This article was written on 28 Feb 2013, and is filled under Volume 17 Number 1.

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How can we Promote Nursing Informatics?

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Dee McGonigle   PhD, RN, FAAN, CNE, 

Kathleen Hunter  PhD, RN, CNE,

Toni Hebda  PhD, RN, CNE


McGonigle, D., Hunter, K. & Hebda, T. (2013). How can we Promote Nursing Informatics? Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 17 (1), Available at  http://ojni.org/issues/?p=2391


Dr. Hunter, Dr. Hebda and I submitted an article for publication describing the state of nursing informatics (NI) in the curriculum of top-ranked nursing schools in the United States.  This research demonstrated that we still have a long way to go in nursing education. We were very interested in schools that did not have any discernible informatics courses and those that chose to teach health informatics variations. We were told by the editor that it would not be of interest to her nursing journal’s readership.  This speaks volumes! When will it be important enough?

We need practicing nurses to be competent and we must prepare the INSs necessary to fill the current and future needs. We were disheartened, to say the least, by the rejection in the face of NI competency research and organizational backing for basic and advanced competencies (HIMSS, 2013; AACN, 2012; TIGER, n.d.).

What do you think we can do to continue to evolve NI through nursing education? How can we turn the corner and make nursing faculty wake up and understand how important it is to prepare basic and advanced nurses with the necessary competencies to practice in today’s world and beyond?

We would love to hear your thoughts on this issue!



American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  (2012). QSEN Education Consortium: Graduate-Level QSEN Competencies. Retrieved from http://www.aacn.nche.edu/faculty/qsen/competencies.pdf

HIMSS. (2013). Competencies. Retrieved from http://www.himss.org/ASP/topics_FocusDynamic.asp?faid=592

Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER). (n.d.) Informatics competencies for every practicing nurse: Recommendations from the TIGER collaborative.  Retrieved from http://www.tigersummit.com/uploads/3.Tiger.Report_Competencies_final.pdf


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