The Nursing Informatics Workforce: Who Are They and What Do They Do?

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY▸ Nursing informatics has evolved into an integral part of health care delivery and a differentiating factor in the selection, implementation, and evaluation of health IT that supports safe, high-quality, patient-centric care.▸ New nursing informatics workforce data reveal changing dynamics in clinical experience, job responsibilities, applications, barriers to success, information, and compensation and benefits.▸ In addition to the more traditional informatics nurse role, a new position has begun to emerge in the health care C-suite with the introduction of the chief nursing informatics officer (CNIO).▸ The CNIO is the senior informatics nurse guiding the implementation and optimization of HIT systems for an organization.▸ With their fused clinical and informatics background, informatics nurses and CNIOs are uniquely positioned to help with “meaningful use” initiatives which are so important to changing the face of health care in the United States.

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