nursing informatics     

Welcome to the field of Nursing Informatics. Nursing Informatics is one of the newest specialties in professional nursing and has been officially recognized by the American Nurses Association (ANA). It is a unique combination of nursing science, information processing theory and computer science. The goals of nursing informatics include

  • Standardizing documentation
  • Improving communication
  • Supporting the decision-making process
  • Developing and disseminating new knowledge
  • Enhancing the quality and effectiveness of health care delivery
  • Empowering clients to make health care choices
  • Advancing the science of nursing

The 21st century is a new era for informatics. Information intensive disciplines like nursing require careful investigation into the application of computers to process nursing information. Nursing Informatics can be applied to model the human processing of data, information, and knowledge within a computer system in order to automate the processing of nursing data to information and the transformation of nursing information to nursing knowledge. Advances are in the infancy stage but show promise for the future where science will contribute significantly to envision new health care delivery systems worldwide.

Pre-requisites for certification eligibility include:

  • Baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing
  • Active licensure as an RN in the US
  • Minimum of two years of practice as an RN
  • At least 2,000 hours in informatics nursing within the past five years, OR
  • Completion of at least 12 semester hours of academic credits in a graduate program in informatics nursing with a minimum of 1,000 hours of informatics nursing practice within the past five years, AND
  • 20 contact hours of continuing education applicable to informatics nursing within the last two years
For more information on Nursing Informatics:
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