The Role of Nursing Informatics Until recently, the subject of nursing informatics was discussed only at the margins of the professional by a dedicated few, if at all. Now, it is a massive concern that has implications throughout all aspects of clinical practice. The American Nursing Association defines nursing informatics as a ‘specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information and knowledge in nursing practice” (ANA, 2001). As this definition suggests, nursing informatics is about the timely and efficient use of information and data to support clinical decision-making and best practice and the role of technology in relation to this. Many dimensions exist to...The end:
..... it shows no sign of stopping. Far from being at the periphery of our profession, discussed by the few, nursing informatics is now sitting at the heart of everything being excitedly discussed by us all. References ANA. (2001). Scope and Standards of Nursing Informatics Practice. Washington, D.C: American Nurses Publishing. Hendrich, A., Chow, M., Skierczynski, B.A. and Lu, Z. (2008) A 36-Hospital Time and Motion Study: How Do Medical-Surgical Nurses Spend Their Time? The Permanente Journal, 12(3), 25-34. Poissant, L., Pereira, J., and Tamblyn, R. (2005) The impact of electronic health records on time efficiency of physicians and nurses: a systematic review. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 12(5), 505 – 516.