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Developing an Engaged Nursing Informatics Culture

Nurse informaticists brainstorming

Nursing Informatics (NI). It is vital for clinicians in this field to be recognized as the interprofessional mediators between patient care and information technology.

Whether it’s an NI specialist in the beginning stages of their career or a seasoned chief nursing informatics officer, it is essential to develop a culture where nursing informatics is valued and engaged. I have worked with our HIMSS nursing informatics volunteers for close to three years and a reoccurring theme has been discussed over and over again: there is not enough representation of nurse leaders at the table. Through various initiatives, deliverables and resources, nurses all over the world have
joined forces at HIMSS to prove that nurses are at the forefront of care.

Nursing Informatics Defined: Nursing informatics (NI) is the specialty that integrates nursing science with multiple information 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

As an endeavor by members of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee, a HIMSS Value Suite resource guide, Developing an Engaged Nursing Informatics Culture, was created to discuss the value of nursing informatics and the course of action nurses should take to advocate for their profession.

Healthcare organizations that work to develop an engaged nursing informatics culture often find improved clinical outcomes, increased patient and provider satisfaction, and implement effective change management processes as a result of their efforts. But how?

The Value Suite resource looks at the following four components:

  1. Evaluate how your current clinical informatics governance impacts your nurses.
  2. Encourage informatics-related leadership opportunities for nurses at all levels.
  3. Strive to optimize nursing staffing models and resources to support effective population health care management.
  4. Empower nurses across the enterprise to advocate for themselves.

The resource guide includes all categories of the HIMSS STEPS™ value realization framework, which provides easily understood vocabulary for stakeholders to leverage when formulating strategies related to operating in a value-based business model. The STEPS™ value realization framework is built around five major categories of value that can be driven through the use of health IT.

An engaged nursing informatics culture is important. The 2017 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey states that the top barrier to success for nurse informaticists, regardless of title, is the lack of administrative support and has increased from 17 percent in 2014 to 21 percent in 2017. This needs to change and cannot be accomplished without the push from our nurses worldwide to advocate for their seat at the table.

As we embark closer to National Nurses Week this upcoming May 6-12, thank your nurses for their leadership and dedication to the profession.

Happy National Nurses Week! #Nurses4HIT