Consider a Career in Nursing Informatics

By Forehand, Jeffery Wade | American Nurse Today, February 2013 | Go to article overview

Consider a Career in Nursing Informatics


Forehand, Jeffery Wade, American Nurse Today


Have you found yourself frustrated with your nursing career? The problem might not be your career, but rather your specialty. Consider whether a change in specialty would help you revitalize your career. And if you decide on a change, consider nursing informatics.

What is nursing informatics?

According to the American Nurses Association (ANA), nursing informatics is a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge to support patients, nurses, and other providers in their decision-making in all roles and settings.

A nurse informatics specialist uses the nursing process, evidence-based care, and his or her unique professional experience to incorporate technology into patient care. Jobs that the specialist may hold include project manager, clinical analyst, manager, educator, consultant, director, chief information officer, or vice president.

What is the job outlook for nursing informatics?

The simple answer is, "Excellent." There is a greater drive than ever before for healthcare institutions to adopt electronic health records (EHRs), including the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which supports the use of EHR and provides financial incentives to institutions to adopt the required technology. This focus on technology means the need for informatics specialists is going to grow. Healthcare institutions will depend on these professionals to help adopt and transition these new technologies into practice.

How much do nursing informatics specialists earn?

According to the 2011 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, the average salary for a nursing informatics specialist was $98,703--a 16% increase in salary compared to the same survey in 2007. Individuals certified in the specialty typically earn a higher salary compared to their noncertified colleagues.

How does one pursue informatics? …

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