describe the key functional areas of nursing informatics.

Nursing Informatics Competencies
Todays fast-paced health care environment demands nurses to be skilled not only in their clinical practice or specialty area but in the use of technology tools that improve practice and lead to better patient care. Basic and advanced technology competencies are required and expected as technology increasingly touches and changes the job of every nurse. Numerous organizations including the American Nurses Association (ANA) the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) have developed nurse-specific technology competencies. The challenge for nurses is to identify both needs and training opportunities.
In this Discussion you identify the role informatics plays in your professional responsibilities. You pinpoint personal gaps in skills and knowledge and then develop a plan for self-improvement.
To prepare:
Post on or before Day 3 the key functional area(s) of nursing informatics relevant to your current position or to a position you recently held and briefly describe why this area(s) is relevant. Identify the TIGER competencies you selected as essential to your functional area(s) in which you need improvement. Describe why these competencies are necessary and outline a plan for developing these competencies. Include any resources that are available to you within your organization and the ways you might access those resources. Assess how developing nursing informatics competencies would increase your effectiveness as a nurse
Readings
This chapter describes the key functional areas of nursing informatics. It also clarifies the roles of informatics nurse specialists and informatics nurses.
This chapter details an informatics competencies matrix that has been developed by reviewing research. It outlines best practices for successful use of health information technology.
This chapter details the roles competencies and skills that ensure effective nursing informatics practice. The text also details the future of nursing informatics.
In this chapter the author emphasizes the need for embedding the core concepts and competencies of informatics into the practice of nurses. The chapter describes how this integration of concepts and competencies is necessitated by the integration of clinical information technologies into nursing practice.
This chapter discusses four of the Institute of Medicines reports on the quality and safety of health care. Specifically the chapter focuses on the issues concepts findings and recommendations of To Err Is Human Crossing the Quality Chasm Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality and Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health Care.
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This article explores the application of health information technology (HIT) in neonatal intensive care units. In addition the article highlights national initiatives advocating for the implementation of HIT throughout the health care delivery system.
This homepage of AMIA (formerly known as the American Medical Informatics Association) details the activities of the AMIA including its publications programs events and policies.
This homepage of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society displays research conducted by HIMSS and introduces various tools events and resources for professional development.
This page of the TIGER website contains a list of resources and reports related to the development and implementation of technology informatics.
This site includes information on the phases of the TIGER Initiative and includes related resources and reports opportunities for strategic partnerships and general information about TIGER.
This text details foundational informatics competencies that nurses should possess in order to meet standards of providing safe quality and competent care. In particular this article specifies requirements for nurses in the areas of basic computer competencies information literacy and information management.
This report supplies the findings and recommendations of the Informatics Competencies Collaborative Team. The text describes the background methodology findings and recommendations for future work as stated by the team.
This homepage supplies information on quality and safety competencies teaching strategies faculty resources pilot schools and QSEN Consultants.
Media
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This video features interviews of Katie Skelton Doris Fischer Carina Perez Shannon Mori and Carmen Ferrell. They explain key skills and competencies that will allow nurses to capitalize on the benefits of health information technology in the health care setting.
Optional Resources
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