Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey Results Debut at HIMSS14

by Christel Anderson & Joyce Sensmeier

Yesterday, at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, we released the results of the 2014 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey.

Since 2004, HIMSS has surveyed the broader nursing informatics community to gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the informatics nurse professional. “Nursing Informatics” is a fairly new specialty having only been recognized by the American Nurses Association since 1992.

HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey Infographic

The 2014 Workforce Survey captures current professional status and practice trends while identifying changes that have occurred over the last nine years in the nursing informatics workforce. A total of 1,047 valid responses were received for the 2014 survey. In contrast, the 2007 survey received a total of 660 useable responses.

Visit the website to download the full survey report, executive summary, presentation slides and other resources.

Key survey findings include:

Job Titles

  • 70 percent of the reported titles specifically identified an informatics position (informatics or informaticist).
  • This is almost double the amount of informatics position titles reported in 2011 (37 percent).

Formal Education

  • Nearly two-thirds (60 percent) of respondents indicated they have earned a post-graduate degree, an increase of 56 percent from 2011.
  • Over one-quarter (28 percent) of respondents have a Master’s degree or PhD in either nursing informatics or other informatics, an increase from 21 percent in the 2011 survey.

 Job Responsibilities

  • Systems implementation was the most frequently selected job responsibility (43 percent); this includes preparing users, training and support.

CNIO

  • For the first time, respondents were asked about the presence of a senior nursing informatics executive, such as a Chief Nursing Informatics Officer (CNIO), in their organization. Nearly one-third (30 percent) of respondents reported that their organization has a senior nursing informatics executive. 

Your turn! Are you a nurse informaticist? Do these results match your current status? Do you have a nurse informaticist in your organization? What are your thoughts about the survey findings?

About Christel Anderson

Christel Anderson, is HIMSS Director, Clinical Informatics
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One Response to Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey Results Debut at HIMSS14

  1. Jim LaRosa says:

    It’s interesting to see the growing number of nurses with advanced degrees. Since more experienced nurses are postponing their retirement (for financial security reasons), maybe younger nurses feel that an advanced degree will make them more competitive for the spots that are open.

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