality, and security of patient information.
- Apply knowledge of computer science, information science, nursing, and informatics theory to nursing practice, education, administration, in collaboration with other health informatics specialists with focus on patient safety, patient outcomes and population health.
- Design, develop, select, test, implement, and evaluate new or modified informatics solutions, data structures, and decisionsupport mechanisms to support patients, health care professionals, and their information management and human-computer and human-technology interactions within health care contexts.