What is Nursing Informatics?

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The HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community is pleased to invite you to our resource library, comprised of helpful guides, tools, and resources that are available for you to better the advancement of your education in Nursing Informatics. HIMSS continues to provide the necessary tools needed to stay relevant in NI and would not be possible without our active volunteer groups that fall under the Nursing Informatics Committee. This committee is charged with providing domain expertise, leadership and guidance to HIMSS activities, initiatives, and collaborations within the specialty of nursing informatics.

Nursing Informatics 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. Nursing informatics 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.

Want to connect, learn, or get involved with the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community? See below to learn more!

Get Involved

Get involved with the Nursing Informatics Committee, Nursing Informatics Education & Networking Task Force or the CNO-CNIO Vendor Roundtable.

Nursing Informatics Committee
The Nursing Informatics Community is led by the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee. The committee is charged with providing domain expertise, leadership and guidance to HIMSS activities, initiatives, and collaborations within the specialty of Nursing Informatics.

Nursing Informatics Education & Networking Task Force
The purpose of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Education & Networking Task Force is to develop and host educational webinars and networking opportunities in support of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community. Through these educational offerings, members learn from top-industry leaders on topics that are relevant and important in Nursing Informatics.

National Nurses Week

HIMSS joins the American Nurses Association and the Alliance for Nursing Informatics and numerous other partners in celebrating National Nurses Week each May. The purpose of this week-long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of Americans. Join us in celebrating the nurses of our nation, who are at the forefront of improving patient care and transforming healthcare.

Valuable Resources

This resource library provides you timely and relevant resources to further education of Nursing Informatics. See below for some tools you will find within this library.

Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI)

Powered by the HIMSS Foundation and the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community, the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics is a free, international, peer-reviewed publication that is published three times a year and supports all functional areas of nursing informatics. The journal was launched in 1996, with readership spanning over 49 countries.

Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI)

The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) represents thousands of nurses and brings together nursing informatics groups that function separately at local, regional, national and international levels.  ANI is a collaboration of organizations that represent a unified voice for nursing informatics and provides the synergy and structure needed to advance the efforts of nursing informatics professionals in improving the delivery of patient care.

Identifying for a Unique Nurse Identifier

The Big Data Health IT Policy Workgroup is advocating for use of the unique nurse identifier maintained and supported by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) called the NCSBN ID.

It is a free, unique identifier, publicly available, that is automatically generated for each RN and LPN at the time of their NCLEX exam. No additional action is needed. The workgroup recommends that the NCSBN ID should be used by key stakeholders as the unique nurse identifier to enable identification and demonstration of the value of nurses through documentation in the EHR and other health IT systems.

Change Management Infographic

Formed within the HIMSS CNO-CNIO Vendor Roundtable, the infographic was created with a purpose to realize the value of the HIT investment, achieve benefits and sustainable transformation required for an organizational change management approach, as well as ongoing organization/vendor relationships for continued innovation for leaders across the healthcare spectrum.

CNIO Job Description

As the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO) role varies within healthcare organizations, it is essential to have a standardized job description that can be referenced for needed competencies regardless of specific job title. This document provides recommendations for a C-Suite level CNIO job description including qualifications and Experience, Key Responsibilities, and Reporting Structure.

The TIGER Initiative

TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) is a grassroots initiative focused on education reform, fostering interprofessional community development and global workforce development. The spirit of TIGER is to maximize the integration of technology and informatics into seamless practice, education and research resource development.

Advance Your Career

Below are various tools and resources to enhance your career in Nursing Informatics whether you are just starting out your career or seasoned in the field.

HIMSS JobMine

Connect with employers with candidates in healthcare IT and learn about global career opportunities. 

CAHIMS (Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems)

This certification is designed for emerging professionals who may or may not have experience within the industry. CAHIMS is designed to be a pathway for careers in health IT.

CPHIMS (Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems

This is a professional certification program for experienced healthcare information and management systems professionals.

HIMSS Learning Center

The Learning Center (powered by HIMSS) makes it easier than ever to take advantage of great content delivered by industry experts in a host of convenient formats. With more than 1,000 hours of recorded conference sessions, webinars and eLearning courses and modules, the Learning Center provides the tools you need to stay current in the rapidly evolving field of health IT.

HIMSS Member Advancement
We strongly encourage our members to contribute to the health information and technology industry through presentations, publications and volunteer participation. Active HIMSS members are recognized for their dedication to our society and industry when they become a Senior or Fellow member.

Obtaining Certification in Nursing Informatics

Courses to obtain certification can be obtained in both a classroom and online setting. Because there are so many nursing informatics programs nationwide, the easiest way to learn about programs in your respective state is to do a thorough online search of programs to compare locations, tuitions, duration of courses, etc.

Nursing Informatics Survey

2017 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey

This survey captures current professional status and practice trends while identifying changes that have occurred over the last 13 years in the nursing informatics workforce.