Information technology continues to play a key role in enhancing patient care. Walden’s Nursing Informatics specialization places you at the forefront of technological innovation in healthcare.

The American Nurses Association defines nursing informatics as “a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, and knowledge in nursing practice.” Graduates of this specialization will be able to integrate data, information and knowledge to support patients, nurses and other caregivers in their decision making in all roles and settings.

Quality care depends on effective communication among healthcare providers, and nursing informatics is becoming increasingly important in how that care is provided. Since healthcare providers communicate primarily through documentation, nurse informaticists seek to improve the speed and accuracy of patient charting through the use of technology, allowing for better decision making regarding patient care. Fieldwork experience also provides an opportunity to apply learning in a real-world environment. Review the PDF to the right for the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

This specialization is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for the Nurse Informatics board certification exam. Certification improves nurse informaticist marketability as most employers seek to hire board-certified informatics professionals.

Upon completing this specialization, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Leverage information technology on patient care and delivery systems to reduce workload and enhance care.
  • Use data and statistical analyses to evaluate practice and perform quality improvement.
  • Serve as an essential liaison among healthcare practitioners and administrators to leverage innovation and technology.
  • Qualify to sit for the Nursing Informatics Board Certification.

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Degree Acceleration Opportunity

Do you hold a certification in nursing informatics? If so, you can save time and money on your MSN program.

If you have received certification in Nursing Informatics through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), you will earn credit for two courses in your program of study: NURS 6431 Systems Design, Planning, and Evaluation and NURS 6600 Capstone Synthesis Practicum. Because these are practicum courses, you will no longer need to find a practicum site. Your will earn ten credits towards your degree, saving you more than $4,000 in tuition. You will also reduce your time to degree completion by three months if you are enrolled full-time and six months if you are enrolled part-time.

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