What Is Informatics and What Does It Mean for Nursing?
Today, nurses around the world are rapidly increasing the extent to which they use computers and information sciences to assist them in the performance of their increasingly sophisticated and complex duties. Consequently, the field of nursing informatics is developing quickly. Because of the evolution of nursing informatics, new roles for nursing are developing in industry, research, systems development, nursing education, nursing administration, and indeed at the bedside. One need not sacrifice an avocation for direct patient care to participate in the information revolution in nursing. In fact, the reason that many nurses have ventured into the field of nursing informatics is a common vision of information systems being used to enhance the practice of nursing and to benefit the patient by extending and improving the health care received.
KeywordsNursing Practice Medical Informatics Nursing Education Nursing Intervention Direct Patient Care
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