This sixth edition of Essentials of Nursing Informatics was initiated in response to requests by educators for a digital version of the publication, a guide for faculty to use in the development of their course work, and by nurse users of the fifth edition. Because of these requests we have expanded the content primarily in the areas: Nursing Informatics Technologies—(a) Computer Hardware, (b) Advanced Hardware and mHealth, (c) Computer Software, (d) Data and Data Processing, (e) System Life Cycle, (f) System Life Cycle Tools, (g) System and Functional Testing. Seven section editors edited the sixth edition content: Nursing Informatics Technologies—Jacqueline Ann Moss; System Life Cycle, Informatics Theory, Standards, Foundations of Nursing Informatics, and Research Applications— Virginia K. Saba; Nursing Informatics Leadership—Kathleen Smith; Advanced Nursing Informatics Practice—Gail E. Latimer; Nursing Informatics—Complex Applications, Big Data Initiatives—Kathleen A. McCormick; Educational Applications—Diane Skiba; and International Perspectives— Susan K. Newbold.
In addition, this book includes new content that focuses on innovative expansions in Professional Practice using Nursing Informatics such as (a) The Role of the Nurse Executive in Information Technology Decision-Making, (b) Care Delivery Across the Continuum: Hospital- Community-Home, (c) Foundations of a Nursing Plan of Care Standard, (d) Health Information Technology, (e) Striving to Improve Patient Safety, (f) Federal Health Care Sector Nursing Informatics, (g) Nurse Scheduling and Credentialing Systems, (h) Establishing Nursing Informatics in Public Policy, (i) Nursing Informatics in Retail Clinics, Safety, Global Initiatives, and (j) Big Data. We welcomed new authors who have expanded the scope of this book and added unique expertise in Nursing Informatics.
Updates of many other chapters include new references and new policies, new concepts, and skills required by nurses in informatics. All Six continents describing International Perspectives updated their unique chapters.
Because a gap still exists with students, faculty, and nurse users’ understanding the meaning and scope of the content, a companion book (Essentials of Nursing Informatics Study Guide/ISBN: 978-0071845892, edited by Juliana and Jack Brixey, Virginia Saba, and Kathleen McCormick) is available that outlines the chapters and includes sample test questions for every chapter. A companion, online faculty resource has also been created to support both books (accessible at www .EssentialsofNursingInformatics.com), providing online PowerPoint slides for chapters, which include objectives, key words, outlines, and tables/figures. With each new edition, we have responded to those who teach Nursing Informatics, and who have focused the content where they identified areas that they thought would be most helpful in the profession. Our goal in expanding this edition is to increase the number of professional nurses who are prepared in Nursing Informatics to work to improve Quality and Outcomes in Healthcare.
There are 6,000 nurses who consider themselves Nurses in Informatics, and 3,000 credentialed in Nursing Informatics. We cannot achieve the goals in healthcare and HITECH without more nurses prepared in Informatics. It is also our goal to keep all nurses in Informatics up-to-date in the field, and to entice those nurses who are looking for first or second careers in nursing to consider the breadth of areas in Nursing Informatics.