No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.**
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.
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.
- Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
- Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
- Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
- Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
- Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
- Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.
In Walden’s MSN program, you can:
- Collaborate with nurses from around the country in an interactive online environment.
- Learn from expert teaching faculty—100% of whom hold doctoral degrees.
- Gain the opportunity to translate knowledge into practice by designing, developing, and implementing a project in a professional healthcare setting.
- Acquire the knowledge needed to act as a change agent and apply your enhanced expertise within the healthcare environment.
- Receive approval for early conditional admission to the RN-MSN (specialty practice) program while completing your last term of an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or Nursing Diploma program and successfully completing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a licensed Registered Nurse (RN). Request information or contact an enrollment advisor to learn more.
- Join Phi Nu, Walden’s chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and connect with nurses around the world to share the latest nursing research and best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas.
Nursing informatics is in high demand. Recent legislation is driving healthcare institutions to adopt electronic health records (EHR). These institutions will depend on nursing informatics professionals to help adopt and transition the new technologies into practice.
According to the 2011 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, the average salary for a nursing informatics specialist was $98,703—a 16% increase in salary compared to the same survey in 2007.* Individuals certified in the specialty typically earn a higher salary compared to their noncertified colleagues.
Nurse Informatics professionals work in hospitals, healthcare organizations, universities, consulting firms, or corporations that develop and market healthcare information systems.
If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s MSN Nursing Informatics specialization can help position you for roles such as:
- Informatics Nurse Specialist
- Director of Clinical Information
- Clinical Analyst
- Clinical Informatics Coordinator
- Informatics Consultant
- Informatics Faculty
- Informatics Researcher
- Manager of Informatics
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Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
*Health Information Management Systems Society, Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, 2011, on the Internet at http://himss.files.cms-plus.com/HIMSSorg/content/files/2011HIMSSNursingInformaticsWorkforceSurvey.pdf(viewed online September 5, 2013).
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