Nursing Informatics is the intersection of computer generated information and clinical knowledge. While information technology professionals know how to program and create information systems and software, they often have difficulty with understanding the clinical aspect of care. This lack of understanding can create problems with system design. Nurses understand clinical care and know how they would like electronic documentation programs to work, but lack the technical knowledge to design these systems. Nursing Informatics bridges the technical and clinical aspects of electronic health information systems and programs.
The Nursing Informatics professional works in various health care roles such as clinical documentation specialist, systems analyst, data analyst, etc. With the push toward integrating health information technology into patient care, this is an exciting and growing field that I look forward to contributing to in my future.