Around the globe no matter where you are it seems that health and technology are becoming ever more intertwined. Whoever thought that being a geek would benefit a nurse? In the days of the electronic health record, telehealth, and the ever evolving health information landscape, this is fast becoming a necessary commodity. Is this the beginning of the Informatics Nurse?
In fact, health informatics growth has been nearly unprecedented and will continue to be so for many years to come. This evolution will touch every aspect of nursing jobs. From registered nurses who will be part of the spearheads of the movement to our assistant in nursing roles, the role of the informatics and geeky guru nurse are definitely new hats it’s time to dawn.
What is Informatics?
Almost assuredly any practicing nurse in our Land of Plenty has been touched by the electronic wonder of computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones, and the like. But…is that enough? Is it enough to just do the charting, plug in some values, and carry on your way?
That depends. It depends on if you feel the new calling. What calling is that you might wonder? That in a nutshell is the calling of the Informatics Nurses.
Informatics is an information science that involves the processing and storage of data for storage and retrieval. That retrieval may be immediate and/or necessary retrieval for many years to come, if not forever.
The role of the informatics nurse is to help mold and shape the patient facing side of the computer world and the electronic health record so that the patient is kept on the forefront. Any time a new technology, treatment, machine, etc. comes into healthcare there is the risk that it can turn attention from our primary concern. The informatics nurse it the geek who helps make the technology work for the patient and for the nurse.
How do you know if you want to be an Informatics Nurse?
That’s a great question and may not necessarily have the easiest answer. But…consider this. How did you know you wanted to be a nurse? How do any of us know until we try? That’s the spirit!
If you are a nurse or even considering the nursing profession and you like computers or perhaps you are interested in the electronic health record and how it’s evolving throughout Australia and literally around the world. If that sounds like you, then you might owe it to yourself to investigate the role of the informatics nurse and see if this newly evolving nursing specialty sounds like something you would be interested in.
Most definitely, it is a field with potential, promises, and possibilities. If you are up to the challenge, contact the university near you for more information.