Take Your Informatics Knowledge to the Next Level


As adult learners, we value continuing education as a means for accelerating our career advancement. But, often finding useful resources can be challenging, especially quality resources that are easily accessible, and better yet, free! I am pleased to share that HIMSS is committed to providing such resources to the community, making them available at your virtual fingertips. The Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), Summer 2017 edition is but one example.

OJNI is a free, international, peer-reviewed journal published by HIMSS three times a year, supporting all functional areas of nursing informatics. OJNI was launched in 1996, with readership spanning over 49 countries. With OJNI donated to the HIMSS Foundation in 2014, HIMSS continues to publish it as a free, virtual resource. The summer edition features the work of nurse informaticists from across the globe, and you can click here to view this most recent issue.

Below are a few articles that should make your summer reading list:

Nursing Informatics Summer Reading Suggestions by June Kaminski

2017 has been a big year for nursing informatics books. Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach, published by Mosby Publishing and co-edited by Ramona Nelson and Nancy Staggers, offers insightful new chapters in this second edition. New chapters cover data science and analytics, mHealth, principles of project management, and contract negotiations.

Kaminski also recommends Nursing Informatics And The Foundation Of Knowledge 4th Edition, a book co-authored by Dee McGonigle (founding OJNI Editor in Chief) and Kathleen Mastrian (current OJNI Senior Managing Editor), published by Jones and Bartlett Publishing. This book is a valuable resource for practicing nurses and nurse educators; it covers the history of healthcare informatics, current issues, basic informatics concepts, and health information management applications.

Telehealth Nursing: Tools and Strategies for Optimal Patient Care, authored by Dawna Martich, and published by Springer Publishing, includes ready-to-use guidance on how to assess and care for clients through telehealth technologies.

Nursing informatics research: A bibliometric analysis of funding patterns by Peter Kokol and Helen Blazun Vosner.

This article describes an analysis of the scope, volume and patterns of nursing informatics research funding between the years 2008-2013. This analysis includes funded information sources published by authors and affiliated with 40 countries and 284 institutions. The most productive country was the United States of America, producing more than two thirds of funded information sources. The National Institutes of Health was the most productive funding agency, according to the analysis. The most frequently funded topics were: processes and models, web-based emergency care, informatics competency, and skills and interventions.

Design and Implementation of a Data Collection System for Social Network Analysis by Marge Benham-Hutchins, Barbara Brewer, Kathleen Carley, Michael Kowalchuk, and Judith Effken

The design and application of a novel social network analysis (SNA) data collection system was the topic of this article. This system supported the collection of SNA survey data from more than 1,500 licensed and unlicensed nursing staff members. Collected from 25 units, in three hospitals, these data represent 100 hospital unit information-sharing and decision-making networks. Through a combination of web-based tools and an Android application, the authors describe how the system was able to support last-minute staffing changes, minimize human data input error, and allow the survey results to be downloaded in formats compatible with statistical and network analysis software programs.

Making the Data Talk by Jill Cochran, Adam Baus, Traci Jarrett, and Christine Plaugher

This article describes how a small rural clinic collaborated with an academic medical center to leverage routinely collected clinical data from the EHR to answer important clinical questions and initiate practice-based research. Using informatics and the methodology described, multiple practice-based and practice-led projects emerged to answer clinically driven questions for improved patient care. Quality improvement efforts focused on intervention planning for obesity, hypertension, care transitions, diabetes and pediatric metabolic syndrome.

How to Foster Joy, Resilience and Well-Being as an Antidote to Clinician Burnout by Liz Boehm, Rhonda Collins and Bridget Duffy.

Across the United States and Canada, 151 healthcare leaders and frontline staff at hospitals, clinics and health systems completed an invitation-only online survey. In-depth interviews were also conducted with 35 select health system executives, academics and thought leaders. Findings demonstrate much must happen to end the culture of burnout for nurses. The top three factors sapping nurses’ joy in practice include:

  • A sense of change fatigue, with too many priorities to juggle
  • Administrative demands and technology burdens without adequate support
  • Clinical work demands without adequate staffing and support.

Another important source of burnout identified by the survey is loss of patient relationships and time to care for patients. The analysis recommends identifying the right leaders to put at the helm to turn the tide.


We hope that you will enjoy the summer edition of OJNI enough to bookmark this valuable resource in your ongoing, virtual library. See you in the fall!