Overview 1 Informatics Competencies for Every Practicing Nurse: Recommendations from the TIGER Collaborative
Overview 2 The TIGER Initiative, an acronym for T echnology I nformatics G uiding E ducation R eform, was formed in 2004 to bring together nursing stakeholders to develop a shared vision, strategies, and specific actions for improving nursing practice, education, and the delivery of patient care through the use of health information technology (IT). In 2006, the TIGER Initiative convened a summit of nursing stakeholders to develop, publish, and commit to carrying out the action steps defined within this plan. The Summary Report titled Evidence and Informatics Transforming Nursing: 3-Year Action Steps toward a 10-Year Vision is available on the website at . A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH Since 2007, hundreds of volunteers have joined the TIGER Initiative to continue the action steps defined at the Summit. The TIGER Initiative is focused on using informatics tools, principles, theories and practices to enable nurses to make healthcare safer, more effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable. This goal can only be achieved if such technologies are integrated transparently into nursing practice and education. Recognizing the demands of an increasingly electronic healthcare environment, nursing education must be redesigned to keep up with the rapidly changing technology environment. Collaborative teams were formed to accelerate the action plan within nine key topic areas. All teams worked on identifying best practices from both education and practice related to their topic, so that this knowledge can be shared with others interested in enhancing the use of information technology capabilities for nurses. Each collaborative team researched their subject with the perspective of “What does every practi cing need to know about this topic?” The teams identified resources, references, gaps, and areas that need further development, and provide recommendations for the industry to accelerate the adoption of IT for nursing. The TIGER Initiative builds upon and recognizes the work of organizations, programs, research, and related initiatives in the academic, practice, and government working together towards a common goal. COLLABORATIVE REPORT This report provides the detailed findings and recommendations from the Informatics Competencies Collaborative Team. For a summary of the work of all nine TIGER Collaborative Teams, please review “ Collaborating to Integrate Evidence and Informatics into Nursing Practice and Education ” available on the website at . The TIGER Informatics Competencies Collaborative (TICC)Team was formed to develop informatics recommendations for all practicing nurses and graduating nursing students. TICC completed an extensive review of the literature as well as surveying nursing informatics education, research, and practice groups to obtain examples and identify gaps. This report describes the background, methodology, findings, and recommendations for future work in this area.