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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