Nursing Informatics

  • The implementation of information technologies in nursing care settings is on the rise. Informatics competencies are increasingly considered a basic skill for every nurse(Yoon et al, 2009).
  • Health care informatics has been defined as, ‘‘the integration of health sciences, computer science, information science, and cognitive science to assist in the management of health care information’’. (Saba & Mccormick, (2001)
  • Health care informatics may be decided in to specialties like: (Guenther, 2006) -
    1. medical informatics,
    2. health informatics,
    3. dental informatics, and
    4. nursing informatics
  • Medical informatics, refers to information technologies that concern patient care and the medical decision-making process.
  • Health informatics refers to educational technology for health care
    clients or the general public (Young, 2000).
  • Nursing informatics refers to electronic information combined with nursing and any aspect of clinical practice, administration, research, or education (Guenther, 2006).
Journals on Informatics Nursing
  • CIN: Computers Informatics Nursing (formerly, Computers in Nursing)
  • Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA)
  • International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI)
  • International Journal of Bio-Medical Computing (IJBC)
  • Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI)
  • Nursing informatics is a developing field of study that is highly interdisciplinary. It is strongly connected to education, business, and computer science. (Guenther, 2006)
  1. Yoon S. Yun PY, Bakken S. Psychometric Properties of the Self-Assessment of Nursing Informatics Competencies Scale. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2009 ; 146: 546–550
  2. Saba VK, Mccormick KA. Essentials of computers for nursing: informatics for the new millennium. 3rd ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 2001.
  3. Young KM. Informatics for health professionals. Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis, 2000.
  4. Guenther JT. Mapping the literature of nursing informatics. J Med Libr Assoc 94(2) Supplement 2006.


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