Nursing Informatics News Story
The event that I will present in this submission is peculiar in the sense that rather than being a phenomenon, it is a research survey that was conducted and which, interestingly, came up with enterprising findings regarding the field of nursing informatics. Reported by Reuters, this survey that was performed by HIMSS was meant to identify trends in the health sector. The news article in Reuters was titled ‘2014 HIMSS Nursing Workforce Survey Results Show Growth in Informatics Specialty’, and appeared on 25th February 2014 after a HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando( Reuters, 2014).
The major findings in this survey were that nursing informaticists increasingly play important roles in healthcare with specific regard to the development, implementation as well as optimization of clinical information applications and systems that include documentation, computerized practitioner order entry, and electronic health records. Further, the survey established that the number of nursing informaticists had nearly doubled from the last time the survey was conducted (2011). About 1000 professionals bore titles identifying them as nursing informatics professionals although with varied scopes and professional qualifications. In addition, many professionals expressed interest in pursuing further qualifications in nursing informatics. Lastly, the study found that the income of informatics professionals was increasing substantially.
This survey perceptibly shows the relevance of nursing informatics. The increase in the number of professionals in the field of nursing informatics in itself is proof to some extent of the need for practitioners in the field. The relevance of the field is clearly apparent to employers who have increased remuneration for nursing informatics professionals. Some nursing informatics professionals are in addition considering further training in the field.
Reuters (2014, February 25). 2014 HIMSS Nursing Workforce Survey Results Show Growth in Informatics Specialty: Increased Levels of Education and Salary Contribute to the Maturation of the Nursing Informatics Field. Retrieved from http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/25/fl-himss- idUSnBw255150a+100+BSW20140225