Just as the Internet and other technological innovations have radically changed the world, the constant evolution of informatics continues to transform nursing and health care. The nurse is at the forefront of this transformation, serving as a knowledgeable leader in system development, implementation, and management. As new technologies become integrated into health care settings, the role of the nurse informaticist will continue to become more critical.
For this Discussion, you examine the informatics roles that have evolved to facilitate this transformation. You consider different functional roles and responsibilities that nurse informaticists may fulfill and how they contribute to technological progress throughout the health care field.
|Note: There are many different terms used to refer to “nurse informaticist,” including informatics nurse, nurse informatician, and informatics specialist. In this specialization, the term “nurse informaticist” is applied, adhering to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) terminology.|
Post A minimum of 550 words with 4 references in APA format
1) A description of a nursing informatics role that that is of interest to you and why.
2) In your posting, explain how the nurse informaticist in this role impacts one or more of the following: patient safety, quality of care, nurse efficiency, the implementation of new informatics initiatives, and/or electronic health records.
3) Justify your reasoning by citing authentic examples and references to the research literature.
Read the following Chapter:
This section details nine distinct functional areas that nurse informaticists often fulfill in their various job titles and specific positions. These functional areas include administration, analysis, integrity management, consultation, and others.
In this chapter, the authors focus on electronic sources that are easily accessible to nurses and how vital they are to professional credibility and growth. They elaborate on three main points: staying up-to-date with the published literature, developing and maintaining a list of resources, and collaborating and networking with your colleagues.
This article explores the use of technology in the nursing field and how the informatics specialty came into existence. The article also discusses the role of informatics in patient safety, its use in today’s technological sphere, and the future role it may play in health care.
The author of this article interviews an experienced informatics nurse specialist (INS) to acquire a nurse’s perspective on electronic health records. The interviewee highlights common topics that future informatics nurses need to consider such as improved patient safety, evidence-based practices, legal/ethical implications, and health care reform.
The author of this article details roles within the nursing informatics workforce. The article also examines the chief nursing informatics officer position.
This article describes electronic medical record (EMR) implementations and their associated benefits. The authors list goals and challenges of EMRs and also discuss how clinical operations analysts can help to increase the probability of a successful implementation.
This web page lists a variety of job descriptions that are applicable to the nursing informatics specialty. You should review how the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) defines nursing informatics. Scroll down the page and use the left navigation bar to browse the hyperlinks under the “Informatics Core” and “Informatics Areas” for more information on this. You will also need to explore the hyperlinks under the “Related Working Groups” and “Cross-cutting Working Groups” headings on the right-hand side of the page for more information, as well. (Note: You will use this resource for this week’s discussion, so make sure to explore these links thoroughly.)
This foundational piece created by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)Task Force examines the ever-growing need for nurse informaticists. The authors also specify the roles that are associated with nursing informatics, as well as relevant education programs and certification processes.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 15 minutes.
In this week’s media presentation, Gail Latimer, Dr. Patricia Button, and Dr. Roy Simpson share their professional experiences in the informatics field, as well as their perceptions about the evolution of nursing informatics. Each also outlines the varied roles that informatics professionals can play within health care settings.