Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey: A Specialty on the Rise

The 2017 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey examines the roles, responsibilities and outlook for nursing informatics professionals.  The 2017 Survey captures current professional status and practice trends, while identifying changes that have occurred over the last thirteen years in the nursing informatics workforce.  

The Survey, supported by the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community, continues to advocate that the nurse informaticists play a crucial role in the development, implementation and optimization of information systems and applications. In addition, the survey reports that experience and salary continue to increase for nursing informatics specialists, an upward trajectory of this specialty since 2004.

Overall job satisfaction with jobs and career choices is high amongst respondents, with 80% reporting their level of satisfaction as satisfied or highly satisfied with their informatics careers. And,one reason may be that their salaries continue to rise. Nearly half of respondents indicated a base salary of over $100,000, with 34% also reporting that they received a bonus. Those who hold a certification in nursing informatics or a post-graduate degree had a higher salary than those without; over half of those with a certification or post-graduate degree made more than $100,000 a year compared to 37% of those without.

Professional development continues to be a high priority, as over half of the survey respondents reported having a post-graduate degree; increasingly that degree is in informatics or nursing informatics, which points to the fact that the field is rapidly maturing.  Certification was also achieved by nearly half of respondents, making an impact on their career. 

Informatics nurses are also increasing in their years of experience. A majority of this year’s respondents reported seven or more years of informatics experience, and one third has been in their current position for more than five years.

While the majority of respondents still report to the Information systems/technology department of their organization, there seems to be a shift with an increase in the number of respondents reporting to administration or corporate headquarters. Nearly one-third also reported that their organization has a senior nursing informatics executive or CNIO, a slight increase from 2014.

The industry’s increased demand for more robust clinical documentation and analytics has increased the need for informaticists across the entire care spectrum.  This year’s Survey continues to show the continued growth of the field of nursing informatics as the deeper recognition of informatics as a nursing specialty on the rise. 

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This article was adapted from http://www.himssconference.org/updates/results-are-nursing-informatics-careers-continue-upward-momentum “Joyce Sensmeier, vice president, informatics, HIMSS North America, a post that first appeared on February 20, 2017 on the HIMSS Blog.