2014 HIMSS Nursing Workforce Survey Results Show Growth in Informatics Specialty

At the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, HIMSS released the results of the 2014 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey, which examines the roles, responsibilities and outlook for nursing informatics professionals. The 2014 Survey captures current professional status and practice trends, while identifying changes that have occurred over the last nine years in the nursing informatics workforce.

The survey, supported by the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community, continues to suggest that nurse informaticists play a crucial role in the development, implementation and optimization of information systems and applications including clinical documentation, computerized practitioner order entry (CPOE) and electronic medical/health records.

Another key finding of the survey is the overall growth in the nursing informatics field. Based on the responses of more than 1,000 nursing informatics specialists, 70 percent have titles that specified an informatics position, which is double the amount from the last HIMSS Nursing Workforce Survey conducted in 2011. The survey results also showed that professionals in the nursing informatics field experienced an increase in salaries and interest in pursuing additional training within the field.

“The industry demands for more robust clinical documentation and analytics – such as those associated with meaningful use – have increased the need for informaticists across the entire care spectrum. This year’s Survey showed a marked growth across the field of nursing informatics, as well as a deeper understanding and recognition of informatics as a nursing specialty,” said Joyce Sensmeier, vice president of informatics for HIMSS. “Nearly two thirds of respondents have a post-graduate degree and 28 percent have a Master’s degree or PhD in informatics which points to the fact that the field is rapidly maturing. System optimization/utilization was a new option in the 2014 Survey and selected by 39 percent of respondents, suggesting that we may be moving beyond simply implementing systems towards leveraging their value.”

New to the 2014 survey, which builds on previous HIMSS research from 2004, 2007 and 2011, are questions surrounding the respondents’ job satisfaction with both their current position and their career choice in informatics. Overall satisfaction with jobs and career choices is high amongst respondents, with 57 percent reporting their level of job satisfaction as “satisfied” or “highly satisfied” and a majority (81 percent) rating a “satisfied” or “highly satisfied” opinion of their informatics career decision.

Respondents attributed the top barriers to success to a lack of administrative support and staffing resources. The rise of nurse informaticists with advanced degrees suggests that these professionals have significant knowledge and experience to bring to their positions and that administrative support roles have not been adjusted to support this shift.

Other key respondent findings from the survey include:

To download the complete report and the corresponding infographic, please visit: www.himss.org/ni.

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