As companies and healthcare service providers begin to deploy more mobile, user friendly technology into nursing informatics, nurses are developing the necessary technology skill sets to adapt to the new tools and techniques in the healthcare space.
Citing a 2011 a 2011 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, points to the growing trend of nursing informatics and the larger role it will play in the field. The survey was conducted from input from 660 nurse informaticists comparing and charting the changes in their roles. The role of “nurse informatics” was first identified by the American Nurses Association I 1992.
Some of the interesting facts:
39% of nurse informaticists say they have been in the field for 10 years or more.
37% of those surveyed have nurse informaticists in their titled compared to 34% in 2007
Most telling to the importance of the position itself, compensation for nurse informaticists increased 17% from 2007 and 42% from 2004.
The survey says a lot about the growing influence nurse informaticists will have not only on the technology decisions made in hospitals, but the increased applications that may be designed around their increasing proficiencies.