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8 Reasons to Choose a Career in Nursing Informatics

Earning a Master of Science in Nursing can help you reap the benefits of this rewarding field.

They’ve been called “the hybrid heroes of healthcare.”1 They are nurse informaticists, who use their knowledge of nursing and technology to manage and communicate health information.


If you’re dedicated to nursing but also love technology, computer science, and innovation, then nursing informatics may be right career for you. Here are eight reasons why you might choose a nursing informatics career:

  1. It’s a Dynamic Profession

    As information technology (IT) advances, so do the opportunities for nurse informaticists to drive innovation. A career in nursing informatics can put you on the cutting-edge of nursing, computer, and information sciences as you use your knowledge to optimize health records, streamline workflow, and help improve patient care. Nurse informaticists use their communication skills to collaborate widely—within their organizations and with subject matter experts in the field. Job duties are multifaceted in a field that’s always evolving.

  2. Find Career Satisfaction

    In the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) 2020 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, more than three in four nurse informaticists said they are highly satisfied with their career choice.2 “Overall, the results of the survey indicated that most professionals are burning bright with potential rather than burning out,” the HIMSS reports.1 Over 1,300 nurse informaticists responded to the survey.

  3. Earn a Competitive Salary

    In the same survey, nearly half of respondents reported annual salaries above $100,000.2 The U.S. Department of Labor says that, generally, annual salaries for informatics nurse specialists range between $70,000 and $117,120.3 includes nurse informaticist on its list of the 15 highest-paying nursing careers.4

  4. Benefits Count

    More than 70% surveyed said they receive all of these benefits: paid time off, a 401k/403(b), medical/ dental insurance, and life insurance.2

  5. Employment Looks Bright

    According to the Department of Labor, projected job growth through 2028 is 9%, much faster than average for most professions,3 with a projected 70,000 nursing informatics specialists/analysts needed by 2025.5

  6. Settings Are Diverse

    According to the HIMSS survey, 68% of nurse informaticists said they work for hospitals or multifacility health systems.2 But these professionals also work for healthcare technology companies, medical record companies, clinics, staffing agencies, and the like.4

  7. There’s Job Variety

    Within those and other settings, career options may include clinical analyst, informatics nurse specialist, telehealth clinical coordinator, informatics administrator, electronic health record system integration specialist, informatics consultant, faculty member, researcher, perioperative informatics nurse, and more. The HIMSS survey found that nursing informatics specialist is the most common job title.2

  8. You Can Advance With an MSN

    A master’s degree in nursing can help open doors to executive positions like chief nursing informatics officer.1 And with Walden University’s online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, you can continue to work full time while preparing for a nurse informaticist career.

Walden offers a Nursing Informatics specialization that will help you become a leader who uses data and technology to make real-world improvements. In this MSN nursing specialization, you’ll learn how to collect, analyze, and evaluate essential data, using information systems and technology to further the practice of nursing.

And to further fit your learning style and lifestyle, Walden offers two MSN degree completion options. Choose from a course-based, instructor-led format, or opt for the self-paced, Tempo Learning® format. In competency-based learning, you progress by demonstrating your understanding of a subject. There are no weekly schedules or deadlines; you learn at your own pace. Adding further flexibility is Tempo Learning’s® subscription-based tuition model, which puts you in charge of controlling your costs.

Whether you choose course-based or competency-based learning, a master’s in nursing online degree can help you blaze a path to a dynamic and rewarding career in nursing informatics.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program with a Nursing Informatics specialization. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible learning environment that fits your busy life.

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Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,