What is Nursing Informatics?

Nursing informatics (NI) is the specialty that integrates nursing science with multiple information management and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage, and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. NI supports nurses, consumers, patients, the interprofessional healthcare team, and other stakeholders in their decision-making in all roles and settings to achieve desired outcomes. This support is accomplished through the use of information structures, information processes, and information technology.  

Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition, ANA 2015

Career and Workforce Surveys

Introduction to Nursing Informatics

  • May 2014 Nursing Informatics Pioneers In honor of National Nurses Week, this webinar discusses the work of innovators and leaders whose work contributed significantly to the development of nursing informatics.
  • May 2012 Informatics Nurses: What? Where? And how many? by Joyce Sensmeier Informatics Nurses: What? Where? And how many? by Joyce Sensmeier
  • Dec 2008 AMIA Nursing Informatics History Video Project Nursing informatics pioneers and nursing informatics organizations have been solicited to preserve their materials in an archive at the National Library of Medicine started by Dr. Virginia Saba in 1997. Stories of the pioneers in nursing informatics are being videotaped and made available through AMIA's web site.
  • Nov 2007 An Emerging Giant: Nursing Informatics A historical publication on the field of nursing informatics. Explores how nursing informatics has become an essential element of healthcare delivery. Printed with permission from Nursing Management.

Nursing Informatics 101

  • May 2015 Nursing Informatics 101 This webinar focuses on factors contributing to the growth of the nursing informatics specialty, highlight key findings from the 2014 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey.
  • Feb 2014 Nursing Informatics Video 101 A unique and interactive introductory presentation to enhance your knowledge on nursing informatics, "a specialty that integrates nursing and computer science to assist in decision for the patient."