Nursing informatics is regarded to being the science and practice that seeks to integrate nursing, its information and knowledge with the management of information and all communication technologies so as to promote the health of individuals, families and communities (Ball & Hannah, 2011,p.12). Normally nurse informaticians works as educators, developers of communication and information technologies, researchers, policy developers and also as the chief information officers in a healthcare setting.
The application of nursing informatics knowledge is very important in empowering all healthcare practitioners in achieving a patient centred care. In this paper I will expound further on the roles of nursing informatics and implement various the recommendations as suggested by my instructor.
Since nursing informatics integrates nursing science, computer science and information science, an informatics nursing specialist will be able to identify, collect and manage data and information that supports nursing practice. One of the recommendations suggested by my instructor is to address the educator capacity building and the overall learning capacity opportunities as a key priority in both the local and national strategy (Ball & Hannah, 2011, p.17). However, for effective implementation of this recommendation, nursing schools ought to develop a model and resources for mentoring using the available form of expertise.
In conclusion, it is evident that the role of nursing informatics is imperative in many aspects of delivery of quality care. It has greatly helped me in promoting my leadership skills. Through nursing informatics, I have become more enlightened about the technology that would ultimately make me a better leader with the potential of refining my patient’s quality, safety, and the general efficiency of healthcare provision. It is my opinion that, Leaders must learn from all the essential resources such as literature, educational programs and professional organisations about current informatics issues so as to be able to successfully develop and implement various innovative strategies in the healthcare sector.
Ball, M. J., & Hannah, K. J. (2011). Nursing informatics: Where technology and caring meet.