My understanding of informatics: Nursing as a case study

Harerimana, Alexis, Wicking, Kristin, Biedermann, Narelle, and Yates, Karen (2022) My understanding of informatics: Nursing as a case study. In: The National Nursing Forum Program. pp. 44-45. From: The National Nursing Forum 2022, 17-19 August 2022, Darwin, NT, Australia.

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Background: Nursing Informatics (NI) is an emerging concept, and there are challenges to understanding what it is and its practical application. This abstract explores the academic faculty's understanding of informatics at a selected nursing school in Australia.

Methodology: A qualitative research approach guided this study, which was conducted at a selected metropolitan nursing school in Australia. Participants were academic faculty, purposively selected and interviewed through Zoom video conference application. Data were analysed using Qualitative Content Analysis.

Findings: NI was viewed as a new concept, and its definition was very extensive. The understanding of NI was grouped into the following subcategories: (i) ‘Collection and use of data.’; (ii) ‘who is using what health services.’, (iii) ‘nursing practice with computer and IT.’, (iv) ‘use of technology within the learning and teaching space.’, (v) ‘it is about how to find evidence.’, and (vi) ‘it can be things like electronic health records.’, (vii) ‘it’s not every day that you hear the terms nursing informatics.”

Conclusion: NI facilitates the nurses’ job across their practice spectrum. Digital health relies on the quality of data for information management, and nurses play a crucial role in capturing and using data in the clinical healthcare system. An adequate conceptualisation of informatics in nursing is a foundation for its successful integration both in nursing education and practice.

Item ID: 75858
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: data, digital health, faculty, health information, informatics, nursing education, nursing informatics, technology
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Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2022 01:25
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4205 Nursing > 420599 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 30%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 35%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420302 Digital health @ 35%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160399 Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 35%
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200307 Nursing @ 30%
22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2204 Information systems, technologies and services > 220499 Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified @ 35%
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