Health care information technology has the potential to achieve clinical transformation. Nursing students and faculty must be able to use these tools effectively to use data and knowledge in their practice. This article describes informatics competencies for four levels of nurses (beginning nurses, experienced nurses, informatics specialists, and informatics innovators). Recent activities to include informatics competencies in program outcomes are also described in relation to the clinical nurse leader, doctorate of nursing practice, and baccalaureate essentials documents.
"A review of the literature showed that few available studies evaluated nursing students' current level of informatics competencies (Desjardins, Cook, Jenkins, & Bakken, 2005; Elder & Koehn, 2009; Gassert, 2008; Hebda & Calderone, 2010; McDowell & Ma, 2007). As well, very few studies focused on student technology knowledge, attitudes, and skills (Cole & Kelsey, 2004; Fetter, 2009). "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A few years ago, during the American Informatics Medical Association’s annual conference keynote address, Dr. David Brailer
spoke about the importance of integrating information technology (IT) in healthcare. His remarks included the old saying about
how a rising tide floats all boats. This adage prompted a discussion between nursing informatics leaders at the conference
on the kind of nursing boats that could be launched on this rising tide. Nurses have long embraced the use of technology in
practice and have been leaders in the use of technology in education.1 However, there are some gaps in the informatics and information literacy competencies we teach in nursing education that
are needed for effective nursing practice (Pravikoff et al 2005 and Jensen 2009). The nurses hearing Dr. Brailer saw the need
to organize a concerted effort to integrate the use of IT into practice and education in the future. It is this rising tide
of nursing practice incorporating new technologies that will “float the boat” of healthcare information technology (HIT) adoption.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: There is increasing recognition that a competent and well-trained workforce is required for successful implementation of health information technology.
New and previous research was gathered through literature and Web searching as well as domain experts. Overall themes were extracted and specific data collated within each.
There is still a paucity of research concerning the health information technology workforce. What research has been done can be classified into five categories: quantities and staffing ratios, job roles, gaps and growth, leadership qualifications, and education and competencies. From several countries it can be seen that substantial numbers of individuals are needed with diverse backgrounds and competencies.
Additional research is necessary to determine the optimal organization and education of the health information technology workforce.
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