NUR2058 Dimensions of Nursing Practice
Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics
Technology can be very helpful in improving safety and quality of health care. Nursing informatics refers to the combination of technology, nursing as well as the assimilation of data. It deals with the use of technology in order to organize and provide health care in the best and most resourceful manner. Computerized systems allow quicker and more accurate charting or record keeping. These systems save time and improve the quality of information furthermore improving patient safety. Nursing informatics contains a large number of tools which range from being very meek computers to being extremely difficult medical record systems which are more generally known as Electronic Medical Record or EMR. In this paper, nursing informatics will be completely explained, the pros and cons will be extended, and the practice of nursing will be connected with nursing informatics. What is Nursing Informatics?
Nursing informatics (NI) has been evolving for many years and essentially has a variety of definitions. According to Toni Hebda and Patricia Czar (2005), “nursing informatics may be broadly defined as the use of information and computer technology to support all aspects of nursing practice, including direct delivery of care, administration, education, and research” (p. 9). This definition which has been modified several times is the current edition of the NI Scope and Standards of Practice presented by the American Nurses Association (Murphy, 2012, p. 205). The Nursing Economics journal states that in a classical article, nursing informatics is defined as a “combination of nursing, information, and computer sciences to manage and process data into information and knowledge for use in nursing practice” (Murphy, 2012, p. 204). This journal also states that in 2009, the Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group of the International Medical Informatics Association tuned the NI definition by basically stating that the focus of nursing…