Survey Reveals Role, Compensation of Nurse Informaticists

Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN, BC, CPHIMS; Laurene West, RN; Jennifer K. Horowitz, MA, CPHIMS

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According to the newly released results of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2004 Nursing Informatics Survey, drawing on their extensive clinical backgrounds, nearly 75% of nurse informaticists are currently developing or implementing clinical information or documentation systems. The survey was designed to gain a better understanding of the background of nurse informaticists, the issues they address, and the tools they use to perform their jobs. In total, 537 responses were received for the Web-based survey, conducted by HIMSS and sponsored by Omnicell, Inc, making it one of the largest ever surveys of nurse informatists.

A number of nursing informatics associations also provided support to the survey, including the Capital Area Roundtable on Informatics in Nursing (CARING), the Nursing Information Systems Council of New England (NISCNE), the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), the Boston Area Nursing Informatics Consortium (BANIC), the Delaware Valley Nursing Computer Network (DVNCN), the Midwest Alliance for Nursing Informatics (MANI), and the Puget Sound Nursing Informatics Group (PSNIG). Support was also received from the University of Utah. Nurse informaticists who are members of these organizations, as well as HIMSS members, were invited to participate in the survey.