New Trends in Nursing Informatics – Share Your Expertise

Between Nov. 11 and Dec. 16, HIMSS is conducting the 2016 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey.  The survey is being distributed to nurses through HIMSS membership and industry partners, such as the Alliance for Nursing Informatics, seeking their expertise to gain a better understanding of:

background of nurse informaticists,

  • duration of their careers,
  • current job responsibilities, and
  • barriers to success.

HIMSS has been tracking the nursing informatics workforce since 2004. The most recent survey, the 2014 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, showed that in all categories, this nursing specialty is on the rise.  

Nurse informaticists have solid backgrounds and experience: As results from the 2014 survey indicated, this specialty increasingly attracts highly qualified, formally educated professionals. When comparing the results of the 2011 survey to the 2014 survey:

The percentage of respondents with a post-graduate degree in any field increased by 19 percent from 2011 to 2014.

The percentage with a post-graduate degree in nursing informatics or other informatics areas increased by 24 percent from 2011 to 2014.

These results suggest nurse informaticists have solid backgrounds and experience to bring to their positions.

Nurse informaticists play a crucial role in clinical applications. The 2014 survey results indicated that nurse informaticists play a crucial role in development, implementation, and optimization of clinical applications, including

  • nursing clinical documentation,
  • computerized practitioner order entry (CPOE), and 
  • electronic medical/health records (EMR/EHR).

The survey will continue to provide insight into the average salary for nurse informaticists, barriers to success as a nurse informaticist, job responsibilities and training received. 

Additionally, HIMSS will analyze job titles standardization and reporting structure from the survey results with an analysis released during HIMSS17 of the nursing informatics workforce.


Share your insights and expertise - HIMSS invites you to participate in this important survey to identify new trends in nursing informatics.

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