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Week 2: Core Competencies and Scope of Practice in Nursing InformaticsThe continued integration of information technology within the nursing profession is resulting in the development of nursing informatics as a distinct specialty. As with other specialty areas, nursing informatics has unique foundational documents, concepts, competencies, and functions. How might information technology competencies pertain to your professional practice?This week focuses on the core competencies and scope and standards of practice in nursing informatics. If you are not specializing in nursing informatics, some functional areas will be more relevant to your professional role than others. Therefore, this week you will analyze the keyfunctional areas of nursing informatics and consider competencies that would be useful in your professional role. In addition, you assess how information technology skills can improve nursing practice.Learning ObjectivesStudents will:Analyze the key functional areas of nursing informaticsFormulate a personal plan to improve health information technology competencies appropriate for your professional roleAssess how information technology skills can improve nursing practiceDiscussion: Nursing Informatics CompetenciesToday’s fast-paced health care environment demands nurses to be skilled not only in their clinical practice or specialty area but in the use of technology tools that improve practice and lead to better patient care. Basic and advanced technology competencies are required and expected as technology increasingly touches and changes the job of every nurse. Numerous organizations, including the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), have developed nurse-specific technology competencies. The challenge for nurses is toidentify both needs and training opportunities.In this Discussion, you identify the role informatics plays in your professional responsibilities. You pinpoint personal gaps in skills and knowledge and then develop a plan for self-improvement.
To prepare:Review Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice in this week’s Learning Resources, focusing on the different functional areas it describes. Consider which areas relate to your current nursing responsibilities or to a position you held in the past. For thisDiscussion, identify one or two of the most relevant functional areas.1.■ Administration, leadership, and management 2.■ Systems analysis and design ■ Compliance and integrity management 3.■ Consultation 4.■ Coordination, facilitation, and integration 5.■ Development of systems, products, and resources 6.■ Educational and professional development 7.■ Genetics and genomics 8.■ Information management/operational architecture 9.■ Policy development and advocacy 10. ■ Quality and performance improvement 11. ■ Research and evaluation 12. ■ Safety, security, and environmental health13.