What is Nursing Informatics?

My name is Mackenzie Maillet and I am a Registered Practical Nurse in a small rural community in Northern Ontario. The importance of nursing informatics is understood as using technology to better the care that we give as nurses to our patients. Technology is used every day by nurses and all health care professionals to guide us in our care and communicate with each other to deliver quality medical care. According to Staggers & Thompson, (2002), their definition of informatics includes:


“A combination of computer science, information science, and nursing science designed to assist in the management and processing of nursing data, information, and knowledge to support the practice of nursing and the delivery of nursing care”(para. 23).

There are many ways in which nurses use technology to deliver efficient care to the patients that they are caring for. In my rural town hospital we use a system called Meditech which is a computer system that is connected to all domains of Northern Ontario Hospitals. We use this system to assess and input data on patients that can be viewed by and added by anyone within the circle of care. Being located in a rural community often creates a location determinant on access to specialists or physicians that should be included in the patients care. In our hospital we use information technology by Telehealth which allows the physician to have a face-face conversation with the patient and health care team saving the patient from the stress of travelling to see these health professionals. Technology has advanced and will continue to evolve and nurses will continue to benefit from the daily use of technology to provide standardized care for every patient. Within this blog I will be posting my learning journey through informatics and the importance of this information technology within nursing care.

Reference

Staggers, N., & Bagley Thompson, C. (2002). The Evolution of Definitions for Nursing Informatics: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association9(3), 255-261. Retrieved from https://academic-oup-com.roxy.nipissingu.ca/jamia/article/9/3/255/748498

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