Immerse yourself in the growing, interdisciplinary field of nurse informatics to pair your passion for knowledge with communication technologies and promote wellness worldwide.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) describes nurse informatics as a field that “integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice.”
Nurse informatics is instrumental in empowering stakeholders – nurses, consumers, patients, and the entire healthcare team – to achieve patient-centered care. They use science and technology to better manage and communicate information and transform nursing practice.
As technology has developed, so has the field of nursing. Nurses have transitioned to using electronic health and medical records, as well as other emerging technologies – medical and smart devices, voice recognition, remote monitoring, and more.
The specialty partners nursing science with a range of information management systems to define, manage, and communicate data. Nurse informatics uses information structures, processes, and technology to support the healthcare team and patients as they make critical health decisions.
As a nurse informaticist, you will oversee healthcare technology systems, communication workflows, and the use of patient data for healthcare quality and safety. You will serve as an information manager, system designer, planner, evaluator, and project manager.
The Nurse Informaticist specialization will help prepare you for a role as a chief nursing information officer, educator, researcher, software engineer, policy developer, business owner, clinical analyst, or informatics nurse specialist.
Expert clinicians, nurse informaticists tend to have expert analytical and critical thinking skills, extensive clinical practice, and a strong technology-focused education.
Your responsibilities may include:
- Supporting evidence-based practice, research, and education
- Developing data and communication standards
- Re-engineering the clinical workflow
- Surveying research methodologies and putting new knowledge into practice
- Presenting information to promote safe, patient-centered care
- Redefining healthcare policy in an effort to advance public health
- Facilitating effective communication across interprofessional roles
While nursing roles are population-focused, not setting-specific, nurse informaticists may work in the following academic and healthcare settings:
- Universities or colleges
- Public health
- Primary care
- Acute care
Role Specialty Learning Outcomes
In addition to the program learning outcomes, the graduate of the MSN with a nurse informaticist role specialty would achieve the following role specialty learning outcomes:
- Assess the need for information technology and knowledge management through analysis of data, workflow, human factors, economics, and efficiency, along with consultation with stakeholders.
- Identify problems, issues, and opportunities for improvement in information technology and knowledge management.
- Collaborate with other stakeholders to develop a strategic project plan and timeline for implementation of information technology and knowledge management.
- Implement the project plan through demonstration of leadership and collaboration and principles of planned change.
- Evaluate the impact of information technology and knowledge management using established criteria, data collection and analysis, and feedback from stakeholders.
- Implement the role of a nurse informaticist in a professional, respectful, and ethical manner.
This program requires 225 clock hours of practica. The two practicum courses are in the last two terms of the MSN program and can be completed in your home community with a preceptor who is a nurse informaticist. The purpose of the practicum experiences is to learn the role of a nurse informaticist from someone who is actually working in your desired role specialty and to provide you experiential learning in the role of a nurse informaticist.
Nurse informaticist students may choose to participate in an optional on-campus residency program at one of USAHS’ four destination campuses.
During the residency, you will broaden your perspective through interprofessional learning activities, hone your oral presentation skills, network with alumni and health care professionals, meet one-on-one with your program director, and collaborate with peers from various programs.
Residency programs are completed in twelve hours, over two-and-a-half days. Additionally, course time will be shortened by approximately four weeks.
Students may also pursue the following certifications:
- Nursing Informatics (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and BSN to DNP students at USAHS may choose to pursue the Nurse Informaticist specialization, and complete the required courses. Learn more about additional nursing specializations at USAHS.