Nursing Informatics is a nursing career that focuses on improving nurse/patient communication and quality medical information by cohesively implementing information science, computer science and nursing science into the medical field in order to improve the quality of patient care, develop better medical understanding and implementation, reduce patient and hospital costs and time, and provide medical professionals with the information they need to make the best decisions within their profession.
Aside from patient care nursing informatics is also extremely valuable to those who work in medical research, education and administration as the information that is collected and diagnosed by nurse informatics can be applied to a wide range of areas within the medical spectrum.
Nursing informatics specialists may perform a number of various tasks such as patient and health care data collection and analysis, technology research and development, computer science, pharmacology research, medical billing data collection, nursing systems, implementation theory, leadership and management training and a host of other related tasks in order to share their information and improve the entire health care system from the organization level to the various individuals that operate within it.
Here is a list containing some of the duties of a nursing informatics specialist:
- Patient and health care data collection
- Medical billing analysis
- Computer science
- Human interaction and development
- Data retrieval
- Strategy development and implementation
This health care information is collected, analyzed, simplified and shared with various health care organizations in order to help them make better decisions within their practice.
Simply put nursing informatics collects and analyzes various forms of patient/health care data in order to find ways to improve the health care system and the health care facilities that operate within it in order to lower patient/hospital costs, improve patient care among various populations, communities, families and individuals and provide health care professionals with the tools they need to be successful in their career.
Nursing informatics specialists may work in a number of different career settings such as hospitals, research centers, pharmaceutical companies, medical clinics, college campuses and a wide variety of other health care settings that educate nurses and patients and/or perform medical/pharmaceutical duties.
Those who are interested in becoming a nursing informatics specialist must earn at least a BSN degree and pass the National Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses before beginning the career in nursing informatics.
While some colleges and universities may offer ASN degrees in registered nursing many health care organizations that are looking to hire nurses beyond entry-level positions generally look for nurses that have acquired at least a BSN degree due to the increased knowledge and responsibilities required of many nursing professions including nursing informatics.